FITNESS instructor Katie Bulmer-Cooke is going global.
The mum-of-one, from Ashbrooke, Sunderland, held her first sessions just 18 months ago.
But while many bigger gyms and health clubs feel the pinch, the 26-year-old has gone from strength to strength, with her Little Black Dress Clubs opening in 20 cities nationwide.
Now the entrepreneur has launched her first international group in Canada.
The six-week course, which comprises mindset, nutrition and fitness training, is designed for busy mums and career women.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the success of the business and the feedback I’ve had from both franchise owners and customer alike,” said Katie.
“To know that my program is helping so many women across the world is amazing.”
Katie also runs a host of fitness websites and holds sessions across the North East.
However, the Little Black Dress Clubs has been franchised to other locations, from Lanarkshire in Scotland to Portsmouth on the south coast.
“It has always been my goal to reach out to as many really busy women as possible and show them that they can juggle everyday life as well as look and feel great,” she said.
“I know how hard this can be, as a working mum myself. I lost almost three stone in just 10 weeks after giving birth.”
In the coming months, Katie plans to open more groups, as well as release a DVD and take to the road for a weight-loss roadshow with Kevin McLernon, the winner of ITV 1’s The Biggest Loser competition.
Earlier this year, she was picked from scores of hopefuls from across the country to win the coveted UK Personal Trainer of the Year honour at a ceremony at the Winter Gardens, in Blackpool.
“The Canadian response has been amazing,” she said. “There has been so much interest and hype around the program, places are starting to sell out already which is fantastic, especially since the program only launched recently.”