Office Watercoolers Ltd. doubles in size in 18 months

Following an eighteen month period of focussed acquisition activity, BWCA Member, Office Watercoolers Ltd, which is part of the South Staffordshire Plc water utility group of companies, has announced details of the latest in a series of acquisitions.

Over this period, five, regional, owner-managed, mains-fed and bottled water cooler businesses, have been acquired. These acquisitions, coupled with organic growth have resulted in a doubling of Office Watercoolers Ltd’s cooler base to over 20,000 units (predominantly mains-fed). The businesses acquired are detailed below.

1. Waterflo Ltd, Bolton, Greater Manchester, July 2019
2. Brightwater Ltd, Poulton, Lancashire, July 2019
3. Phoenix Water Coolers Ltd, Rochford, Essex, August 2018
4. Aquastations Water Coolers Ltd, Ware, Hertfordshire, May 2018
5. Smart Water Coolers Ltd, (which trades as Glug Glug Glug), Worle, Somerset, January 2018

Ken Skelton, Managing Director of Office Watercoolers Ltd commented:

“Our carefully selected regional acquisitions which we fully integrate into our existing operations, reinforce our long term strategy of building a premium quality national watercooler company focussing upon delivering outstanding products and service levels in this market.”

BWCA Launches New Hydration Fact Sheets


At the BWCA, we now have 8 “Why Water Matters” hydration fact sheets – having added guidance for those in the dental and retail sectors to our portfolio.

These publications provide information of the hydration benefits offered by water coolers and remind building managers that the BWCA is the leading Association representing those who supply and distribute water coolers and related products and services.

The dental fact sheet points to the value of hydrating patients before appointments and the retail fact sheet reminds retailers that offering simple hospitality in the form of a refreshing drink can help boost dwell-time and encourage refilling reusable water bottles.

The sheets also include a simple visual hydration charge to help people check whether they are corrected hydrated.

Contact the BWCA or a BWCA Member for copies.

Just a Drop – the BWCA effect

The BWCA has raised nearly £70,000 for Just a Drop during just over three years of support for the charity.

The BWCA effect, however, goes much wider than simply fundraising efforts via the Association. As a result of the charitable programme which forms one of the platforms of the BWCA’s 5 for 5 Sustainability Pledge, numerous members have chosen to support the charity in their own right.

See the release about Just a Drop and the fantastic achievement of the Association and its Members in the current issue of Vending International.

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.

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.