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SPATAleads way to raise
commercial pool profile
The three day Leisure Industry Week Show at the
NEC often had a “tough times” feel to it as
exhibitors worked hard at raising the pool trade
profile and services to architects, local authority
and other commercial pool owners
PATA led the way to raise the profile
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of the specialist pool and spa trade
for commercial pools at an often
difficult three days at the Leisure
Industry Week event at Birmingham’s NEC.
The trade association worked hard to
put on a mixture of demonstrations and
events and education sessions all aimed at
commercial pool and spa professionals on
the middle day of the exhibition. Although
13,000 visitors attended the show many
felt the wet leisure section at the far end of
the hall was one of the quietest in years.
One SPATA member said: “It hasn’t
been easy because I don’t think we’ve
seen enough people at the show. It has
been disappointing but in a way it reflects
how hard we have to keep working at
raising the profile of the industry to the
commercial and local authority sector.”
SPATA’s programme had sessions
discussing ‘Meeting the challenges of
climate change’ and ‘Building a value for
money commercial pool’, with speakers
ABOVE: The three day show prove successful for Certikin’s commercial division
including Will Dando, Peter Lang and
BELOW LEFT: Ben Studdy from Certikin at one of the special SPATA forums
BELOW RIGHT: Water systems specialists Topline get the message about water
Richard Carrington - who focused on pool quality over to commercial pool customers
covers, water usage and heat pumps,
respectively, in the climate change session –
and Jim Gordon, William Taylor and Astral
covered the value-for-money pool debate.
The new Spa Operators’ Day seminar
schedule included sessions on local
authority spas by Pendle Trust’s Emma
Roberts and DC Leisure’s Richard Millard,
and by Andy McCabe, Director of
Greenwich Leisure, who discussed the pros
and cons of running a local authority spa.
A dozen specialist companies exhibited
at the NEC where the AstralPool was again
the focal point of the pool and spa sector. enough profile and we shall look closely at makers for new upcoming projects.”
Specialist companies reported mixed whether this is the right vehicle for us.” Certikin offers a technical service with
feelings about the event. Many had The exhibition proved successful for free advice to architects and specifiers
targeted architects, pool designers, the Certikin’s Commercial division Commercial involved in the development of wet
larger commercial pool market and the Product Manager, Steve Nelson, reports: leisure projects.
local authority sector. “LIW again proved itself to be a worthwhile Dick Goodall from Aquamat Four
One exhibitor told us: “It wasn’t a busy show to take a stand for Certikin. It was Seasons said he believes that shows like
show but we made a few good contacts. I good to customers in addition to meeting LIW present a long term opportunity for
am not sure the wet leisure sector had a high some key architects, consultants and decision the specialist trade.
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