2018 Industry Gala Awards Evening

People are calling it the ‘Oscars’ of the Wet Leisure and Wellness Industry!

Everyone is talking about the 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards

The 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards have been held during the Industry Gala Evening on Tuesday 30th January, at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry during SPATEX.  Hosted by BISHTA and SPATA, the event has now become the most prominent and longest-running awards and networking event in the industry.  These well-established awards are the UK’s number one wet leisure industry accolades, with the first SPATA awards presented in 1978 and the first BISHTA awards introduced in 2008.  The two award ceremonies were rebranded in 2015.

This year’s event was made even more special as members of the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA) including Mille Örnmark (EUSA President) were guests of the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF), to host the European Pool & Spa Awards. The gala dinner also saw the re-presentation of the ISPE 2017 awards, overseen by the ISPE’s President, John Cheek.

The BISHTA and SPATA awards were presented by Alex Kemsley (BSPF President and BISHTA Chairman), Will Dando (BSPF Vice President) and Richard Carrington (SPATA Chairman) with help from a number of category sponsors. The special guest of the evening was British former track and field athlete, Sally Gunnell OBE DL. Sally remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth and she received a standing ovation from the audience.

The black-tie event had a ‘Vegas Spectacular’ theme and started with a drinks reception, as guests were welcomed by showgirls. A red carpet leading to a photo booth, and there was also a chance to have their photo taken professionally. There followed a three-course dinner, awards presentations and entertainment from the countries leading Rat Pack tribute band along with a disco until the early hours!

The British Pool & Hot Tub Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for the whole industry to come together, offering not only a great night but a chance to promote the awards far and wide. In business terms, it is a chance to network with industry peers, where new contacts and business relationships are begun, irrespective of whether diners are BISHTA or SPATA members.

Ultimately, the awards are an essential platform to showcase the best hot tubs, spas, swimming pools and wellness projects, raising the profile of the wet leisure industry (as a whole) driving awareness for UK consumers.

2016 BSPF President’s Weekend

The BSPF create a need for speed!

The 2016 President’s Weekend was hosted last weekend ( 9 – 11 September) by Alex Kemsley (BSPF President & BISHTA Chairman) and his partner Nicole Tingley and took place where the Spirit of Brooklands lives on. The location is set in the historical surroundings of the first purpose-built motor circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey by wealthy landowner Locke King in 1907. Brooklands is the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, the home of Concorde, Mercedes-Benz World, the Brooklands Hotel and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. A fantastic setting for the BSPF President’s Weekend with lots to see and do, especially for thrill seekers and transportation enthusiasts!

The President’s Weekend is a chance for members to join the current President for a celebration of their year in office and meet up with industry peers in an informal setting.

This year’s attendees all got the chance to see, touch and feel all of the latest models at Mercedes-Benz World and learn about the companies unique history as well as the opportunity to take the wheel for a breath-taking Mercedes driving experience. To culminate the weekend pre-dinner drinks took place at the Brooklands Museum, with a champagne reception and simulated flight on Concorde,  followed by dinner in the atmospheric surroundings of the Stratosphere Chamber with entertainment from the Nightingales singing duo all adding to the 1940’s evenings theme.

Our thanks go to everyone who supported the President’s Weekend; If you would like to see a taster of the weekend, you can view the President Weekend album on the SPATA and BISHTA websites.

Watch out for the 2018 Presidents Weekend, hosted by Will Dando; more details will be available at SPATEX 2017 on the BSPF Stand.

British Pool & Hot Tub Awards 2016 Gala Evening

Hosted by BISHTA and SPATA, The British Pool & Hot Tub Awards highlight the achievements of the wet leisure industry, by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation from trade association approved companies and the Awards provide a platform to drive press and consumer interest for the UK’s Wet Leisure and Wellness Industry.

DSC_6592For the third year, the gala awards evening took place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, alongside SPATEX (celebrating its 20th Anniversary), the UK’s leading and largest Wet Leisure and Wellness Exhibition. The awards evening is open to the whole industry, giving visitors and exhibitors to SPATEX the opportunity to extend their stay to enjoy the show and attend the gala evening.

