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SHOW REVIEW

SPATEX, RICOH ARENA, COVENTRY

SPATEX Ushers In A New ‘Greener’ Decade

The water leisure industry from the UK and further afield converged on the UK’s Ricoh Arena for the 24th edition of SPATEX at the end of January. Taking place before the Coronavirus outbreak, there was plenty to see and do at the three-day Show which bounced back strongly from a weather affected 2019 event and proved to be a worthwhile trip for all who attended By Jon Wadeson

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nown throughout Europe and further afield as the go-to Show for water leisure in the UK, the three-day SPATEX event held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry attracts all involved in the provision or operation of water leisure facilities. Installers, retailers, leisure operators, local authorities, hoteliers, architects and more – all know the value that the annual exhibition, complete with its comprehensive seminar programme offers, and as build up finished, the Show was brimming with an air of optimism and positivity. After all, twelve months prior, the 2019 edition had been weather affected (well to be more precise, threats of bad weather which never actually materialised affected visitor numbers) and in addition, after many months of uncertainty, there finally seemed to be a clearer direction with regards to Brexit. Attendees to the Show will have noticed that 2020 was the year it turned ‘Green’. Incredible Hulk puns put aside, the organisers had dedicated the 2020 event to promote a Greener, more environmentally

friendly Industry. From the bright green carpet welcoming visitors to the Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Hall to recyclable lanyards, and from compostable food containers to the sea of green hats at the SPATEX Networking Party, it was an endeavour that resonated with everyone and the Show’s organisers were rewarded for their efforts this year with visitor numbers up year on year by almost 4%. With this enhanced look, the venue itself with its digital entrance graphics, along with the vast majority of exhibitors had pulled out all the stops to make the Show as professional looking an event as possible. Plus the products on view combined with the free training resources that were available meant there really was something for everyone who attended. Add in the Gala Evening and it’s Awards, both of which are covered earlier on in this edition, and you can see that the Ricoh Arena really is a one-stop shop and the annual place to be for the wet leisure industry. As ever, the Show proved to be the perfect platform to unveil new

Distributor Fairlocks Pool Products were one of a number of exhibitors who increased their stand space at SPATEX 2020

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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...