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.

Cool Employers Keep Staff Chilled

Keeping your workforce cool this summer could be as simple as hydrating them with cool water, according to scientific studies. Research shows that the temperature of the water could have an impact on your employees’ performance levels.

A study by hydration scientists published in the Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise found that consumption of cold drinks during prolonged exercise results in improved performance. Ice didn’t help, according to the research, but the research study concluded that for athletes drinks should ‘be cold for performance and safety reasons’.

Even a small drop in hydration levels can result in reduced performance and concentration levels at work. As little as 1 per cent loss of body weight due to dehydration can take its toll. This research shows that in warm workplaces, hot drinks just aren’t as effective at hydrating us.

Water coolers supplied by a BWCA member are not only providing cool water conveniently and at the right temperature but also ensuring safe hydration because every one of our members undergoes rigorous safety accreditations and inspections.

Thirst plays a surprisingly insignificant role in ensuring we have an adequate water intake, as a result of which some scientists say millions of us are suffering the effects of dehydration.

But it’s not just how much you drink that matters. Some consideration must also be made to what is drunk. Tea, coffee or anything that contains caffeine may act as a diuretic and stimulate urine production, even though the body might need to keep it.

BWCA offers top hydration tips for employers
around the watercooler 1 copyright BWCA

Why 13 is our lucky number for 2017

Taking 13 simple steps a day could speed us to good health.

Make the water cooler the go-to place in the office and, by drinking 8 glasses of fluid a day, most of which should be calorie-free water, and eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, we’ll kick-start our way to a healthy, hydrated 2017.

Look on this as a natural ‘detox’ programme.  We already know that choosing a low fat, low sugar eating plan is a good way to get back into shape – or perhaps to attain the shape we’ve always wanted. This is all about making small changes that will make us feel miles better, and hopefully carry on for weeks to come.

Simply combine these 13 goodies with a healthy diet and a sensible exercise regime.

Drinking eight glasses of water a day may seem a lot, but it’s really very easy:

Have a glass of water when you wake up, one before you go to bed, one with every meal and three others in between, then we’ve drunk our eight glasses with minimal effort. AND eating before meals can help control our appetites.

If yours is an office job, walking regularly to the water cooler has the added benefit of giving your eyes an essential rest from the computer screen.

Being well hydrated can help prevent headaches, mood swings, constipation, kidney stones and offers a host of other health benefits.

8 + 5 = GOOD HEALTH AND VITALITY

 

 

Take a break and move to the watercooler

Girls laughing by a cooler

Scientists are again warning of the many dangers of a sedentary working lifestyle.  Staying in one position for too long can be bad for your health.

Dr Mike Loosemore from the English Institute of Sport says taking a regular mini-breaks is the simplest way of getting on your feet and moving about.

So why not team this with a hydration break and walk to your office water cooler at least once an hour and get double the benefit.

Brocolitia Water Coolers attain FULL BWCA Membership

The BWCA is delighted to announce that Brocolitia Water Coolers, Northumberland have attained FULL Membership having  passed the BWCA Distributor Audit which includes extensive industry specific training.

Ron Carter, MD of Brocolitia concentrates on giving excellent, local service and meeting customers individual needs.

Congratulations to Brocolitia and welcome to the BWCA Membership.

BWCA taps into cooler industry goodwill for Charity

At its 2016 conference, trade show and annual gala dinner last week the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) both announced its fundraising target in support of the Just a Drop Charity – and exceeded that target.

It is fitting that on World Water Day (22 March) the water cooler industry is able to confirm that it has raised £10,328. It required just under £10,000 to be able to fund a borehole project in Kalungwishi  village in Zambia.

The project will provide clean drinking water for the village whose inhabitants currently have no access to clean safe water, resulting in waterborne disease striking every week. Children and women have to walk for two hours to fetch water which is unclean and unsafe. This will transform the lives of the villagers.

Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, BWCA General Manager, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of my industry colleagues who gave so generously to this cause. Our members donated superb prizes to our charity auction and, thanks to them, our superb chief auctioneer Bruce Orme of Wenlock Spring and the enthusiasm of the bidders, we raised all the money – and more.

“We also raised funds via a jerry can challenge during the trade show which helped demonstrate the physical challenges facing our beneficiaries in carrying large quantities of water over a distance. Other donations came via  on-stand promotions at the trade show to raise money plus one off gifts through our Just Giving site and a substantial cash gift from one member”.

