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.

5 top tips to keeping your cool at work

Take advantage of your employer! No, we don’t mean by doing your internet shopping when you should be working. However, if your employer is good enough to provide a water cooler, do take advantage of the health benefits this can bring. Here are our five top tips for good health:

1. If you’re aiming to eat a healthy diet with salads for lunch, that’s great. But beware, as dentists say that more than four servings a day of acidic drinks (such as juices) and foods (including salad dressings) can weaken the enamel in our teeth. 80% of dentists spot worn-away enamel in patients every week. So, if you are enjoying dressing on your salads, or other acidic foods, make sure you limit these and take a glass of water afterwards to help cleanse your mouth.

2. Staying with that healthy diet theme, it may be obvious, but remember that water is calorie-free. So-called ‘water plus’ drinks aren’t water: they are soft drinks and some contain added sugar. By drinking water from the water cooler you know what you are getting: plain, simple water.

3. Often our brains confuse thirst with hunger, so next time you’re at work and hit that 3p.m. slump, don’t reach for the biscuits, head for the water cooler instead. It’s a great way to hydrate whilst keeping the waistline under control.

4. Headaches at work? It may not be the work that’s causing a headache, just dehydration. Instead of instantly reaching for that coffee or painkiller to perk you up, it could just be that you are dehydrated. Drink a long, cool glass of water from the water cooler first.

5. If you’re heading out for that well earner sun-downer cocktail after work, make sure you drink a large glass of water first so that you don’t treat the cocktail as a thirst quencher but something to sip and enjoy. Then, do yourself good by having a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have.

For those in charge of selecting the water cooler supplier in your place of work, make sure they belong to the British Water Cooler Association. Members of the BWCA have to undergo rigorous audits to ensure they offer the best possible guarantees of safety and good hygiene so by using a BWCA Member company you know you’re in good hands. Cheers.

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).

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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.

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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.