Clip n Climb Exeter

5 useful things to think about when opening your Clip ‘n Climb centre

The feeling of excitement is what draws most individuals to become a Clip ‘n Climb standalone owner, while still feeling unsure as to whether they can make it a success. To alleviate those fears, we’ve gathered top tips from current owners to show how you can make a success of your future Clip ‘n Climb centre.

1 – Measure the height of your building

Whether you plan to rent or purchase a building for your Clip ‘n Climb centre, the height of your building is essential in facilitating the challenges. The minimum height of our challenges is 6.4 metres (21 ft) and can be extended to a maximum of 10 metres (33 ft).

A further 400 mm of height is required above each climbing challenge to allow for the inclusion of the steel belay bracket system. We have a dedicated team of engineers and project managers who will work with you to ensure the challenges will work within your chosen building.

2 – Consider the experience you’d like to offer

Clip ‘n Climb has more than 40 unique climbing challenges, available in a range of colours – this also includes our popular Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop Slide challenges.

Most current owners cannot fit all of these challenges into the same building, so consider shortlisting your ‘favourite’ challenges, or, choosing challenges around a particular theme.

3 – Look beyond the ‘child’ market

It’s true that 87% of climbers that experience Clip ‘n Climb are between the ages of 4-16, but this doesn’t mean your venue should solely focus on children. 13% of climbers are aged 17+ and are taking part in corporate team building sessions and exercise classes.

It should also be noted that 95% of the client base are spectators who come to support their friends and family. While they may not participate, they will be interested in your food and drink facilities – generating additional revenue for you.

4 – Think about your staff team

You’ve probably already started thinking about your staffing team. As an example of the types of roles you should look to recruit, think about:

  • Centre manager
  • Senior instructors
  • Receptionists
  • Part-time instructors to assist climbers during busy periods

We recommend that there should be a minimum of two instructors in the Clip ‘n Climb arena at all times when there are climbers present.

5 – Make parties memorable

Clip ‘n Climb centres are extremely popular locations for birthday parties. In the first three years of opening, the centre in Exeter, UK, generated thousands of pounds in birthday parties alone.

If you are planning to host parties, we recommend putting a space aside in your building for one party room for every 15 climbers. Parties guarantee a great source of additional revenue especially if you include catering options to make the party memorable.

Excited about the future?

Get in contact with our team today to discuss how you can become a stand-alone owner and the next member of the Clip ‘n Climb family.