Kind on the planet, great for the economy, specialised care for the spa—these are just some reasons to buy local.
Considering what a big investment a hot tub is, you’re bound to do a lot of research before buying one. You will look at cost, upkeep, size and brands, among other things. It might be tempting to go in for a foreign brand hot tub that looks fancier and promises more features, but there are six reasons why a UK – made hot tub is superior.
1. Employing local people every step of the way
It’s always nice to help local people around you. Buying from local brands ensures you’re helping create job opportunities for your fellow community members. Data from multiple reports show that small and local businesses play a major role in generating employment in their regions. One estimate suggests that local businesses and SMEs accounted for about three-fifths of the employment in the UK private sector in 2020. So basically, your patronage and pounds help sustain every step of the business cycle and supply chain of a hot tub company—from designing to production to transportation to installation—and create numerous sources of livelihood for others.
2. Good for the local economy
It’s estimated that local retailers pump nearly 52% of their revenue back into the local economy. These enterprises strive to create prosperity within the community by recirculating money among other companies to build beneficial partnerships that serve the customers, employees and business owners.
What’s more, local businesses like Sutton Spas are believed to generate more than a quarter of the UK’s annual GDP and contribute to more than 20% of the tax revenues as per a 2018-2019 survey. So, buying directly from local manufacturers and businesses means the taxes the companies pay eventually benefit the UK public services, which is a win-win for everyone involved.
3. Easy supply of hot tub parts
A constant complaint of those who buy foreign-manufactured products is that it’s a hassle to find spare parts. Local partners may not stock the parts and getting them directly from the overseas producer can take a lot of time and cost quite a bit. All of those concerns vanish when you buy from a local company. Since the hot tubs are built within the country—for instance, Sutton Spas’ products are built by our sister company Rotospa, the UK’s only hot tub manufacturer—there will never be an issue with sourcing parts. The maximum you’d have to wait is probably a few days, as opposed to a few weeks if the parts had to be shipped from abroad.
4. Expert installation and servicing
Installing hot tubs isn’t as easy as plonking them down in your garden and plugging it in. You need help finding the right spot and ensuring there is enough supporting infrastructure to enjoy the spa. Who better to ensure your hot tub finds the perfect place than someone who has installed hundreds of such tubs?
Buying a spa from a local company guarantees that the experts who deliver and install your hot tub are well-versed with the ins and outs of the machines. Their experience has taught them what pitfalls might arise while transporting or setting up the hot tub. For instance, Sutton Spas staff can have the hot tub in position within 30 minutes. Compare this to staff who have to install an imported hot tub that they haven’t worked with too much and aren’t aware of the potential problems associated with the product. Similarly, when it comes to servicing, buying the hot tub from a local company will ensure that the right people with the right training and expertise will handle your product. There’s a high chance that having local handymen work on unfamiliar, foreign-made hot tubs could result in more complications rather than resolutions. Whether it’s ensuring water quality is maintained or fixing mechanical problems, local technicians who are familiar with the workings of the hot tub will be the best people to keep your spa in top shape.
5. Good for the environment
Choosing a locally produced hot tub automatically reduces the carbon footprint of the product as there are fewer emissions involved in its transportation—it’s an easy way to make the responsible and right choice when choosing a hot tub.
Sutton Spas products are also 99% recyclable and have among the lower carbon footprints of any spa available in the UK.
6. Quality control and product development
One of the biggest benefits to buying local is knowing that the team working on your product will be hands-on in ensuring it meets the highest quality standards at every stage of its life, from production to upgrading to repurposing.
Having a team that works in your region has another advantage—they can develop products and services that suit your specific needs and requirements. For instance, Sutton Spas’ hot tubs have high spec insulation keeping in mind the UK weather. Thanks to this feature, the water in the hot tub stays warm for longer, no matter how nippy it gets outside.
Contact Sutton Spas to find out about our UK-made hot tubs
If you’re wanting a hot tub, and you want to support our local economy, contact us today. Not only are you providing employment for locals, but you’re getting the best possible hut tub, built for UK conditions.