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Editor’s Editor and Co Publisher: Jon Wadeson Features: Karen Witney Features & Subeditor: Andrea Hartshorne Co Publisher and Sales Director: Tony Weston Production: Cathy Varley Accounts: Sam Bartholomew For editorial enquiries contact Jon on: T: +44 (0)20 8306 8150 E: For advertising enquiries contact Tony on: T: +44 (0)1474 813433 E: For production enquiries contact Cathy on: T: +44 (0)1823 432416 E: For accounts enquiries contact Sam on: T: +44 (0)1823 430639 E: Design: Colin Halliday & Kellie Mills

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returns to Coventry with the midweek dates of Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 2 February.

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SPN incorporating Pool & Spa Industry is the official trade magazine for the UK wet leisure markets and is the only trade publication that invests in the industry it serves.

Busy. That one word seems to sum up perfectly the start of 2016 and I don’t just mean for myself. It seems everyone has been exceptionally busy since the Christmas break and just when I, or anyone else for that matter, thought it couldn’t get any busier, then SPATEX happened and… well things did! SPN exhibited at the annual SPATEX show along with well over 100 other companies and it was without doubt the best UK show we have attended. It too was busy – really busy. But not just with visitors, which there were plenty of and who seemed to literally flood into the Coventry venue across the three days, it was busy with great looking and professional stands, which presented a wide range of new and innovative products. The twin seminar programme was busy too. So, yes, busy is indeed the single word that sums up 2016 so far and I promise I’ll not use it again in the rest of my letter! Such a frantic start to the year does of course provide an indicator to the season ahead, so without wishing to tempt fate, it seems like the year is shaping up to be a good one for the industry. Going back to SPATEX, in this issue we review the three-day event. For those that missed it, it really is something that needs to be attended so ensure you make a note in your diary for 2017, as the show

Also in this issue, we report on the winners from this year’s British Pool & Hot Tub Awards held by BISHTA and SPATA. The annual event takes place during SPATEX and puts the spotlight on some of the best swimming pool, hot tub and swim spa projects from across our industry. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the quality and excellence that is present within the UK industry. Energy saving products also play a part in this issue with automatic pool covers and heat pumps both being featured as green and cost saving technologies. We also explore what’s new in the one-piece and fibreglass pools market, a sector that is taking the hassle out of installations for both pool builders and owners alike plus we’ve also a feature on the latest in pool liners and systems too. With the year up and running, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams examines the reasons why people are looking forward to a great 2016 season while RLSS UK’s Alex Blackwell looks at the issues surrounding poorly designed public pools and how greater communication between pool designers, builders and operators is needed to create a safer pool environment. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus information from the STA concerning Biofilms and their impact on Water Plant Management. Finally, we’ve also got our roundup of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and abroad. So with this issue of SPN covered, all that leaves me to say is I hope you enjoy reading the issue.

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2016  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2016  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...