BWCA Team completes London Triathlon

On Saturday 22nd July, Team BWCA – Chris Penn (swim), Paul Goad (run) and Richard Allen (bike) took part in the world’s largest triathlon to raise funds for Just a Drop, BWCA’s chosen charity.

So much fun was had, that the team agreed unanimously to return again next year and improve on their time. It’s still not too late to make a small donation for Just a Drop. Just visit the 4 Aces Giving Page.

Whilst finishing 101st of the 184 Corporate teams may not seem outstanding, we have to bear in mind that a slight glitch in the swimming sector meant that Chris accidently went off with the wrong group and had to get back into the water after adding a 400m run between his two swim laps. Well done!

The weather was pretty awful, but support for the teams was amazing with plenty going on to spur the athletes on. The BWCA and Just a Drop are extremely grateful for all the hard work that went into the training and thanks for all your contributions.

BWCA – SPECIAL EVENT OFFERS

Exhibitors from the UK, Europe and the USA will be gathering at the BWCA trade show on the afternoon Thursday 23rd March at The Nottingham Belfry, Nottingham NG8 6PY.

Free entry to both the trade show and three extremely informative and relevant seminars makes this a very worthwhile use of time for busy people in the water cooler industry.

AND, many exhibitors will be launching new products, offering on-the-day deals and special promotions.
No need to register – just arrive on the day – starts at 13:00.

See you there.

World Water Day

Fittingly, the BWCA annual Conference and Trade Show is held the day after, World Water Day  (22 March).

World Water Day is a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and championing for the sustainable management of fresh water resources.

It is an international day and was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

BWCA is proud to be restating its commitment to supporting the charity Just a Drop and will be raising funds during the course of its annual conference, show and gala dinner towards funding a second borehole to transform the life of an African village that currently has no access to fresh water. Last year’s equivalent event, which included an auction, raised enough money in one day to fund a borehole and pump for a village in Zambia, which was constructed and commissioned last Autumn (2016).

Just a Drop Kalungwishi Borehole Drilling 2

In addition to providing the source of water, Just a Drop’s project managers provide sanitation and hygiene education for those using the facility.

The BWCA initiative has also inspired some of our Member Companies to get behind the scheme and we thank them all for their brilliant efforts to support this worthwhile cause.

http://www.justadrop.org/

www.unwater.org

BWCA Seminar: Plan to Win through Training

BWCA Annual Trade Show Seminar: 15:30 on 23rd March 2017 at the Nottingham Belfry

Book your free Trade Show place on-line.

“Ask yourself, every day, ‘How can I make today a bit more amazing?'”  That’s the question that Rachel Halsall of the The Results centre will be posing at this seminar.

Training is often a neglected area and the session Rachel leads will reveal some of the benefits of training and development and how these deliver a commercial return.

Rachel Halsall of The Results Centre is a top business trainer and coach and she would like delegates attending her seminar to come away from the session with some practical tips to take back to their own businesses.

Rachel Halsall of The Results Centre BWCA Seminar Speaker

She says, “Creating great results for yourself and your team requires investment. I will examine how you can effectively invest in your own training and development as a leader to produce a clear return on that investment.”

Her approach is very much one of empowering those who work in, and lead, businesses, encouraging conversations about training needs and starting by identifying what success looks like. For some bosses, executive coaching is where this process needs to begin.  “We need to enrol people in the conversation about what could be done better,” says Rachel.

 

Businesses owners and leaders want more time in the day. Rachel says: “Sometimes it’s a question of helping people to analyse how their business has changed over, say, the past two years. We get them to see what they no longer need to do and what they should now be doing to keep things fresh.  Keeping the lens open to assessing change and how to react to change is a key part of the focus. The aspiration is always to get people, at every level of a business, to turn up that dial just one degree more”.

The Results Centre is an International Coaching, Training and Development business whose  arresting approach aims to help  change how you see the future for yourself, your team and your business. www.theresultscentre.com

 

The seminar is free to attend.  Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis. The two other free seminars that afternoon –  all on a ‘Plan to Win’ theme –  are:

13.30 “Plan to be a Better Boss” – a company’s most important asset is usually its employees.  Delegates will receive pointers on how to develop a strong and harmonious team.

