A sports therapist to professional football referees is kicking off the year by expanding his business in Rugby.
Barry Phillipson, whose most high-profile work is treating match officials for the Premier League, Football Association, Football League, UEFA and FIFA, is taking on two additional units at The Craft Studios at Hillmorton Locks where he runs Smart Studios.
His three existing units house six treatment rooms for therapists offering a range of therapies including physio and sports massage, injury rehabilitation, reflexenergy, relaxation massage and beauty treatments.
The extra units on the ground floor will provide another treatment room to offer sports therapy for less mobile and disabled clients, and launches the Smart Progress Room with a range of exercise and rehabilitation equipment to enhance the services and treatments.
Barry said: “I established Smart Studios at Hillmorton Locks in 2009 and it has grown in that time with my approach being to develop and mentor younger therapists and encourage new therapists by giving them the opportunity to develop their own skills and businesses here from my 18 years of experience.
“My dream has been to develop a holistic, progressive clinic with each therapist confident to express their unique characters and treatment packages.
“This expansion will enable me to take Smart Studios to the next level. My long-term plan has been to have an area where I could continue the progress of clients not just from hands-on treatments but by using rehabilitation and exercise equipment.
“As well as providing that new facility, we will now be able to support the growing focus on making more sports accessible to all abilities with a treatment room that has disabled access.”
The Craft Studios, located off Brindley Road and next to the Oxford Canal, was acquired by Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group in early 2016 with the aim of offering an improved service to tenants to allow the estate to thrive.
Barry said: “I would not have taken this step if it wasn’t for the commitment and support from The Wigley Group. They have been able to make a dream of mine come true.”
The 3,163 sq ft estate is made up of 11 studio units, ranging from 250 to 1,000 sq ft, which are occupied by small and micro businesses. Two units are currently available through agents George and Company Chartered Surveyors.
Louis Smith, estates manager at The Wigley Group, said: “A year on from acquiring Hillmorton Locks, we are delighted to see the estate enjoying growth and to have been able to help make this expansion happen for Smart Studios.
“Hillmorton Locks is a high-quality development in a prime location with a wide range of established businesses and we are continually looking to improve their experience to help them develop.
“With our extensive portfolio of commercial properties throughout the West Midlands, the aim is that we will ultimately be able to assist with their next move should they outgrow these units which are ideal for small and starter businesses.”