Urban Circus happened by accident. A couple friends and a pole in their kitchen.. Fast forward 8 years and now were a community of about 150 women and children, and the odd man ;) Our studios give members a way of keeping fit, making friends, boosting confidence and some much needed stress relief in busy lives. It's time to clear your mind, have a laugh and maybe get a few cheeky photos for the gram.
Like so many other businesses right now, Coronavirus has forced our studios to close. We have never been a hugely profitable business, with money going to paying our rent, our instructors and replacing equipment, insurance, music licenses and everything else that a business has to pay out. I often joke that I make half the amount the instructors make and that being a studio owner is rubbish, well whilst the first part is true, the second couldn't be more wrong. Owning these studios has shaped who i am as a person and is the best job ever. All our rainy day fund was invested, along with borrowed family funds, into the new Ripon Studio which opened in Feb. This virus could literally not have hit us at a worse time.
So, the action plan. As well as our online classes that can be purchased through our website, we're also applying for any grants, business loans and government schemes. And now we're also launching this page. Please, if you can, help me save the studios. Right now as it stands, Harrogate will have to close down and Ripon will hopefully scrape through but i don't know that for sure and the mounting debts may prove too much.
The thought of losing the studios breaks my heart, but the thought of plunging my young family into a pit i cant climb back out of scares me so much more. The majority of the money raised will go towards rent and other costs that still need to be paid even when we're closed. A proportion with go towards funding the incentives listed below!