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SPN OCT 2012 IndustryNews


SCP UK has risen to the challenge of maintaining stock levels in a smaller warehouse footprint with an Aisle-Master articulated forklift at one of its UK bases in Crawley. The company is part of SCP Distributors (Poolcorp), the world’s largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment, spas, and related leisure products. Warehouse manager Joe Taylor had 26,700 ft² at his disposal rather than 41,000 ft² for the storage of large items such as hot tubs, spas and pallets of auxiliary equipment such as gas heaters, pumps and filters. The only way to create the required capacity in the new area was to find a truck that would work in narrow aisles indoors, and which was also capable of offloading in the yard.

“The limited manoeuvrability of our old reach HOME COUNTIES MEET OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST

Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs staff helped run a triathlon stall at Hyde Park during the Olympics and got to meet Olympic Gold medalist Alistair Brownlee.

Craig Trusson, joint-owner and Managing Director of Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs, in Brighton Road’s Hilliers Garden Centre, Service Manager Dave Tuppen and Show Centre Manager Mark Daniels, all took turns in looking after a pool they installed in London.

As part of the British Triathlon exhibit run by BT London Live, people were encouraged to try out swimming, cycling and running on treadmills, stationary bikes and Endless Pools.

“It was amazing, we had such fun,” Craig said. “Being involved was great because it was about fitness and well-being, which is what our company is about.

“It was great to say we were part of what was a fantastic global festival.”

At times it was six or seven rows deep queuing with people from around the world taking part. He ensured the schedule meant he was there on the day of the Triathlon itself, but it was Dave, who was the lucky one, meeting the Olympic gold medallist, the day after triumphing, two places in front of his brother Jonathan Brownlee.

Dave said: “It was really nice to get to meet him, he’s a nice lad.

“The security guards had told him not to come down to the enclosure, but he said that he was definitely going down there and it was great. “There were a few green eyes there and a few mumbles as not everyone got their picture taken with him.”

Craig added: “I was a bit more than jealous. As the boss I massaged the rota so I could be there on the day of the Triathlon, but he turned up the day after.”

They provided costumes and changing facilities for people turning up, letting them swim for as long as they could, before running on the treadmill and stationary bikes for three minutes each. Scores were then recorded and put on a leader board. Dave added: “There were quite a few people that were quite sporty, but there were so many people there partaking in so much.

“There was so much there for everyone so it was like almost like Britain pulling together with something for everyone to have fun there. “It was fantastic and to be there was such an honour.”

He even came back from his holiday just to get involved.

There was some initial confusion with friends and family, over whether the company had installed the Endless Pool in Hyde Park, or the main Olympic Pool at the Aquatics Centre with the news even circulating on Twitter.

Craig added: “It was a great privilege for us to be involved and go the the events. It made me even more proud to be British by being involved.”

LEFT: Dave Tuppen with Olympic triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee


International water treatment specialists Waterco Europe have expanded their sales team with the addition of Darren Douglas as a member of the UK sales team. Darren comes from an established background working in the water treatment industries for several years. He will be working mainly within the UK market supporting distribution networks and pursuing new opportunities within the aquatic and industrial water treatment markets. Tony Fisher, Managing Director Waterco Europe said: “We are very excited to welcome Darren as a part of our team here in the UK. He has worked in this industry for several years and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge. Waterco Europe is always looking to solidify our position as a proactive innovator within the industry and the markets in which we operate; we feel that Darren’s appointment will be in keeping with this philosophy and will enable us to better react to our customers.”


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truck would have meant having aisle widths of around 6m for some of our larger loads which are 8ft square,” says Joe. “This was obviously not going to be viable in the space available, but by replacing it with the Aisle-Master we were able to put racking much closer together. We have achieved an impressive total of 760 pallet spaces plus 120 bays for storing hot tubs.”

Deliveries arrive on site in rigid trailers or containers so any handling equipment needs to negotiate the fairly steep rear ramp for offloading and loading.


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