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POOL & SPA INDUSTRY


A Passion For Pools T


MARTIN BORLEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SURREY BASED TANBY SWIMMING POOLS TALKS BUSINESS, PLEASURE AND ABOUT HIS ROLE AS THE NEW BSPF PRESIDENT


anby Pools (a founder member of SPATA) was established in 1966 by Martin’s father Fred and in


true poolie fashion, Martin worked for them during the school holidays. After serving a five year apprenticeship in London as an electrician, he moved to working full time for Tanby and other pool contractors on their electrical installations. He decided to enter the pool business with wife Delyse and founded Tanby Leisure Products Ltd in 1989 with a retail premises offering servicing, maintenance


contracts, refurbishments and selling associated goods. Starting with a base of about 20 service clients, it has now grown to a customer base of over 3,000. In 1999 Fred retired from Tanby Construction and this was taken over by Martin and Delyse who


now run both companies under the umbrella of Tanby Swimming Pools.


The 22 strong ‘Tanby Team’ as they


call themselves are very family based with several brothers, sisters or children working alongside each other in either the office or on site. Every Tanby employee has come from outside the industry and has brought a variety of skills with them. These linked with the Tanby training, SPATA membership and ISPE qualifications has helped the company go from strength to strength.


Martin oversees Tanby Construction with Ian his Indoor Project Manager and teams of pool contractors, aided by Clair on outdoor pool sales and Sue the Office Manager. Anita McArthur the Service Manager heads up a team in Tanby Leisure alongside Melissa and a further five office and shop staff and team of engineers.


Specialising in sprayed concrete, domestic, fully tiled pools with a small percentage of commercial projects they were proud to win SPATA Pool Contractor of the Year 2012 which was the culmination of eight straight years of SPATA awards. This year sees Martin taking over as President of BSPF, both a great honour for him personally and for the company. It does however mean that for 2013 and 2014, Tanby are not able to submit entries into the awards, breaking their winning streak!


Commenting on SPATA, Martin said: “It is my mission to actively recruit new members for SPATA membership. The benefits are many and varied. To this end I will be attending regional meetings throughout


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the year to get a feel for needs in different areas. It is so important that we follow on from the success of our Olympic and Paralympic swimmers who set the Gold standard. That is exactly how I see SPATA and BISHTA – setting the standard for pool and spa installation. There are a number of well-established and reputable pool companies building quality pools who should be members and it is my goal to make SPATA membership more appealing.” In the last few years Tanby have noticed that every enquiry they attend is for a serious potential pool owner with a marked increase for indoor projects and top end outdoor pools. They are involved in some incredibly exciting projects including movable floors and walls. One highly prestigious 25m pool project features a stainless steel wall which is pulled down to allow the client to continue swimming through to the outdoor pool and beyond into a cave. Working for one of world’s largest building contractors was an enormous challenge and an ice pool is also now being quoted for. They have also recently completed a contemporary pool in a new home in Surrey with a glass wall. The project has been used in music videos, in the latest Ridley Scott movie and is featured in many architectural and design magazines.


Petrol heads in their spare time, both Delyse and Martin enjoy driving one of their cars which include a 1956 MGA. Motorbike fanatic, Martin who is on first name terms with the vehicle rescue service is often to be found riding (or polishing with an ale in


hand) one of his bikes. As a 50th birthday treat Delyse took Martin to Mexico where they indulged another passion, scuba diving. Every year sees Martin doing a 200-300 mile cycle ride in 2-3 days across three different countries for the O2E charity. Delyse is far more sensible and drives to meet him at the finish line! With Delyse’s Kiwi background, Christmas is always spent in New Zealand, catching up with friends and family and the delights of New World wine. Skiing is another hobby and the pair go to Italy each year with friends. “We manage to get down the mountain safely, however the technique leaves a lot to be desired! We make the most of each day getting on the lifts at 9am, picnicking on the mountain and back down in the après ski bar for Prosecco at 5pm so it’s pretty full on,” says Delyse.


“Because we never really switch off – the Blackberrys always accompany any holiday and when you work together it is always part of our life – it is important to make every break we take memorable, but I love getting back to work,” says Martin. “Everyone at Tanby is passionate about turning our client’s dream of pool ownership into reality – to give our clients a unique and guaranteed service from consultation to installation and in the years beyond to create a lasting relationship built on trust and recommendation,” adds Martin. SPN


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