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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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New pools for old with advice from some leading industry suppliers… All swimming pools, no matter how well built, will require some kind of repair or renovation at some point in the future. Taking the time to maintain your customers’ pools will save them money in the long-term and is cheaper than building a new […]

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Simon Jones

POOL PEOPLE – Simon Jones

Helping his father and a family friend on a swimming pool stand at the Royal Welsh Show proved to be a landmark holiday treat for a young Simon Jones, of AstralPool UK, now one of the UK’s leading experts in pool provision… WHAT WAS YOUR INTRODUCTION TO THE POOL INDUSTRY? As a lad, I spent […]

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home pools

Early Summer Highs For Home Pools

They call it the feel good factor. A run of mild weather coinciding with not one but three Bank Holiday weekends led to home pool owners sprinting to remove their winter debris covers this spring. Figures released by the Met Office UK revealed that April was the sunniest on record since 1929. It was also […]

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Spaeuro Playing To Their Spa Strengths

Spaeuro has undertaken a strategic overhaul of its UK and European business, a move that coincides with new ownership of the British spa parts suppliers. From now on, the South Wales based distributors will be playing to its strengths, focusing on two main product specialisms; filter cartridges and replacement spa covers. The new owner of Spaeuro is Peter Hogg of New Zealand- based Magnum Filters.

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New Appointment Marks SCP UK Modernisation

SCP UK is embarking on a new chapter in the history of the company with the appointment of Dash Ganeson as Managing Director. Dash, originally, from Kuala Lumpur, came to the UK as a teenager to pursue his studies and completed his professional exams to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 1987. His subsequent career has spanned a global framework and includes postings in London as well as abroad in Asia and the Middle East.

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Natural Strokes

Imagine a swimming pool, and what do you see? A slab of sterile blue water, surrounded by tiles? It doesn’t have to be like that: imagine instead a pool of fresh, clear water, fringed by native plants and visited by dragonflies. The upsurge of interest in natural swimming pools, which I introduced to this country in 2000, has convinced many owners of conventional pools to aspire to a natural one.

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Sage Is Pillar Of Wisdom For Pool Cleaning

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.

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Thorpe Steps Down As Certikin Chairman

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.

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