UK HOT TUB MARKET BUBBLES OVER
Forget the economic doom and gloom, the UK’s hot tub industry celebrated its best ever year in 2017 at the annual UK Pool & Spa Awards this week, with sales generally 20 per cent up and a bubbling market value of £140 million retail sales.
About 400 companies are involved in the sale of spas and swim spas across the UK and they saw hot tub sales top 20,000 units this year with swim spas nudging the 1,000 annual sales mark – nearly as many installation as new residential pools built annually in the UK.
“Sales have peaked at a time when people are investing in their existing home and lifestyles rather than taking on the financial risk of a house move to a more expensive property,” said Lloyd Burden, Vice President of International Sales for top-selling Hydropool Hot Tubs.
“At the same time, a maturing market has seen the professionalism of the industry improve with an average hot tub sale around £7k including VAT, and high ticket projects that are transforming gardens up and down the country.”
Showcasing the finest examples of both indoor and outdoor hot tub design from across the country, 70 hot tub products, projects and companies, were recognised at the 2017 UK Pool & Spa Awards, which is open to the entire water leisure industry.
Winners across 10 categories were presented with trophies and certificates at the awards ceremony by over 200 of the industry’s key personnel including leisure operators, pool builders, designers, hot tub manufacturers and retailers.
Christina Connor, Editor of the industry’s leading trade publication Hot Tub and Swim Spa Scene, magazine, commented: “The UK Pool & Spa Awards raise the profile of the entire water leisure industry and recognise companies that provide customers with first class hot tubs and swim spas.
UK Leisure Living were crowned Spa Retailer of the Year in only their 2nd year of business. This is a fantastic achievement! Gareth Jones MD commented- ” we are simply delighted! This confirms our position in the UK as a leading company making positive changes to improve the industry. With the introduction of 7 day spas, this will make us the Amazon of the Hot Tub world. ” he concluded ” thank you to all our customers, suppliers and our team for supporting and believing in our business”
Pictured is National Sales Manager Neil Vaughan Jones