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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.

Even SPATEX has not escaped the shutdowns and uncertainty, meaning cancellation for the physical event in Coventry – something that was unthinkable only a few weeks ago. In its place, organisers have now also opted for a safety first approach and will have a virtual offering running over the same planned dates in February. Inside this issue, we have information and updates on both of these events along with as much other news as we’ve been able to pull together during these challenging times.


Editor and Co Publisher: Jon Wadeson Features: Karen Witney Features & Subeditor: Andrea Hartshorne Co Publisher and Sales Director: Tony Weston Production: Cathy Varley Accounts: Sam Bartholomew For editorial enquiries contact Jon on: T: +44 (0)20 8306 8150 E: jon@aqua-publishing.co.uk For advertising enquiries contact Tony on: T: +44 (0)1474 813433 E: tony@aqua-publishing.co.uk For production enquiries contact Cathy on: T: +44 (0)1823 432416 E: cathy@aqua-publishing.co.uk For accounts enquiries contact Sam on: T: +44 (0)1823 430639 E: accounts@aqua-publishing.co.uk Design: Colin Halliday

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Attractive and effective over the top solutions

COUN TER-C URREN T SYSTE MS Making smaller swimming pools more functional

HOT TUBS IN THE COMM ERCIA L SECTOR Products that are making life easier for owners and operators

TILED SPAS & SWIM SPAS Bespoke solutions that provide the ultimate in flexibility, durability and luxury



Cover Systems | Project Showcase | Opinion STA Pool Plant – Swim School Pools | Commercial Choice | 11 Pages Of Industry News SPATEX Goes Virtual | Sandstone – The Natural 02/11/2020 21:55

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With the school holidays period now well and truly behind us, it feels like the traditional season now has some form of closure although for many, it’s still incredibly busy times – they’re just not quite as crazy as recent months as this year in general has been. The COVID-19 pandemic and all of it many direct and indirect effects mean that 2020 will definitely be a year to remember, that’s for sure! Sadly though, for many businesses, the constant threat of lockdowns still exists and while that may not affect the domestic side of the industry too badly – and in fact it has actively helped sales and installations this year – it’s causing chaos and uncertainty in many other areas. How long this goes on for remains to be seen but as an industry, on the whole, I think many have been incredibly lucky through a turbulent year, one which I hope we look back on as unique. Should the pandemic drag on well into 2021, well, I personally just don’t want to think about the potential consequences for many people, businesses and industries. With summer a slightly faded memory, this issue normally heralds the start of show season, however with the pandemic still raging, exhibitions are one sector that has really suffered. As a second wave of COVID-19 takes off, shows around Europe and indeed the world have either been cancelled or moved into next year and that means no previews for us to cover. The biennial show in Lyon – Piscine Global Europe – which is the most important event for the global industry, has now moved to February and has been replaced with a digital event in November.

Also in this issue, we’ve pieces on the use of Sandstone for pool and garden projects and an update from distributor Plastica who have gone from strength-to-strength over recent months. Feature wise we cover tiled spas and swim spas – a niche sector which offers flexible, durable and bespoke solutions for both domestic and commercial markets alike plus we shine a light on some of the dedicated products within the commercial hot tub sector – a delayed feature which would normally run in our June issue. Still on the subject of the commercial sector, we’ve a look at systems that are helping to cover pools and spas and save both energy and costs in their operation. We look at the latest enclosure solutions too that are extending the use of the swimming pool season whilst simultaneously reducing the maintenance and costs of pool ownership. Counter-current systems are also under the spotlight as we look at the latest products which are powering smaller pools and putting them on a par with their larger counterparts. As if that wasn’t enough, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams gives his opinion on the rise and use of social media, whilst the STA takes a look at the subject of swim school pools. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus, we’ve got our round up of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and further afield. So with everything covered, hopefully we have provided a little of something for everyone in this slightly delayed latest issue. I hope you enjoy it and remain safe in the coming weeks and months.

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...