Pride Of The Industry

 

There was a sell-out crowd at this year’s UK Pool & Spa Awards, a business networking style event aimed at promoting the whole of the water leisure sector.
There was a sell-out crowd at this year’s UK Pool & Spa Awards, a business networking style event aimed at promoting the whole of the water
leisure sector.

The UK swimming pool and spa sector celebrated one of its best years in a decade at its annual UK Pool & Spa Awards with the industry reporting an eight per cent increase in business.
More hostages to the fortunes of the British weather rather than the economy, two months of sustained summer temperatures in July and August provided swimming pool builders and hot tub retailers with a vital business boost.
Figures gained through surveys involving 53 sample companies show sales of outdoor hot tubs are beginning to return to their peak of ten years ago.
Although domestic swimming pool new builds are still low, investment in the refurbishment and upgrade of existing swimming pools is providing a lifeline for many companies.
Sustained investment in the UK holiday park market helped boost commercial swimming pool performance despite budget cuts impacting on local authority owned pools.

Gemma Fisher-Sage of Servochem beat off some strong competition to win the award for Best Advert Or Marketing Initiative of the Year.
Gemma Fisher-Sage of Servochem beat off some strong competitionto win the award for Best Advert Or Marketing Initiative of the Year
Sustaining a 70% growth in European sales, Gil Gingell and Phil Moseley, of Darlly Europe, receive the trophy for International Team of the Year from the UK Pool & Spa Presenter, Stephen Parry.
Creative Ceilings won the UK Pool & Spa Expo award for best stand in show.
Creative Ceilings won the UK Pool & Spa Expo award for best stand in show.
Deep End Pools’ Rob Coombs, centre left, and Paul Whitehead, centre right, receive the Product of the Year award from Stephen Parry, far left, and Chris Perry, far right, of Master Spas.

 “Although new projects are down, renovation and upgrades, especially improving energy efficiency, have provided the best figures for both the residential and commercial swimming pool markets for many years,” commented Christina Connor, editor of the leading trade publication Pool & Spa Scene.

“The hot tub sector has seen renewed interest in home improvement as more and more householders look to invest in outdoor living, not just for the summer but all year round.”
Now in their fifth year, the UK Pool & Spa Awards are open to an estimated 4,000 businesses that are involved in the multi-million provision of water leisure at home and across multiple public sectors from hotels and health clubs to schools and public pools. The awards, completely independent of any trade association affiliation, were presented at a business networking style event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the NEC in Birmingham, in February; deliberately timed to coincide with the opening of the UK Pool & Spa Expo.

 

Ryan Fronda of Aqua Platinum Projects collects the Energy Efficiency Award from Peter Marshall of Heatsavr and Stephen Parry.
Ryan Fronda of Aqua Platinum Projects collects the Energy Efficiency Award from Peter Marshall of Heatsavr and Stephen Parry.
Cheshire Wellness transformed the winning Residential Refurbishment of the Year with black large format tiles to highlight the overall contemporary feel of the room in the category sponsored Pollet Pool
Cheshire Wellness transformed the winning Residential Refurbishment of the Year with black large format tiles to highlight the overall contemporary feel of the room in the category sponsored Pollet Pool
The Special Achievement Award was presented to DG Pool & Leisure by Olympian Stephen Parry, following the renovation of the swimming pool at Christopher’s Children’s Hospice in Surrey
The Special Achievement Award was presented to DG Pool & Leisure by Olympian Stephen Parry, following the renovation of the swimming pool at Christopher’s Children’s Hospice in Surrey
Craig and Gill Trusson collect their trophy for Pool & Spa Showroom of the Year from Harrison Law of IHN insurance, far left, and Stephen Parry, far right.
Craig and Gill Trusson collect their trophy for Pool & Spa Showroom of the Year from Harrison Law of IHN insurance, far left, and Stephen Parry, far right.

 Nearly 40 winning companies, in 21 categories, were presented with their trophies by Olympic bronze medallist and sports personality Stephen Parry, following votes posted on-line and by an international jury of judges.
Stephen delighted a sell-out audience with tales from his career both in the water and out; as a sports commentator and a provider of community swimming pools through his company Total Swimming. “The awards are a great way to recognise the outstanding achievements within the pool and spa industry, and to celebrate some of the best projects that have been completed over the past year,” he said. “Swimming is a big part of my life, and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to meet the people behind the pools and to be a part of the awards evening.”

The Outdoor Pool of the Year award went to Bell Leisure for this 17m x 6m fully mosaic tiled pool, featuring a Oase polycarbonate solar heating below ground cover.
The Outdoor Pool of the Year award went to Bell Leisure for this 17m x 6m fully mosaic tiled pool, featuring a Oase polycarbonate solar heating below ground cover.
Photograph of the Year: Peterborough-based Posh Spas maximized the potential of a major PR coup after signing up Strictly Come Dancing and Olympic gymnast, Louis Smith, as a customer.
Photograph of the Year: Peterborough-based Posh Spas maximized the potential of a major PR coup after signing up Strictly Come Dancing and Olympic gymnast, Louis Smith, as a customer.
Website of the year: The Hydropool website was re-designed in 2013 to focus on giving their customers easy access to what is important to them – this included a downloadable brochure, product information and latest news.
Website of the year: The Hydropool website was re-designed in 2013 to focus on giving their customers easy access to what is important to them –
this included a downloadable brochure, product information and latest news.

