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Leadership Team At Penguin Take The Plunge With Management Buyout Oxfordshire-based Penguin Swimming Pools is looking to boost its sales in the domestic and commercial markets with the leadership being taken over by new directors, Alex Angus, Bill Simpson and David Napper. A market-leading company, Penguin Swimming Pools employs 30 people and has been trading for over half a century. With a proud heritage and reputation for providing bespoke, high-quality pools, the company guarantees the highest standards throughout each project and uses its workforce’s extensive expertise and knowledge to provide unique builds. The quality and rigour of the pool designs and business operations mean that the company provides their clients with an award-winning experience, as demonstrated by the various accolades the company has attained over the years. The new owners have a wealth of experience and leading the team is Alex Angus as Managing Director, with Bill Simpson as Construction Director and both are supported by David Napper as Executive Director for Mechanical and Electrical, where his long experience with Penguin will help in continuing with the company’s exceptional standards. The founding owners

will remain available to the business on an ongoing basis, with Alan White in a consulting capacity and Geoff Davis on an informal basis. New Managing Director Alex Angus commented: “Penguin Swimming Pools have a demonstrable track record of designing elegant, innovative pools and spas, and because everything we do is bespoke, we can meet our client’s exact needs, no matter how specific. As new owners, and with David’s deep experience and strong support, Bill and I are dedicated to continuing with the work we have started as the leadership team, and we look forward to continuing to grow the reputation and innovations of the company.” Penguin Swimming Pools 01295 258900 www.penguinpools.co.uk

LEFT TO RIGHT: Alex Angus, Bill Simpson and David Napper

Bespoke Service From Team GC Renowned for delivering some of the world’s best-loved brands, wet leisure industry distributor Golden Coast is continuing to support customer demand for cutting-edge products having recently strengthened its technical sales team. New #TeamGC addition Matthew Dawes joined Golden Coast in May. “Golden Coast has a great reputation in the market and I’m enjoying working with such a knowledgeable, supportive team,” he said. “It’s been a whirlwind, but a good one. It has been fun getting to know the customers.” Matthew specialises in pool covers and heat pumps, which have seen a surge in sales during recent months. “The key with pool covers is finding the right one for the customer,” explained Matthew. “Golden Coast offers a wide variety of pool covers from top manufacturers like DEL, and each one can be customised to suit the unique requirements of the pool. I love helping people and offering advice to find the best solutions. “I also support customers with heat pumps, like the Dura Pro. It is a highly efficient pump that can help owners to reduce their carbon footprint, cut their electricity bills and enable year-round hot tub or spa enjoyment. It has been interesting getting to know the product and the benefits it offers both the trade and the consumer.” Matthew’s appointment is one of several developments at Golden Coast as the company continues to go from strength to strength. “I’m looking forward to hopefully attending trade shows and meeting customers. There are some really interesting things on the horizon,” said Matthew. Commenting on Matthew’s appointment, Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast said: “Matthew hit the ground running and his customer-centred approach fits right in with the Golden Coast ethos.” Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com

New Aquatic Apprenticeship Partnership Launched

The Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) and ICON Training (ICON) are delighted to announce a new unique collaboration to boost the provision of qualified swimming teachers in the UK. In April, the STA carried out an industry survey which revealed that nearly a half of all swim school owners in the UK have lost swimming teachers during the pandemic, and that this has impacted on how many children they can teach – with many stating the situation will become even worse when social distancing measures were relaxed. Fuse these statistics with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Swimming predicting that more than one million children could leave primary school in the next five years unable to swim the minimum standards

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required as part of the national curriculum, and it presents a shocking picture. In response STA and ICON over the last three months have been planning a way to qualify up to 1,000 swimming teachers a year through the apprenticeship pathway for leading leisure operators in the UK. Both Dave Candler MCIMSPA, CEO of STA and Julian Leybourne FCIMSPA (Ch), Founder and Director at ICON have been

qualified swim teachers, former lifeguards, duty managers and senior operators, so fully understand how the leisure industry works and they share a passion to put something back into the sector they serve. Dave Candler said: “As a national governing body for swimming and an international charity dedicated to preserving human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques, STA is determined to tackle this serious shortfall to ensure learners of all ages and abilities have the chance to learn how to swim – a key life skill.” STA 01922 645097 www.sta.co.uk

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