BWCA Seminar – reduce bottling costs

At the BWCA Trade Show on the afternoon of Thursday 28th March at The Nottingham Belfry delegates will have the opportunity to attend the R.Bardi seminar.

The biggest challenge of HOD bottlers today is providing the highest quality at competitive prices in a congested market. Fabrizio Cottafava from R. Bardi will present their state of the art “Victoria 5G” washing, filling and capping solution to increase quality and profit whilst, decreasing costs.

BWCA – Trade Show Seminar

Improving Distributor Profitability : Reducing Water Cooler Downtime and Unplanned Service Visits with UVC LED Reactors

Come and hear new BWCA Member CRYSTAL IS reveal their exciting new technology at the upcoming BWCA watercooler trade show on Thursday 28th March. The seminar starts at 14:00. Visit the event website for full information, a list of exhibitors and to register.

Market Data at BWCA Conference

A highlight of the BWCA conference each year is the annual market data gathered and analysed by Zenith Global. This year, for the first time, Conference delegates are in for an added bonus. Each delegate will receive a report produced exclusively for the BWCA by Zenith Global containing its latest comparative data.

BWCA Chairman, Jon Wicks, said: “This is a great added value item at the Conference. It’s another good reason to attend the event on 28 March”.

For full information and booking visit the conference website

BWCA announces FTA strategic partnership

Recognising the importance of running efficient and safe transport within our businesses, the BWCA have entered into a Van Excellence Strategic Partner Programme with the Freight Transport Association (FTA). Their mission is to professionalise the operation of vans on our roads.

Vans are the life blood of the UK economy. The number of UK roads has grown consistently with almost 4.3 million on the road today. That’s 1 in 10 of all traffic!

Government statistics also tell us that the “driving for work” element of an employee’s job is one of the riskiest activities they undertake with many more hours lost and, sadly, injuries and fatalities attributed to this than the rest of their role.

As a start to this relationship, BWCA Members have been invited to attend Operational Briefings on well being and health and sent an article on “The Dangers of Overloading a Van”.

BWCA announces Lord Deben as conference keynote speaker 2019

Lord Deben (formerly John Gummer);
London, UK; Photo credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL;

The BWCA event of the year is only 10 weeks away. “Insight to Change: learn, unlearn & relearn”, takes place on 28 March 2019 at the Nottingham Belfry. To book.

Our keynote speaker is the Rt Hon. the Lord Deben (John Selwyn Gummer) who amongst other senior parliamentary roles was former Secretary of State for the Environment and Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change.

Sustainability is a key issue for all businesses and as the British water cooler sector is one of the most sustainable industries around, it is fitting that we should have a sustainability and environmental expert to address and inspire our delegates. We are sure Lord Deben will give our delegates some fascinating and valuable insights.

Lord Deben (pictured) commented on the value of providing water for hydration and doing it sustainably. “Water coolers provide water that is cold and therefore appealing to drink as well as being convenient, without hawking a whole load of plastic bottles around the country. The fact that the industry uses plastic bottles that are reused many times over and then recycled is positive for the environment. The challenge regarding all use of plastic is what we do about it after use.”

Waterlogic acquires Cariad Cool Water (Princes Gate) and Maestro Pressure Coolers

Waterlogic has announced the acquisitions of Maestro Pressure Coolers and Cariad Cool Water Ltd.

BWCA Member, Cariad Cool Water (formerly Princes Gate Cool Water) was founded in 2001 by Glyn and David Jones in Princes Gate, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. The company supplies bottled and point-of-use water coolers across Wales and the South West of England, with depots in Margam, Port Talbot and Narberth, Pembrokeshire. The acquisition of Cariad Cool Water establishes Waterlogic UK with a direct presence in Wales.

Glyn Jones, Owner, Cariad Cool Water, said, “As a family, we are proud to have built this business, and thankful for the loyal relationships we have enjoyed with our customers and employees. In Waterlogic UK, we have found the perfect company to continue the growth of the business for the future.”

Maestro Pressure Coolers is based in Plumstead, East London. Established in 1993, the company supplies both bottled and point-of-use water coolers to UK businesses.

