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APRIL 2021

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.

to host digitally this year. It was actually a very well presented event and from what I can tell, was well received and appreciated too. As a Judge, I would just like to say congratulations to all who entered and everyone who picked up an Award. Once again, there were some truly amazing pool and spa projects on show.


Editor and Co Publisher: Jon Wadeson Features: Karen Witney


Features & Subeditor: Andrea Hartshorne

Quality products providing a stress-free pool build experience

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Great domestic pool cover-ups that are labour saving and on trend

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The short period between SPATEX and the start of spring is always a busy one for many within the UK wet leisure industry and this year (following on from what has to be one of the busiest of years for the industry ever) has been no different. If anything, it’s been even busier than usual with overhang of orders and tasks from 2020. In fact I’ve not spoken to anyone that hasn’t been busy and who doesn’t feel optimistic about business for the year ahead. Any negatives have fallen into the ‘not enough time’ or ‘not enough product’ categories. Of course the pandemic has created a number of difficulties, and no doubt will continue to do so. Brexit has also posed challenges, but on the whole, I think the sector has been tremendously fortunate recently. With commercial operators now opening up too, I’m sure I am not the only one in the industry who is breathing a sigh of relief at the return of some small sense of normality. It’s somewhat strange looking back a year to my piece in 2020’s corresponding issue. Everything was up in the air at that stage of the pandemic but I’m glad my inkling that the Industry could find itself at the forefront of any recovery has largely proven to be correct – well, so far at least – and I hope peoples’ health and wellbeing remains more of a priority going forward. Having mentioned SPATEX above (which of course took place virtually rather than in Coventry this year), inside this issue we highlight all the Gold winners from the annual British Pool & Hot Tub Awards which for obvious reasons, BISHTA and SPATA had

We also explore what’s new in the one-piece and fibreglass swimming pools market, products that have enjoyed an amazing period and which hope to take the hassle out of installations for both pool builders and owners alike. Still on the subject of convenience, we’ve an in depth look at the latest automatic cover systems for the domestic swimming pool sector. Pool liners and systems – perfect for both new build and refurbishment projects – are also once again featured in this edition and if that wasn’t enough to keep you going, we’ve a piece on high-end swim spas which have, like most products over the last 12 months, also been selling extremely well to both families and those in search of some serious exercise while public pools and leisure centres have been closed. Looking at the season ahead, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams looks at some of the factors that are likely to make or break 2021. The STA’s Luke Griffiths discusses some of the considerations and risks as a result of the boom in hot tub sales over the last 12 months, plus we’ve a piece on Darlly Europe who have had to expand their operations in Europe following logistics difficulties as a result of Brexit. Something that the wider industry is also struggling with, especially when combined with the pandemic. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus we’ve also got our round up of all the latest industry, product, eco, people and wellness news from both here in the UK and abroad too. So that’s this latest issue covered. All that leaves me to say is I hope you enjoy it and of course, stay safe during these still exceptional and uncertain times.

Jon Wadeson - Editor PS – If you are involved within the industry and have some relevant news that you would like to appear within SPN, please do get in touch.

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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...

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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...

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