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  1. Award Leisure at the Lincs Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Day 2019

    The Award Leisure golf team are off to the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Day today! We are proud to be headline sponsor and couldn’t resist having a go ourselves – especially for the worthwhile cause: YMCA Lincolnshire.

    With several keen golfers in our family business, we are delighted to be the headline sponsor for Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Day, taking place at the Sleaford Golf Club.

     

    Charlotte Anthony, Sales Director at Award Leisure, said: “As very keen golfers and a local retailer and Award leisure Lincoln based in Pennells, we felt this was the perfect partnership with which to promote our refurbishment and relaunch of our Outdoor Leisure Hot Tub & Garden Buildings store in Hykeham. We are thrilled to be involved with this worthy cause.”

    The event, held annually by the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, sees a full day of golfing, networking and raising money for YMCA Lincolnshire. The proceeds raised will go straight back into helping people of the local community including day care, youth work, emergency overnight accommodation as well as housing and training.

     

    Attendees will enjoy a welcome Full English breakfast, before teeing off at 9.30am.

    We will be playing 18 holes, and there are prizes for the winners, runners-up, the longest drive and getting nearest the pin!

     

    Following the game there will be a complimentary 2 course lunch, with a presentation of trophies and raffle prizes.

    That’s right, there’s a raffle!

    There are some amazing prizes up for grabs from local businesses, including a signed football shirt from Lincoln City FC, a meal for 4 at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse restaurant, as well as many golf prizes with all proceeds will be going straight to YMCA Lincolnshire!

     

    We are also giving every team an Award Leisure goody bag, complete with Titleist pro V1 golf balls!

    The weather is set to be glorious today, and we wish all teams the best of luck!

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  2. Why You Shouldn't Buy a Chinese Spa

    To the untrained eye, the incredible Hot Tub deals you find online can look too good to be true – and they usually are. Discover what to look out for and the deals you should avoid when shopping for Hot Tubs online.

    We often get people coming into store with a preconceived notion that Hot Tubs should be around £2-3k; this is all thanks to online retailers and sellers on sites such as eBay that promise a Hot Tub deal that sounds too good to be true.

     

    The issue has become such an epidemic on eBay that they have commented themselves:

    “Much has been said about hot tubs from China v USA and elsewhere. Firstly, you can get genuine hot tubs from USA from as little as £4000. Unfortunately, the cheap spas on eBay do give the perception that a big hot tub should cost around £2,000 or that you can win an auction for that amount.

     

    Build Quality

    In all things, you pay for what you get. If you believe you can get a quality construction, electronics, electrics, jetting, TV, radio, DVD, and all the bells and whistles cheaply and are prepared to mix your children with the water and electrics in these units then buyer beware.

    Chinese hot tubs often promote themselves as ‘made in USA’ when for the most part, it is not true. The acrylic sheets for the shells are manufactured in the USA, then stretched very thinly to bath-quality and reinforced with fibreglass. These shells are further stressed by being peppered with holes for all the jets. The holes weaken the shell structure and there are even some reports of owners stepping into spas and the shell cracking apart – hardly the relaxing experience you were hoping for!

    The cabinets themselves often use low quality wood which can rot with either no base or thin plastic trays to shield the tub from ground moisture. The jets can be chrome on metal or plastic which can cause dangerous injury if they start to flake off. To serve the mass of plumbing from all the jets, the hot tubs have several pumps. If you add up the electric consumption of all the pumps and the heater – let alone any lights and media – you may find your domestic power supply stretched to the limit and be prepared for a scary electric bill! Controls can be authentic Balboa but sometimes clever imitations.

     

    Made in China

    A simple search on the internet can reveal just how many companies there are in China churning out masses of spas, swim spas, saunas, steam rooms and bathrooms. The main players have hundreds of models, which are imported and then branded up with exotic names to hide their origins.

    Chinese spas obviously work for a while; however, the industry is aware of rapid fails in the ‘waterproof’ media like pop up speakers and TVs. A good quality waterproof system of marine quality would likely cost as much as the spa itself! TVs require ventilation and can’t be completely sealed from moisture, plus have you tried watching TV in the garden on a sunny day? Unfortunately, consumers again expect all the typical media extras on a USA-made spa for the same price point!

    Hot tubs can be described as American or Canadian if their head offices are based there or their acrylic or controls are manufactured there. Giving a spa an American sounding name can aid the myth as can producing a small part of the range in North America/Canada with the rest made in China. Another trick that some Chinese spa manufacturers use is illegally using the Jacuzzi brand to sell their Hot Tubs. Jacuzzi is a brand name; a Hot Tub is not a jacuzzi unless manufactured by Jacuzzi themselves.

