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FOUR LEAF CLOVERS

Karen Cotton continues our regional road trip as she meets some key water leisure suppliers in Eire and Northern Ireland… Carmel Kikkers had always dreamed of owning her own pool, but the lack of space, coupled with the high cost, put her off the idea… until December 2016.“Looking at the prospect of a second round […]

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WISH YOU WERE HERE

COMMERCIAL POOL MARKET REVIEW PART THREE Christina Connor and Karen Cotton report on commercial pool trends in the UK… Taking the plunge with a holiday park swimming pool can be as daunting as diving off the highest board. Investing in on-site swimming offers many avenues for return on investment from initial visitor appeal to encouraging […]

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SUPPLY AND DEMAND

COMMERCIAL POOL MARKET REVIEW PART TWO Leisure operators are reporting growth in swimming numbers and pool usage across the board… Latest figures have confirmed that the supply of public swimming facilities is no longer keeping pace with demand. According to the 2018 State of the UK Swimming Industry Report, pool numbers have generally remained static […]

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JEWEL IN THE CROWN

Sumptuous, glittering, opulent – adjectives in abundance still fail to do justice to the luxurious treasure chest that is The Langley Spa. The jewel in the crown of the luxurious Buckinghamshire Langley hotel, The Langley Spa is simply the luxurious underground facility that features an indoor and outdoor pool, thermal area and five expansive treatment […]

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GOLDEN YEAR FOR GOLDEN SERVICE

STATUS QUO

COMMERCIAL POOL MARKET REVIEW PART ONE The 2019 State of the UK Swimming Industry Report reveals that the UK public swimming pool provision has not changed significantly in the last 12 months with 26 sites opening while 27 have closed. Based on figures gathered over the 12 month period to the end of March 2019, […]

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POOL MANUFACTURER RISES FROM THE ASHES

When Poly Advisory Ltd (PAL) suffered a major fire at their Nottingham base, they discovered, through no fault of their own, the insurance was not adequate to cover the cost of re-building. Enough to daunt many but not this enterprising team. With the money from the insurance, Alexander King the Managing Director along with company […]

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COMPREHENSIVE COLOGNE SHOWCASE PROMISED

Aquanale promises a comprehensive showcase of innovations and products from all segments of the swimming pool and wellness industry from November 5 to 8. Around 320 exhibiting companies from more than 25 countries are expected in Cologne for the trade fair highlight of the year. By presenting the private and public pool segments together under […]

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BUCKINGHAM BUY OUT

BUCKINGHAM BUY-OUT COMPLETED

Buckingham Swimming Pools owner managers Paul Mason and Dennis Ledbrooke have completed a management buy-out that has seen director Paul Walton- Collett take over as new ultimate majority shareholder and managing director of the group. The pair carried out a management buyout themselves back in 2009 to take control of the Kenilworth company that started […]

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BOLOGNA BECKONS

BOLOGNA BECKONS

Italy’s ForumPiscine attracts over 7,500 visitors to Bologna and 150 exhibitors that showcase components and equipment, furniture and accessories to design, renovate and manage residential pools, commercial swimming pools and, of course, big aquatic centres. Over 20% of exhibitors visit from foreign countries mainly Austria, France, Germany, Israel and The Netherlands and this is a […]

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QUERY SURCHARGES POOL COMPANIES URGED

QUERY SURCHARGES, POOL COMPANIES URGED

Veteran UK pool builder, John Green of J W Green Swimming Pools is urging fellow UK businesses to query environmental charges that he says are appearing as a surcharge on bills. “These additional charges seem to be placed on all chemical orders,” explains John. “I have asked lots of reps and never had a straight […]

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