A bumper networking opportunity awaits

The Vendies, the prestigious awards ceremony for the vending and water industries will take place at on 2 October at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham, following the EDWCA’s Business Day and Trade Show.

This combined event offers an unrivalled opportunity to see new products from exhibitors in the water and vending industries, listen to inspirational business speakers and take part in roundtable discussions, before networking some more and celebrating the industry’s success at The Vendies in the evening.

Don’t delay, register today for the EDWCA Business Day and book your tickets for the Awards Ceremony too!

Your host for the evening is….

Ryan Philpott

Ryan has always loved an audience.

At 17 he joined the National Youth Theatre before training to be an actor at LAMDA. Since then he’s been part of some incredible theatre and TV productions, from Blood Brothers to Shakespeare, Harry Hill to Eastenders.

Ryan is also the co-owner of award-winning TV production company DeadPan Films; he has written three stage-plays and is co-founder of the Dickens Theatre Company.

With entertainment from…..

Comedian Sean Collins
Photo credit : Steve Reid Blitz Photography

Sean Collins

With his characteristic gravelly Canadian drawl, Sean takes a look at everyday life in his adoptive country. To Chortle he’s ‘a master of the art of the digression without ever losing a thread.’ He was also the stand- out act at JLA’s 2013 Real Variety Show. TV credits include Michael McIntryre’s Comedy Roadshow.

With an exciting Las Vegas theme, tickets include:

  • Drinks reception
  • Three course meal with wine
  • Award presentations
  • After dinner Casino, Vegas filled fun and networking!

For details on timings and dress code, click HERE.

Going to The Vendies? Register for the EDWCA Business Day and Trade Show too

With exciting speakers, innovative exhibitors and great networking opportunities, it is an excellent precursor to The Vendies. With lunch and refreshments offered thoughout the day – and all for £25.00 for non-members of the EDWCA – it really is a must.


8.30 pm Registration opens

9.00 am Annual General Meeting (Oak Room)

10.00 am Chairman’s Welcome

10.10 am Steve Gibson – ‘GDPR … A practical approach’

10.40 am – Matthew Lee – ‘Industry Overview’

11.10 am Refreshment Break

11.25 am Charlotte Wilson, Pistachio – ‘Social Media and your business.’

11.55am Natalie Fee – ‘City to Sea. Plastics, what can we do?’

12.25pm Chairman’s ‘thank you’

12.45 pm Complimentary lunch

13.00 pm Trade Show Opens

14.00 pm Speakers Forum begins

16.00 pm Speakers Forum ends

16.30 pm Trade Show closes

Register NOW to secure your place.

Voting closes at midnight

Following the judges have selections, over 550 voting forms for this year’s crop of finalists have been received, with more coming in by the minute. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see your favourite operators, manufacturers and people lift that coveted trophy, VOTE FOR THEM NOW!

The judge’s scores will account for 75% of the outcome, with the industry vote making up the final 25%. More on how it works here.

Do you know an operator that does a fantastic job? A supplier whose products are just so popular that you have to constantly re-stock? Or a company that gives outstanding customer service? Now is the time to shout about it by registering your vote.

The prestigious awards ceremony will take place at on 2 October at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham.

With an exciting Las Vegas theme, tickets include:

  • Drinks reception
  • Three course meal with wine
  • Award presentations
  • After dinner Casino, Vegas filled fun and networking!

The Awards Ceremony is already 70% booked, so if you have yet to reserve your place, do it now!

Going to The Vendies? Why not enjoy the whole day at the Forest of Arden by attending the EDWCA Business Day and Trade Show?

With exciting speakers, innovative exhibitors and great networking opportunities, it is an excellent precursor to the Gala Awards. With lunch and refreshments offered though the day and all for £25.00 for non-members of the EDWCA, it really is a must.

The trade show is now SOLD OUT of exhibitor places, with a great mix of companies from the water and vending industry looking forward to discuss new opportunities with delegates.

Register NOW to secure your place.


The Vendies: Last chance to enter!

To accommodate the high demand for entries, The Vendies, the prestigious awards scheme for the vending and water industries, has its extended its deadline to August 10.   

The 2018 event has seen an unprecedented number of entries from manufacturers, suppliers and operators in the vending and water industries, promising one of the most exciting awards ceremonies to date.

Categories for manufacturers and suppliers to the vending industry include Best Machine Innovation, sponsored by Lavazza; Best Payment System, sponsored by Siemens; Best Beverage Brand; Best Snack/Confectionery Product or Service; Best New Supplier Website and Best Customer Service Award (Team Award).