     

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    Warranties

    The warranty for a Chinese hot tub will rarely be with the manufacturer whose duty of care usually ends at the docks. The warranty, usually only for a short period, will be with the importer or seller. A typical importer of Chinese spas often selling on eBay may have a shiny website, yet actually be a company registered at a virtual office with no actual showroom to view the build quality for yourself.

    Delivery will usually be to the kerbside and spas are heavy items requiring specialist equipment to get into place, if not a crane. If the spa is damaged by uninsured or unqualified handlers, you have little chance of comeback on the seller. Any instance of potential ‘misuse’ will also invalidate what little warranty there may be. If the acrylic sheet is USA-made then there may be a valid warranty on that from the manufacturer, the rest of the build will be dealer warranty. When the dealer ceases trading or disappears, you have little redress once things do go wrong.

     

    Safety

    Chinese hot tubs state they are CE approved; however, due to the complexity of certification it is very hard to authenticate the gold bordered certificate often produced. Only gaining sight of the actual testing reports validates the certificate. Several sites found via google allow checking of CE certificate numbers; however, it is hard to verify the certification of famous household names let alone a small unit in Shanghai.

    Chinese spas often bear no distinguishing names or are dealer branded so when it comes to obtaining spares or replacement filters you might have trouble. Chinese spas also deteriorate quickly so if you do need to move and resell you may have problems and the spa casing may break in transit. If your spa fails and is not covered by warranty you also face having to remove and dispose of the large object yourself.

    Therefore, before bidding on a hot tub that looks too good, consider these factors. Ask where the unit is manufactured, check the company registration of the seller and location, google to check if they are an actual company or a virtual mailbox, and check who is responsible for warranty and repairs. Realise you may be parting with money for something that has yet to be ordered from China. If the information is not forthcoming or seems to conflict, beware.

     

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    A quality hot tub will have a thick acrylic shell or be rotationally moulded and will carry a manufacturer’s warranty. Remember, the more pumps and jets the higher the running costs, the more complex jetting the greater the risk of plumbing leaks and the requirement of a known spa brand to trouble shoot.”

     

    We are proud of the exceptional build quality of our Coast Spas Hot Tubs, and truly believe that they are worth every penny. If you want to know more about Coast Spas, Download a Free Brochure today!

     

    Keep your children safe with a premium Hot Tub

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  3. Can you live off the grid in the UK?

    With the hustle and bustle of modern life, sometimes we just want to switch off, go off-grid and live a basic, wholesome way of life. Can you achieve this in the UK?

    Living off the grid in the UK is entirely possible and is the perfect way to experience the true natural beauty that our little island has to offer. That’s not to say it doesn’t come with some challenges!

     

    #1. Think: Is this really what you want?

    Living off the grid, no matter what country, is hard. There is a lot of investment, hard work and red tape to get through before achieving the true off-grid dream.

    • You’ll truly be at one with the peaks and troughs of Mother Nature, meaning no matter what the weather, you’ll probably have to spend a lot of time outside.
    • You’ve seen the gorgeous pictures of cabins in the woods on Social Media – can you deal with not being able to post your own once you’re living off the grid?
    • You thought your 9-5 was tough? When you’re repairing a broken fence at 11pm in the driving rain, you’ll probably be wishing for your comfy office chair and central heating.
    • Speaking of repairs, you’ve got to be prepared for things to go wrong. At the most inconvenient time possible. Systems will fail, and you may have to go without while you are sourcing parts.
    • While you can see the appeal of living off the land, your friends and family may not be as visionary. You may have to put up with pressure from people that don’t quite understand your passion for sustainable living.

     

    Do you want to truly live off the grid in the UK?

     

    #2. Finding a suitable location.

    When searching for a location to start your new life, there are a few factors you will want to consider.

    • Woodland: Having access to woodland to use for fuel and possibly some shelter is a pretty good idea! Stay away from finding land through woodlands.co.uk, as they require you to sign a clause saying you’re never going to live on the land.
    • Arable land: Having fertile land to grow your own food or graze livestock is a massive factor in living a sustainable life.
    • Water Source: Having access to water in the form of a well or stream can make life easier, giving you access to a fresh water source.

    The perfect plot of land is very hard to come by and if it does, will be very expensive. Why not consider teaming up with another family to create an off-grid community? Check out off-grid.net to find others looking to group up to create an off-grid paradise.

