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How I Started The UK's Fastest Growing Company: My Gymshark Story | Ben Francis

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Gymshark has been my entire life since I started it as a teenager. After being awarded the UK's fastest growing company by the Fastrack 100 in the Times newspaper, I've decided to document my journey as the Gymshark owner & CEO. My first video is a brief explanation of how Gymshark started, and the work we had to put in to get it to where it is today. If anyone has any questions or anything they want to see in any future videos, please comment below! Ps. Although I am a founder and am telling this story, there is a huge team of incredible people who have contributed, and continue to contribute to Gymshark every day. I hope to be able to show you more of what the team and I do in my future videos! I hope you enjoy :) Follow me on social media: http://instagram.com/benfrancis https://twitter.com/benfrancis1992
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Ben Francis (2 years ago)
Gymshark has been my entire life since I started it as a teenager. After being awarded the UK's fastest growing company by the Fastrack 100 in the Times newspaper, I've decided to document my journey as the Gymshark CEO. My first video is a brief explanation of how Gymshark started, and the work we had to put in to get it to where it is today. If anyone has any questions or anything they want to see in any future videos, please comment below! Ps. Although I am a founder and am telling this story, there is a huge team of incredible people who have contributed, and continue to contribute to Gymshark every day. I hope to be able to show you more of what the team and I do in my future videos! I hope you enjoy :)
Adam Craig (29 days ago)
Supported you back in 2012. Crazy to see how it's gone
PowerHouse Fit (2 months ago)
Yo bro hook it up with a sponsorship tho
Lisa Wijaya (3 months ago)
so inspire 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Ben Cooper (4 months ago)
I've got so much respect for you
Karina Duarte (5 months ago)
Wow. This is truly inspiring and very cool of you to have shared your story. You seem very humble and chill haha. I honestly wondered who were the BOSSES of Gymshark. I used to see a few 'fit' ppl wear it to the gym in 2016 & I'd always wonder where to purchase & hope to be part of it someday. After a few years now I definitely am a consumer of Gymshark there is just something about it that is so INNOVATIVE. Can't believe you did this video years ago too. Much success to you.
Samuel Naj (9 hours ago)
Am.from Belize and i would love to show the country of belize the great prouduct of gymshark
Samuel Naj (9 hours ago)
Ur gym shark are good product how to get an official sponcer
Miles Prower (1 day ago)
Love his hair
c carville (1 day ago)
Good marketing. Making every novice gym goer think they are buying part of your success by shelling out money for a branded product. They're like the apple of gym wear.
Tuni 67 (2 days ago)
Wait you and your friends? Holy crap very nice work 👍👏
Jacob Palmer (4 days ago)
Hey dude, great vid. I'm doing a similar thing in a completely different business, what risks did you take to get your company to the next level?
Saver (5 days ago)
Lazo in der Leitung!
Hellopleesh (5 days ago)
So Gymshark became success off of a sleazy version of Affiliate Marketing that is heavily used today to scam customers? It's done a lot today with Amazon products or cheap products like fake watches or branded shirts. Makes sense. Well, respect to his hustle but your story lost most of its value with that bit.
Vince Evans (6 days ago)
The shoe was clearly slipped on purpose lol
dylan saeng (6 days ago)
I still have that track suit
Elisabeth Hahn (8 days ago)
Im here in 2019 and I love that they brought there original logo into the newest legacy collection. So memorable love it !!!
Real question, did you start with dropshipping or you were the one to send the clothes to everyone?
Stefan Leggott (8 days ago)
Damn. Ben. Kudos. Well Done!
bambinopadrino 1 (8 days ago)
This oldschool tracksuits were the best that gymshark ever Made!!
A Me (9 days ago)
That’s pretty awesome! I guess what were the risks when you were starting it up, and how did you over come it?
troll bagienny (9 days ago)
ohh yaaa gym szark hahaha on snap fitness all them skinny bitches wearing ohhh yaaa im so sexy gym shark is from china made .
Ruby Sulter (11 days ago)
Love the video! I do have one question though, how was GymShark getting so many orders when you guys just started up? Was it marketing, word of mouth, etc?
Dylan Codd (7 days ago)
It wasn't, it took 2 months to get one sale
Valerie Rivera (11 days ago)
Wow, so inspired by this!
Earth Visitor (12 days ago)
I never thought gymshark was started by this guy.
Ivan Djuric (14 days ago)
Well done man!
