SPN (Swimming Pool News) October 2021

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Full Steam Ahead For Our Still Busy Industry With face-to-face opportunities returning, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes provides an update on a number of initiatives taking place


aving commented in the last issue of SPN about the excellent performance of Team GB at the Olympics, the Paralympics GB athletes (including from Northern Ireland) continued their remarkable achievements with another second place in the medals table at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The industry will be awarding our own gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2022 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards (hosted by SPATA and BISHTA), so members are encouraged to enter and have a chance to be recognised for their hard work. The winners will be announced in Coventry on Tuesday 1 February. The deadline for entry is at the end of October, so please go online now. For details of the evening, see the following page and please remember, attendance at the event is open to the whole industry! This time of year sees many industry events, including the annual Information and Networking Days for both BISHTA and SPATA. Although it had been hoped to have these events taking place at venues in Andover and Doncaster, with members so busy, a decision was taken to hold them online, so that members could attend them without having to travel (or they can still choose to watch the presentations at a later date on-demand)! A really exciting mix of industry and external speakers was assembled for these days. BISHTA members will

have heard updates on various aspects of how BISHTA promotes hot tub safety. From working with the HSE, where BISHTA members (and the wider industry) have been providing details of microbiological tests in business settings, to identify if there are any issues and whether the HSG 282 guidance needs adapting in any way. Our friends from Trading Standards will have provided updates on some member factsheets they have been revising. Sallie Leslie-Golding will have detailed the latest news on how BISHTA and the industry have been in the news over the past year, and how several BISHTA (and SPATA) members have taken advantage of guidance from business advisors such as Mark Page, who will have spoken on matters relating to supporting your business – he also has an article in this issue on page 29. There will have also been updates from BISHTA and details of the preparations for the AGM. At SPATA’s Information and Networking Days, members will have received updates on workforce development, including qualifications where work continues with the ISPE and the STA to develop opportunities for members (and the wider industry). There were also sessions on Trading Standards, Business Support, and the industry in the news session, plus details of the changes to the SPATA Awards, which will offer more opportunities of acknowledgement for members’ workmanship. Finally, there was also the chance for SPATA members to hear what their trade association has been working on and have their say on matters relating to the AGM. With BISHTA and SPATA also being

The industry will be awarding our own gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2022 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards (hosted by SPATA and BISHTA), so members are encouraged to enter and have a chance to be recognised for their hard work”

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members of the BSPF, the three respective AGMs for these companies will be held on Thursday 4 November in Andover. By the time of the next issue of SPN, we will know who has won the EUSA European Pool and Spa Awards for 2021, being held at Piscina & Wellness in Barcelona on Monday 29 November, so good luck to all of the entries (but especially those from the UK!). Spain will have also hosted the WAPSA meeting in Barcelona on Monday, 29 November, so this will be an action-packed day for all national pool and spa associations. There will be plenty of opportunities to understand how different countries organise their associations, so it is hoped to find sources of interest that can translate to our industry to share with BISHTA and SPATA members (and the wider industry, where applicable). Also in this issue, there’s a piece from Wright Hassall on suspending and terminating contracts correctly (see page 30), an article from our friends at Nsure on their PoolSure and SpaSure insurance packages (see page 31), plus an update from the SPATEX team (see page 32). Enjoy the remaining part of this year, and I look forward to seeing you in Coventry at SPATEX 2022!

DIARY DATES 2021 2 Nov 4 Nov 4 Nov 4 Nov 9 Nov 7 Dec 9 Dec 10 Dec 16 Dec 2022 1 – 3 Feb

PIP Committee, WebEx SPATA Council and AGM, Andover BSPF AGM, Andover BISHTA Committee and AGM, Andover SPATA Technical Committee, WebEx BISHTA Technical Committee, WebEx EUSA Meeting, Zoom SPATEX Board, WebEx BSPF Board, WebEx SPATEX, Coventry

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