BWCA announces Autumn Meeting topics

Brandon Hall
Brandon Hall

Wednesday 24th September – Members only

Lengthy chats around a water-cooler are frowned upon in business,  but at our Association AGM and Autumn meeting, prolonged talks ‘around the water cooler’ are to be positively encouraged.

In addition to an array of formal presentations, the event will this year include a new feature: ‘Around the Water Cooler Discussion Tables’ – a sort of topic speed dating idea that will enable members to discuss issues that affect everyone in the sector.

This is an unusual opportunity for Members to talk to their industry peers in a way that wouldn’t normally be possible, enabling everyone to learn from the experiences of others, to consider new ideas and perhaps challenge our ways of working to explore new approaches and fresh ideas.

Topics for the Around the Water Cooler Discussion Tables are:

  •  Beyond the water cooler – is there more than coffee?
  •   Expanding the wellbeing and health message to customers
  •   Selling the assurance of proper mains-fed water cooler installation
  •   Improving and motivating the sales team.

Formal presentations will include:

  •   Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas and implications for the bottled water industry
  •   Social Media – law, ethics and protecting your business
  •   POU Research Phase II

The venue for the AGM and meeting is the Brandon Hall Hotel in Warwickshire. Non-members who wish to join BWCA in time for the event can contact for membership application details.

BWCA Welcomes FSA Research

As a trade organisation which monitors standards for water coolers through rigorous audits for both bottled and mains-fed coolers, we welcome the latest FSA report which shows a growing awareness by the public of the need for strict food and drink hygiene standards.

With 8 in 10 Britons showing more concern for hygiene standards, those installing and maintaining water coolers on their premises may want to ensure that they are using a BWCA member in order to have a guarantee of training and best practice.

Apart from hygiene issues, the FSA survey also showed that nearly half of respondents were concerned about the amount of sugar in food (48%), and the amount of salt in food (47%).  The fact that nearly half of those asked were concerned about the content of the foods and drinks they consume is also good news for those of us who encourage water consumption. Water is calorie-free, tooth-kind and so provides a natural catalyst for our bodies and our brains to work at optimum capacity without fear of adding unwanted sugars or salt to the diet”.

The BWCA publishes a range of free fact sheets and guidance notes about water cooler hygiene and safety.


Employers should help staff make a healthy hydration choice

The guidance from Professor Susan Jebb, the Government’s chief advisor on obesity, that  families should only serve water with meals and ban fizzy drinks and juices from the dining table in order to reduce sugar consumption, is something employers could well heed too.

Of course, what employees choose to consume at their desks or during breaks is entirely their decision; but responsible employers will make it easy for staff to choose healthy hydration. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the odd coffee, juice or soft drink, most health professionals would echo Prof Jebb’s view that calorie-free water is the best choice throughout the day as well as at mealtimes.

Given that a café latte (grande) from one of the high street coffee chains is 190 calories (60 of which are fat), all it takes is a few of those seemingly innocent beverages to account for a good proportion of your overall desirable calorie intake.

“Drink water, that’s the very simple advice to parents,” said Prof Jebb, professor of diet and population health at Oxford University. Prof Jebb said sugary drinks had a particularly significant impact on obesity because children and adults tended to consume them in addition to their calorie intake from food, not in place of solid foods. “The biggest source of sugar across all age groups is sugar-sweetened beverages and those are an obvious target for action,” she added. Her remarks were backed by Professor Tom Sanders, the head of the Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London.

Advice given to parents works as good practice guidance for employers too. Install water coolers in the workplace to ensure a ready supply of cool, delicious water. You may well see your employees’ health, attention span and productivity improve.

Also if you are using water coolers, it is best to ensure that they are provided by those trained in best practice for hygiene and safety.  Make sure you use a BWCA accredited company to supply your water coolers, whether these are bottled water coolers or mains-fed dispensers.  BWCA members are rigorously audited and their staff are regularly trained so that by using a BWCA member company, you have a guarantee that the company you are using is one of the best in the business.

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