19 years ago today Slimtone took its first online order! The order for a Slimtone Lifestyle Plan was sent out to Germany. Marie explains, “A past Slimtone member had moved to Germany and, as soon as we went online, she placed her order and was delighted that she could keep up with Slimtone news and her Lifestyle Plan.”

Marie has always worked hard to keep the business fresh and up-to-date and spends hours researching the latest trends both in healthy eating and business developments. Marie explains, “1998 was the early days of website development – the BBC had only launched their website six months earlier. At the time our Slimtone classes were all in the South Wales area, but I was sure that I could help people further afield and this was a tremendous opportunity that we just had to take.”

“I launched a website and started selling mail order packs – I think we were the UK’s very first online slimming club, way ahead of the “big boys”! As things developed, we progressed to providing online downloads straight from the website, as well as online slimming classes. Now Slimtone has members all over the world – this year we even sent an order to British Columbia. We’re active on social media with Facebook and Twitter, we’re on your laptop, tablet or mobile phone and have a large community of dedicated Slimtone members.”

Who would have thought that a business that started in Pontycymer in 1982 would be an internet pioneer! Marie says, “I’ve always just wanted to help people help themselves to lose weight and, more importantly, to keep the weight off. The website and all our online developments have meant I’ve been able to reach even more people and I plan to continue doing that for a long time to come.”