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Hydro-Flux Aqua Products Celebrates After Receiving £20,000 Grant Partnership Sees Completion Of Much Anticipated Indoor School Pool On 30 January 2019, Thorpe House School in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire and Seriously FUN Swimming Schools celebrated the launch of Thorpe House’s newly covered and renovated 18 metre swimming pool with an official ceremony. Despite freezing temperatures and the threat of snow, the event was well attended. Guests included school governors, directors, staff and parents from both Thorpe House and Seriously FUN plus the senior Head Boy and a selection of the school’s elite swimmers. The star guest however was Olympic gold medal winner Adrian Moorhouse MBE. Adrian, who lives in Cookham and is a long time Seriously FUN customer, performed the ribbon cutting ceremony and talked about how the pool will benefit pupils at Thorpe House, Seriously FUN customers and the local community. Following a demonstration by some of the school’s swimming team coached by PE teacher and

qualified swimming instructor, Paul Britton, Adrian joined Year 11 pupil, Ellis for an interview about his swimming career. Seriously FUN approached Thorpe House in 2017 to fund the building of an enclosure to cover their existing outdoor school swimming pool. In the 1980s, there were an estimated 3,000 school swimming pools, those numbers have dwindled by one third, and are being lost at a rate of 10% a year, according to the Amateur Swimming Association. Jonathon Madden, Owner at Seriously FUN commented: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Thorpe House School to create this fantastic new swimming facility. The partnership provides ongoing income for the school by way of a long term hire agreement and secures the pool’s future at a time when many other schools are closing their swimming pools.” Seriously FUN 01753 364364 www.seriouslyfun.com

Launched in October 2017, Hydro-Flux Aqua Products Limited started life with one goal in mind: to manufacturer unique, innovative products that make life easier for swimming pool engineers and pool owners. With their first product, FlowBright – a swimming pool light that generates its own electricity, eliminating the need for a complex installation, additional equipment, and electrical costs – Hydro-Flux certainly had the ideas to make this goal a reality. However, they recognised that they might need some assistance in taking them to the next stage. Having looked at AD:VENTURE – a Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership – the company worked alongside a dedicated Business Advisor to put together detailed plans, forecasts and targets. Once complete, the organisation was assessed for its eligibility to access grant funding from the programme and secured just under £20,000. Using the funds to change a large warehouse into furnished offices, the business was able to purchase furniture, computers, printers, and the tooling equipment required to manufacture the product, making it a viable innovation to take to market. Director at Hydro-Flux, Michael Burnham, commented: “Without AD:VENTURE there is no way we could have put our idea into practice. Not only did we need some guidance and governance to make sure we were following the necessary processes, but we were also finding it difficult to raise the funds, as the equipment and tooling isn’t cheap. Securing the grant made all of the difference and we went from kitchen table to furnished offices almost overnight. It was great. Not only was the environment different but our mindset and the way that we approached the business changed.” FlowBright is now available to the UK trade via Fairlocks Pool Products and is one of a number of new and innovative products available from the distributor in 2019. Hydro-Flux Aqua Products 01924 600257 www.hydro-flux.com

Michael (left) and Doug Burnham with a FlowBright prototype

Aquatics A Prominent Feature At Elevate 2019 Elevate returns to ExCeL in London on 8 - 9 May 2019 and the show’s extensive free education programme continues to evolve with the development of its Pool and Spa seminars and Active Aquatics features. Elevate will attract an audience of over 10,000 purchasers, specifiers and potential partners from across the physical activity, health and performance sectors. Over two days, thousands of senior decision makers from wet leisure, pool and spa, leisure centres, health clubs and hotel backgrounds will attend to source the latest equipment from over 350 exhibitors and listen to thought-leading speakers. Wet leisure related exhibitors to date include organisations such as Swim England, Poolview, Hippo Leisure, ID&C, BandJP

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Lennard, Swimming Teachers Association, Swimtag, Institute of Swimming, Royal Life Saving Society UK and PAC Wristbands. Active Aquatics is a feature area that focuses on exploring aquatic strategies for facilities that both maximise use of the pool and increase membership numbers. Exhibitors will have the chance to showcase the latest equipment plus reveal details on research, monitoring and performance. Supported by Swim England, there are various seminar streams based on specifying and operating pools, spas and saunas. One such seminar will focus on ‘Building the swimming pools

of tomorrow’, which will explore how to create sustainable yet inspiring environments for people to venture into water activities, whilst providing an insight into the development of sustainably fit for purpose facilities. Richard Lamburn, Head of Facilities at Swim England, will chair the session alongside Mike Lawless, Director at LA Architects and Simon Whittingham, Managing Director at FT Leisure. Other notable sessions are ‘Generating value from your swimming pool’ and ‘Recruiting, retaining and motivating your workforce to grow your aquatic business’. Elevate 01737 855000 www.elevatearena.com

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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...