XL Pools makes a big splash at the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards

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Local company XL Pools, based in Pluckley, Kent, scoops British Swimming Pool Contractor of Year award.

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It's been a fantastic night for us, picking up six awards

XL Pools based in Pluckley, Kent is celebrating after collecting three gold and two silver awards at the prestigious British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, hosted by BISHTA and SPATA held last night (Sunday 1st February) in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) and the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) are the relevant trade associations upholding standards within the industry.

As the highest scoring winner of the night, XL Pools were awarded the Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year. This award is presented to companies based in the British Isles who have gained the highest total number of points from their Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

Tony Exell from XL Pools commented; “We are overwhelmed to be so highly recognised at the SPATA awards this year, especially alongside such worthy contenders. Being awarded with the Pool Contractor of the Year and taking home three gold and two silver awards is especially satisfying. It's been a fantastic night for us, picking up six awards, which is a great testament to our entire team’s dedication and professionalism”.

The awards event brings together BISHTA and SPATA to highlight the achievements of the wet leisure industry, by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation.

Chris Hayes, Managing Director of both BISHTA and SPATA, says “We congratulate all the winners of the BISHTA and SPATA Awards this year. BISHTA represents over 100 specialist hot tub companies across the British Isles and SPATA represents in excess of 170 companies. As we set our standards high for both trade associations, the award winners keep coming up with even more fabulous entries! The outstanding quality of submissions, this year has certainly created some stiff competition, making it a difficult job for the judges in determining who should receive what level of Award! The high quality of the entries will aid us in showcasing what our members can do for their customers and why it is so important to choose a BISHTA or SPATA member to turn your dreams into reality”.

The awards evening is held alongside SPATEX, the Pool and Spa Show, an event which sees companies from across the UK and overseas, gather to exhibit their finest products and services, along with promoting themselves and networking with colleagues. SPATEX is the UK’s largest and longest running dedicated swimming pool and spa exhibition, holding its 19th annual trade show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 1st to 3rd February.

Hayes commented, “We have been delighted to expand the size of our show in the second year of being in Coventry and are planning for further expansion over the coming years. The Ricoh Arena offers purpose built facilities, which have given us the opportunity to make the show even bigger and better for our exhibitors and visitors”.

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