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.
The Industry Gala Evening brings together BISHTA and SPATA (the two UK industry trade associations) in a joint event to highlight the achievements of their members in the wet leisure industry, by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation.
The 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.
Big winners of the night were XL Pools who won three SPATA Gold awards, as well as The Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year and the Outstanding Pool of the Year Award. Also celebrating were Wensum Pools who were the overall winners of the Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence. Not to be outdone, North Spas, Hot Tub Suppliers and Hydropool Devon all came away with two BISHTA Gold awards apiece.
About the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards
The mission of the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards is to recognise the achievements of BISHTA and SPATA members, by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation. Entries are received nationwide from members of BISHTA and SPATA who set standards governing the installation, construction and operation of hot tubs, swim and exercise spas, pools, spas, saunas and steam rooms. Along with establishing a Code of Ethics by which their members abide, the Trade Associations also give a voice to the industry at home and abroad.
With twenty-eight award categories, the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards reflects the variety of pools, spas, wellness and hot tubs that are available to suit all kinds of budgets and tastes!
Entering the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards also opens the door to Europe, as Award-winning companies are eligible to be shortlisted for the European Pool & Spa Awards hosted by EUSA (European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations). Winning these awards shines a spotlight on the UK winners raising their profiles in the UK and across Europe.
Partners and Sponsors of the 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards are; Astralpool UK, Calorex Heat Pumps, Certikin International, Compass Pools, Fairlock Pool Products, Golden Coast, Heatstar, ISPE, Nsure, Oase, Plastica, Pollet Pool Group, Sprayed Concrete Solutions, Complete Pool Controls, Jacuzzi Spa and Bath, Spa Crest Europe, SpaTime by BAYROL, Swimming Pool News Magazine and What Pool & Hot Tub Magazine.
The awards evening is held at SPATEX, the UK’s largest dedicated Pool, Spa and Wellness Show; an event held annually in the Ericsson Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, that sees companies from across the UK and overseas exhibiting their products and services, along with opportunities to network with colleagues. SPATEX is not only the UK’s largest but is also the longest running, dedicated swimming pool, spa and wellness exhibition.
This year was an exceptional event as members of the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA) joined Mille Örnmark (EUSA President for 2018 and 2019) to hold their European Pool & Spa Awards and there was also the re-presentation of the ISPE 2017 awards overseen by the ISPE’s President, John Cheek.