It’s pretty unusual for swimming pools to be so thoroughly in the news. They were in the headlines over covid of course, which finished off about 200 pools. Then last autumn there were warnings from Swim England that up to 2,000 more might close in the next ten years, starved of the funds necessary for […]

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AFTER NEARLY 20 YEARS in the spa business, Richard Hart is seeing new sales trends for the Aqua Warehouse Group.


Richard Hart, of the Aqua Warehouse Group, shares some timely business thoughts… They say hot tub sales rose 1,000 per cent last year. We all enjoyed a fantastic year despite all the challenges of Brexit, Covid lockdowns followed by stock shortages and container delays, HGV driver shortages and price increases. Phew! They chucked everything at […]

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OCEA IS BUILDING and supporting a network of dealers for Starline luxury pool installations.


Its a new year and a fresh start for the team from Ocea UK as it confirms the expansion of its key supply role and consolidates its position as a niche luxury water leisure product distributor. Already recognised as the country’s top performing slat automatic pool cover supplier, the team is making waves with the […]

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growing gap


The impact of coronavirus has been very different for the commercial and residential markets. More used to hearing of a north vs south divide, a different kind of gap is emerging in the UK pool market, with the residential and commercial pool water leisure sectors experiencing completely diverse issues. Covid-19 fortunes have favoured the home […]

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As part of a strategic marketing move to put more customers in front of their product in 2020 and beyond, UK pool trade customers joined the Pollet Pool Group team recently on a VIP trip to Ghent in Belgium. The impressive two-day luxury trip saw the British delegation join PPG’s Belgian and other international customers […]

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Barr +Wray has built its export market over nearly six decades… Barr + Wray is a UK based company that more than lives up to its main marketing message of ‘everything water’. With a multi-million turnover and sustained profit margin, the company is a champion of British enterprise. From as far back as 1959, B+W […]

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Industry Feels The Heat

According to findings from the Wet Leisure Industry Survey, released earlier this year, the industry is planning on another strong year despite political and economic uncertainty.If we ever doubted we were like an industry of ice-cream sellers, 62.9 per cent said the weather would be the biggest influence on their business year on year. Businesses […]

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ABOVE: SPATA has been liaising with BSI to provide European standards online for SPATA members.

Standards At Your Fingertips

Whatever your personal views about the EU Referendum result, our industry will continue to want to benefit from the hard work already undertaken at home and abroad to ensure that there are suitable standards that are applicable for commercial and domestic swimming pools, spas and wellness products. There is every indication at present that the […]

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The UK’s leading water leisure show, SPATEX 2017, reports that sales of exhibition space are as buoyant as ever.

Business Buoyant For SPATEX Post Brexit

Despite fears of an economic downturn following Brexit, the UK’s leading water leisure show, SPATEX 2017, reports that sales of exhibition space are as buoyant as ever. “The exhibition attracts a significant proportion of international exhibitors, and fortunately the fears of an economic downturn have not translated into a reduction in sales,“ says Organiser Michele […]

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