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SHOW REVIEW


Pollet Pool Group were celebrating 10 years at the show


SPATEX, BRIGHTON, UK


SCP had a number of products on display including their Abriblue pool covers


consecutive year. The company’s bespoke mosaic design service was brought to life by an elaborate mosaic mural featuring a female face. This new service allows a treasured photograph or sketch to be turned into stunning reality and any design can be created using many of Original Style’s striking mosaics. The brand new Cocktail range of Ezarri mosaics proved to be highly popular with visitors enthused about the wide variety of colours and textures available in the collection. This stunning range offers statement mosaics designed for innovative and cutting edge projects. Kevin Grant, Original Style’s Contracts Manager was thrilled with the reception that the company received at the show saying: “SPATEX is always a great opportunity for us to see many familiar faces and to form new associations. We now look forward to progressing projects throughout the year utilising our very latest offerings.”


MORE THAN JUST AN EXHIBITION So it was glowing reports all round from visitors and exhibitors, but SPATEX prides itself on


offering more than just exhibitor stands. Theo Millward of Swimming Teachers’ Association was both a speaker and an exhibitor at the show: “For STA, as the UK’s leading authority on pool plant management, it made perfect sense to partner with the UK’s largest dedicated wet leisure event. SPATEX attracts all the major organisations involved in swimming pool management, and therefore provided a great platform for STA to share and disseminate its expertise to key decision makers but it was not a one-way street. We also gained a lot from exhibiting, and the Show gave us greater insight into how we can help our members and the wet leisure industry as a whole,” he said. Head of the Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Dr Rachel Chalmers, whose talk drew a large crowd of delegates said: “Giving a talk at SPATEX 2013 proved extremely worthwhile, attracting as it does the main players in the pool and spa industry. The message that widespread Cryptosporidium contamination can be prevented if the correct measures are taken was provided to the people who are at the point of delivery


and can make a real difference. Having the opportunity to discuss important issues, such as this, is vital to the health of the industry as well as pool and spa users. Thank you SPATEX for providing that platform.” Ross Alcock from the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) also had reasons to be cheerful saying: “The attendance for the ISPE Workshops was 55% up for the first two days and 38% up over all three days when compared to last year, and also up on the previous four years. A couple of our members travel to SPATEX each year from Spain and attend most of the workshops, staying for all three days. They said: ‘It was worth every penny of their travel costs to get to SPATEX, just for the Workshops alone’.” Ross added: “I thought the show was excellent, probably one of the best and we signed up eight new students and a similar number of new members on our stand.”


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SPATEX Chooses To Go To Coventry!


The success of SPATEX 2013 has meant that the show moves to its new Midlands venue with some momentum behind it. SPATEX 2014 takes place 2 to 4 February in its new state-of-the-art and central location of The Ricoh Arena in Coventry.


Get ahead of the game! Visitor Pre-Registration and Book A Stand For 2014 options are now open on the SPATEX website. If you require further information about The Ricoh Arena, contact Helen in the SPATEX office.


48 April 2013 SPN www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


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