14:30 “Plan your technology for tomorrow’s success” – whether you struggle with the application of customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) or just want to get better, this session is for you.  Delegates will learn how to ensure their businesses are as efficient as possible.

 The Trade Show is the showcase for the Water Cooler sector and entry is free to trade visitors. Book your free Trade Show place on-line.

BWCA Seminar: Plan your technology for future success

BWCA Annual Trade Show Seminar:  14:30 on 23rd March 2017 at the Nottingham Belfry

Book your free Trade Show place on-line.

“Whether you struggle with the application of customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) or just want to get better, this session will help delegates learn how to ensure their businesses are as efficient as possible,” says Rob Laughton, Seminar Chairman and owner of The Water Delivery Company.

The two presenters, Alison Peters of Database Workshop and Francisco dos Santos from Activewhere, are specialists in the sector. The seminar will reveal some insights from the perspective of each speaker as software providers whilst answering questions from the session chairman and from delegates about how to make the most of technology.

The Chairman and presenters will aim to show just how important it is to use existing technology to its full potential and how a thoughtful approach can influence the software and enhance its value still further.

Rob Laughton said: “The core focus for both talks will be looking at how software has solved business challenges. Our speakers will show how user interaction and feedback can make a massive difference in the development of new functionality”.

The seminar is free to attend.  Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis. The two other free seminars that afternoon are:

13:30  “Plan to be a better boss” – a company’s most important asset is usually its employees.  Delegates will receive pointers on how to develop a strong and harmonious team.

 15:30 “Plan to win through training” – often a neglected area, the session will reveal some of the benefits of training and development and how these deliver a commercial return.

The Trade Show is the showcase for the Water Cooler sector and entry is free to trade visitors.  Book on-line

 

BWCA Seminar: Plan to be a Better Boss

BWCA Annual Trade Show Seminar – 13:30 23rd March 2017 at The Nottingham Belfry

Book your free trade show and seminar place on-line

“A boss will tell you what to do and a leader will show you how to do it” says Seminar presenter, Adrian Berwick.

In his talk, Adrian will consider how companies can grow the business but also need to change the culture and the  behaviours  of some people who work in the business. He is fully aware of the challenges involved in sometimes bringing in new people with different perspectives.

Adrian Berwick 03

Having worked both in the water cooler sector and also in one of the main customer areas, that of FM and property management, Adrian Berwick is well-placed to note that the water cooler sector has undergone huge change in the last ten years. He says: “There has been much consolidation and because of the way the industry is low cost in terms of barriers to entry. It often comes down to small margins so the key differentiator is customer service, and, rightly so.”

In talking about how to plan to be a better ‘boss’, he will draw on the difference between boss and leader, explaining how these two act and think differently. Embracing new ideas and getting the best out of people is something leaders do”.

Adrian Berwick often helps companies cope with change management as they increase in size, particularly in the case of small, sometimes family-run, businesses. “It doesn’t always work when a new person comes in and challenges the status quo,” he says. “In the case of family-run businesses, transfer between the generations can also be a difficult area and managing sibling rivalry makes life interesting. Then there are those employees who have always been employed by the company and have built up massive loyalty with the family but may not be at their best in performance.  I take a view that if it is family then you sometimes have to accept and protect them or sometimes you have to find a way of finding a less business critical role for some individuals. Leaders may need to make a decision in the interests of the business”.

He describes this syndrome in an excellent  blog on ‘Best Before Dates…’ http://abcommercialhrsolutions.com/managing-people-best-before-and-sell-by-dates/

Adrian Berwick, of AB HR Commercial Solutions, is a Human Resources expert with over 30 years in HR roles within large and small organisations. He now runs a business support consultancy predominantly supporting SMEs. Adrian  has a particular knowledge of the water cooler industry as, from 2000-2004 , he worked for a major cooler company,  a BWCA Member, as head of HR and later spent a year on  secondment as their  Operations Director.

New Horizons for the water cooler industry

NEW HORIZONS - PLAN to WIN

BWCA Trade Show & Seminars being held on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at The Nottingham Belfry – 13:00 – 17:00 with complimentary refreshments – open to all in the industry.

