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PULLING THE PUBLIC POOL PLUG

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.

AIM HIGH AND DIVERSIFY

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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HARRY CARSON-PARKER, one of the Hydropool team, takes a quick break from a hectic Southampton Boat Show event.

RECORD BOAT SHOW SALES

Hydropool displayed a range of Serenity, self-cleaning hot tubs and swimspas at the recent Southampton Boat Show. Long-term exhibitors at the event, Hydropool fielded a five-strong team, reduced from previous years, as it was unclear how attendance would be impacted at the first major show since Covid. “Sales were amazing,” revealed Simon Chaney, Retail Sales […]

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SWIM WALES are still counting the cost of Covid impact. Pic. Library

WELSH TAKE WATER LEISURE STOCK

About 30 swimming pools could be forced to remain closed in Wales as a result of the pandemic, the sport’s governing body has warned. Swim Wales’ own research suggests many of Wales’ 307 pools have struggled financially since being shut during most of the pandemic. Covid-19 restrictions allow 30 people to use an indoor swimming […]

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82 PER CENT OF public pools closed due to Covid, have still not re-opened.

TRUE COST OF RECOVERY

The last 18 months have been tough on pools, writes Brian Guthrie for PWTAG. The cost of having pools closed and then reopening them safely – twice – has been immense. Running public pools is expensive anyway and keeping them ticking over ,with no revenue, has cost millions. So where do we stand, and what […]

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