Making Waves in East Kilbride

04 Oct 2017

A South Lanarkshire couple are making a splash in East Kilbride after securing the first ever £100,000 award from a new business loans scheme with the help of South Lanarkshire Council.

Funding from Business Loans Scotland gave Tom and Nicola Mitchell the support they needed to realise their dream of a purpose built swimming pool as a permanent home for their swim teaching business, Making Waves.

The 25 metre pool in the new town’s Playsport complex has harnessed a wide range of innovative new technologies that aimed at giving users a great experience and helping to protect the environment.

Tom said; “We have spent 14 years building up our business and it has been a labour of love. Teaching swimming gives children confidence, exercise, fun and can even save their lives. We felt the time was right to take it to the next level and this purpose built pool has been designed from the ground up to meet the specific requirements of what we do.”

Nicola said; “We installed an innovative filtration system which means we use less chemicals and the water is gentler on sensitive skin, Making Waves is the first pool in Scotland to use this DAISY technology. We also have a heat exchange system so warm air being taken out by the air conditioning actually heats the pool water. It has been a lot of work but having this full-time base is incredible. It has also enabled us to create 12 fulltime jobs in East Kilbride.”

Business Loans Scotland is backed by a consortium of all 32 Scottish local authorities and can provide loans of up to £100,000 to new and growing small to medium sized businesses across Scotland. Making Waves was the first business to receive the maximum loan.

Chair of South Lanarkshire Council Community and Enterprise Resources Councillor John Anderson said; “It is great to see a company like Making Waves growing and creating new jobs here in South Lanarkshire, our Business Support team played an important part in helping guide Tom and Nicola through the process of securing this loan to make their vision for Making Waves become reality.”

Tom said; “We are very grateful for the support from the Council and, of course, Business Loans Scotland. The new pool has allowed us expand the business, so in addition to lessons for children of all ages we can now offer a year-round service and innovate with ideas such as toddler swimming and adult training.

To enquire about Making Waves swimming lessons phone 0141 530 8007 or email

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