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.

BWCA Training – in great demand

Industry specific training is one of the lynchpins of the BWCA. Members value that courses in hygiene, distribution and plant management, POU installation, sanitisation and crisis management will keep their staff informed, motivated and professional.

The BWCA released its 2018 dates yesterday, 14th November, and have already filled the Distribution Management to BWCA Standards course being held on 7th March.

So, to meet demand an extra course will be held on 21st March at the same venue in Fillongley.

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.