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Timeline

The story of Perform Better from Warwickshire to World Class

2007

The Beginning

Perform Better UK was established by Alastair Yule and Mark Gladwin and moved into a small industrial unit in Southam, Warwickshire with one part time member of staff.

Perform Better were immediately appointed UK Distributors for Microgate products, Activio Heart Rate systems, Prism Fitness and Compex EMS systems. The first eight page Perform Better catalogue was produced for pre-season. Later in 2007 Perform Better are appointed UK Distributors for Catapult Sports and the GymAware Power Testing system – the first Distributor that Catapult appoint outside of Australia for both companies. With these two new product ranges PB appointed their first Sport Scientist to join the team.

2009

Installations & Large Brands

Perform Better’s 3rd annual catalogue launched, which was a significant expansion of the Strength and Conditioning range, plus the addition of Keiser and Woodway ranges.

This coincided with PB’s first major S & C installations at Manchester City FC, Chelsea FC, Blackburn Rovers FC and the ECB National Performance Centre.

Installations

2011

Showroom & Overseas

Perform Better expanded into the adjoining premises doubling their space; which included a fully functioning showroom.

Perform Better were one of the first suppliers to use the unique EC Design 3D software for gym design. The largest installation to date was carried out at Parc Eirias Welsh Rugby Union Regional Training facility in North Wales and the first overseas installation was carried out at Al Ahli FC in Dubai.

2013

Growth & Speed

Perform Better were appointed as European distributors for Run Rocket from the USA and start distributing Eleiko discs and bars.

The PB team expands to 10 employees.

Large installations are carried out at Swansea City FC’s new training ground, Reading FC, Manchester United FC and Burnley FC. Perform Better launch their social media platform on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

2015

Design & Prestige

Perform Better become Catapult’s official UK referral partner after they set up their European offices in Leeds, which sees the two businesses working closer together to develop the UK market.

Additional prestigious installations are carried out at Manchester Institute of Health & Performance, Southampton FC’s new training ground, Wolves FC and Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby.

2016

Force & Euros

Perform Better moved to new 12,000sq ft warehouse and office complex in Southam. Perform Better are appointed UK Distributor for ForceDecks Force Platforms.

Perform Better produced their first dedicated Strength catalogue to complement the main catalogue.

Completed installations at Oriam Scotland National Performance Centre, England Golf, Burnley FC new training ground and temporary gyms for the England, Wales and Republic of Ireland Football Teams at the Euros in France. Become Official Referral partners in the UK for Catapult Sports.

2017

Winners & Gunners

Perform Better win two Business Awards – the Coventry and Warwickshire Small Business of the Year Award and Enterprising Business of the Year.

Perform Better launch their first dedicated flooring catalogue.

Perform Better awarded the contract to fully equip the new Arsenal Football Club training facility.

2018

Physio & World Cups

Perform Better were appointed Official Suppliers to St. George’s Park National Football Centre, which included fully re-equipping the S & C facility and supplying a pop-up gym at the England Team Hotel in Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

Also appointed Official Supplier to the Matt Hampson Foundation Get Healthy Living! Centre.

Perform Better launch their new Physiotherapy range and catalogue and are appointed UK Distributors for Vald Performance.

The Perform Better team grew to 18 members.

2019

Tries & Overtakes

Perform Better are appointed Official Suppliers to the Welsh Rugby Union which includes fully fitting out the new S & C facility at the National Performance Centre.

Also appointed as Official Performance Partners to Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s.

In addition the team were awarded the contract to fully equip two facilities for Mercedes AMG in Brackley and Brixworth.

PB are appointed UK Distributer for 1080 Motion and Exxentric from Sweden, as well as Avantopool from Finland. PB awarded Best Global Partner by Microgate.

2020

Pandemics & Partnerships

Perform Better team reaches 20 employees and add two more delivery vans to the fleet to a total of five.

Perform Better are appointed as Official Fitness Supplier to England Netball.

Awarded contracts to fit out the new Training Grounds for Leicester City Football Club and Reading Football Club plus new gym projects at Manchester United FC Academy, Sheffield United FC Academy, Burnley FC Academy, Preston North End FC and Nottingham Forest FC.

In addition with the Covid restrictions a lot of leading Premier League players requested PB to set up home gyms for them.

Perform Better announce a record year despite the COVID-19 Pandemic.

2021

Superleague & Carbon Footprints

Perform Better are appointed as the Official Fitness Supplier to the Vitality Netball Superleague for the unique 2021 season. Providing all 11 teams with warm up/cool down facilities at the centralised venues in Wakefield and London.

Perform Better donated 220 trees to be planted in the Brecon Beacons by community charity organisation Stump Up For Trees. The donation equates to counteracting the carbon impact of all Perform Better’s vehicles, including their fleet of company cars and delivery vans.

Key football installations completed by Team PB including Leicester City FC, Reading FC, Bristol City FC and Manchester United Women FC.

Mark Gladwin

Director & Co-Founder

Having started in the sports industry at the original Wembley Stadium back in 1987, Mark has a huge wealth of experience and contacts. A passionate Welsh rugby fan, Mark follows most sports and can be found enjoying sport from the terraces rather than the pitch these days.