Operators also have the chance to shine in the following categories: Best Regional Operator, sponsored by Abbeychart; Best National Operator; Best Area Manager; Best Overall Operator; Best Service Engineer; Best Route Engineer; Best Route Operator; Best Customer Service (Individual Award) and Best Operator Website, sponsored by Tower.

Commenting on the highly prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, publication and event manager Jenny Thompson says: “This special award will recognise an individual who has served the vending industry for more than 20 years and played a significant role in its success. We are calling on members of the vending industry give someone the recognition they deserve by nominating them for this award.

Nominees must be able to demonstrate the following: a clear commitment to working in the vending industry as a career; consistent application of good practice; examples of going the ‘extra mile’; excellence as a representative of the vending industry to the customer and wider business community; active membership of professional bodies and initiatives (associations, professional institutions, charities, etc) and a high level of respect amongst colleagues and peers.

The EDWCA Customer Service Award; the Supplier Recognition Award; Innovation Recognition Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by the EDWCA meanwhile, will shine a light on the important work of companies and individuals within the water industry.

“If your focus has always been on people and you fully understand the value that your employees give to your customers then quite simply you should nominate them for the EDWCA Customer Service Award. It’s your people that help to build your business, so why not say thank you?,” says the EDWCA’s Tracy Corroll, adding: “It’s the same if you have a supplier that gives you not only the products you require but the support by sourcing your end-users endless requests and do this whilst giving your business great customer service, why not nominate them for the EDWCA Supplier Recognition Award and thank the sometimes unsung heroes.

“Innovation is always at the forefront of industry whether it be a self-cleaning tap, equipment that provides all types of water/beverages to a simple fitting that can increase our productivity. So where do we look for this? We look to our manufacturers and suppliers to continually challenge both the industry and the perception. The EDWCA embraces and encourages change and the EDWCA Innovation Recognition award is its way of thanking and encouraging these companies to continue moving the industry forwards. If you know a company that meets this simple criteria, why not nominate them today?

Commenting on the Outstanding Contribution Award, the equivalent of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the water categories, Tracy says: “Many businesses and industries are built on firm foundations allowing for growth and progress to be driven on. The water cooler industry is no different. Over the years we have a number of characters that have helped to shape the way we do things and how our industry is perceived. There are those that lead from the front and stride forward taking many of us along for the ride and then there are those that counter the bold innovators and work studiously in the background making very little wave with their unmistakable impact! We all know who these people are!

“The EDWCA would like to thank these pioneers from the resounding to the hushed and that is why we are asking you…the water cooler fraternity…to recognise and nominate these individuals for the EDWCA Outstanding Contribution Award. Without these small acorns our oak tree could not have grown.”

Book now!

The Vendies will take place on 2 October at The Marriott Hotel & Country, following the EDWCA’s hotly anticipated Business Day & Trade Show. Tickets to the awards ceremony in the evening are available now, with a 10% discount offered to members of the following associations: EDWCA, AVA, EVA and AVS.

Tower is to sponsor and present the award for Best Operator Website. National sales manager Kevin Reed says: “The Vendies brings together everyone involved in the vending and water industries for an evening of celebration. Vending is an industry proud of; rooted in quality service and innovation, it is continuously evolving and embracing technology, product and service ideas to strengthen its offering. As an industry that believes in putting something back and supporting one another, it’s fantastic to be able to recognise everyone’s achievements at The Vendies.” 

Abbeychart is sponsoring the award for Best Regional Operator. Managing director Mark Taylor says: “As an established supplier (now 27 years in  business) selling into a range of OEMs and operators in the UK Vending market, we feel it is important to support and celebrate our industry and The Vendies the perfect event for this. We look forward to taking along a selection of customers who we enjoy strong working relationships with and supplying into, in a spirit of partnership.”

SB Software – Vendmanager, is sponsoring the Best Overall Operator category. Managing director Simon Black says: “Attending the Vendies is an ideal chance to improve on your knowledge of the sector, and hopefully fill in some gaps too (finding out about things that you weren’t even aware of).

“The Vendies evening is a great event, bringing together key players – the movers and the shakers – in the UK vending sector. It’s always fun, so conversation flows freely. AND it’s always extremely useful for business at the same time.”

The Forest of Arden is offering a limited number of rooms at discounted prices to guests of The Vendies and/or the EDWCA Business Day.

This offer is only available on a first come, first served basis and bookings must be made in advance using this link.

