A triumph for the industry

Designed to reward the people, products and services that make the vending and water industries a success, the 2018 Vendies took place last night (2 October) at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham.

This year’s event began back in May with the entry and nomination stage, when the industry was invited to put forward its most outstanding brands, products, people and services for consideration.

An expert judging panel, comprising leading names from across the water and vending industry then decided on the finalists, before asking the industry to vote in the majority of categories.

And just to add to the excitement, guests were asked to vote live in the Best New Product category with the ‘on the night vote’ added to the existing one to get the winner, later revealed as Burts Jim Beam Original BBQ Crisps by Burts Chips.

Guests were treated to a fantastic drinks reception, three course meal and entertainment from Canadian comic Sean Collins before the award presentations began in earnest.

First up was the manufacturer suppliers and Best Machine Innovation, sponsored by Lavazza, with the Novara Protein Shake Solution from Coffetek Azkoyen taking the top spot.

Best Supplier Website went to Westomatic & WestoNET, while SB Software emerged victorious in not one, but two categories – Best Customer Service for its Client Support Team  and Best Ancillary Product or Service for Vendmanager.

Best Payment System, sponsored by Siemens was awarded to Nayax for its VPOS Touch, while, Barry Callebaut Beverages’ Le Royal Choco Green was named the hottest product in Best Beverage brand.

Having already picked up the award for Best New Product, the team from Burts Chips returned to the stage to collect the award for Best Snack/Confectionery Product, this time for its Crispy Smoked Bacon Crisps.

Next up was the Water categories and the Customer Service Award, sponsored by the EDWCA which saw Divine Water’s Aftersales & Delivery Drivers being recognised for their outstanding work and commitment.

The Supplier Recognition Award went to Abbeychart for its  Installation and Kitting Service and the Innovation Recognition Award to 4 Aces for ‘Reducing Environmental Impact’ (water sector).

The final award in the water categories, the Outstanding Contribution Award went to Tracy Corroll of the EDWCA for her tireless work in the industry.

In the operator categories Express Vending picked up three awards –  Best Route Operator (Hannah Brown), Best Operator Website, sponsored by Tower and Best Customer Service, sponsored by Coffetek (Amy Brown).

Ann-Marie Fox from Apple Vending was named Best Area Manager, while her colleague, Simon Trott scooped the award for ‘Best Service Engineer’.

Excel Vending meanwhile, was successful in two categories, Best Regional Operator, sponsored by Abbeychart and Best Overall Opeartor sponsored by SB Software.

The final award of the evening, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by the managing director of NIVO, Graham Kingaby to Steve Gallagher of GEM Vending to a standing ovation.

A charity raffle in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice raised £1, 160. Luke Enticknap of Express Vending won the prize, a Trailfinders voucher to book tickets to Las Vegas or a destination of his choice, courtesy of Siemens.

The full list of winners can be found here.

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.

Itinerary

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.

Limited space at The Vendies – Book Now

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 all began back in May with the entry and nomination stage; where you, the industry, were invited to put forward your most outstanding brands, products, services and people for this coveted industry award.

This led to an unprecedented number of entries and nominations from all over UK being placed in the hands of an independent panel of expert judges to assess each of them according to strict criteria and decide on this year’s finalists, before asking the industry to vote.

And vote you did, with with over 600 voting forms returned by the the 13 September deadline.

Join us at the Awards Ceremony on 2 October to be the first to find out who’s won!

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 over 70% booked, so if you have yet to reserve your place, do it now! 

For details on timings and dress code, click HERE.

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.

 

Finalists announced as voting for this year’s Vendies gets underway

Following a steep increase in entries, the judges have selected their finalists and voting is now open!

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.

Commenting on the importance of the event, which will take place at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club on 2 October with an exciting Las Vegas theme, Vending International’s Heather Ramsden says: “The Vendies is a highlight in the vending calendar, where the industry gets together to recognise hard work and innovation.

“For manufacturer/ suppliers or operators, this is the chance to get some well-earned recognition for your achievements throughout the year while enjoying a fun-filled evening among your peers.

“After judging some exceptional entries across the board, I’m looking forward to being at The Vendies for the first time and meeting some of the industry’s key players.”

Judge Brian Tustain agrees: “Throughout my business life, I have always believed that innovation and excellence of individuals and companies should be recognised and acknowledged in some way. The Vendies provide a competitive and public forum for this, recognising and honouring those who succeed. Without such a platform, the vending industry would be a much duller and less ambitious place.  Sadly, I never managed to win a Vendie award – if I had, it would have been a cherished and permanent reminder of achievement”

Tickets for the Vendies, which include an exclusive drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment and after dinner networking can be booked here.

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