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Haines Watts is continuing to work with rapidly growing business including elite:together – a successful fitness and well-being company which doubled its turnover in the last 12 months and recently celebrated the opening of its sixth studio in Durham.

Elite:together is a regional success story and has opened its latest studio at Belmont Business Park in Durham, following high levels of growth across its other five locations in Newcastle, Cramlington, Stockton, Manchester and Leeds.

Since it opened its first location back in 2012, the company continues to draw in fitness savvy customers across its expanded footprint. Its popular programmes helped customers lose 69,337 pounds in 2017.

To meet the high levels of demand, the company has increased staffing by 30 per cent in the last year alone, now employing over 50 people. Haines Watts is working with elite:together on a wide range of business challenges including tax planning ideas, strategic business advice as well as general compliance – helping position the business for further growth in the near future as it continues to thrive.

Ray O’Leary, Director of Business Services at Haines Watts North East, said: “We’re excited to be helping Paul and the team at elite:together take the next steps on their journey, providing them with meaningful solutions and practical business advice to fuel their continued growth.

“Our no-nonsense, commercial approach has helped to cement us as the go-to advisers for ambitious business owners and entrepreneurs in the North East.”

Paul Alexander, Founder of elite:together, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Haines Watts as we continue to expand across the region. They came highly recommended and we’re very pleased with the support we’ve received from the team.

“It’s been a busy start to the year and we’re thrilled to have already had around 180 people through our programmes since we opened our new Durham location.

“For us, it’s not just about weight loss. We’ve achieved some amazing successes through the programme – helping change people’s lives and giving them back the confidence they needed to achieve their goals and aspirations. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months will bring!”

Elite offers its innovative elite:transform programme across all of its studios which helps people with 20 or more pounds to lose get in shape and improve their nutrition. With an 85% success rates in six weeks, the programme has helped thousands of people across the North – including several members of the Haines Watts team.

Ray added: “A number of our staff and their family friends have been through the transform programme and it’s amazing to see the results of such a positive lifestyle change.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our work with the team at elite:together, evaluating  tax relief opportunities for the business along with compliance systems which will help the organisation in the long-term. It’s a pleasure to work with Paul and the team.”

Top 15 national accountancy firm Haines Watts has two offices in the region, Newcastle and Darlington, and provides ambitious business owners with the tax, compliance, corporate finance, and strategic business advisory services they need to grow.