Book easily on-line

Many new Exhibitors

Three free to attend seminars, offering additional value and business ideas:

  • Plan to be a Better Boss:  A company’s most important asset is usually its employees.  Delegates will receive pointers on how to develop a strong and harmonious team.
  • Plan your technology for tomorrow’s success: we will be looking at two areas of IT that are core to running a water cooler business:  ERP and CRM.  The core focus will be looking at how software has solved business challenges
  • Plan to win through training: this session will reveal some of the benefits of training and development and how these deliver a commercial return.

 

 

Water Cooler Market Value up 5%

Market data highlights for 2015

  • The total market is valued at £123 million, with a 5% revenue growth compared with the previous year.
  • After bouncing back last year, the growth in volume and value has continued for bottled water coolers (BWCs) compared with mains-fed (POU) units. 
  • For health reasons, consumers and employers continue to turn to water for calorie-free hydration.

New market research shows continuing positive growth of 1.5% for UK water cooler numbers, the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) annual conference heard in today (17th March 2016).

Karen Wells, Senior Commercial Consultant from Zenith International Ltd*, told the conference that the total number of cooler units had grown in 2015 by 1.5% compared with 2014. There is now a total of 645,000 coolers.  Of these, Bottled Water Coolers (BWCs) are up 1.8% to 341,000 units whilst Point of Use (POU) coolers have grown by 1.2% to 304,000 units.  Bottled water sales have increased by 5% y.o.y. to 296 million litres.

The volume split between the two segments of the market continues to be weighted towards bottled water which now has 53% of units, with 47% of the total number of units being held by POU machines.

The respective value is, unsurprisingly, more marked: although the POU sector has increased in the past three years to hold nearly 50% of the installed units, in revenue terms its share of market has declined to less than a quarter.

BWCs have seen a slight increase in terms of margin and prices. Water costs and rental values are either stable or slightly increasing.

By contrast, Ms Wells said: “POU remains cut-throat. The key customers are usually the public sector and so this is a tricky area for companies dealing with their customers’ cost-cutting and head-count reductions. There are large, best price tenders to compete for and so the need to compete on price makes revenue generation ever more difficult in this segment”.

Karen Wells told delegates:  “The return of business confidence in the private sector boosted bottled water cooler sales. This is excellent news for the industry”.

Healthy hydration trend continues

She went on to say: “Consumers have continued to move towards water for regular hydration – and this is true in the small pack and cooler segments of the market. In fact, we believe that small pack growth has helped fuel the growth of the cooler industry. It has encouraged regular hydration”. There seems to have been a gradual shift, often through lighter beverages and light packaged drinks towards water, rather than a direct switch from a sugary latte to water.

Effect of the weather

Ms Wells added: “We reported last year that the market is less dependent upon weather as a direct indicator of performance and this trend continues.”

She points out that, in 2013 and 2014 when this apparent trend began, it was difficult to see if this would be a long term pattern as both summers were warm. Karen Wells said: “By contrast, in 2015, although the summer was poor, the market still grew. It now seems that consumers switching into water because of warm summers has translated into a water habit through the year, regardless of whether the summer weather is warm”. She confirmed that, in addition, it is clear that the unseasonably warm start to winter at the end of 2015 helped sales further.

Customer base

POU distribution outlets were revealed in the Zenith International data, with offices unsurprisingly taking nearly two thirds (64%) of the POU cooler segment. Institutions were the second largest single category with a 19% share. HORECA stood at 8% and factories at 6%. Zenith notes that there were no significant changes in the outlet distribution as compared to 2014.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Another key factor affecting the market was the mergers and acquisitions which occurred in 2015. “The market is growing, so people are seeing that it is worth investing in, which is positive. In terms of acquisitions, consolidation will continue,“ predicts Ms Wells. “The water cooler market has a high turnover rate, meaning that there are a lot of small companies appearing and transforming,” she added.  In the past 3 years, the sector has seen 15 important acquisitions.

Comment from the BWCA Chairman

The BWCA Chairman, John Dundon, welcomed the news about market growth. He said “In 2013, the market was up 3% by value over the previous year – the first year of growth since 2007. Then in 2014, we saw 9% revenue growth and now, for 2015, 5% growth.  We expected continued growth and it is excellent to see it confirmed. The market expansion was, as predicted, not just a ‘blip’ but a trend.

“We thank Karen Wells and her team for delivering this data to the BWCA conference. We are immensely grateful to her – and especially so as she has brought such positive news for our industry”.