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Allister Rollins

Press Release - 01 November 2005

Bath graduate shortlisted for Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Alister Rollins, a recent University of Bath graduate, is a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Telegraph Business Awards.

Whilst at university, Mr Rollins started Fitronics at the University's SETsquared Business Acceleration Centre where the company still resides.

"I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunities in education and business venture support at the University of Bath," said Mr Rollins. "The assistance and mentorship I have received in the early stages of my business have contributed greatly to our success."

In 2002, when Rollins was only 20, Fitronics won the SETsquared business plan competition prize of £5,000. Since then, Fitronics has attracted funds from the University Enterprise Development Fund, bank funding and investment from the Sulis Seedcorn Fund.

Fitronics is an IBM business partner producing a range of membership retention solutions for health and fitness clubs. "Our success is down to our solution's simplicity" said Rollins. "We provide health clubs with a cost effective, easy to implement answer to the health and fitness industry's biggest problem. We let the club's staff focus on where they add most value while our system works in the background, ensuring their efforts have maximum impact."

Finalists for the Telegraph's prestigious young entrepreneur award are under age 35. The solitary winner will be announced tomorrow (2 November).

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