The Vendies 2020 postponed

Following the latest information and guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UK government, Datateam Business Media has taken the decision to postpone The Vendies 2020, which was due to take place on Wednesday, June 3.

Event director Hannah Dedman comments: “While the entire Vendies team was looking forward to hosting this incredible industry celebration, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming event as the safety and well-being of our attendees, staff and their communities is our number one priority.

“We are working hard with the venue and all contractors involved in the awards to confirm a suitable new date, and will keep everyone involved updated as the situation develops.”

As a result of this postponement, the entry deadline will be extended indefinitely to enable more outstanding companies to get involved and a revised schedule for the decision-making process will be announced in due course.

Tickets that have been purchased for the original date will be honoured for the rescheduled date and sponsors will continue to receive coverage via all of the relevant channels for the time being.

There are a range of categories to enter this year, including a number of new additions that have been introduced as a result of the changing face of the market. Entries can be submitted using the fuss-free online form available on The Vendies website, making it quick and easy to put yourself in the running, and as always it is completely free of charge to enter.

Nominations are also highly encouraged so if you know of a company or individual that is going above and beyond and deserves to be honoured, make sure you put them forward.

With thanks to our sponsors

The Vendies is proudly sponsored by a number of leading industry names, including Abbeychart, 365 Retail Markets, Barry Callebaut, Coffetek, Mondelez International, SB Software, Tower Leasing and Worldline.

As a leading awards scheme in the vending industry, sponsoring The Vendies is a great way to position your brand as a supporter of the highest levels of excellence and enjoy exposure to a highly engaged and enthusiastic audience. To find out more about the bespoke packages that are available, contact Jenny Thompson at jthompson@datateam.co.uk.

The Vendies 2020 Update: Entry deadline extended

Following industry feedback, The Vendies’ organiser Datateam Business Media has taken the decision to reopen entries for this year’s scheme with an extended deadline of Monday 27 April.

The team behind The Vendies recognises that many businesses have been busy taking great measures to adapt and overcome the current circumstances. In what is a period of uncertainty for many, it is vital that the outstanding efforts of suppliers, operators and professionals from across the vending industry are recognised.

The extension to the deadline will allow companies and individuals that have been hard at work adapting their businesses to the current climate a period of grace to finalise their submissions and make sure they’re in the running to win a prestigious accolade – and the recognition they deserve.

Event director Hannah Dedman comments: “We at The Vendies believe that now, more than ever, it is important that we continue our longstanding tradition of recognising the hard work being carried out by everyone in the vending industry.”

There are a range of categories up for contention this year, including a number of new additions that have been introduced as a result of the changing face of the market. Entries can be submitted using the fuss-free online form available on The Vendies website, making it quick and easy to put yourself in the running, and as always it is completely free of charge to enter.

Nominations are also highly encouraged so if you know of a company or individual that is going above and beyond and deserves to be honoured, make sure you put them forward.

With this extension to the entry deadline, the voting period for this year’s scheme will be delayed until Monday 18 May.

An update regarding The Vendies 2020

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, Datateam Business Media would like to assure all involved in The Vendies that they are monitoring the situation very closely.

Given the rapidly changing nature of the situation, official information and guidance is changing on a daily basis and the company hopes to do what it can to limit the impact on the vending industry – and provide something to look forward to during these difficult times.

With that being said, the safety and wellbeing of attendees, staff and their communities will always be the number one priority. Any decision to reschedule the event will be based on the most up-to-date guidance issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and any restrictions put in place by the UK government, and all stakeholders in the event will be kept informed as the situation develops.

Hannah Dedman continues: “I would like to assure everyone that is involved in The Vendies – or considering getting involved – that any money invested into the scheme will certainly not lose its value. Our incredible sponsors will continue to receive exposure as a supporter of this valued industry programme and any tickets purchased will be honoured should the event need to be rescheduled to a later date.

“Once we get through these difficult times, it will be incredibly important for manufacturers, suppliers and operators from across the vending industry to come together and celebrate what has been overcome – and myself and the team look forward to providing an opportunity for everyone to reconnect at The Vendies 2020.”

With thanks to our sponsors

The Vendies is proudly sponsored by a number of leading industry names, including Abbeychart, 365 Retail Markets, Barry Callebaut, Coffetek, Ingenico Group, Mondelez International, SB Software, Tower Leasing and Worldline. 

As a leading awards scheme in the vending industry, sponsoring The Vendies is a great way to position your brand as a supporter of the highest levels of excellence and enjoy exposure to a highly engaged and enthusiastic audience. To find out more about the bespoke packages that are available, contact Jenny Thompson at jthompson@datateam.co.uk.

For more information on The Vendies 2020, to keep up to date with the latest news or to submit an entry, visit www.thevendies.co.uk.

DEADLINE EXTENDED

Submit your Vendies entries by Friday 20 March

We’ve been listening to your feedback and know how busy you’ve been. As a result, we’re extending the deadline for entries in The Vendies 2020 to Friday 20 March – giving you a little extra time to finesse your applications and put yourself in with a chance to win a coveted trophy.

 

Whether you’re an outstanding manufacturer, have a reputation for being a fantastic operator or employ incredible professionals, there’s an award to recognise whatever it is that you do best in our expertly curated range of categories.

 

Entering is quick, easy and free – all you need to do is gather your supporting information and documents and submit it via the online portal available on The Vendies website.

This will be the only extension permitted in this year’s scheme – so make sure you don’t delay any longer. Click here to get started with your Vendies 2020 entry.

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.