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.

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 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.

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 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.

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