Eoghan Veerasingam (19 days ago)
You should start making size XS clothing
GoAppo (22 days ago)
So inspiring !!
Me in L (23 days ago)
Alright can I get your investor details pls ?
Artonox (24 days ago)
incredible. The amount of work you guys do at that age is unreal - apps made, websites made, textiles, fitnes websites, knowing what to buy to get the tshirts made. How do you even learn this stuff? Are you guys geniuses or something? No wonder you guys are showered with success. I really need to rethink my life........
Lewis Mckim (24 days ago)
Epic 👌🏻👌🏻
Stephen Devane (25 days ago)
Wow. Really overpriced online clothing
Stevo Canuck (25 days ago)
The logo is the first and only thing that attracts the consumer. I'm astonished at how popular this brand is
Chanel Greco (25 days ago)
Thank you for sharing Ben. I love your courage and determination. Your story is very inspiring.
Christine Brown (26 days ago)
How do you make your own website? Can someone please help me?
Roma Kumari (26 days ago)
Well done!
Steven Poole (27 days ago)
Inspiring stuff. Thanks for your candid reflections and congrats on your successes fella
Nightmare Beats (28 days ago)
best tip for marketing?
Charlotte Levy (1 month ago)
I'd really love to start up my own company where I make cool clothes that are from re used materials. I'm a fashion student so have no problem with the sewing part, but have no idea how to start up an actual BUSINESS business, any starting points?
iAmNicolaJoan (1 month ago)
I see gymshark everywhere and I had NO idea that is was run by a british guy my age! That is so amazing, I can't wait to cop me some leggings!!
Rosèė Idek (1 month ago)
My dad loves that brand for some reason bahaha
xd trollz0r04 (1 month ago)
man this is really motivating!!!
Saffron XXX (1 month ago)
I got a fabletics ad before the vid even started lmao
I love stories like this! Young entrepreneurs hustling to deliver value!
Prabina Rokaya chhetri (1 month ago)
Please restock fleur leggings
blahburz (1 month ago)
Seems like a really humble guy
PERFORMA (1 month ago)
Wow such an amazing story, can't believe we didn't know!
Truth Seeker (1 month ago)
We'll done but I hate the actual brand name. Sounds a bit childish.
Aisha Ashraf (1 month ago)
Hi Ben, Love what you've done. Love the products. Love the story. I have a request :) Kindly launch in India <3
Benny Xenaz (1 month ago)
Can’t help but to respect your efforts and accomplishments.🎉
GoLeafs03 (1 month ago)
Wish this clothes were a bit cheaper tho...
Ethan Rife (1 month ago)
This is an awesome video way to use your platform to inspire others. Great work mate
Pisces x (1 month ago)
DID I SEEEEE FOOOTWAREEE??? we need an affordable flyknit so bad!!
DJ McGrath (1 month ago)
Fly to india or china and us fb selection and influencers on ig to find proper clothing provider.
Gabe Cuello (1 month ago)
I appreciate this, man.
Shakeira Hillery (1 month ago)
Can u make a womens plus line PLEASE!!!
tomas sandoval (1 month ago)
Awsome
Lorea Sparkes (1 month ago)
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first last (1 month ago)
damn
Bee ite (1 month ago)
Bro i m 17 years nd wants to start a clothing company like..but i don't have any idea about how should i start what tech,Raw things nd money i need to start even on a small scale.. Plz can you help me to know Man..
Harrie Healey (1 month ago)
Get adobe photoshop and use shopify to build your website
Petras Petraitis (1 month ago)
Mano adresa rasi esu Arturas.
Petras Petraitis (1 month ago)
Zinau tava firma kartais slepiuos nuo priesingu apkalbu
Petras Petraitis (1 month ago)
Patinka toks jaunatviskas stilius👍👍👍
Petras Petraitis (1 month ago)
Telefona itaisik ekrans perskela.❤☺🙌
Petras Petraitis (1 month ago)
Tsu preke ira vertinga uzkals muni mokesciai
Petras Petraitis (1 month ago)
Gerai drauge padarik paprasta slifarke mokesiu pristatyti.Afijos apviniotos ant skardines afiju.Kaip uzgrudinti slifarke reikia is paleto dirpti kad afijos neigautu kvapo silumos.Bus aparatas super.Taip ir jusu verslas.Dirpkime su saiku.Jusu stilius man patinka super.😉👍👍👍
Santiago Centurion (2 months ago)
Tendrían que traducir esto 🙏🏾🙏🏾
Ray A (2 months ago)
They cater more to women, they get better stuff for ladies the men's joggers I hate, too loose and baggy, and the length is for super tall men only
YoshiPeach Mario (2 months ago)
I love how he is using tech concepts and applying it to physical businesses... You can tell he's a techie at heart
YoshiPeach Mario (2 months ago)
This guy is epic
San Pawar (2 months ago)
I got goosebumps at @6:13.. 😊 well done on your success x
ach nix (2 months ago)
What a twat
Tomie Fitness (2 months ago)
Oh fish! BRITISH ACCENT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
Sean Finnegan (2 months ago)
Impressive!