For more information visit www.thevendies.co.uk  

The deadline for entries and nominations is Tuesday – don’t miss it!

The vending and water industries’ most prestigious awards scheme – The Vendies – closes for entries and nominations on Tuesday 31st July.

With categories for vending and water there’s something for everyone, so don’t delay, put yourself and/or your colleagues in the running for an award today.

There are categories for operators, manufacturers and suppliers to the vending and water industry, as well as the hard working individuals within them, entering The Vendies is a way to demonstrate your company’s achievements to a dedicated audience of industry professionals.

“We have tightened up the criteria and the process by which entrants are judged, resulting in some really outstanding applications. Be the business that everyone is talking about in 2019!,” says event & publication manager Jenny Thompson.

Enter the vending categories, [HERE] or the water categories HERE.

The Vendies will take place in the evening following the EDWCA’s Business Day & Trade Show.

Offering a full day of networking, delegates will get to hear from and engage with a selection of inspiring speakers, in addition to finding out what’s new from the water and vending suppliers and operators exhibiting at the Trade Show.

Delegates to the Business Day & Trade Show will also enjoy a complimentary lunch.

REGISTER NOW as places are strictly limited.

Two industries, working together to improve the customer experience

The vending industry’s most prestigious awards programme – The Vendies – will run in conjunction with the EDWCA’s new Business Day and Trade Show on 2 October 2018 at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham: two industries, working together, to provide an even better service.

Water coolers and bottled water have been integrated into all aspects of our public and private lives, as the health and lifestyle benefits of sufficient hydration are recognised. Drinks like coffee, tea and juices also help to replenish vital fluids and the quality of the water content is Key to the consumer’s enjoyment of it.

Water and vending are, therefore, intrinsically linked, which is why the EDWCA (European Drinking Water Cooler Association) has again teamed up with Vending International publisher and Vendies organiser, Datateam Business Media to hold its new 2018 Business Day & Trade Show alongside the Awards event in October. By coming together to talk to customers, it is hoped that buyers of these products and services will be able to make even better choices in the future.

The Business Day & Trade Show has been designed to flow from the morning, through to The Vendies in the evening. From the Speakers Programme, to the Trade Show (which will feature exhibitors from both the water and vending industries) and the Round-Table discussions, it has been driven by a desire to provide opportunities for education and networking. Manufacturers, suppliers, operators and end users all stand to benefit from the water, coffee and vending industries uniting at these hotly anticipated day and evening events.

Over 50% of space is already booked for the Trade Show and there is no doubt it will be a sell-out, with prospective exhibitors from both the water and vending industries showing an unprecedented level of interest.  The Business Day & Trade Show also has support from H20 Direct, AA First and MTN Products as sponsors.

From a delegate point of view, attending The EDWCA Business Day & Trade Show is a must. The full day of activities is free to EDWCA members, with a 10% discount on tickets to The Vendies. And while entry to the trade show is free to non-members, with the full day package priced at just £25 with lunch and refreshments included, it’s more cost effective to attend the talks and round-table discussions too!

With the first of four speakers recently announced the entire day is shaping up to become a firm favourite in the industry calendar in the coming years and with spaces now becoming limited, early registration is recommended.

Vegas themed fun at The Vendies

Providing further opportunities for networking, The Vendies, will take place at the same venue in the evening, with an exciting Las Vegas theme to boot.

Hot off the heels of its appearance on BBC1’s The One Show in 2017, The Vendies has already secured strong sponsor backing, with SB Software, Lavazza, Siemens Financial Services, Abbey Chart, Fererro, Tower and the EDWCA all putting their name to the event.

“With categories for vending operators, manufacturers and suppliers to the vending and water industries, as well as the hardworking individuals within them, entering The Vendies is a way to demonstrate your company’s achievements to a dedicated audience of industry professionals,” says event and publication manager Jenny Thompson.

There is also the opportunity to nominate other companies and individuals for an award, something which is very important says EDWCA vice chair David Albers: “Our industry is relatively small, and with business relationships built up over many years. However, this is the opportunity to nominate and say ‘thank you’ to your operators or suppliers, as well as your team, for making this industry such a great place to work.”

For more information on the EDWCA Business Day & Trade Show, including stand bookings, contact Tracy Corroll on 0845 832 2199 or email tracy@edwca.com.


For more information on The Vendies, including tickets and exclusive room rates for attendees, head over to www.thevendies.co.uk or contact Jenny Thompson on 01634 249422 or email jthompson@datateam.co.uk.