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JUNE 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.

market, a sector that’s come into its own over recent months. The lockdown combined with continuing holiday uncertainty has meant demand for these products remains high. We’ve also a feature on hot tubs being operated in a business setting, which for similar reasons as home pools and indeed spas, are enjoying another phenomenal season.


Editor and Co Publisher: Jon Wadeson Features: Karen Witney Features & Subeditor: Andrea Hartshorne Co Publisher and Sales Director: Tony Weston Accounts: Sam Bartholomew Design: Colin Halliday For editorial enquiries contact Jon on: T: +44 (0)20 8306 8150 E: For advertising enquiries contact Tony on: T: +44 (0)1474 813433 E: For accounts enquiries please email For production enquiries please email For general enquiries please email To subscribe or amend / cancel an existing subscription, please visit our website. Annual subscription rates (6 issues): UK £30, Europe £50 and ROW £60 SPN is published by W: Printed in the UK by The Manson Group Ltd

Aqua Publishing Ltd accepts no liability for any insert, display or classified advertisement included in PUBLISHING Swimming Pool News. While every reasonable care is taken to ensure that all advertisers are reliable and reputable, Swimming Pool News can give no assurance they will fulfil their obligations under all circumstances. The views expressed in the articles in Swimming Pool News are the contributors’ own. All rights reserved. Copyright for all materials published in SPN remains with the publishers. Material contained in this publication is not to be reproduced in whole or in part without the prior permission of Aqua Publishing Ltd.

MANU FACTU RED IN THE UK Flying the flag for British-made pool products

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Still busy. Still uncertain. Still no overseas holidays (well there are, but let’s be honest, the choices are seriously limited). Still watching the news. Still waiting. For weeks if not months now, it’s felt a little like Groundhog Day. Actually, a lot like Groundhog Day. Of course by that, I mean the film with Bill Murray, rather than the annual traditional of observing a large rodent, popular in the US and Canada. Yes, on the whole we seem to be moving in the right direction, but at times everything feels just so painfully slow. The lack of some sort of normality or at least some form of certainty is not only an odd feeling, but it’s starting to create some challenges too. For the trade side of the industry, demand for some products is beginning to outstrip supply. It’s an odd thing to say but wet leisure has almost faired too well and supplies of a widening variety of products are coming under increasing pressure. Lead times are rising and prices are creeping up in several sectors, leaping up in others. It’s truly a strange time to be alive and not knowing what’s round the corner is proving to be an increasingly frustrating experience for just about everyone I talk to. I have to say, looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if the pandemic has a lasting effect on peoples’ habits, particularly when it comes to travel and holidays. I wonder how the wider wet leisure industry in the UK will cope if demand stays so high. A nice, albeit hypothetical, challenge to have I guess! Coming back to the factual and concentrating on this issue, we’ve a number of features that are topical given the ongoing situation. We explore what’s new in the above-ground pools

Hardwearing yet stunning, tiling and mosaic solutions have the spotlight placed upon them again this issue as we look at the latest trends and materials for bespoke finishes, plus we also take a look at companies that are manufacturing some fantastic swimming pool products, right here in Blighty! We take an in depth look at the various options for heating swimming pool water, with a focus on solutions which aren’t heat pump or environmental systems based – solutions which will definitely take the chill out of the water in a variety of pools. With face-to-face trade events, both in the UK and around the world, now looking to resume towards the end of the year, we round up what’s on and where over the next 12 months or so. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve a number of shorter pieces this issue too. Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams takes a trip down memory lane as he looks back over summers that have been. Luke Griffiths at Safety Training Awards looks to dispel some of the myths surrounding skin irritations and water quality. Milestone anniversaries are being celebrated by both Waterco and Superior Wellness, so we’ve in-depth coverage for both companies, plus we take a look at the US polymer business behind London’s Sky Pool project. There’s also updates and further useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA. Plus, we’ve also got our round up of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and abroad too. So, that’s this latest issue of SPN broken down. As always, I hope you enjoy reading it. Have a great of summer.

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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SPN (Swimming Pool News) June 2021  

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...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) June 2021  

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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