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NEWS CAMPAIGN FOR WELSH POOL GIVEN COUNCIL BOOST Campaigners hoping to bring back an open air swimming pool in Abergavenny have been given landowner consent for fundraising activities from the local authority. Monmouthshire council agreed the consent but reiterated that it is not in a position to offer money for the pool project, estimated to cost around £7m. Abergavenny Lido Group was set up after more than 1,000 people signed a petition calling to bring back the popular outdoor pool which was originally built in 1938, but was closed by the local council in the early 1980s. The campaign started on social media, with dozens of people sharing memories and photos of the former pool which was open to the public in the summer months and used by schools through winter.

PEOPLE POWER PREVENTS POOL CLOSURES IN MORAY Swimming pools located within leisure centres in Lossiemouth and Keith, which were due to close under plans to plug a £14m funding gap, have been saved following the signing up of residents to a ‘use it or lose it’ campaign. The local council left the door open to the facilities being safeguarded if 300 locals signed up for a leisure loyalty scheme. The target would generate about £100,000 over the course of the year to make the pools more selfsustaining. Council leader Graham Leadbitter described the response from communities as “phenomenal”. It is now hoped that other leisure services could also be protected if the huge uptake in sign-ups continue, however opposition councillors branded the campaign as an ‘underhand tax’ to lever more money out of residents. 9_SPN_April_19_News_General.indd 9

SCP’s ‘Showcase’ Event Proves Popular With The Trade

Through continued investment, SCP UK is able to provide the best possible service to its customer base and the most recent example of this investment is a fantastic new Trade Counter facility at its Gatwick distribution centre. This new area, along with an impressive Academy Training room plus a mezzanine floor located within the company’s large warehouse, recently played host to the SCP Showcase – a three-day event used by the company and numerous suppliers to highlight many of the products, and in particular new innovations, that will be available to the trade for the coming season. The event is geared specially to give trade customers time to get up close with products and then be able to discuss them one on one with a number of representatives from either SCP or from suppliers and manufacturers directly. With a wide range of products to view which included cover systems, hot tubs and spa accessories, on-site lining, water treatment and testing, sound systems, commercial equipment and saunas to name but a

few, there really was something for everyone. It’s a relaxed environment for all and clearly a popular concept as each day saw a busy stream of customers arrive at the venue and suppliers, without exception, all gave glowing reviews regarding both the numbers arriving and quality of visitors seen. Dash Ganeson, Managing Director at SCP UK commented that: “The showcase had been a resounding success and the positive feedback received over the three days, both from the attending trade customer base and vendors was extremely satisfying to hear.” He added: “Despite the current economic and political uncertainty due to Brexit, the pool and spa market remains fundamentally strong with order books already filling up for the upcoming season.” SCP UK 01293 546126

Industry Forecast 2019: Sunny With A Chance Of Brexit According to findings from the Wet Leisure Industry Survey released in January, the industry is planning on another strong year despite political and economic uncertainty. More than 86% of survey respondents expect to enjoy a 2019 falling somewhere between ‘OK’ and ‘Extremely Good’, something which organiser Golden Coast hopes rings true. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams explained: “Thanks to overwhelming support from the industry’s leading organisations, including BISHTA, BSPF and ISPE, and

key trade publications, the survey is now in its seventh year. “That length of time provides real insights into the industry’s trends and thinking. Year in, year out, we see evidence that businesses typically expect the year ahead to be much like the one that’s just finished. Last year’s outstanding weather certainly played a role in many companies’ successes.” While most respondents hold an optimistic view of the year ahead, the survey also highlighted the challenges they felt the future might hold. Respondents raised concerns

over meeting ever-increasing customer expectations, training and recruitment, and legislative updates, including Brexit. “Brexit certainly remains as the biggest question mark on the horizon,” said Jamie. “Nearly one in three respondents specifically mentioned it in their comments. However, whether you see it as a problem or an opportunity, no one can say exactly what its effect will be.” Results from the Wet Leisure Industry Survey along with previous year’s results can be viewed online now at www.

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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...