Greg Pritchett, Managing Director, Waterlogic UK and Ireland, said, “The combination of national reach with local density will ensure we are able to continue serving our new and existing customers in the best possible way.”

Waterlogic was acquired in January 2015 by funds managed by Castik Capital, the European private equity investor. Maestro Pressure Coolers Ltd and Cariad Cool Water are the most recent acquisitions as part of the company’s buy and build strategy since the acquisition by Castik, and following substantial acquisitions in the US, UK, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, CEE, and Scandinavia.

Water at Work Saves Energy

Water at Work Ltd, a member of the BWCA, introduced an energy saving initiative to help reduce the carbon footprint of the business.

The use of insulation in the building and energy-saving light bulbs was introduced, not to save costs, but to make the company more environmentally-friendly and the changes have created a warmer working environment with no noticeable change to heating costs.

“We have the opportunity as Owners and Directors to either support our planet or ignore its cries for help,” says Tanya Cornford, the MD. “If we all, in every small way, try to operate in an environmentally positive manner then there will be exponential benefits.”

The company also continuously reviews driver routes and ensures economic deliveries by checking in advance with customers how much water they need. Carrying just the right load means there is no surplus fuel used in the carriage of unwanted product.

The team has also given much in in the way of personal energy to good causes. The company supports WaterAid and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance whilst Tanya, Ruth Egerton and Sue Hart from the team undertook The Moon Walk for Breast Cancer.

The company also supports local community projects by supplying water to events, such as the Bingham Health Campaign (pictured).

Swithland Spring Offers Local Water for Local People

Often it’s the way businesses operate that makes a real difference to the environment.

Water coolers offer a great way to enjoy healthy hydration with an excellent record of recycling bottles. When the water is sourced and delivered locally, the environmental impacts are minimal. That’s just what happens with BWCA Member company Swithland Spring Water.

They consider themselves to have a low carbon footprint as the water is bottled less than 25 metres from the borehole and, once bottled and tested, the bottled are delivered in the main to customers within a 50 mile radius. In common with other BWCA Members, the old bottles are recycled – usually after more than 40 uses.

The company also runs an active Corporate Social Responsibility programme, sponsoring several local charities and donating water to a number of fundraising events. These include: Intercare Medical Aid for Africa, Rainbows Walk for Life, Seagrave Wolds Challenge, Swithland 6, Rothley 10K run, Menpys sponsored walk, Vasculitis UK, the Air Ambulance Service and The Dogs Trust.

Countrywise Water Coolers Tackles Environmental Sustainability

Hull-based Countrywise Water Coolers Ltd, a Member of the British Water Cooler Association, has backed its commitment to reducing the company’s carbon footprint with a number of measures covering energy saving and recycling.

One of these is investment in two hybrid delivery lorries. The 7.5 tonne Mitsubishi Canters, which can each carry 150 x 19-litre water cooler bottles, are used for deliveries to customers in the Hull and Grimsby areas. The turbo diesel engines have been combined with a 40 kW electric motor to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The trucks will help Countrywise save 23% in fuel compared with an equivalent diesel-only model.

The company has also been replacing old-style water coolers with more energy-efficient models over a 7 year period.

They have also, like many companies in the sector, started to roll out a SIP system which enables hot and cold coolers to be turned off outside of business hours. The new technology will sanitise each cooler at pre-programmed times by circulating micro bubbles of natural and chemical-free ozone into the cooler reservoir. This saves a quarter of a tonne of carbon per cooler per year.

Countrywise sources its water from a company which is, in turn, taking practical steps to reduce its carbon footprint with the installation of a biomass boiler and the introduction of a 99% packaging waste recycling programme. In addition, Countrywise is supplying PP cups to its customers and these are fully recyclable.

The company employed an expert consultant in 2009 to advise on sustainability and provide recommendations. The measures taken have resulted from the actions taken in response to the report.

Countrywise was established in 1991. In addition to water coolers, customers can also order health-giving fruit boxes to encourage staff to snack healthily in the work-place.