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27 November 2012 | PR 12/211

Graduate entrepreneur named Pride of Loughborough


Becky White (image courtesy of Oak FM)

Loughborough University graduate Becky White is delighted that her company, onesixeight: fitness, was named Small Business of the Year at the inaugural Oak FM’s Pride of Loughborough Awards sponsored by East Midlands Airport.

The Awards, held on Friday 23 November at the Radisson BLU East Midlands Airport hotel, celebrate the achievements of local businesses and community initiatives with 14 categories recognising both individuals and organisations as well as the town's best carer, student and young achiever.

Becky beat off stiff competition from other small local companies, impressing the judges with the success of onesixeight: fitness, the health and exercise venture she launched in February 2010 while still a student at the University.

onesixeight: fitness offers personal training – both one-to-one and online – nutrition advice, health and fitness MOTs, and exercise classes as well as beginners’ running sessions.

Becky – whose philosophy is to make exercise fun – masterminded a world record breaking bounceathon on campus earlier this year as part of the University’s celebration of the Olympic Games. Along with 301 staff, students and supporters, she hopes to have bounced her way into the Guinness Book of Records for the most people jumping simultaneously on trampolines.

This year has also seen her achieve her “Fitness 10,000” goal of helping 10,000 people get fit by the start of the Games.

She is obviously thrilled with the Award: “I didn’t think this year could get any better. I’ve achieved my goal of helping 10,000 people to get fit, organised a world record breaking event, and volunteered at the Olympics. Having all of that acknowledged by winning this award – I’m absolutely over the moon!”

Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise at Loughborough University says: "Becky has achieved a great deal and built a promising local business – we are very proud of her success. This award is richly deserved – she has worked extremely hard and I wish her every success for the future.”

Also honoured on the night were Team GB hockey players, Nicola White and Loughborough University’s Laura Unsworth, who jointly received a Special Award.

The University is proud to have sponsored the Awards’ Green Business of the Year category. Professor Jim Saker from the University’s School of Business and Economics presented the award to Sileby-based winners, Complete Wasters @ The Green Place.


For all media enquiries contact:

Paula Hamill
Marketing Officer, Enterprise
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228684
E: P.Hamill@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

(1) Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 12 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

(2) Find out more about Becky’s fitness company, onesixeight: fitness by visiting her website.

(3) According to Steve Orchard, Chief Executive for Quidem, the 107 Oak FM Pride of Loughborough Awards recognise “the best that Loughborough has to offer”. Find out more >>  

(4) View highlights of the evening at You Tube.

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