GLOBAL fitness franchise F45 is to open its first studio in Scotland next month.

F45 Glasgow will open its doors in the West Campbell Street in early November after securing a £120,000 loan from HSBC UK.

Eight personal trainers are being hired for the new venture, with additional cleaning staff to be employed once doors have opened to the public.

Scottish multi-franchisee businessman Michael Quigley, who runs five Subway franchises across the country, has introduced the F45 franchise to Scotland.

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He plans to expand the F45 franchise across Scotland in the new year.

Mr Quigley said he made the move after following the brand’s progress elsewhere.

He said: “I’m passionate about health and fitness and I have witnessed first-hand how F45 is taking the global fitness world by storm.

“The brand has grown exponentially in the UK and Europe over the last two years so there was an obvious opportunity to extend this to Scotland.”

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The finance was allocated from HSBC UK’s national SME Fund, which aims to actively help UK businesses realise their ambitions for growth and navigate Brexit.

Susan Rowand, of HSBC UK said Mr Quigley “has spotted a new, exciting opportunity”.

The concept is backed by Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg, and England rugby international James Haskell has opened an F45 in Bath.