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POOL & SPA INDUSTRY


Providing A Platform For Our Industry To Be Heard


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trust that those of you who experienced SPATEX 2015, will have been hugely impressed with both the quality of the exhibitors and also of the visitors, not only from our own part of the wet leisure industry, but the wider audience that included architects, specifiers, leisure facility managers, holiday park operators and also a good number of non-trade visitors. Michele, Helen, Penny, the SPATEX Directors and the rest of the onsite team were delighted with the positive response to the show.


Congratulations to all of the BISHTA and


SPATA award recipients at the British Pool and Hot Tub Awards held during the industry gala dinner at SPATEX. It was great to see so many people from the industry supporting the event, which included the re-presentation of the ISPE awards and further information is available on page 36. My thanks are also due to the sponsors. Following the gala dinner, Richard Carrington (Calorex Heat Pumps) has now formally taken on the role of BSPF President and as SPATA’s Chairman, he already has a good insight into the role. Issy Rickards Sanger (Elite Spas) is now the Immediate Past President and my thanks are due to her for her work this year to promote the BSPF and the wider industry. The BSPF Board also welcomes Will Dando (Plastica) in his role as Junior Vice President. The other Officers are Alex Kemsley (Waterstream) as Vice President and Patrick Thorpe who is Company Secretary. Their expertise (and that of the other Board members not mentioned above) is greatly valued. In terms of my regular updates on the development of European standards, the latest milestone has been reached, which is the completion of the work on swimming pool filtration, circulation and treatment (as part of the EN 16713 series). These standards


2015 Awards sponsored by:


BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes reflects on a successful start to the year and highlights the work of the BSPF at home and abroad in the coming months


are due to be brought forward for voting by each of the National Standardisation Bodies (such as BSI) later this year and should be available in 2016.


The next focus of attention for European standards is on Domestic Spas and Hot Tubs, with the second meeting due to be held in Berlin in late April. It is so important that these standards are developed to ensure that quality products are being manufactured / constructed to avoid any problems with entrapment and water safety. These new standards will complement the existing ones on electrical safety (EN 60335-2-60). BISHTA will again be chairing the meeting to develop these standards. SPATA is also busy lobbying on the next challenges facing the pool industry. Dialogue is ongoing about an issue involving heat pumps and whether planning permission is required to install them. Correspondence is ongoing with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) about this topic.


The BSPF is also assisting SPATA regarding the discussions about swimming pool pump efficiencies being debated as part of ‘Lot 29’ in Europe. Lobbying continues and an alliance has been forged with Europump (the European Pump Manufacturers Association) to identify suitable ways of increasing efficiencies without severely restricting the options available on the market. Apart from the strategic role of lobbying, we must always be aware of public perception of our industry and be ready to promote ourselves when opportunities arise. The imminent launch of the film sequel ‘Hot


Tub Time Machine 2’ (HTTM2) is a case in point. The film appears to have received a large amount of negative feedback from critics in North America and this may affect perceptions of this part of our industry. However, there are many ways that we can harness the interest that the film will generate for people to want to own their own hot tub (even if time travel is not one of the upgrades available)!


Whatever happens with the public feedback on HTTM2, I wish you all a great summer!


DIARY DATES 2015 9 April


16 April SPATEX Board – Andover


Swimming Advisory Group – Loughborough


27 to 28 April TC 402 WG4 - Berlin 12 May


13 May


14 May 3 June


SPATA Technical Committee – Andover


BSI SW136 WG8 Meeting – London


PIP Committee – WebEx


BISHTA Committee – Andover


24 June PWTAG Meeting 18 to 20 Sep President’s Weekend – London


22 to 23 Sep LIW 29 Sep


BISHTA Technical Committee and BISHTA Committee


Full list of Diary Dates available on www.spata.co.uk / www.bishta.co.uk – look under the Trade heading


www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


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