“Liquid Gold” Found in Buxton

9th Aug 2004

The Spa Business Association, building on the success of the first networking event at Calcot Manor in June, is planning another event, this time to be held in the historic spa town of Buxton in the High Peak.  The Event will take place at the Palace Hotel, Buxton on Sunday 26th September 2004, and will include coverage of important subjects such as Legislation, Insurance and Water Management as well as giving an overview of the prestigious Buxton Spa Project.

Just embarking on a multi-million pound project to restore its historic Crescent and Spa, Buxton is looking forward to reinventing itself for a spa-hungry public, who will by 2007 be able to bathe in the natural thermal waters which were the source of Buxton’s fame and success in the 18th Century.  The healing water is still drunk today by members of the public visiting St Anne’s Well, and by customers of the well-known bottled Buxton Water brand.

This networking event takes as its central theme the idea of “Liquid Gold”, examining the importance of water to a spa, the pros and cons of using historic buildings as a setting, and the steps that the industry needs to take to protect its important assets - building fabric, spa concepts, and insurance.  Legislation will be covered, together with new legislation concerns such as the forthcoming Disability Discrimination Act.  With the opportunity to view the spa project, as well as to network with industry colleagues, this event looks set to be a great success.

Speakers already arranged for the event include:

q Les Coffey, Director of Policy & Regeneration, High Peak Borough Council - giving an overview of the Buxton Spa Project and some of its complexities

q Anna Findlay, Hydrogeologist, Envireau - speaking about Water Management in spas and the opportunities connecting to a water source can bring

q Mark Ross, Marsh Insurance - giving an insight into the special insurance circumstances of the spa industry and the trends associated with the industry.

Roisin Isaacs, SpaBA Board Member and networking events co-ordinator said:  “We were thrilled with the response from the first networking event, and have decided to follow on quite quickly with a second event, so that we continue the momentum for our members, and deliver an interesting and informative pallete of speakers who will educate and stimulate industry-focused debate during this exciting day.”


Alan Wells, also on the Board of the Association, and High Peak’s Executive Council member for Economic Regeneration added “Buxton has a proud tradition of investing in its future and of bringing people to this marvellous part of the world.  The Council is looking forward to welcoming delegates at the start of our reinvestment in the spa heritage of the town, and to sharing our experience on the project.  We will be highlighting the business opportunities such projects encourage within the wider spa industry, and hope to learn more from industry players.”

For details of our September Networking Event and membership of the Spa Business Association, please contact the Spa Business Association office or look at the website, www.spabusinessassociation.co.uk.  The cost of the event is £95 +VAT for Members and £155 +VAT for non-members.  The Event will take place at the Palace Hotel, Buxton.  In the event that delegates wish to stay overnight, we have reserved accommodation at a special SpaBA rate.

For Further Information please contact: [email protected]



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