Alastair Yule

Director & Co-Founder

With a Sports degree from Leeds Beckett University and over 25 years' experience in the sports industry, Alastair is a well-known and trusted contact who has managed some of the large projects Perform Better have been awarded. A true Yorkshireman and family man- Alastair is a Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos fan.

Darren Ross

Senior Sales Manager

Darren is a Sports Science graduate from the University of Wales and a former college lecturer in Sport. He previously held sales roles with 2 multinational companies before joining Perform Better in 2016. He is a passionate sports fan (particularly football) and is keen to improve his golf game when afforded the time.

Sam Vagg

Southern Sales Manager

Prior to joining the team at Perform Better, Sam held New Business Development and Account Management roles within two multinational organisations. Sports mad when growing up, most days were spent on the rugby pitch or at the swimming pool. Outside of work Sam enjoys training, traveling and spending time with family.

Zoe Marrocco

Internal Business Development Manager & International Sales Co-ordinator

Zoe joined Perform Better in January 2019 in the sales administration team. Zoe has a background in women's football and is a regular gym goer.. On the weekends Zoe can be found exploring the best brunch spots in Warwickshire.

Michaela Grossi

Marketing Manager

With a marketing degree from Aston University and having worked within the sporting industry for the past 2 years, Michaela joins the team as our marketing manager. Outside of work, Michaela enjoys playing golf and is working on getting her handy cap down.

Joe Jackson

Sports Scientist

Joe joined the Perform Better Team in August 2021 as our inhouse sports scientist. Graduating with a Degree in Sports Science and Masters in Strength and Conditioning from Leeds Beckett, Joe has worked as a personal trainer and within the football industry. In his spare time, Joe is a big West Brom fan and a lover of boxing and speedway, as well as an avid gym goer! He loves walks with his dog Bobby and spending time with his family.

Steve Edwards

Director of Finance and Operations

Steve joined the company in 2017 from a multinational organisation. Having a strong background in IT, Purchasing and Finance, Steve is responsible for back office operations in these areas. Chartered through the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and a member of the Institute of Directors, Steve brings a wealth of all round business experience.

David Granger

Installation Manager

Having worked for both KeiserUK and Matrix (Johnson Health Tech), David heads up our installation team. David was Signaller in the Armed Forces and attached to the Royal Marines Commando’s while serving in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, whilst serving he also boxed for his regiment and is big fan of Tyson Fury.

Darren Saul

Warehouse Manager

Darren joined Perform Better as an experienced Sales Administrator. Using his wealth of company knowledge, Darren is now co-ordinating warehouse and purchasing operations. Whilst he is a keen football fan and plays weekly, Darren is interested in all sports keeping the office updated on every aspect of sporting news.

Charlotte Murphy

Buyer

Charlotte joined Perform Better in September 2018, Charlotte studied Sports Development at Portsmouth University. Away from the office Charlotte is a keen netballer, spending her Saturday's competiting in the Coventry & Warwickshire Netball League with her dog Pepper cheering from the sidelines.

Jennifer Hewer

Sales Administrator

Jennifer joined Perform Better in September 2020. Jennifer has a passion for running and spends time outside work training in the gym. She is also completing her level 3 PT qualification within the fitness industry. Jennifer spent 8 months travelling Australasia and Asia prior to joining Team PB.

Brittany Brown

Sales Administrator

Brittany joined Perform Better in August 2021 in the sales administration team. Having studied level 3 coaching and fitness in college Brittany has a background in sports. Her passion for sports doesn’t stop there, Brittany plays and has captained local netball teams and also has her level 1 football coaching certification. On the weekends Brittany can be found going on new adventures or spending time with family.

Sam McGraw

Operations Assistant

Sam joined the team in 2021, as a valued member of the team he is the go to for anything operations and IT related. In his spare time Sam loves to spend time with his animals including his pet dog and Leopard gecko. When he isn’t out on long walks Sam is an avid Gym goer.

Paul Caruana

Warehouse & Installation Assistant

Paul has been with us since the beginning, and is one of our longest serving members of staff. Paul is always busy, and tends to split his time between helping out in the warehouse and assisting with installations and deliveries. Outside of work he's a dedicated runner, and has completed multiple marathons.

Dave Shirley

Warehouse & Installation Assistant

Dave joined the Perform Better team in October 2018, he is the DJ of the warehouse team, taking control of the airways when it comes to the music. Dave is an avid Chelsea FC fan, and a keen footballer himself, as a coach at Southam United FC.

Ryan Bendzak

Warehouse & Installation Assistant

Ryan has spent his university breaks working in the PB warehouse, in 2020 Ryan has deferred his third year at university and has joined the Perform Better installation team. Studying Football Studies at Southampton University, Ryan is a keen Nottingham Forest fan.

Joe Evans

Warehouse & Installation Assistant

Joe joined team PB in 2021. He is always on the go and can often be found out on the road helping with installations. When Joe isn’t travelling around in the PB van he can be found helping out the team in the warehouse. As a big family man, Joe enjoys spending time out and about with his family and can often be found watching his favourite football team West Bromwich Albion.

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