newmanwuk (2 months ago)
I remember when I was 24, i was working for some shit company earning hardly anything. Fair play to him.
BeatzByFrenk (2 months ago)
Awesome. Just awesome! I’m 16, you are my hero man. I am making my own company, it’s hard. But worth it
Shubhdeep Aujla (2 months ago)
he barely blinks that scares me.. good job though <3
Steven Cliffe (2 months ago)
Do you only hire juicy boys like Perna
Steven Cliffe (2 months ago)
Bought a xl singlet too small for the big boys
Chris Bushell (2 months ago)
After watching this video, I am so much more motivated to get my brand out there. Not a fitness clothing brand, but for bmx, skateboarding, and others. Thank you so much for sharing this inspiration.
Maahd Shahzad (2 months ago)
Dis nigga learned and did everything himself. Humble AF!
Claire Robinson (2 months ago)
This is absolutely the BEST gym apparel I have ever spent money on. The women’s leggings and crop tops make me look and feel sexy while working out!
Julie Foo (2 months ago)
I'm 19 and this amazes me.
STIjojoSTI (2 months ago)
Where to buy in the Philippines?
HappyChappy (2 months ago)
Not only did he invent GYMSHARK he also inadvertently invented or created "influence Marketing" without even knowing or acknowledging it! AHHH mazing!
Juho Viinikka (2 months ago)
How did you got those influencers to wear your products?
Jessica Ramirez (2 months ago)
Juho Viinikka he said they sent their product to influencers I assuming for free or you pay them to wear it in hopes that you’ll sell more than you spent to have them wear it
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crystalpulse (3 months ago)
Thought this was gonna be the usual bullshit video but fair play, the real deal. Congrats on your success, you deserve every drop!
davideamon (3 months ago)
All too well ❤️ You have music taste
Kurt Pullen (3 months ago)
The old designs were shit. Good to see its changed
Shayla Lester (3 months ago)
Wow, I had no idea one of the creators of gym shark was a cool computer science guy — A programmer!
Hakun420 (3 months ago)
Awesome dude, role model material!
HRH O (3 months ago)
True hustler, you deserve all of the success!
Tom Wilson (3 months ago)
Bring back the luxe tracksuit !!!
Sixten Kangas Gustafsson (3 months ago)
will never support Gymshark but i do support gymgrossisten.com why? because it is double standard u sponsor people but when they drop the bomb u already know that they take steroid u drop them like flies and that its big red flag for me. why? is it big red flag u ask! ; because that's to me alone means only one thing in u mind money and not support and the people who buy them.
Poem Heaven (3 months ago)
The accent just turns me off yuck
Henry Marsh (3 months ago)
i've seen this before, entrepreneurs creating clothing lines and i have always wondered, do you have some kind of training or skills in graphic designing and textiles? even if i thought of this idea or tried to make my own i would not be able to make them myself, i cant just create, design and make clothing.
Pradd Zzz (3 months ago)
Henry Marsh Am in the same dilemma, guess hav to get a design team. Got to spend money to make money. Just think of it as a the money u loose on depreciating car.
KassKass (3 months ago)
Wow. just, wow
sophie termonen (3 months ago)
everyone and everything has a story - it was really cool to hear yours and gymsharks'
Ahmed SubahiHD (3 months ago)
what was the function of each member of the team
https://www.mysharkstore.com/category/you-dressed-fabulously/
Jan (3 months ago)
so humble!
Dylan Fine (3 months ago)
Let’s Collaborate brother you are a Beast 👊
Baseball King (3 months ago)
Lol the shoes at 7:44
TheMacLyf (3 months ago)
Incredible mate! You've inspired me to stay persistent on my path as an entrepreneur!

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