 

 MAKING A DIFFERENCE
There was a standing ovation as the Special Achievement Award was presented to Sussex-based DG Pool & Leisure for their contribution to Christopher’s Children’s Hospice in Guildford.
The company refurbished the pool, enlisting the help of some key suppliers who offered support on many of the products, namely: Certikin, Waterco, Triogen, Pollet, Poddymeter Flowmeters while DG Pools themselves gave one week’s labour free of charge.
By working together, the pool sector turned a negative into a positive, reducing the cost to the client by more than £8,000.
The big winners of the night were Guncast Swimming Pools who took two trophies; the Health & Wellness Project of the Year  award for a spa installation at a private property in London, and the Commercial Pool of the Year award for the pool at Stanley House Hotel in Lancashire.

Guncast picked up two of the main awards winning Commercial Pool of the Year and Health and Wellness Project of the Year.
Guncast picked up two of the main awards
winning Commercial Pool of the Year and Health and Wellness Project of the Year.
Hydrospec’s John Cheek receives his award for Commercial Refurbishment of the Year from Ben Blackburn of Bosta UK, left, and Stephen Parry, right
Hydrospec’s John Cheek receives his award for Commercial Refurbishment of the Year from Ben Blackburn of Bosta UK, left, and Stephen Parry, right
Steve Martin, centre, of Paramount Pools collects the trophy for Supplier of the Year from sponsors V12 Finance, pictured here with Stephen Parry.
Steve Martin, centre, of Paramount Pools collects the trophy for Supplier of the Year from sponsors V12 Finance, pictured here with Stephen Parry.

Essex-based Hydrospec were recognised for their refurbishment of Camberwell Leisure Centre in London and the Best Photograph of the Year went to Posh Spas for their image of Olympic gymnast Louis Smith balancing on the edge of a hot tub.
The popular winners of International Team of the Year were Phil Moseley and Gil Gingell of Darlly Europe who have seen overseas sales soar by 70% year on on year for the past three years, and currently supply 600 pool and spa retailers across 30 countries within Europe.
The UK Team of the Year award went to multiple awardwinning Portrait Pools, while Product of the Year honours went to Deep End Pools for their innovative Vac-Vice, designed to make swimming pool vacuuming safer and a whole lot easier.
The best shop or showroom category was split this year. Home Counties Horsham took the top honours in the Best Pool and Spa combined Showroom while Outdoor Living of Hull took the title of Best Hot Tub Showroom.
Christina Connor comments: “They say when it comes to showroom you need to invest in three things: location, location and location. “The Outdoor Living team in Hull has maximised the potential of a main road location to ensure drivers and passengers in thousands of cars that pass their showroom every day know exactly where to find one of the country’s leading hot tub retailers. “Once inside, visitors are not disappointed with a display of some 30 hot tubs, saunas and ancillary products. A classy counter with sit up stools sets a distinctive design. Private wet test facilities are provided with all the thought and detail of a health club Spa.
“Attention to detail, cleanliness, tidiness, thoughtful layout, helpful assistance. If you are looking for a model template on which to design the ideal hot tub showroom – then look no further,” adds Christina.

From left to right Kevin Newby and Paul Margerison, collect their trophy for Hot Tub Showroom of the Year from Gil Gingell of Darlly Europe and Christina Connor, Pool & Spa Scene Editor.
From left to right Kevin Newby and Paul Margerison, collect their trophy for Hot Tub Showroom of the Year from Gil Gingell of Darlly Europe and Christina Connor, Pool & Spa Scene Editor.
Water Leisure Venue of the Year: Waterworld in Stoke is a modern well located, purpose built, all season and all weathers Tropical Aqua Park, attracting over 400,000 visitors per year.
Water Leisure Venue of the Year: Waterworld in Stoke is a modern well located, purpose built, all season and all weathers Tropical Aqua Park, attracting over 400,000 visitors per year.
David and Janette Clark of the Lifestyle Group fought off strong competition to win Spa or Hot Tub project of the year.
David and Janette Clark of the Lifestyle Group fought off strong competition to win Spa or Hot Tub project of the year.
David Bland collects the trophy for 2014 UK Team of The Year on behalf of Portrait Pools & Enclosures.
David Bland collects the trophy for 2014 UK Team of The Year on behalf of Portrait Pools & Enclosures.
Aquaterra fought off strong competition to be named Leisure Operator Of The Year by Pool & Spa Scene readers and judging panel.
Aquaterra fought off strong competition to be named Leisure Operator Of The Year by Pool & Spa Scene readers and judging panel.

 STRONG COMPETITION

2013 saw Home Counties celebrate its 30th anniversary of successful continuous trading at its show centre in Horsham, West Sussex.
From very simple beginnings their show centre has evolved to one that covers all spectrums of the pool, spa and wellness industry.
The Home Counties display includes two full size inground pools, a 6m x 3m above ground pool, an indoor heated Endless Pool complex, an indoor heated wellness pool with hydraulic, underwater treadmill, two outdoor saunas, a 90m2 fully stocked retail store, and a dedicated hot tub showroom displaying eight to 10 tubs at any one time.
Waterworld in Stoke was the runaway winner of the Water Leisure Venue of the Year.
Offering an all-weathers tropical aqua park it attracts over 400,000 visitors per year and is the largest venue of its kind within the UK. It has an extensive range of water based rides and attractions suitable for all age groups all set at a constant 86 degrees.
Aquaterra fought of strong competition to take the title of Leisure Operator of the Year, standing out for its energy as a thriving, 21st century innovative organisation with a big heart for developing and sustaining healthier, happier and fitter communities.
Standing out for this year’s voters, Paramount Pools won the title of Supplier of the Year 2014; praised for outstanding product knowledge, integrity and commitment to customer care.
Established in 1979, Paramount Pool Products’ Steve Martin has taken over the company reins from Dad, Keith, and is maintaining the family values in every department by running an outstanding business that does not just meet but exceeds its customers’ expectations.

If you would like information on entering or sponsoring next year’s awards then contact the Pool & Spa Scene team:

Email: awards@poolandspascene.com
or log on to www.ukpoolandspaawards.co.uk