SPN (Swimming Pool News) October 2021

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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.

the events themselves appear to be finally back after an enforced absence.



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So with the focus back on what’s inside this latest issue of SPN, we take a look at exhibitions as we preview Cologne’s aquanale, Piscina & Wellness Barcelona and the Holiday Park & Resort Innovation at the NEC. I’m sure each will have plenty of new products on show and know many of the sectors across wet leisure will be catered for.


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Editor and Co Publisher: Jon Wadeson

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With the nights drawing in at what seems like a shockingly quick pace, the end of what has been (for the most part) a rather hectic and uncertain year is now on the horizon. As a result of COVID, the reaction to it, plus a number of other factors, various challenges still remain though and, of course, just to add to the current challenging times, inflation and supply chain issues are becoming more obvious and applicable to an ever-widening range of items as the weeks go by. As an industry that’s been pretty blessed by being busy and largely insulated from the worst of the pandemic to date, most have witnessed their effects throughout the year, so it’s not really come as any great surprise. It’s certainly not come out of the blue. How or if this affects the wet leisure industry going forward though still remains to be seen, but it’s clear that both prices and delivery times are travelling on the same path with product availability going in the opposite direction. With half term approaching and with the first few chilly mornings and nights making an appearance, it feels the season finally has some closure and businesses now often use these weeks and months to reflect on another challenging year. With the summer behind us, autumn has traditionally heralded the start of show season too, which in turn would normally mean new product launches and a chance to catch up with peers and exchange stories, advice and thoughts on the season which has just passed. That of course was the normal routine before COVID-19, but (and I say this with my fingers and more genuinely crossed) that routine and

Talking of sectors, we have a piece on tiled spas and swim spas – a niche but growing sector which offers flexible and bespoke solutions for both domestic and commercial markets alike. High-end hot tubs are also under the spotlight as we look at premium models costing in excess of £10,000 from a variety of brands. We’ve also an in depth look at the latest enclosure solutions that are extending the use of the garden swimming season whilst simultaneously reducing the maintenance and costs of pool ownership. Counter-current systems also return 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, and having touched on it already, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams gives his thoughts on the supply chain issues, whilst the STA having sealed a new partnership ask Colin Day from Lovibond® Tintometer to answer some questions on water testing. We’ve also a piece form Sunbeach Spas which covers their plans for a smoother running business model, plus a piece from Swim England which warns of potential pool closures in the commercial sector. An impressive technically-advanced residential pool project is also highlighted too. 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’ve provided something for everyone in this latest issue. I hope you enjoy reading it.

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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