A HEALTH and fitness business is expanding and creating jobs after securing a deal to run a gym.

Health Performance, in Middlesbrough, will manage a health and fitness centre at the Wilton Centre, near Redcar.

The development, known as the Lakeside Gym, will open in September.

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Bosses at Health Performance are now recruiting three health and fitness coaches, and say they will create further roles when the gym is fully operational.

Nick Smith, Health Performance managing director, said: “I’m elated about the opportunity at Wilton Centre.

“I’ve been working on this project for the last two years so it is a huge relief that it is finally happening.

Andrew Walters, the Wilton Centre’s engineering manager, added: “The appointment of someone of Nick’s calibre and expertise to run the gym is the final piece in the jigsaw.”