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SPATEX 2012 not tempted by approach from proposed new NEC event
SPATEX, the industry owned pool and spa exhibition will stay in Brighton for its 2012 show following an approach to work with a new trade event being planned for Birmingham's NEC.

Last month, the board of SPATEX Ltd rejected a proposal from Guildford based New Events Ltd to move the event and the industry awards dinner and integrate it with a two day European Pool, Spa and Outdoor Living show (EPSOL) due to open on 19 January next year. New Events Ltd, organisers of the South African pool and spa show being held in Johannesburg in September, say the proposed new event originated from an approach by a group of SPATEX exhibitors unhappy about the event being staged every year in Brighton.

SPATEX Ltd board member Howard Gosling said a formal letter had been sent to New Events Ltd thanking them for the approach but making it clear that SPATEX was contracted for 2012 at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton.

"The whole reason a group of us set up SPATEX was so that the trade were able to have control over the running of their own show and could decide on the distribution of its profits, hence the reason for saying 'by the industry, for the industry'," he added.

BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes said: "We will do nothing about moving SPATEX until we have spoken to exhibitors and visitors to see what they think about the show. The board has been committed for some time to a special focus group event for exhibitors, organised for 6 October where we will seek feedback and share our findings collated so far about possible alternative venues to Brighton. The last time this work was done was four years ago."

The SPATEX board has been canvassing industry views on the future location of the show over the last three months and a number of visits to alternative venues have been made as part of the research. No decision has been taken and no single location has emerged as a favourite.

New Events said the NEC show would go ahead, even without any deal with SPATEX Ltd.

The company have emailed and canvassed specialist companies over the past two months, but it is not clear what support if any the show has had. Meanwhile, SPATEX has 75 exhibitors already signed up for the 2012 show which is being held over the weekend of 4 to 6 February and is 80% sold out of available space.

For more information visit www.spatex.co.uk

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