Spatex 2017

THE VALUE OF SPATEX

Why support SPATEX?

SPATEX is “By the Industry, For the Industry” …but what does that mean?

Before SPATA and its forerunner, the Association of Swimming Pool Contractors (ASPC), started in the 1960′s, the Industry had no central core, no common purpose. Then along came SPATA and later BISHTA, creating the standards by which pools and spas should be built and providing a Code of Ethics for ethical trading. Twenty one years ago, SPATEX was created as the trade’s showcase, with the express intention of giving all profits back to the Industry. Hence the phrase, “By the Industry, For the Industry” was born and has since become synonymous with the Exhibition.  SPATEX existed and continues to exist purely for the promotion and lobbying of the Industry.

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Why is a successful SPATEX important for the UK Industry?

With no profits from SPATEX, there would be little chance of funds for Pool Industry Promotions (PIP) to promote the Industry to both the trade and the consumer media. There would be restricted opportunities for the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF) and other relevant companies to lobby, on the Industry’s behalf, at home and abroad. For instance, with regard to drafting the European Standards for domestic swimming pools and hot tubs and swim spas. Serious issues such as the hosepipe ban would have been much more perilous for our Industry had it not been for the BSPF’s determined lobbying, especially successful for excluding hot tubs.

SPATEX has raised and distributed a staggering £1.4 million in its 21-year history

If you work in the wet leisure Industry and care about its future, please support SPATEX either by exhibiting or visiting the Show.
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