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Certikin Rewards Excellence At 2017 Industry Awards Horsham pool retailers, Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs, scooped the prestigious Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence, sponsored by Certikin International, at the recently held British Pool & Hot Tub Awards Ceremony hosted by SPATA and BISHTA at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. The award attracts a £500 cash prize, which Home Counties’ Managing Director Craig Trusson and his wife, Jill, donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund charity in memory of a well-loved family member. Craig said: “My wife lost her mother to pancreatic cancer. The awards were the most significant things to us and we thought the charity could use the money better than us.” Established in 1983, Home Counties is based in Hillier Garden Centre just outside of Horsham, West Sussex. They have a dedicated hot tub showroom that is a shining example of how to display wet leisure at its best. As official dealers for Endless Pools and Cascade Pools along with Elite and Beachcomber hot tubs (as well as Zodiac Pool products) they supply and install quality driven pools, hot tubs and accessories for all budgets and tastes.
Home Counties’ Jill and Craig Trusson are pictured receiving their well-deserved award from Certikin Managing Director Neil Murray and BSPF President Alex Kemsley
Presenting the award, Certikin’s Neil Murray said: “Peter Geekie was a pioneer in the residential pool trade and the award is made to the business the association recognises as giving the best all round retail customer experience in the UK. Home Counties are deserved winners of
this award, with a reputation, built on over 30 years’ experience in swimming pools, hot tubs, water leisure and wellness.” Home Counties won a further Gold Award in the ‘In-ground Residential Spas’ category and both Award winning entries are featured later in this edition of SPN.
New Play Features For Leisure World Colchester Hippo Leisure have been busy in Essex recently having transformed the leisure pool at the council run Leisure World Colchester into a highly interactive play area. A range of new, bright and colourful water play features are aimed at increasing water confidence by encouraging learning through play for children of all ages and abilities. A pirate themed water factory has been installed in the beach area. It includes a waterball centrepiece with a variety of low level water jets including fill and spill buckets, handwheels and cannons. These features will be enjoyed by toddlers and children who are less water confident. The waterball has a mast with four interative arms, one of which is joined by a span pipe to two further masts which feature a large tipping bucket and splash board, shark showers, water wheels, small tipping buckets and pelican squirts. These features will be enjoyed by fun seeking children and even adults. Toddlers will have fun learning through play with a variety of splash
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toys including a squirt station and interactive water channels. A pirate themed toddler slide with a porthole mirror and spinning treasures, as well as interactive wall panels featuring Treasure Island, Sea Serpent and Whirlpool themed games will provide tactile, visual and auditory stimulation. The upper pool has also been rejuvenated with a Pirate themed barrel falls platform now installed on its island along with an extra large tipping bucket. The platform also features three short masts, each holding one of the following features: large tipping bucket, waterwheel and shark shower. Chris Ling, Pools Manager at Leisure World commented: “The new water play features are already proving extremely popular with families and contribute to enhancing kid appeal and overall visitor experience at Leisure World. We are delighted with the flexibility of Hippo’s play features, meaning that we can update and expand them in the future.” Hippo Leisure 01752 771740 www.hippoleisure.com
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Published on Apr 1, 2017
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