When he passed away in 2001, a 22-year-old Gemma Sage was left to run Servochem, the specialist cleaning chemical business her father had built before his untimely death. “He was leaving me as a very young managing director, but he had the confidence in me to run the company on a day-to-day basis” says Gemma. “I was determined to give it my best shot by maintaining the foundations of the company of providing good quality products and an excellent service with the support of our very loyal team,“ she adds.
After 36 years of dedicated service, Certikin’s Chairman, Patrick Thorpe, is retiring from the business. The son of a Kentish coal miner, Patrick, 64, has been a key fi gure in steering Certikin’s growth from a modest, though signifi cant, UK distributor to a major part of Fluidra, one of the world’s largest multi-national companies. Patrick joined Certikin in 1972 as Financial Controller when it was owned by Brian Stannah, of Stannah stair lift fame and Bob Kent who was Managing Director.
A young Tyneside woman, who fought back from two life-threatening diseases, celebrated a landmark birthday and a clean bill of health in style thanks to Artesian Spa dealers, North Spas of Birtley. Rachel White was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in November 2011. She made a full recovery but five months later, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to undergo an emergency operation.
It is with great sadness that Pool & Spa Scene magazine reports the death of Ray Burt on Sunday April 28. He was 63.
‘Opportunities’ provided the theme for the annual Jacuzzi Spa and Bath training seminar held at the Rookery Hall Spa and Conference centre in the heart of Cheshire, writes Christina Connor. UK-based dealers were given statistics on another record- breaking year of sales for the Jacuzzi hot tub brand.
Hundreds of schools across the UK are allowing pupils to swim in sub-standard swimming pools unaware of the risks including the dangers of entrapment.
Pool & Spa Scene editor, Christina Connor, was invited to take the wraps off the new Vita Spas model at the recent UK Pool & Spa Expo.
Already predicted to be a challenging year for many companies due to the sustained economic depression, UK water leisure companies faced the additional challenge of arctic conditions as they welcomed in 2013. After what weather experts have confirmed as one of the wettest years on record in 2012, January was beset with prolonged snow and freezing conditions that played havoc throughout January. Nearly all UK water leisure businesses were impacted in some way
Now in its fourth year, the annual UK Pool & Spa Awards are run by Pool & Spa Scene magazine, this year, in association with the UK Pool & Spa Expo.
The eyes of the world will be on Britain this summer as the country celebrates a unique combination of events with the coinciding of
both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.
The great British weather permitting; the summer of 2012 promises to be a ray of sunshine amid the recent years of
prevailing economic storm clouds.