Chairman John Dundon said: “This is the first time our members have come together in a charitable programme of this kind and it just demonstrates what a wonderfully empathetic industry this is. I consider this to be one of the most exciting developments of 2016 for the Association. It was a pleasure to have Brendan Hanlon and Louise Geoghegan from Just a Drop with us for the day and Brendan’s presentation did much to rouse interest in supporting this great cause. This is a superb example of what we, in the UK, can do to help those for whom drinking clean water is a daily challenge”.

Just a Drop provides drinking water and sanitation to communities in developing countries.  Just a Drop’s Head of Fundraising and Communciations, Brendan Hanlon, said: We are so grateful to The British Water Cooler Association for this achievement. This partnership will make a positive and significant difference to the people of Kalungwishi who will now have the opportunity to access clean water. Thank you on behalf of everyone at Just a Drop.”

In the village, Just a Drop will drill a borehole to a maximum depth of 70m and equip it with a hand pump, enabling the community to reach clean and safe water. To ensure that water will be available into the future, community-elected women and men will be trained and equipped to work together to repair and manage the water systems. Just a Drop will also provide hygiene education, to ensure people stay healthy.

 The BWCA intends to continue raising money for Just a Drop towards a further project. To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/BWCAaresupportingJustaDrop

A child from Kalungwishi village in Zambia, who will be one of those to benefit from the BWCA’s generosity. Image courtesy ©Just a Drop

A child from Kalungwishi village in Zambia, who will be one of those to benefit from the BWCA’s generosity. Image courtesy ©Just a Drop

 

BWCA to turn vodka into water for Just a Drop charity

Collecting water at Kalungwishi Village, Zambia
Collecting water at Kalungwishi Village, Zambia

At its annual gala dinner and trade show, the BWCA will be using vodka, whiskey and champagne to create clean water – but not literally.  These, and other prizes, are to be auctioned and the money raised will go to support an African charity’s clean water initiative.

The Association will also be generating funds for its chosen charity, Just a Drop, via  holiday homes in Spain and Cyprus, hotels in the UK, a boating weekend, a torch-light and other delights to generate funds at its annual event for the industry body’s chosen charity, Just a Drop.

The launch of the charity partnership with Just a Drop on 17 March 2016 is being supported at the annual BWCA event by several companies and individuals. Fund-raising events arranged at the Trade Show include:

 

  • Calomax will offer a free Calomax torch to all visitors with requests for a donation to Just a Drop;
  • Polymer Solutions International Inc. will donate £1 for every £100 ordered at the BWCA trade show (up to £10,000.00 ordered);
  • Pureflo will invite visitors to donate £1 to have a chance of guessing the number of O rings in a bottle with a chance to win a bottle of Single Malt with all proceeds going to Just a Drop.

 

In addition, BWCA member AA First has donated £500 in cash, a hugely generous gift towards the BWCA’s target of nearly £10,000 to help Kalungwishi village, which exists in a state of real poverty as  there are no local health services and there is no access to safe water.  Conference delegates will hear from Brendan Hanlon of Just a Drop just how vital this project is to change and protect the lives of those living in this remote Zambian village.

Auction prizes include:

  • a week’s holiday in a 2-bedroom villa in the Costa Blanca, Spain from a generous anonymous donor;
  • a week in a 2 bedroom apartment in Polis, Cyprus kindly donated by AA First;
  • a weekend in Wales at the Hotel Plas Hyfryd in Narberth, Pembrokeshire generously donated by Glyn Jones of Princes Gate;
  • a weekend on a motor cruiser from another generous anonymous donor;
  • a voucher for one night’s accommodation including dinner, bed and breakfast generously donated by Q Hotels;
  • a set of Barware from Root7 kindly donated by The Water Delivery Company;
  • a bottle of Polish Vodka kindly donated by KTLC Europe;
  • A bottle of Macallan Gold Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey (exclusively matured in sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain) kindly donated by Wenlock Springs;
  • bottles of champagne kindly donated by Office Beverages;
  • A bottle of a limited edition and very special Mortlach single malt scotch whiskey generously donated by Pureflo

Members will also be encouraged to raise funds for the charity throughout the year. Already, General Manager Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, has held a private dinner for friends to raise money. To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/BWCAaresupportingJustaDrop