Boxer up for new chal­lenge as

The Courier-Mail - - BUSINESS - STEPHANIE BEN­NETT

PRO­FES­SIONAL boxer Jar­rett Owen has faced plenty of chal­lengers, but his great­est chal­lenge may be launch­ing his own busi­ness.

Mr Owen has teamed with two other fit­ness pro­fes­sion­als, for­mer boxer Rob Hep­pell and ICN bikini pro con­tes­tant Sab­rina Keira, to launch Brick­house Gym at Coor­pa­roo af­ter three years of plan­ning.

“Just as much blood, sweat and tears goes into launch­ing a busi­ness as it does pre­par­ing for a fight in front of 40,000 peo­ple,” Mr Owen said.

“We are very re­sults driven; you can’t get re­sults with clients if they’re not show­ing up or they’re not stick­ing around.”

Mr Owen said he was con­fi­dent the mem­ber­ship of about 120 would con­tinue to rise as the busi­ness gained trac­tion. He said more peo­ple were em­brac­ing a fit lifestyle and spend­ing more on health and well­be­ing. He said he

would not rule out fur­ther ex­pan­sion down the track.

“At the mo­ment we’re fo­cused on our stu­dio, and want to take the ap­proach of ev­ery­thing we do, we do re­ally well,” he said.

As well as tra­di­tional gym and train­ing ser­vices, the busi­ness has also in­vested in ac­tiv­i­ties such as rock climb- ing, paint­ball and fun runs. It echoes find­ings in the lat­est Na­tional Aus­tralia Bank monthly busi­ness sur­vey, which found busi­ness con­di­tions hit a 20-year high in Oc­to­ber.

The busi­ness con­di­tions in­dex na­tion­ally rose from +14 in­dex points in Septem­ber to +21 in Oc­to­ber, the high­est level since the sur­vey be­gan. Queens­land sat at +12. New South Wales had the best con­di­tions with the in­dex at +21. Mean­while, the busi­ness con­fi­dence in­dex re­mained steady at +8, al­though con­fi­dence in Queens­land was the high­est of all states, at +11.

NAB chief cus­tomer of­fi­cer busi­ness and pri­vate bank An­gela Men­tis said the re­sults showed there was op­ti­mism among busi­nesses. “What (our cus­tomers are) telling us is they’re ea­ger to ex­pand, to in­vest in their busi­nesses, and to bring new peo­ple on board,” she said. “We can see that op­ti­mism re­flected in this record re­sult, the strong­est con­di­tions in 20 years.”

RE­SULTS DRIVEN: Sab­rina Keira, Jar­rett Owen (left) and Robert Hep­pell have worked for three years to open their Brick­house Gym at Coor­pa­roo. Pic­ture: AAP/ Clau­dia Bax­ter

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