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SPN APR 2010 IndustryNews



Being referred to as the sleeping giant may just be a thing of the past for BioLab UK.

Early this year ‘the awakening’ took place with special presentations at venues in Manchester and Oxford.

The day was focused on brand BAYROL which included numerous presentations from the BioLab team, including the Managing Director of the BAYROL Group, Bernd Rothfuss.

In addition to the presentations numerous scenerios were acted out in the form of role plays by Catherine

Reid, Robbie Long and Jim Lamb.

Guest speaker, Kevin Geraghty, gave an in-depth talk on marketing, giving many useful tips such as how to protect your business in a competitive market. After the presentations, delegates stayed on to celebrate a dinner dance. The evening finished off with a live band.



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Water boards may soon have the right to impose stricter rules during hosepipe bans and the perception is regulations will soon extend to include topping up pools and hot tubs, whether with hosepipes or permanent plumbing.

Experts say legislation may not come into force this year but it will come in at some point. One option is a rainwater storage system.

Marcus Bicknell, Partner – Marketing and Technical, of RainWater Harvesting said: “A typical 10 x 5 metre pool kept covered will lose around 30 litres a day through evaporation. In a two month drought that is around 2,000 litres. A 2,700 litre GRAF tank at under £2,000 including accessories would cover this basic shortfall, and any larger tank would give even greater protection for a relatively small additional investment. A digger

would be on site to construct a pool, so an underground rainwater system can easily be installed as part of the ground works. Or the tanks can be surface mounted. Fitted with suitable filters and siphons, the storage tanks will provide clear enough water for a pool and hot tub. The relatively small amount of rainwater entering the pool will not drastically affect the chemical dosage required.

“Using rainwater will in the long run reduce water costs, particularly if large storage tanks are used when a property has a pool and extensive land. “Properties with sustainable options such as rainwater harvesting gain in value for resale. It is often said that sustainable options are easier for those who have more money. People who have pools can afford and give value to ‘green’ options.”

The Time Capsule in Coatbridge, one of Scotland’s top leisure centres is undergoing a £6m revamp, which will include one of Europe’s top water slides. Building work has just started on site and the project is expected to take nine months to complete. The project will deliver a new water slide – shaped like a spaceship – to woo visitors. The Kids Tantrum ride is said to be the first of its kind, and will allow swimmers to plunge into a pool from three-storeys up. A new state-of-the-art health suite is also being created. It will feature a stone-bedded relaxation area, spa pools, steam rooms and saunas.


Two new Birmingham swimming pools are one step closer to becoming a reality after agreement was reached to go ahead with the £23m projects. One is at West Bromwich, the other at nearby Tipton. A report in November 2009 proposed a 25-metre, six-lane pool for West Bromwich, with a learner pool. Also proposed was a four-court sports hall, a 100-station fitness suite and a refreshment area. Construction costs were estimated at £13.5m. The proposed £8.8m Tipton facility would have a 25-metre pool, learner pool and a refreshment area. Nearly £9m has been set aside and plans to borrow the rest, repaying more than £1.5m a year.


Swimming pool officials have banned goggles which they believe can cause children to bump into each other and the rubber straps are dangerous if a child has them “snapped back in their face”. The Amateur Swimming Association which helps organise thousands of pool events across the country every year, also backed the ban. Dozens of children had their plastic goggles confiscated when they turned up to the Aqua Splash Festival at Hermitage Leisure Centre in Coalville in Leicestershire. Organisers of the event imposed the ban after receiving advice from Leicestershire County Council.

“We have received guidance

from the Association for Physical Education which advises all councils that pupils should not wear goggles in school swimming lessons, unless they have a medical reason to do so,” a county council spokesman said. The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), which helps organise thousands of Aqua Splash events across the country every year, also backed the ban. “Our guidance is that goggles should only be worn by children who suffer excessively from the effects of water chemicals,” a spokesman said.

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