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Eight Per Cent Increase in Pool & Spa Business

Eight Per Cent Increase in Pool & Spa Business
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The UK swimming pool and spa sector celebrated one of its best year’s in a decade at its annual UK Pool & Spa Awards with an eight per cent increase in business.

UK Pool & Spa Special Achievement Award

UK Pool & Spa Special Achievement Award

More hostages to the fortunes of the British weather rather than the economy, two months of sustained summer temperatures in July and August provided the swimming pool builders and hot tub retailers with a vital business boost.

Sales of outdoor hot tubs are beginning to return to their peak of ten years ago. Although domestic swimming pool new builds is still low, investment in the refurbishment and upgrade of existing swimming pools is providing a lifeline for many companies.

Sustained investment in the UK holiday park market helped boost commercial swimming pool performance despite budget cuts impacting on local authority owned pools.

“Although new projects are down, renovation and upgrades, especially improving energy efficiency, have provided the best figures for both the residential and commercial swimming pool markets for many years,” commented Christina Connor, editor of the leading trade publication Pool & Spa Scene.

“The hot tub sector has seen renewed interest in home improvement as more and more householders look to invest in outdoor living, not just for the summer but all year round.”

Now in their fifth year, the UK Pool & Spa Awards are open to an estimated 1,500 businesses involved in the multi-million provision of water leisure both at home and across a variety of public sectors from hotels and health clubs to schools and public pools.

Nearly 40 winning companies, in 21 categories, were presented with their trophies by Olympic bronze medallist and sports personality Stephen Parry, following votes made on-line and by an international jury of judges.

The big winners of the night were Guncast Swimming Pools who scooped two trophies in the Health & Wellness Project of the Year category for a spa installation at a private property in London, and the Commercial Pool of the Year award for the pool at Stanley House Hotel in Lancashire. Among the other winners were Essex-based Hydrospec who were recognised for their refurbishment of Camberwell Leisure Centre in London and the Best Photograph of the Year went to Posh Spas for their image of Olympic gymnast Louis Smith balancing on a hot tub.

The Special Achievement Award was presented to Sussex-based DG Pool & Leisure for their contribution to Christopher’s Children’s Hospice in Guildford. The company refurbished the pool area and enlisted the help of key suppliers who offered support on many of the products. This reduced the overall cost of the project, which was passed directly on to the client, saving them over £8,000.

Stephen Parry commented: “The awards are a great way to recognise the outstanding achievements within the pool and spa industry, and to celebrate some of the best projects that have been completed over the past year. Swimming is a big part of my life, and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to meet the people behind the pools and to be a part of the awards evening.”

2014 Pool & Spa Award Winners:

Health & Wellness Project of the Year
Winner: Guncast
Runner up: FT Leisure
Highly Commended: David Lloyd Leisure

Energy Efficiency Award
Winner: Aqua Platinum Projects
Runner up: Aqua Blue Ltd
Highly Commended: Hydropool

Commercial Pool of the Year
Winner: Guncast
Runner up: FT Leisure
Highly Commended: DG Pool & Leisure

Commercial Refurbishment of the Year
Winner: Hydrospec
Runner up: Cresta Leisure Ltd
Highly Commended: Florida Pools & Spas

International Team of the Year
Winner: Darlly Europe
Runner up: Belhasa Projects
Highly Commended: SCS Exhibitions

UK Team of the Year
Winner: Portrait Pools
Runner up: Deep End Pools
Highly Commended: JC Leisure
Highly Commended: North Spas

Supplier of the Year
Winner: Paramount Pools
Runner up: Aquaflex
Highly Commended: Original Style (Designworks)

Product of the Year
Winner: Deep End Pools – VacVice
Runner up: Servochem UK Ltd – Pool Safe Dualaction
Highly Commended: STA – Website software

Website of the Year
Winner: Hydropool
Runner up: Deep End Pools
Highly Commended: Aqua Platinum Projects Ltd
Highly Commended: Guncast

Best Marketing or Advertising Initiative of the Year
Winner: Servochem UK Ltd
Runner up: Posh Spas
Highly Commended: Darlly Europe
Highly Commended: Deep End Pools

Photograph of the Year
Winner: Posh Spas
Runner up: Deep End Pools
Highly Commended: Complete Pool Controls/ GB Swimstars
Highly Commended: Complete Spas

UK Pool & Spa Expo Award
Winner: Creative Ceilings Ltd

Spa or Hot Tub Project of the Year
Winner: Lifestyle Group
Runner up: Hydropool
Highly Commended: Falcon Pools

Pool and Spa Showroom of the Year
Winner: Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs
Runner up: Chiswell Pools
Highly Commended: Freedom Leisure

Hot Tub Showroom of the Year
Winner: Outdoor Living Ltd
Runner up: Hydropool

Leisure Operator of the Year
Winner: Aquaterra

Water Leisure Venue of the Year
Winner: Waterworld
Runner up: Sandcastle Waterpark
Highly Commended: Splashdown

Residential Outdoor Pool of the Year
Winner: Bell Leisure
Runner up: Portrait Pools
Highly Commended: Cresta Leisure

Residential Refurbishment of the Year
Winner: Cheshire Wellness
Runner up: Wensum Pools
Highly Commended: UK Swimming Pools Ltd

Residential Indoor Pool of the Year
Winner: Falcon Pools
Runner up: Guncast
Highly Commended: Portrait Pools

Special Achievement Award
Winner: DG Pool & Leisure

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