The evening was hosted by Rob Malone, supported by Richard Carrington (BSPF President and SPATA Chairman) and Alex Kemsley (BISHTA Chairman) to present the awards along with the awards category sponsors. The awards evening began with the re-presentation of the ISPE 2015 awards by the ISPE’s President, John Cheek.

A fantastic night started with pre-dinner drinks, with a three-course dinner, followed by entertainment from variety guest duo, the Harper Brothers. Back by popular demand, the Photo Booth returned to capture candid shots for guests to take away as a memento and the night continued until late with a disco.
The SPATA and BISHTA awards provide a fantastic opportunity for the industry to come together, providing not only a great night, but an opportunity to promote the awards far and wide. In business terms, it’s a chance to network with industry peers, where new contacts and business relationships are begun. Ultimately, the awards are an DSC_6657important platform to showcase the best available hot tubs, spas and swimming pools, raising the profile of the wet leisure industry (as a whole) driving awareness to UK consumers. It’s never been a better time to join BISHTA/SPATA, working together to give our industry a stronger voice!

Chris Hayes, Managing Director of both BISHTA and SPATA, commented, “We congratulate all the winners of this year’s British Pool & Hot Tub Awards.   We set a high standard for our judges from across both the pool and spa industry to score each entry on visual impression and technical merit. This means that an award won at the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards is very well deserved, and ownership of at least one awards stands as a strong endorsement to consumers of the standard of work a winning company offers”. 

DSC_6527Each year, the outstanding quality of submissions creates stiff competition. The high quality of the entries provides a fantastic opportunity for showcasing what members can do for their customers and reinforces why it is so important to choose a BISHTA or SPATA member to turn a dream into a winning project. The publicity generated from the awards evening helps to promote consumer awareness, to create demand for products and services to kick-start the New Year”.

With BISHTA representing 111 specialist hot tub companies, and SPATA representing 173 pool companies, there is the added bonus that BISHTA and SPATA winners are also eligible to be entered into the EUSA European Pool and Spa Awards, which helps with the further promotion of the industry across Europe.

View the BP&HT Awards Gala Evening Images

European Pool & Spa Awards 2015 – EUSA

Celebrating Industry Excellence in 2015

 We report on the prestigious European Pool & Spa Awards

and showcase the winners in each category

The third European Pool & Spa Awards hosted by the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA) took place in the opulent surroundings of the Palacio de Pedralbes (a former Royal Palace) on Wednesday 14th October, during the Piscina & Wellness exhibition in Barcelona. The awards had five categories, with eleven winners announced across the 13 countries that comprise EUSA.

EUSA represents over 3,000 swimming pool and spa companies across Europe, and so the competition was of the highest standard. The awards are judged by top industry professionals representing each of the EUSA members. With such superior standards, understandably tensions were high in anticipation of the results, with the invited audience cordially acknowledging each of the winners as they were announced, securing their places as the 2015 industry leaders.

Being judged a winner by the leading industry voices of the Pool & Spa Associations across Europe, is important recognition for every award recipient. Each of the UK award recipients was able to gain entry to the European awards by previously winning either a BISHTA or a SPATA award (as part of the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards). 

SPATA members, London Swimming Pool Company, were overjoyed at their gold award win in the Domestic Spas category, Horsham based company, Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs also lead the way with a gold award in the Domestic Above Ground Pools category. Lancashire based company Portrait Pools & Enclosures won bronze in the fiercely contested Domestic Indoor Pools category and BISHTA members, and Surrey based Falcon Pools scooped Silver in the Domestic Hot Tubs category. Award winners visited the Piscina & Wellness Exhibition, Barcelona to collect their awards with BSPF managing director Chris Hayes in attendance.

Chris Hayes commented, “These are wonderful results for our members, and we are pleased that they have received this well-deserved recognition. We are very proud that our members won 4 of the awards that were presented. The judges had some tough decisions to make, with a shortlist of 79 entries across five categories”. Hayes continues: “This year, seven countries provided entries, and seven countries judged the categories. “The exemplary work displayed by our members and those of the other relevant National Associations defines the industry and celebrates the exceptional standards of all of our respective members and their professionalism. I am sure that consumers across Europe can be secure in the knowledge that a company in a national association who are members of EUSA are a business to trust and who provide superior standards”. The current development of European standards for domestic pools and spas will reinforce this desire for safety and performance to become uniform across the Continent.

