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POOL & SPA INDUSTRY


Events And Standards Are Now The Focus After A Busy


Summer For All


AFTER A HECTIC AND LONG OVERDUE HOT AND SUNNY SUMMER IN THE UK, BSPF MANAGING DIRECTOR CHRIS HAYES LOOKS AT WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE INDUSTRY IN THE AUTUMN MONTHS AND BEYOND


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s we move into the autumn, there has definitely been more of a ‘feel good’ factor from members over the summer, as their clients have been more active in using their wet leisure facilities. It is vital that we all continue to promote the benefits of pool, hot tub, sauna and steam ownership, but a decent amount of sunshine will always generate its own demand for our products!


The autumn also brings with it a number of exhibitions and they kick off with LIW and move onto venues in other parts of Europe and also further afield. SPATA will again be at LIW, to support the members that attend the show and to promote the trade association to this commercial audience. There is a wide range of educational talks available and a number of wet leisure exhibitors to meet. Apart from exhibitions, other opportunities for our industry include the finalisation of the European domestic pool standards (prEN 16582 Parts 1 to 3). It should also bring with it the next public consultation on the remaining draft European standards for domestic swimming pools relating to water filtration, circulation and treatment. Please note that it is likely that the first of these standards should be ready to be implemented during 2014 (probably around Easter). As the domestic swimming pool standards are developed, it will shortly be the turn of spas and hot tubs to benefit from having European standards drafted. There is a great deal of support for the setting of standards to make sure that products are fit for purpose and above all else, are safe. Using the BISHTA Standards as a starting point and with help and support


from colleagues in other parts of Europe and also the expertise to draw upon in North America, a small group of dedicated people have been discussing and drafting a document to capture the key issues to be included in a European standard. This work should go into overdrive during the New Year and apart from one meeting in Sweden, the progress made so far has been due to the willingness of people to meet online via WebEx. This online platform has been vital in progressing the work without incurring large costs for travel and accommodation and will continue to help progress the material being drafted. The UK will be handing over the responsibility of the Presidency of EUSA to colleagues in France and the most significant achievement (apart from the work to develop the European standards mentioned above) has been the agreement to organise the EUSA Awards, to be announced at aquanale on 24 October.


Focussing back on the UK, Martin and Delyse Borley will be welcoming over 40 guests to their BSPF President’s Weekend being held at the Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington on 11 to 13 October. This event brings together many old friends and it will be a very informal way of getting to meet new people in the setting of the New Forest. It is hoped to include photos of this (and some of the other) event(s) in the next SPN issue. In November, BSPF, BISHTA and SPATA will be holding their AGM’s in Andover on Thursday 21 November and this will be a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news and debate key topics impacting the industry. Guest speakers will include Cyril Potter from Ardex and it is hoped to have a representative from ECIC to discuss SpataShield updates. BISHTA are busy finalising their speakers for


“THE AUTUMN BRINGS WITH IT A NUMBER OF EXHIBITIONS AND THEY KICK OFF WITH LIW AND MOVE ONTO VENUES IN OTHER PARTS OF EUROPE AND ALSO FURTHER AFIELD”


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workforce development and the drafting of European standards. Looking ahead to SPATEX 2014, there are updates from Michele, Helen and Penny on page 38. Moving the event from Brighton to Coventry has captured the attention of the exhibitors and there will be a warm welcome at the Ricoh Arena for everyone visiting the venue. Plans continue to ensure the social side of the event being held from 2 to 4 February are in place and the Industry Gala Dinner will again be open to everyone (not just SPATA and BISHTA members). Both SPATA and BISHTA are very fortunate to be able to call upon a number of technical experts that are prepared to share their knowledge with the industry. It is very reassuring to me that we can offer advice to help members with problems. That expertise will be harnessed in forthcoming issues of SPN, with an Ask the Expert feature being included, so if you have some key topics to ask, then please contact me and I will endeavour to get an answer in these pages. Finally, I am delighted that in this issue, there are member focus pieces for Olympic Swimming Pools (SPATA) and AquaFinesse UK T/A Castle Hot Tubs (BISHTA). SPN


DIARY DATES 2013/14 9 October BISHTA Committee and Technical Committee


10 October Swimming Forum 11 to 13 Oct President’s Weekend 16 October PIP Committee 24 October EUSA Awards 14 November SPATA National Council 19 November BSi TC 136 (London) 21 November AGMs for BISHTA, SPATA and BSPF


4 December PIP Committee 10 December BISHTA Committee, SPATA National Council and BSPF Board SPATEX


2 to 4 Feb SPN October 2013 33


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