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SPN incorporating Pool & Spa Industry is the offi cial trade magazine for the UK wet leisure markets and is the only trade publication that invests in the industry it serves.



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Design: Kellie Mills

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2014 HOT TUBS New models, technology and more

WATER TREATMENT An array of options for the new season

We preview both SPATEX and the UK Pool & Spa Expo

STA Pool Plant – Commercial Spas | Pool Cleaners | Water Wellness | People Profile Project Showcase | What’s New Online | Opinion | 14 Pages of the best industry News


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It seems that no matter who I have spoken with recently in the UK wet leisure industry, there’s little doubt that 2013 turned into an exceptional year both for the weather and for businesses. But cast your mind back 12 months and at that stage, a great year wasn’t looking likely at all. It was pretty much all doom and gloom for the fi rst half of the year until the sun broke through and stayed for week, after week, after glorious week.

So what does this year have in store? Well, with the Christmas break now well and truly behind us, as an industry, thoughts are rapidly turning towards the new season and the 12 months that lay ahead. From the many people that I’ve spoken with since the January return to work, I get the feeling there is, for the most part, an air of optimism about 2014 and long may that continue.

With our batteries recharged, with every new year comes a new focus. Industries including our own are taking stock of what has been a success and what hasn’t. Once the analysis is done, they are then looking at how to further build on successes going forward. Of course, successes can and do come in many forms, we’re not just talking profi t here. It could be reducing running costs or making energy savings. Perhaps it is achieiving a better working environment or satisfying compliance issues. Maybe it’s just offering the best range of products

or services available to ensure customers return time after time. Regardless of how success is measured or what the successes were, for many, building on them will mean sourcing new products and services. So how do you fi nd out about these products and services? As well as reading about them in a magazine such as SPN, there’s also the opportunity to see them in the fl esh, and by that I’m talking exhibitions.

The SPATEX trade show, which takes place 2 – 4 February is starting a new era thanks to moving to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and now in its second year, the UK Pool & Spa Expo will again take place at Birmingham’s NEC, 20 – 22 February. With two centrally located shows to choose from this February and with products and services galore on offer at each, there’s sure to be something for everyone. In this issue, we have full previews on each and we take a closer look at what each show has on offer and what visitors can expect to fi nd when they arrive.

SPN will be exhibiting at both shows this year and are looking forward to each. This issue, we also put the spotlight on a number of other key topics for the new season including water treatment systems, hot tubs, pool cleaners, access systems for the less abled and water testing. There’s also useful information from SPATA, BISHTA and the STA.

Keeping abreast of the latest trends and technologies is a must for any successful business, so whether it is through our pages or attending shows, it’s essential to know what the latest news is in our industry as it can and will make a tremendous difference to how you run your business or have an impact on that of your clients.

I hope you enjoy this issue of SPN and here’s to another successful year!

Jon Wadeson – Editor You can now

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