     

    Consider grouping together to invest in the right location

     

    #3. Navigate through planning permission

    If you’re planning on living in a yurt or static caravan, you won’t need to worry about planning permission. However, if you’re looking at something a little more permanent, you’ll have to navigate through the red tape that is the UK Planning Permission system. Want more advice from people that know the system? Have a chat with the group The Land is Ours.

    We offer a huge range of cabins that are perfect for supporting an off-grid lifestyle. From compact, basic cabins to spacious 2-bedroom log cottages, there’s a cabin for every situation!

     

    The Valkea Arkansas cabin is perfect for off-grid living

     

    #4. Sourcing water

    If you’re living off the grid, there’s no more just turning the taps on and having water! As previously mentioned, wells and streams on your land will be rare. A solution to this is rainwater collection.

    Collecting rainwater from your roof is a great solution, if you can store, filter and purify the water.

    Check out this video for a great, long-lasting rainwater system that is low maintenance and has lasted 20 years (and counting!)

     

      

    #5. Deciding on power sources

    Just because you’re living off the grid doesn’t mean you have to go right back to the dark ages – unless you want to of course! Using electricity for food storage, washing clothes or lighting are just some of the basics that you may decide you can’t live without. Electric cookers use a crazy amount of power, so investing in a wood-burning stove for cooking, boiling water and generally heating your home can be a great alternative.

     

    Download your Free Cabin Buyers Guide from Award Leisure

     

    So, what power sources will you go for?

    Most people go off the grid to minimise their impact on the environment, so renewable energy resources are the most favoured.

    A lot of the decision will come down to what your geographical area will allow – if you’re close to water, you can use hydroelectric power; although this tends to be very expensive to set up.

    If you are in a spot that gets a lot of sun, you could invest in solar panels. Alternatively, there are always wind turbines!

     

    What are you going to use to power your off-grid dream?

      

    #6. What are you going to eat?

    To be truly off the grid, you need to be as self-sufficient as possible. This will include growing your own fruits, veggies and grains, as well as raising livestock for meat and dairy products if you’re not vegan!

     

    Planning your meals is important to decide what you will grow

     

    #7. Don’t forget waste disposal!

    Often overlooked when in the planning stages of going off the grid, you’ll need a solid plan in place for waste disposal. Improper disposal is a biohazard and can result in fines, so make sure you’ve got it sorted.

    A popular solution is investing in a waterless, composting toilet. These toilets are favoured by narrowboat and campervan owners due to their compact size and being odourless!

    #8. Can you live alone?

    Some people’s main motivations for going off the grid is to get away from people – but when it comes down to it, off-grid living can be very isolated. Unless you’re living in an off-grid community, you can go days or even weeks without seeing another human!

     

    Do you want to live alone or share your off-grid dream with a community?

     

    Living off the grid in the UK is entirely possible and will bring you as close as possible to the natural beauty that your ‘plugged-in’ neighbours will never be able to appreciate!

     

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    We stock a huge range of cabins to get you started on your off-grid adventure. Check out the full cabin range or get in touch for more information from our expert sales team!

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  4. 3 Chances to Win a FREE Hot Tub!

    Here at Award Leisure this Summer we are supporting our home country, are you?

     

    Across the three major sporting events we are backing England all the way, so we are offering all new Hot Tub customers 3 CHANCES to win a FREE hot tub!

     

    If England Ladies win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup or England win the 2019 Official Cricket World Cup or England win the 2019 Official Rugby World Cup, Award Leisure will refund up to three selected lucky winners (one per sporting event) for their hot tub purchased from any Award Leisure store. The total purchase price will be refunded once fitted and installed by Award Leisure. You can only win once, if selected to win before other sporting events mentioned in this promotion has been drawn, you are not eligible to win again.

     

    To qualify for these FREE Hot Tubs, you must have bought your spa before each of the three respective sporting event final, officially begins.

     

    If England do win any of the three-sporting events, Award Leisure will be hosting a Pizza and Prosecco party for the live draw! All customers will be entered into a live prize draw and invited to attend the reveal, which is to be held at our flagship store in Warwickshire. The live draw will take place the day after each sporting event final.

    Supporting the England Lionesses is important to Award Leisure because we not only support all female athletes, but as a successful company Award Leisure support female professionals to pursue a career within Leisure Industry. We hope all you all feel the same way!

     

    Here come the Girls! 

    Win your dream hot tub if England win one of 3 major sporting events

     

    A statement from Award Leisure: “If you're feeling confident, it could be a triple whammy for this summer give away. Award Leisure is actually giving away 3 free hot tubs if England win all 3 sporting events!”

