OFFICE WATERCOOLERS ACQUIRES GLUG GLUG GLUG

BWCA Member, Office Watercoolers Ltd, part of the wider South Staffordshire Plc group, has announced its acquisition of the Weston-super-Mare based watercooler business Smart Water Coolers Ltd which trades under the name of Glug Glug Glug.

Glug Glug Glug (established in 2003) specialises in the Point of Use (POU) water cooler and water boiler markets, has an installed base of over 6,000 coolers and boilers across the UK. Following this acquisition, the combined installed POU and bottled water cooler base of the enlarged Office Watercoolers Ltd business will be in excess of 16,000 units.

Ken Skelton, Managing Director of Office Watercoolers Ltd commented; ‘Glug Glug Glug will be our third acquisition to date and is a further step forward in terms of our longer term strategy of building a national watercooler company focussing upon delivering outstanding products and service levels in this market’.

Wight Crystal achieves full BWCA Membership

The BWCA is delighted to welcome Wight Crystal, situated on the Isle of Wight, as a full bottler and distributor Member.

Wight Crystal MD, Tracey Hill commented: “Wight Crystal are delighted to be a full member of the BWCA and thrilled to have passed the rigorous plant and distributers audit, the BWCA accreditation will give our customers confidence that our quality, products and servicing are to a very high standard. We have received tremendous support from the BWCA, auditors and members over the past two years, which we are extremely grateful for.”

Wight Crystal is a widely recognised supplier of spring water and water coolers on the Isle of Wight. As a registered charity, Osel Enterprises Ltd. started Wight Crystal in 1988 to work alongside The Way Forward Programme, which provides activities supporting people with physical and learning disabilities, autism and long term conditions.

BWCA Training – in great demand

Industry specific training is one of the lynchpins of the BWCA. Members value that courses in hygiene, distribution and plant management, POU installation, sanitisation and crisis management will keep their staff informed, motivated and professional.

The BWCA released its 2018 dates yesterday, 14th November, and have already filled the Distribution Management to BWCA Standards course being held on 7th March.

So, to meet demand an extra course will be held on 21st March at the same venue in Fillongley.

BWCA appoints new Chairman

At the BWCA AGM, held on Wednesday 4th October, Jon Wicks, BWT UK was elected BWCA Chairman, following the resignation of long-standing Chairman, John Dundon from Waterlogic UK (Angel Springs).

Jon has been on the BWCA Executive Council for over 10 years, and until recently headed up the Technical Committee. He comes with a wealth of experience and his commitment to the industry, his knowledge, insight and leadership skills will stand the BWCA in good stead into the future.

Bricks and Water

BRICKS AND WATER: WHY WATER MATTERS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

As part of a series of hydration sheets called “Why Water Matters…” we at the BWCA have just published guidance on keeping construction teams well hydrated.

Dehydration can affect concentration and impair performance. On a busy construction site, this may lead to mistakes and accidents that should be avoidable.

Supplying water to workers on-site can often best be done by using water coolers. We recommend you deal with a BWCA Member. For a copy of the publication, including a colour-coded hydration chart, contact the BWCA.

Why Water Matters For Children

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The BWCA has launched a FREE hydration fact sheet called Why Water Matters for Children, reminding schools of the benefits offered by water coolers.

The message is ‘think drink to help you think’. Being well-hydrated helps children achieve their optimum performance both mentally and physically and water is one of the healthiest means of achieving good hydration levels.

The BWCA is the leading Association representing those who supply and distribute water coolers and related products and services. They set standards of hygiene and safety for their Members through mandatory training and audits.

Why Water Matters for Children is one of a collection of six new published hydration guides. It points out the health benefits to children of drinking both milk and water, advising that sugary drinks such as juices are fine as an occasional treat but reminding schools that these should never be the main source of hydration.

The fact sheet also includes a Healthy Hydration Chart so that children can be encouraged to judge, from the colour of their urine, whether they are well-hydrated.

The fact sheet gives advice on choosing the correct coolers for particular needs and locations.

It outlines the factors to take into account when selecting a mains-fed or bottled water cooler for your particular requirements.

It is important to have a guarantee of best practice when choosing a water cooler supplier. Ensure you select a BWCA Member.

New BWCA Media Partner

The BWCA is delighted to announce that it has secured a media partnership with the leading online magazine, This Week in FM.

Members can request to be added to the e-Newsletter subscription database which will carry relevant BWCA news in future.

Importantly, BWCA Members will qualify for a 10% discount off the rate card to advertise to facilities managers via the site and the generous people at the magazine will be donating 5% to the Just a Drop charity when BWCA advertisers settle their invoices.

Member advertisers are asked to contact Laurence Allen on Laurence@twinfm.com for full information.

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.