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DECEMBER 2008
Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959
Landscaping 22
TO ADD EFFECT AND PAGES OF THE
VALUE POOLSIDE BEST NEWS
COVERAGE
CARBON FOOTPRINT
What needs to be Working har
d for
done NOW!
PERFECTL
Y
clear safe water
Pool lifts set for
higher profile
inside
FIGHTING
THE
CREDIT
CRUNCH
AND SERVICE
HOT TUBS AND POOL BUILDERS FOCUS ON QUALITY Cover
PLUS
NATURAL POOLS square7 LIW square7 AUSSIE ‘ECO’ A
WARDS square7 POOL TRENDS 2009
square7 ISPE
square7 FREE SWIMMING
BSPF AND SPATA CONFERENCES
square7 SPATEX LECTURE PROGRAMME
Perfectly clear safe water –
It was a comment which seemed to sum
it’s a fight worth winning 38
everything up. Goverment review may boost market
32
“I’ll be glad to see the back of 2008,”
for disabled lifts at poolside 44
said one senior manufacturer at a recent
Credit crunch – there’s still options for
trade event.
the trade to grow 49
“But how do you know that 2009 isn’t
going to be worse,” came back a reply.
Quality and service lead hot tubs fightback
It is a harsh reality that 2008 will be
for 2009 sales 54
remembered as the start of the tough Carbon footprint. What the trade must do –
times for the economy – not just the UK’s
and quickly 61
pool and spa industry.
Landscaping – adding effect and value around
When the upturn will come is uncertain.
What’s true is that it’s a worldwide
our pools 64
problem – no country has escaped.
As we report in this issue, the United Features
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States specialist trade has been worst hit
How’s the pool trade around the world
due to the sheer scale and size of the
industry. In Europe, Spain’s new pool
dealing with the credit crunch 32
building programme has collapsed
Chlorine research not enough to
alongside a construction crisis. confirm it causes asthma 42
As for the UK, in the pages of
SPATA lead the way at ‘difficult’ LIW show 69
Swimming Pool News we can find cause
Over 50 authorities say no to
for hope.
Government’s ‘free swimmng’ plan 72
Pool builders, faced with a shortage of
new pool projects, have turned to
Australia celebrates new environmental awards 74
refurbishment and renovation. Others are
Interbad show gets to grips with the big issues 77
diversifying.
Eco pools never more popular –
Competition is severe and margins
damaged but there were still new spas
and never better value 78
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to be seen at Lyons and hot tub
Four page special report from BSPF and
companies remain confident of a long BISHTA and SPATA conference 81
term strong market.
Lecture and seminar programme
The British Swimming Pool Federation
announced for SPATEX 86
looks to have stronger management to be
Paradise found in Muscat 96
capable of encouraging the industry and
BISHTA has worthy plans to raise the
profile of hot tubs.
Regulars
There’s still life and growth at the top
News 4 to 31
end of the pool and spa market.
World news 88
So the fight back started at Lyons
and needs to continue in a few weeks
See this and previous editions at
time in Brighton.
There’s never been a more important
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time to start looking for that upturn.
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