Hot tub specialists celebrating golden haul

Two leading Artesian Spas hot tub retailers have been celebrating striking gold four times for the USA brand after achieving prestigious trade success recognition during the 2017 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards Gala Evening.

Between them multi-site retailers North Spas and Cannings H20 managed to gain a prestigious promotional boost for their respective Artesian Spas dealerships by landing four of the top Gold Awards during the industry’s annual Gala Evening at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, which brings together BISHTA and SPATA in a joint event to highlight the achievements of major players in the wet leisure industry by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation from trade association approved companies.

It was the second time that North Spas, which was established 11 years ago and has two showrooms in Birtley and Ponteland; had entered the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards after achieving a coveted BISHTA Gold Award in the ‘Residential Hot Tubs £14,000 and Over’ category last year.

The decision paid off again this time round as it resulted in the judges voting two entries from North Spas as Gold standard, in the ‘Residential Hot Tubs £7,000 to £14,000’ category and ‘Residential Hot Tubs £14,000 and Over’ category; and two with Silver Award recognition in the Hot Tubs in a Holiday Setting and Best Use of Digital Medial categories.

North Spas won their second successive top ‘Residential Hot Tubs £14,000 and Over’ category accolade; which is featured as a ‘Hot Project’ case study in the latest 2017 edition of WhatSpa? magazine; with an installation of a South Seas Deluxe Class 627M from the Artesian Spas Nevada-based factory of May Manufacturing as part of a ‘Golden Garden’ project to replace an existing hot tub that had fallen into disrepair.

“This picturesque hot tub project is the most challenging project we have completed to date,” reported North Spas Marketing and Sales Manager Samantha Murphy. “As part of our quotation we agreed to remove and service the client’s existing hot tub, which had been unused for a number of years.

“Our client chose a circular hot tub with bench seating to cater for his large family. As the family are varied ages, making the hot tub accessible was a key consideration.

“Although our team are highly experienced in intricate decking works they had never completed full curves like planned. They embraced the challenge and wow, what a result and one extremely delighted client!”

Hot tub, swim spa, pool and sauna specialist Cannings H20, which is a previous twice winner of the Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence, has showrooms in Exeter, Taunton and the newly-launched Plymouth site to promote the Platinum Elite, Island Spas, South Seas Spas and Garden Spas hot tub ranges, as well as the TidalFit swim spa options from May Manufacturing and also landed a Bronze Award to add to the two Gold accolades; which were for the ‘Residential Hot Tubs Below £7,000’ and ‘Hot Tubs in a Holiday Setting’ categories.

Cannings H20 also increased its status in the pool market in time for the busy spring and summer seasons by landing a Gold Award in the ‘Sustainability’ category of the SPATA Awards and a Silver Award in the ‘Inground Commercial Spas and Wellness’ category.

Hydropool Devon and Leicestershire-based Hot Tub Suppliers also each landed a brace of BISHTA Gold Awards; while West Sussex-based specialist Jacuzzi retailer Euphoria Lifestyle increased its previous haul of Gold Awards amassed over the years by taking top spot in the ‘Best Use of Digital Media’ category and also landed a Bronze Award.

Specialist Coast Spas and Regency Collection retailer A5 Spas, which has a 2017 marketing campaign feature in the latest edition of WhatSpa? to promote three dedicated showrooms in Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, and Lincoln, also increased its high-profile status in the industry with a significant BISHTA Awards haul by gaining four additional accolades during the presentation ceremony, including three Silver Awards and a Bronze Award.

Thriving Aberystwyth-based Marquis, L.A Spas and Superior Spas retailer Welsh Hot Tubs also landed a brace of BISHTA Awards, which included a Silver and Bronze Award during the presentation ceremony.

The evening, including the re-presentation of the ISPE 2016 Awards by ISPE President John Cheek, was hosted by Rob Malone. He was supported by BSPF President and BISHTA Chairman Alex Kemsley, who is pictured on the right presenting North Spas with a Gold Award; and SPATA Chairman Richard Carrington who helped to present the awards along with the awards category sponsors.

Big winners of the SPATA Awards were Cheshire-based Portrait Pools and Enclosures who were given an exceptional boost by landing eight accolades along with ‘The Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contactor of the Year’ and the ‘Outstanding Pool of the Year Award’; while Sussex-based Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs were the overall winners of the Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence sponsored by Caldera Spas distributor and wet leisure product specialist Certikin International.

British Paralympian Swimmer, Ellie Simmonds OBE presented a number of awards and received a standing ovation from the wet leisure crowd in recognition of her fantastic achievements as a British Paralymic Gold Medallist and World Record Holder.