Founded in 2006, EUSA is registered in Brussels and spearheaded by the current President Philippe Bach.  EUSA’s objective is to strengthen and coordinate the spirit of European unity among all its members and to be the voice of craftsmen, the trade, wholesalers and the wet leisure industry across Europe.

Best of British in European Pool & Spa Awards

The accomplishments of the UK winners in Europe are testament to the hard work of each company, the existence of EUSA and the combined support of its member countries which has an immense impact on the wet leisure industry. The message is clear in providing wet leisure companies across Europe with a unique way of celebrating their achievements.

The London Swimming Pool Company won a Gold Award in the Domestic Spa category, for their spa, which was part of a larger swimming pool installation. Jamie Smith from the London Swimming Pool Company commented: It’s a huge honour to be awarded gold at the European Pool and Spa Awards.  The entries were judged by top industry professionals with exacting standards, so receiving this accolade means a great deal to our company and highlights the passion that our team puts into every project. We have seen an increase in the number of people wanting the whole ‘wellness’ experience and they are having spas, saunas, steam rooms, hammams and even ice rooms installed in their homes.”

Another gold award was won by Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs, in the Domestic Above Ground Pools category. Craig Trusson of Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs said: “We are thrilled with our European win.  To be highlighted in the EUSA awards alongside such strong competition across Europe is a significant acknowledgement for our company and our entire team.”

The silver award went to Falcon Pools in the Domestic Hot Tubs category, Ian Storr of Falcon Pools, said: “We are delighted to be recognised at the 2015 EUSA awards. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of all the team at Falcon Pools, taking home an award in the Domestic Hot Tubs category from EUSA is a great acknowledgement for us.”

 Andrew Rutherford from Portrait Pools & Enclosures,  who won a bronze award in the Domestic Indoor Pools category said: “We are delighted to have received such a prestigious accolade at the EUSA awards. 

Being recognised in the top three by Europe’s leading industry voices, who represent some of the worlds most respected Pool and Spa Associations is an amazing achievement. The end product we produce is a real team effort, and this award is dedicated to all of our team. I am sure they are as proud as I am to be flying the flag for the UK Pool industry.”

View the UK winners HERE

Visit the EUSA website for more information: eusaswim.eu

President’s Weekend 2015

A Good Old London Knees Up!

The 2015 President’s Weekend was hosted by Richard Carrington (BSPF President & SPATA Chairman) and his partner Lisa Hall, and took place this year in the fabulous surroundings of Greenwich, London. The President’s Weekend is a chance for members to join the President for a celebration of their year in office and meet up with industry peers in an informal setting.

We were blessed with amazing weather which helped add to a great weekend. The theme of this year’s President’s Weekend was ‘London Town’. Starting with a cockney themed evening at a local Pie and Mash shop, sightseeing around London and an evening of tricks and amazement at the Simon Drake’s ‘Secret’ House of Magic.  Our thanks go to everyone who supported the President’s Weekend, a great weekend was had by all. If you would like to see a taster of the weekend, you can view the President Weekend album on the SPATA and BISHTA websites.

Watch out for next year’s Presidents Weekend, hosted by Alex Kemsley, invitations will be out in the New Year. 

2015 BISHTA Conference & AGM

Your Say, Your Industry, Your Association – One Voice!

The BISHTA annual general meetings took on a new stance this year as two separate conference days held at the BSPF Andover Offices. Providing association members with a full day of specific content, aimed to deliver a review of the associations actions and plans. Along with sharing information on the main industry concerns, bringing together topical business information from industry and business experts and the opportunity to meet with industry peers to network, share your opinions, concerns and views.

Tuesday 29th October; AGM presentations were given by Chris Hayes and Sallie Golding with the BISHTA meeting chaired by Alex Kemsley (BISHTA Chairman). Guest presenters added valuable content to the agenda;

Peter Duffy (Independent Financial Services (UK) Limited)

As Director of Associate Development, Peter uses his vast experience of managing financial advisers to maximise their potential. An acknowledged expert in the advisory process, Peter has designed compliance and training and competency schemes for a range of IFA companies, at both local and national level. Peter shared valuable information on the implementation of workplace pension auto-enrolement.

