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We sat down with Madeleine Cordukes of Slinga Fitness to find out a little bit more about February’s Business of the Month 


What does your business do/ offer?

Childcare-free Postnatal Fitness Classes. I specialise in babywearing fitness classes, as well as offering circuits, boot camps, running groups, personal training & more. I emphasise not only the importance of physical health, but also mental health with social time included in each class

What made you set up on your own?

Being a single parent, I wanted the opportunity to work flexibly with my daughter

What have you found the biggest challenge to date?

How much it takes over your life so having to prioritise when to work, and when to have a break

What do you find most rewarding about running your business?

I love my job! I have the most wonderful customers & thoroughly enjoy working with them; it is wonderful watching the little ones grow too. I love getting feedback and how Slinga Fitness can have such an impact on their postnatal experiences

What makes North Tyneside a good place to run a business?

I have lived all over the UK but I love it here. It is a brilliant place to live for families which is my audience and offers great locations for classes too!

What one piece of advice would you offer to somebody looking to set out in business?

BUSINESS PLAN! Know what you are doing and use resources you have available to you like The Business Factory. I already had a degree in business & management so I knew what to do, but the Business Factory offers you a reassuring step, encouragement and support to see you through. 

For more information about Slinga Fitness, visit

Any SME in North Tyneside can nominate themselves or somebody they know to be crowned Business of the Month; simply provide a reason for selection and come along to the monthly business coffee morning held the first Friday of every month.

As Business of the Month, The Business Factory will help to promote the chosen company via a range of digital and traditional communication channels – including support from the News Guardian.

Nominations can be tweeted to The Business Factory using the #NTCBiz, posted on its Facebook page or emailed to

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