The Best of British, Showcasing in Europe

Revealing the British entries shortlisted for the 2018 European Pool and Spa Awards

Since 2013, the European Pool & Spa Awards has been putting a spotlight on the most innovative domestic pools, spas and hot tubs on the continent.  The sixth European Awards, hosted by EUSA (European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations) are set to be announced in November at Piscine Global in Lyon, France. This year the awards have increased from five to seven categories to represent a greater spectrum of the work undertaken by the members of each of the 13 European National Pool and Spa Associations. The award categories are: ‘Domestic Outdoor Pools’, ‘Domestic Indoor Pools’, ‘Domestic Spas’, ‘Domestic Hot Tubs’, ‘Domestic Pools with an Enclosure’, ‘Domestic Pools with an Automatic Cover’, ‘Pools by Night’.

Leading the way for Britain, the following companies have all been previous winners in the British Pool & Hot Tub awards (hosted by BISHTA and SPATA), which makes them eligible to be nominated for the EUSA European Pool and Spa Awards.  




The primary purpose of EUSA is to support the development of a stronger and more prosperous business community throughout Europe. Firstly, to lobby on behalf of the industry, on topics such as the development of European standards (thus promoting safety). Secondly, EUSA has a significant role to play in promoting the industry. Success in the EUSA Awards is recognition from the industry for the quality of the work being entered and also celebrates the excellence within the wet leisure industry across Europe.

The EUSA Awards are open to all National Associations that are EUSA Members, to send in their entries.  Each entry submitted by an EUSA member must comply with the relevant National Association Standards, where applicable, and with European standards and they may be disqualified if this is not the case.

Judges for the EUSA Awards will assess the entries on their visual impact, innovation and aesthetic appeal. The identity of each entry will not be given to the judges; this means that judges can vote for any entry, based on which they believe to be the best. The EUSA judges will aim to have a Gold, Silver and Bronze award winner in each category, subject to their being sufficient entries, of suitable quality. 

Representing Britain

The BSPF wish the shortlisted entries from BISHTA and SPATA members ‘the best of luck’ in this year’s competition.  Chris Hayes (BSPF Managing Director) comments; “Having had the privilege of hosting the last EUSA Awards, the BSPF is proud to nominate BISHTA and SPATA members for the EUSA awards to be held in France later this year, and this is an opportunity for companies to raise their profile at home and abroad.  The standard of shortlisted entries across Europe in 2018 is very high; we look forward to finding out whether any companies from the British Isles will be amongst the winners”.

Enjoying Safe Spa Water in Hot Tubs and Swim Spas during the UK Heatwave and Beyond

The British and Irish Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) offers advice for the healthy enjoyment of spa water

Hot tubs and swim spas are an oasis of enjoyment and relaxation with many therapeutic benefits which will give users many years of excellent service when looked after properly. As with many products, potential risks can arise, mainly if the product is misused or neglected, but there are some simple steps that can be taken to ensure your hot tub or swim spa is kept safe. Read more

British Hot Tub Association issues a Nationwide Consumer Safety Alert

There is a growing trend for some online companies supplying hot tubs to mislead consumer purchases, and this can lead to heartbreak, lengthy or unresolved consumer disputes and sadly sometimes safety dangers. Buying from an online marketplace or social media pages also raise concerns. The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) is alerting consumers of the risks, that the products they are considering buying (or hiring) may not be guaranteed to come from a reputable source. Read more

Splash Down at SPATEX as the 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Award Winners are revealed!

Winners of the 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards have been revealed at the wet leisure industry gala evening, held during SPATEX at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry (on 30th January) and there was a guest appearance from British former track and field athlete, Sally Gunnell OBE DL. Sally received a standing ovation from the audience, as she remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Read more

Swimming Pool Water Book Launch – PWTAG

PWTAG’s much-anticipated new book was launched on 22 November. The Drayton Manor Hotel in Tamworth was the venue for pool operators to be introduced to the third edition of Swimming Pool Water treatment and quality standards for pools and spas. Over 160 delegates (a sell out) to an all-day launch seminar heard expert speakers – from PWTAG itself and from its industry forum – talk about the importance of the new edition. Read more

Let’s talk SPATEX 2018


With anticipation, now counting down the days until the curtain rises on SPATEX 2018 (Tuesday 30th January to Thursday 1st February). The UK’s only dedicated wet leisure show has this week released news of some of the speakers it has lined up for its highly popular double seminar and Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) Workshop programme. It is the Industry’s greatest source of free knowledge with CPD points and certificates of attendance available to all attendees. Read more