SPN (Swimming Pool News) October 2021

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IN BRIEF PWTAG COUNTS THE COST OF RECOVERY The last 18 months have been tough on pools. The cost of having them closed and then reopening them safely – twice – has been immense. Running public pools is expensive anyway, and keeping them ticking over with no revenue has cost millions. So where does PWTAG stand and what does the future hold for the organisation? Keeping pools safe has required a lot of work. HSE, Swim England etc have played their part of course. Their funding is secure. As reported in SPN previously, PWTAG has been key providing a series of technical notes on COVID (updated as necessary), an international online conference, plus collaborating on vital research. Meanwhile its core work continued: the free code of practice has been updated and the Poolmark scheme is expanding, linked with important work on training standards. Throughout the pandemic, PWTAG has fielded queries from all sides – councils, operators, swimmers and more. All this was fuelled by the voluntary efforts of its experts and funded, just about, by sales of its books and a few subscriptions from various membership sources. There’s been no government funding – but they’re working on it!

ELEVATE TO RETURN TO EXCEL IN 2022 Following suspension due to the pandemic, the Elevate trade event will return to ExCel London in 2022 for its 5th edition. Elevate has quickly become a must attend event for thousands of public and private sector decision makers, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals and sport scientists. In 2022 visitors will benefit from free high-quality CPD content and meet with hundreds of leading suppliers across six dedicated exhibition sectors.

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KLAFS Announces Acquisition Of Luxury Pool Supplier Guncast KLAFS, one of the world-leaders in the design and installation of sauna and spa facilities, has announced its acquisition of Guncast, one of the UK’s most prestigious swimming pool suppliers. Born from a partnership which began in 2016, when Guncast was chosen as a supplier of KLAFS products to the UK market, the relationship has since evolved to a marriage of the two leading wellness companies, now offering UK clients the comprehensive spa package under one roof. Speaking about the move, Stefan Schöllhammer, CEO of KLAFS said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Guncast into the KLAFS family. Since 2016, when we first partnered with Guncast as a supplier, we have enjoyed tremendous growth in the UK, and this partnership will help us to expand even more rapidly. In particular, we are seeing more and more clients wanting the complete spa experience, incorporating a pool, sauna and other treatment rooms. With Guncast under the KLAFS umbrella, we will be able to provide this comprehensive package in-house, streamlining the process for clients and ensuring an exceptional final design.” Jack Harding, CEO of Guncast commented:

“This deal weds together two brands that share the same philosophy and DNA, delivering projects driven by luxury and quality. After five years as a KLAFS partner, this next step feels like a natural progression. We look forward to sharing our continuing success and growth together for many more decades.” KLAFS and Guncast deliver wellness facilities across luxury hotels, private residences, commercial spas and high-end residential developments. Coinciding with this announcement, Guncast is launching a new office and showroom in Cheshire in October, extending their luxury wellness brand and services across the UK. KLAFS UK 01798 343725 www.klafs-uk.com

Puddle Ducks Make A Splash With Official Launch Of Flagship Pool Local child and baby swim school, Puddle Ducks was excited to officially launch its flagship pool in Barons Quay, Northwich last month, and celebrated with a welcome event for everyone involved in the creation of the pool – the first in a high-street retail unit. The state-of-the-art pool, which began construction before the pandemic, is now open for Puddle Ducks’ customers to enjoy. Everyone who was instrumental in the project was invited to the launch, to celebrate the monumental effort that has gone into helping founders, Jo Stone and Tracy Townend’s dream come true.

The ribbon was cut by Town Mayor, Sam Naylor, who was also kind enough to say a few words, complimenting how Puddle Ducks have re-envisioned the retail space of Barons. Jo Stone commented: “It is amazing that we have been able to create such a wonderful facility in Northwich for children and families to enjoy and use for learning. But of course, it wouldn’t have been possible without the many people who worked tirelessly to plan, design, build and execute the project. “It was mine and Tracy’s dream when launching Puddle Ducks in Northwich 20 years ago to have a pool of our own, and the feeling of pride now that it has all come together is truly indescribable. Our daughters were our inspiration, and it was wonderful to have all of our daughters at the launch event – one of whom is working at the pool as a teacher and another as a pool operator! “As a franchise brand with 33 offices across the UK, we plan to help all our franchisees establish their own pool facilities in their local areas, as they are so valuable to the community and truly help children to develop and learn.”

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