BISHTA Award winners were:

Residential Hot Tubs Below £7,000

(Joint) Gold: Cannings H20

(Joint) Gold: Castle Hot Tubs

Silver: A5 Spas

Residential Hot Tubs £7,000 to £14,000

Gold: North Spas

Silver: Euphoria Lifestyle

(Joint) Bronze: Falcon Pools

(Joint) Bronze: Welsh Hot Tubs

Residential Hot Tubs £14,000 and Over

Gold: North Spas

Silver: Welsh Hot Tubs

(Joint) Bronze: Euphoria Lifestyle

(Joint) Bronze: Hydropool Devon

Swim and Exercise Spas

Gold: Hydropool Devon

Bronze: A5 Spas

Hot Tubs Change Lives

Gold: Hot Tub Suppliers

Hot Tubs in a Holiday Setting

Gold: Cannings H20

Silver: North Spas

(Joint) Bronze: Cannings H20

(Joint) Bronze: Hot Tub Suppliers

Hot Tub Happiness

Gold: Hot Tub Suppliers

Silver: A5 Spas

Showroom of the Year

Gold: Hydropool Devon

Silver: A5 Spas

Bronze: Euphoria Lifestyle

Best Use of Digital Media

Gold: Euphoria Lifestyle

Silver: North Spas

Bronze: Hot Tub Suppliers

SPATA Award winners were:

Residential Outdoor Pools £20,000 to under £40,000

Gold: Rockingham Swimming Pools

Residential Outdoor Pools over £40,000 to under £75,000

Gold: New Dawn Pools

Silver: Asher Swimpool Centre

(Joint) Bronze: Tanby Pools

(Joint) Bronze: Mermaid Swimming Pools

(Joint) Bronze: XL Pools

Residential Outdoor Pools £75,000 to under £125,000

Gold: Tanby Pools

Silver: XL Pools

Bronze: Westcountry Leisure Pools

Residential Outdoor Pools Over £125,000

Gold: Westcountry Leisure Pools

Silver: Gillingham Pools

Bronze: Rio Pool Construction Co

Residential Outdoor Pools With and Enclosure

Gold: New Dawn Pools

Residential Indoor Pools Under £100,000

Gold: Origin Leisure

Silver: Grayfox Swimming Pools

(Joint) Bronze: XL Pools

(Joint) Bronze: Tanby Pools

Residential Indoor Pools £100,000 to under £150,000

Gold: A19 Pools and Spas

(Joint) Silver: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

(Joint) Silver: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

Bronze: Origin Leisure

Residential Indoor Pools £150,000 to under £200,000

Gold: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

Silver: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

(Joint) Silver: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

(Joint) Bronze: Origin Leisure

(Joint) Bronze: Origin Leisure

Residential Indoor Pools over £200,000

Gold: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

Silver: Cheshire Wellness

(Joint) Bronze: London Swimming Pool Company

(Joint) Bronze: Rio Pool Construction Co

Special Requirements Pool of the Year

Gold: Whitewaters

Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure

Bronze: Cheshire Wellness

Commercial Pool of the Year

Gold: Grayfox Swimming Pools

Silver: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

(Joint) Bronze: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

(Joint) Bronze: Cheshire Wellness

Refurbishment Pool of the Year

Gold: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

Silver: Tanby Pools

(Joint) Bronze: M Clark Swimming Pools

(Joint) Bronze: XL Pools

Inground Residential Spas

Gold: Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs

Inground Commercial Spas and Wellness

Gold: Centurion Leisure

Silver: Cannings H20

Bronze: Grayfox Swimming Pools

Sustainability Award

Gold: Cannings H20

The Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence

Winner: Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs

Paul Kite Award for the Pool Star of the Year

Winner: Jason Beire (London Swimming Pool Company)

The Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year

Winner: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

Outstanding Pool of the Year

Winner: Portrait Pools and Enclosures

Meanwhile, Blackminster Business Park-based Artesian Spas specialist Complete Spas, who also supply Marquis and Elite Spas, has also been celebrating their European golden status as the big hot tub winners in the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA) Awards held at Forum Piscine, in Bologna, Italy after achieving success in previous BISHTA Awards. The Complete Spas entry landed the Gold Award in the Residential Hot Tubs category, which bestowed a Silver Award to Welsh Hot Tubs, and a Bronze Award to Euphoria Lifestyle.

EUSA Awards Winners

Residential Outdoor Pools

Gold: Diffazur Piscines, France

Silver: RE-HE Schwimmbadbau, Germany

Bronze: Piscines Carre Bleu International, France

Residential Indoor Pools

Gold: MLZ Haustechnik, Germany

Silver: Rockingham Swimming Pools, UK

Bronze: Aqua System Solutions L’esprit Piscines, France

Residential Spas

Gold: Diffazur Piscines, France

Silver: Sankurt Insaat A.S, Turkey

Bronze: Diffazur Piscines, France

Residential Hot Tubs

Gold: Complete Spas, UK

Silver: Welsh Hot Tubs, UK

Bronze: Euphoria Lifestyle, UK

Residential Enclosures

Gold: Abrisud, France

Silver: Abrisud, France

Bronze: Concept Alu, France

EUSA President Andreas Petridis praised the high level of entries as being ‘outstanding’ after the presentation ceremony of the fourth edition of the European awards.

“I am extremely proud to be at the helm through these exciting times for EUSA,”said Andreas; “The calibre of the competition entries was outstanding, providing an exceptional opportunity to celebrate our industry and share best practice like never before.”

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