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SPN APR 2010 Pool&SpaIndustryPipeline


With the imminent changes in the SPATA Standards and with a need to update members on the SpataShield scheme, a series of regional meetings is will be held around the country. It is vital that companies attend one of the sessions to make sure they are still up to date on what SPATA expects of its members. SPATA members will also be able to hear about the benefits of vehicle tracking from visiting guest speakers from RAM (remote asset management), a vehicle tracking company. This year SPATA is also piloting a seminar format, where specialist topics will be discussed at one off national locations. The first of these seminars in 2010 is being held at Wright Hassall’s offices in Leamington Spa. In addition to the topics being discussed in the



New regulations are about to dramatically change the way dangerous goods are moved around in this country. Over the next two years a set of new regulations will come into force affecting the transportation of these dangerous goods. These regulations, which flow from the United Nations’ Recommendations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods, will introduce major changes.

A spate of recent trucking accidents has highlighted the need for these risk assessments in freight transport decisions by everyone who moves dangerous goods. BISHTA and SPATA have their own independent Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor. It is vital that members comply with the legal requirements. A number of sessions have already been previously organised to ensure specialist companies are trained to deal with this important subject and some additional sessions will be put on in 2010, subject to demand.

Please get in touch with the office if you do transport chemicals and you have not yet had any training.

If you have a boardroom or training room that you can provide free and you would like to offer it as a venue then please get in touch with the office.

Regional meetings, there will be some invaluable legal advice from Wright Hassall and some PR and marketing tips from BOTTLE PR. The next wave of inspections for installer members will be carried out from March / April onwards and those members due to be visited by an inspector will be notified by the office and then the inspector. It will be helpful for members to be fully aware of the inspection process and so details of the report template will be emailed to members. At the time of going to press, there has been no further development in the proposed changes to the Building Regulations Part L and Part F. As soon as this becomes available, details will be fast tracked to members. Chris Hayes, SPATA’s Managing Director says he is heartened by the number of companies that have expressed an interest in joining the association.

“We must continue to provide effective value for money which the membership offers and we will always be open to new ideas.”


Many pool and hot tub companies may already be benefitting from free advice and seminars being held all over England and there are similar organisations dealing with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The information that is on offer can be invaluable and with training budgets very tight, they can also signpost companies to Train to Gain, where funding can be on offer to suitable companies

Remember there is help at hand. The Government has introduced a new package of financial measures, as part of its Solutions for Business portfolio, to provide real help to firms through the economic downturn. If you have short-term working capital constraints or are looking to invest to grow your business these schemes could help you.

For instance finding business finance can be difficult enough but in challenging financial times securing working capital for business development and growth is vital. There are a number of government guaranteed financial schemes available to help viable businesses with temporary cashflow problems. Managing business finance and ensuring your business has sufficient funds is challenging at the best of times. In the current economic climate these challenges are even more difficult. With this in mind, the Government, in partnership with lenders and business representative bodies, can help you improve your ability to raise business finance and give guidance on:

• criteria that banks and other lenders use to make their decisions on lending applications

• practical steps to persuade a bank to invest in your business

• other help banks can give your business

The following websites may help: and


There are hundreds of companies in the UK offering holiday lodges with hot tubs to attract customers to visit their sites. With BISHTA set up to promote safe spa water, this is an ideal opportunity for these holiday venues to become members to benefit from the training and advice available.

The first new member in this category is Bluewater Lodges, based in the Cotswolds. Rachel Cochrane-Edwards has been very supportive of the need for more of the holiday lodge sites to become BISHTA members, as she understands the importance of having robust water hygiene management and a number of staff trained to clean hot tubs correctly. The BISHTA Standards have been revised and their updates will be provided at the BISHTA Road Shows, details below. BISHTA Road Shows to be held around the country, with key messages about BISHTA and the value of the association to its members. The Road Shows will be combined, where possible, with Water Hygiene management training. With the new Allied Trades membership now in place, some of the key new BISHTA members have been discussing some of their needs. Service engineers, such as Darren Waters at Spafix UK and Jon Pennington at Hot Tub Repairman provide a valuable service and as some of the first BISHTA Allied Trades members, they have been advising on the potential for a spa technician’s qualification. It is anticipated that a syllabus will be produced that will attract an awarding body to provide a nationally recognised qualification. At the same time BISHTA will be looking for colleges to offer the qualification. Current headings under discussion include: • site surveys • delivery • installation • maintenance • water chemistry • customer care • electrical • plumbing • practical fault detection testing • other practical tests and a theory test

As the discussions continue on this topic, there will be further updates. The next BISHTA Awards is going to be held in February 2011, as part of the combined SPATA Awards. Any companies that would like to sponsor these awards should get in contact with the BISHTA office. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100
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