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

The SPATA annual general meeting 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.

Thursday 8th October saw SPATA take centre stage, as SPATA’s Chairman and BSPF President – Richard Carrington oversaw the AGM, with presentations from a range of speakers appropriate to this audience.

Paul Baker (Independent Financial Services (UK) Limited)

Paul is a partner at IFS Employee Benefits LLP, who are the administrators of the Federation of Small Businesses (“FSB”) Workplace Pension. Paul shared valuable information on the implementation of workplace pension auto-enrolment.

John Eynon (Open Water Consulting)

John was able to assist members with details on BIM – Building Information Modelling (BIM).  This will become very important for commercial projects starting in 2016 and beyond and will likely have an impact on domestic projects at a later stage.

Patrick Thorpe (Astralpool UK)

Due to his wealth of knowledge gained in the swimming pool industry since the 1970’s and more particularly having sat on the committees developing European standards for domestic pools and spas over the past five years, Patrick was the obvious choice to present updates on these European Standards. He explained about some of the changes in EN 16582 (construction and installation) and also mentioned that there were three standards out for Final Vote as part of EN 16713 (pool water circulation, filtration and treatment).

Peter Lang (Technical Adviser to SPATA)

As SPATA’s technical advisor, Peter is not only responsible for chairing SPATA’s technical committee but also coordinating the role of SPATA’S inspectors. He is currently revising SPATA’s standards. Peter presented information on the industry approach to safety devices, looking at how there will be a growing requirement to engage with clients to discuss safety.

The SPATA conference finished with an open forum, giving 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 attend the days can download the presentation documents from the Members area of the relevant Association website.