NearYou is a trusted marketplace where instructors and studios, in the UK and USA, promote their online Zoom classes, events, workshops, ClassPasses, courses and streaming videos. The website and NearYou mobile app offer thousands of online activities, offering the public a huge range of choice across a broad variety of online live and streaming video activities.
A Trusted Marketplace and Community
NearYou is a trusted market where the public can find the best online fitness professionals, teachers, studios, gyms and schools running, therapists, and access the best streaming video.
Why is NearYou Different?
The NearYou is an exclusive "Pay as You Go" service, offering free access to a range of online fitness activities, with NO membership fees, No Join fees and NO ongoing or additional fees. Reserve and pay for classes with ONECLICK via ApplePay or GooglePay.
Subscribers can join the NearYou experience, accessing the best online teachers and instructors daily, enjoy personalised website and app experiences, receive weekly newsletters, blogs, offers, ClassPass, latest streaming video releases, and quick access to favourite activities.
Award Winning Service Trusted by the public
E-Commerce award winner 2021, UK Enterprise Award Winner 2021, Top internet Company 2021.
Near you consistently achieves Gold standard and in 2020/2021 was awarded the prestigious Feefo Platinum award for our products and customer service.
2 Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Awards 2021, 2020
6 Gold Feefo Trusted Service Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.
Reviews are based on genuine customer ratings, verified by Feefo. The company refuses to use unverified Facebook, Google or Trustpilot reviews.
History and Development of the NearYou Platform
Near you started from a collaboration with a number of Pilates and Yoga instructors in early 2011. They felt that the independent Pilates and yoga teachers market was not getting any visibility on the internet. Working closely with the instructors, a new platform was created and rolled-out to the public. The first to hit the market was Pilates.
2011 The first NearYou website, Pilates NearYou, was launched in the UK as a directory. The website was an immediate success, attracting hundreds of Pilates instructors and Pilates studios.
2012 Dance Near You and Martial Arts Near You websites added to the portfolio.
2015 Yoga Class Near you was launched, attracting hundreds of independent yoga teachers keen to market their classes in the UK.
2016 The company introduced online bookings and payments using Stripe. The introduction of the service, after a slow start, gained momentum - proving to be very popular with the public looking to find and book activities.
2016 The service was introduced to the USA market. 3 websites were added to the portfolio - Yoga Class Near You USA, Pilates NearYou USA and Martial Art USA.
An independent review service was added. Run by Feefo, which is totally independent from NearYou, and guarantees the quality of reviews. Giving customers a fair and unbiased insight into the quality of classes and the service.
In the same year the NearYou iPhone and iPad App was introduced and was quickly adopted by the public as a fast and efficient way to find activities.
The NearYou brand was introduced and included a new website MyNearYou. The website combined all the existing activities in one media hub and new activities previously unavailable.
This was the start of an exclusive online class booking and reservation developing a "Pay as you go Service."
New activities were quickly added to popular activities such as Pilates, Yoga, Dance and Martial Arts.
A new messaging service was introduced similar to WhatsAPP, Facebook messenger, a real time messaging system, with built in activity recommendations, links, booking and re-scheduling notifications.
An Android App was launched during the year to complement the Apple mobile Apps.
This was the year when activity bookings took off with 171% increase over 2018.
2020 was a momentous year with Covid-19 taking centre stage. Once the national lockdown on the 24th March was announced bookings fell sharply. Within 7 days NearYou launched online classes, events, workshops, courses and ClassPasses to the public. Despite the initial collapse in class bookings, over the month of April bookings surged ahead registering a 21% increase compared to April 2019.
Shortly afterwards, NearYou launch its on demand video service ahead of its main competitors MindBody, in the UK and USA. Giving Fitness businesses the opportunity to download zoom video recordings or create videos and sell them online 24/7. Read more about video on demand
On the 3rd of June an all new NearYou website was launched, an upgraded customer area for the public and a new activities management area for instructors and teachers. Read all about the new online fitness finder.
NearYou confirmed Stripe Verified partner. Read about the Stripe partnership.
At the end of July the lockdown was lifted and NearYou.best stepped in with a COVID-19 Action Plan to help customers quickly identify fitness teachers who were re-opening venues and taking activity bookings.
Despite the Covid-19 crisis, ongoing lockdowns, restrictions on travel, and closure of fitness centres, online bookings Zoomed by 32% on NearYou.
Near You launch all new iPhone and iPad App. Includes completely new front end design and layouts, including new home screen, direct access to Zoom classes, new search screens, improved filters. Instructor profiles and schedules replaced with new screen layouts and action buttons. Download the App.
Global Payment gateway enabled. NearYou, a verified Stripe developer, replaces the WorldPay subscription system with a Stripe system to improve the capability of NearYou to accept payment in over 100 countries.
NearYou extends the online payment and booking service to customers in over 100 countries. The service uses the Stripe global payments service allowing users to pay in over 100 currencies. Giving the NearYou platform the ability to expand its fitness activity finder services around the world, taking payments for in-person activities, Zoom online, and VOD (video on demand).
Activity specific websites get new radical design layouts. Incorporates streaming video throughout, updated content, new activity search layouts:
NearYou introduces refer a friend service. Instructors can refer other activity service providers to join the platform and get rewards.
The new Job vacancy service launched to help fitness businesses, studios, schools, gyms and health clubs find and recruit instructors and run classes at short notice.
Klarna, the buy now pay later service, is added to the NearYou platform. Members of the public can choose to buy higher ticket price activities and pay over 3 months interest free.
The company is committed to offering the best customer service and support to the public, and to independent teachers and studios.