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Pool&SpaIndustry APR 2012 SPN


29 SPATEX WINS POSITIVE FEEDBACK


BSPF’s Managing Director Chris Hayes reports that £70,000 has been reinvested into the industry thanks to SPATEX this year and he sets out ambitions to strengthen the show for 2013


coverage on the awards in this issue of SPN and we have some excellent pools, spas and hot tubs to profile in What Pool and Hot Tubs to demonstrate the value of buying from a SPATA and / or a BISHTA member.


t was great to have seen so many people enjoying the SPATA and BISHTA Awards and the entertainment provided by Bobby Davro’s unique style went down very well.


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On behalf of SPATA and BISHTA, I would like to offer my congratulations to all the winners and also a huge thank you to the sponsors for supporting the event. There is a great deal of


KEY DIARY DATES: APRIL


25th - 26th SPATA Regional Meeting, Maldon


25th - 26th TC 402 Meeting MAY


5th - 13th Grand Designs Live, London 16th 17th


JULY 3rd


AUGUST 15th 16th


SEPTEMBER 7th - 9th


PIP and BISHTA Committees


SPATA National Council and BSPF Board


BSi Meeting PIP & BISHTA Committees


SPATA National Council and BSPF Board


President’s Weekend


18th - 20th LIW 25th - 27th TC 402 Meeting


OCTOBER 8th - 9th


EUSA 12th - 14th Grand Designs Live, NEC


Part of the awards evening was devoted to the handover of the chain of office for the BSPF President. A huge thank you is owed to Tony Welsby from Spa Crest Europe for devoting additional time in office to ensure the smooth handover to John Scott from Engineered Pool Supplies. John and Lynn Scott are hosting the President’s Weekend in Canterbury this autumn from 7 to 9 September.


John has also accepted the role of President of EUSA, the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations. This honour is for a two year period and the UK will be welcoming up to 10 other National Associations later this year to discuss how to promote the industry and share ideas to strengthen each country. SPATEX itself provided another golden opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to meet up and share the latest products and services available to the trade. SPATEX was the catalyst for some additional membership applications that have been recently approved by the BISHTA Committee. I am delighted to welcome HTP Inc into BISHTA. A few SPATA membership applications have been received following leads from the show and these are being processed. If other companies would like to find out more about the benefits of being in a trade association, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the office on 01264 356210/1. There has been a great deal of positive feedback from the SPATEX show, with over 40 exhibitors already signing up for next year. As this is the industry show, I am delighted to report that over £70,000 has been reinvested this year. With even more communication with exhibitors and visitors over the past year, the organisers continue to listen to find ways of shaping the show to meet the needs of our industry. The show reverts to a Sunday to Tuesday time slot from Sunday 3 to Tuesday 5 February 2013. In terms of a venue for 2013, Brighton is the most popular venue. Further work is being done to get all of the exhibitors to express a view on where


they want to see SPATEX held from 2014 onwards. BSPF, with SPATA and BISHTA, continue to progress with 30 other European countries to draft standards for domestic swimming pools and it is very likely that swim spas and hot tubs will be included in a new Working Group this year. This work is being developed under Technical Committee (TC 402) and once the details are finalised, they will be circulated for consultation. I would like to thank Patrick Thorpe for his commitment to attending these meetings, giving up valuable time to support the UK input.


HOT TUBS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN HOSEPIPE BANS


I was contacted by a BISHTA member concerned that his local water authority was considering including hot tubs in the list of banned activities prohibited from using a hosepipe or fixed plumbing during a temporary water use ban (a ‘hosepipe ban’). The BSPF is the representative voice of the industry so there is regular dialogue with government departments and in this case Defra were involved and could confirm that hot tubs are definately not included in the list of banned activities. It is important to note that swimming pools and paddling pools are to be included in activities that would be prevented from using a hosepipe or fixed plumbing to top up the water during a ‘hosepipe ban’, although a hand held device such as a bucket would still be permissible. However there are some exemptions, such as pools under construction, so please see the SPATA and BISHTA websites for the latest advice on what is and isn’t allowed.


The promotion of our industry to the consumer will again be a priority this year. Bookings have been made for both Grand Design Live in London and also in Birmingham. A number of members that supported last year have agreed to assist SPATA again and some other members have seen the advantages of accessing these consumer shows without having to expend a great deal of time and money to have a presence. Finally, a reminder to SPATA and BISHTA members to send news of any updates that you would like considered for the weekly e- newsletters and SPN. spn


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