2015

Boom But Beware Bust

The pool and spa sectors breathed a collective sigh of relief as a combination of warmer and drier weather, together with an improved economic outlook, boosted consumer confidence and corresponding pool and spa sales. Portable hot tubs were the biggest winners of 2014 with across the board reports of sales increases around 20% plus. So […]

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Cost-Cutting Opportunities

Holiday park operators, health club venues and hotel leisure facilities are missing out on potentially huge savings on running their swimming pools, at a time when environmentally-friendly solutions has never been more affordable, warn Calorex Heat Pumps, the UK’s leading water leisure energy efficiency specialists.

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Hi De Hi

Butlin’s has been a part of the British holiday scene for more than 70 years and its pools are a central feature of each resort. But what have they to offer the 21st century holidaymaker? Jan Hurst reports…

Transforming the British holiday experience, the vision of Butlin’s founder, Billy Butlin’s, back in the 1930s, was to provide affordable, fun holidays for British families. The mission statement stays the same but today’s facilities, with multi-million water leisure investments are a world away from the chalet-style accommodation of the original Butlins’ camps.

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Happy And Glorious

Lidos have a special meaning for those of us of a certain age. They evoke childhood memories of style and glamour with outdoor swimming, ice creams by the pool and art deco buildings, often gleaming white. But the development of modern indoor pools saw a great number of these outdoor pleasure palaces disappear as they fell into disrepair and failed to compete with modern local sports facilities.

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All Aboard For Barry’s Birthday Bus surprise

Barry McCabe, owner of multi-awarding winning, Oyster Pools & Leisure, based in Monmouthshire, Wales, was once a London bus driver. Therefore, without him knowing, his wife Paula devised a ‘mobile party’ for Barry’s 70th that everyone agreed was a triumph.

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Many Happy Returns

With names like Master Blaster, Lagoona Bay and Volcano Springs, the Cariba Creek water park at the Alton Tower’s Splash Landings Hotel is still conjuring up as much aquatic excitement as it was when it first switched on the water features ten years ago.

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Capital Effort From Marathon Pool Men

Co- owner of Bell Leisure, Lawrence Pearce has always wanted to complete a marathon before he was 50 and, at 46 and counting; time was running out. So Lawrence signed up for this April’s Brighton marathon and began a strict training regime which resulted in him losing three and a half stone. “The marathon training was extremely hard but I got great support from my wife and girls throughout,” commented Lawrence.

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Hanovia Hosts Indonesian seminar

Following the enthusiastic response to Hanovia’s inaugural UV seminar held in Dubai last year, the company hosted its second seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia recently. The event was packed with ideas, practical advice and in-depth analysis on the use of UV for bio-security in the hotel and leisure, food and pharmaceutical industries.

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Practising What They Preach

Giles Leisure is one swimming pool company that won’t be in hot water despite the tough economic climate and increasingly erratic winters. Passionate about getting more people to swim and creating a weather-proof extension to the business, Giles Leisure has created a unique Hydrotherapy Centre at its pool shop in Lewes, East Sussex.

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Msi Extends Its Global sales Team

UK-based Mineral Supplies International (MSi)has confirmed the appointment of Victoria Plompen-Philip as director of European sales with responsibility for Belgium, Holland and Germany. Involved in the European pool industry for 12 years, Victoria has witnessed the growth of MSi brands such as Zeoclere30, Jolly Gel, Clear ‘n Clean in addition to a range of own-label products. “The beauty of products such as Jolly Gel and Zeoclere is that they offer high performing, no problem products so once the customer has bought, they are highly likely to come back for more,”

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