    Award Leisure has showrooms in Warwickshire, London, Birmingham, Lincoln, Cheshire and Tamworth. All showrooms are filled with luxurious and dazzling products ranging from Saunas to Swim Spas. Is this something you are interest in winning for FREE?

    Not only are Award Leisure offering 3 chances to win a free hot tub but during this promotion they are also offering deals and free package upgrades with selected spa series!

    These include The Party & Efficiency Package which is available when purchasing a Regency or Classic spa. The Extreme Party & Efficiency Package available when purchasing an Elite or Luxury model. And finally, the Ultimate Party & Wellness Package which is for all wellness models sold!

    Come into store this summer and be a part of this fantastic promotion.

     

    3 Chances to Win a Hot Tub

     

    Terms and conditions apply:

    You can only win one hot tub per purchase, in the event that more than one England team wins their respective competition.

    The last date for entries to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is 4pm on July 7th

    The last date for entries to qualify for the 2019 2019 Official Cricket World Cup is 10.30am on July 14th.

    The last date for entries to qualify for the 2019 Official Rugby World Cup is 9am on November 2nd.

    Anyone who purchased from 1st June – 7th July will have 1 in 3 chances to win their Dream Hot Tub for FREE.

    Anyone who purchased from 8th July until 2nd November will have 1 in 2 chances to win.

    Anyone who purchased from 10:31am on July 14th until November 2nd will have 1 chance to win.

    This offer is only valid for any hot tub (excluding Swim Spas) purchased from an Award Leisure store from 1st June.

    The Customer has to have purchased (definition of purchase is with a minimum of 10% deposit on a finance deal Interest Bearing Finance or 25% deposit Interest Free Finance which has been approved and 25% deposit on any other hot tub sale). The refund will be paid once the hot tub is fitted by Award Leisure.

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  5. Holiday Let Owners: Is your Hot Tub HSG282 Compliant?

    If you own a Holiday Let, Hot Tubs can be a great way of improving the value of your letting. What are the guidelines you need to follow to be HSG282 Compliant?

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    What is HSG282?

    HSG282 is a set of guidelines for commercial pool and spa owners to assess and control the risk of exposure to Legionella and other infectious agents.

    It’s important to know that HSG282 is not law, it is considered as ‘best practice’. These standards would also be used in a court of law to measure whether you have complied as far as reasonably possible to meet the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

     

    What are the HSG282 Hot Tub Compliance Guidelines

     

    What are the guidelines you need to be aware of?

    Self-cleaning bromine system: Your Hot Tub will have a constant supply of bromine fed directly into the water, keeping the spa water cleaner while your customers are enjoying the Hot Tub.

    Headrests: While headrests are a great feature for your own Hot Tub, they are a breeding ground for bacteria and can be easily broken.

    250 litres of water per bather: This limit is in place to ensure that the Hot Tub doesn’t exceed the maximum number of bathers at any one time. This keeps the water at an acceptable quality for risk assessments.

     

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    24hr filtration system: Coast Spas are renowned for having one of the best filtration systems in the world. By housing the filter away from the bathing area, your water stays cleaner for longer.

    Written record of water testing: Done at least once per day, but up to 3 times depending on usage. You should make sure the pH remains balanced and there is enough sanitiser in the water to keep bathers safe.

    The HSG282 isn’t there to create more work for you or catch you out. They’re designed to keep your holiday tenants safe and give you an acceptable standard to maintain, avoiding liability.

    Where can I find a HSG282-compliant Hot Tub?

    If not specifically advertised, ask your Hot Tub dealer for details on their Hot Tubs that are HSG282-compliant.

    The Regency Spas Baroness Hot Tub comes with 30 hydrotherapy jets that are designed to give your bathers the most effective massage. The Baroness also features hand moulded handrails for easy in and out access plus a waterfall handrail that not only looks fantastic but is practical!

     

    HSG282 compliant Hot Tub

     

    Seating up to 4 adults, each seat offers a unique massage. The Baroness comes complete with a plush headrest, beverage holders and can run off a 13-amp conventional household supply, just like a kettle!

    Loving the look of the Baroness Hot Tub? Learn more below:

     

     

    Having a Hot Tub for your Holiday Let is a great way to boost bookings and tenant experience, but they do require work. You are responsible (and therefore liable) for the safety of your tenant when using the Hot Tub, so it’s important you choose a Hot Tub that will help you comply with all the guidance set out by the HSE.

     

    If you want more information on HSE282 or choosing a compliant Hot Tub, get in touch with our expert sales advisors today!

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