Dr Ginny Moore (Public Health England)

Ginny is based at Porton Down in Wiltshire and is part of the Biosafety Investigation Unit.  Her research into inflatable hot tubs was prompted by the Legionella deaths in Staffordshire in 2012. Ginny shared the finding with delegates on PHE Research into Inflatable Hot Tubs and Aerosolisation.

Richard Lamburn (Technical Manager for Pool Plant, STA)

Richard has over ten years of experience of working in pool plant rooms, having previously worked for Birmingham City Council where he headed up the plant room operations of 14 local pools, experiencing a wide variety of pool designs and potential issues. Richard gave delegates an update on workforce developments, how BISHTA and the STA can provide affordable qualifications, a range of bite-size courses through a mixture of online and face-to-face learning resources.

Dorian Davies (Doric Marketing)

Dorian has been involved in the swimming pool and hot tub industry for 28 years. Working in frontline sales and marketing roles for some of the world’s biggest names in swimming pools, hot tubs, sauna and steam; with experience in both B2B and B2C environments. He is one of the most recognised faces in the industry. Dorian shared data on the growing sector of Hot Tubs in Holiday Lodges and gave tips on tailoring your approach for a share of the market.

Howard Gosling (Pool and Spa Advice)

Howard is an industry stalwart and has many high profile roles within the pool and spa industry.  He is an independent consultant who is also BISHTA’s Technical Advisor.  In addition to other roles within the wider BSPF family, he is also a Director of PWTAG and is also on ISPE’s Council. Howard presented updateon the Management of Spa Pools.

The BISHTA conference closed with an open forum, this part of the day gave members the chance to discuss any important issues, identify any committee nominations and seek feedback from members on how to improve their association. Any members who were unable to attended can download the presentation documents from the Members area of the relevant association website.

2014 AGM’s and President’s Weekend

The 2014 AGM’s for BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA took place last Friday (19.09.14) in the stunning surroundings of the Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Chard in Somerset. The AGM shared its setting with the President’s Weekend hosted by Issy Rickards-Sanger, which began on the evening of the 19th. Our thanks go to everyone who supported the AGM meetings and the President’s Weekend, of which both provided fantastic networking opportunities with time to catch-up and share business experiences with fellow members.

AGM Presentations were given by Chris Hayes and Sallie Golding (BSPF) with the BISHTA meeting chaired by Alex Kemsley. Chris Hayes chaired the SPATA meeting (on behalf of Richard Carrington), and the BSPF AGM was chaired by the President, Issy Rickards Sanger. In the afternoon, we welcomed our guest presenters; Kelly Warren (Avon & Somerset Police) and Peter Newport (Chemical Business Association) who presented training on The Control of Explosives Precursors. We also welcomed Dr David Lapham (Pera Technology) who presented training on the Funding Opportunities in Our Industry.

Following a successful day the evening continued as the Presidents Weekend began, with an informal meal ahead of the beginning of the social activities on Saturday. On Saturday morning, the day began with everyone splitting into two competing teams headed up by Issy (Issy’s Aces) and Kevin Rickards-Sanger (Kevin’s Clangers) for air rifle shooting and archery. As you can imagine, competition was very intense! Some stars shone with some cracking scores.

Recognition to:
Becki Cannings – Overall Highest Individual Score
Robin (HOOD) Flux – Highest Individual Scorer (Archery)
Dyfed Thompson Smith – Highest Individual Scorer (Shooting)

Whilst Chris Hayes has decided rifle shooting is not his forte.

No expense was spent, with the fantastic inflatable trophy and chocolate medals presented at dinner on Saturday evening. The winning team was Issy’s Aces and the team celebrated as Kevin and his Clangers commiserated. An evening of entertainment continued in the Show Time bar with performances by the Rat Pack and bags of laughs from the resident comic. The weekend closed on Sunday morning with the BSPF meeting, and all attendees agreed that it had been a great to enjoy the fantastic surroundings of the Cricket St Thomas Hotel. If you would like to see a taster of the weekend, you can view the President Weekend album Here.

Watch out for next years Presidents Weekend, hosted by Richard Carrington, invitations will be out in the New Year.

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