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Couple are making waves

Published Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Tom and Nicola Mitchell's Making Waves swimming pool

A couple are making a splash after securing the first ever £100,000 award from a new business loans scheme.

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

The 25m pool in East Kilbride’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 potentially save lives.

“We felt the time was right to take our business to the next level. So this purpose built pool has been designed to meet the specific requirements of what we do.”

And Nicola added: “We installed an innovative filtration system which means we use less chemicals and the water is gentler on sensitive skin. 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 full-time jobs in our home town.”

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 the country. Making Waves was the first business to receive the maximum loan.

Councillor John Anderson, the chair of the council's Community and Enterprise Resources, said; “It is great to see Making Waves growing and creating new jobs in our area. 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 to 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.

Business Loans Scotland funds can be used for working capital, buying plant, equipment and property. To find out more about Business Loans Scotland please go to You can also email

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