INSIGHT TO CHANGE :: BWCA 2019 Conference, Trade Show & Gala Dinner Report

“The Watercooler Industry provides water in a way that is particularly valuable in today’s world.”
This was the message from The Rt. Hon. The Lord Deben, the keynote speaker at the 2019 BWCA Conference. He told Members that they need to shout louder about the environmental benefits of water coolers. “The watercooler is essential for providing water sustainably.”

Over 130 delegates heard uplifting presentations, learnt about the latest industry information and saw new products and services – all resulting in another successful BWCA Conference, Trade Show and Gala Charity Auction Dinner.

For full information on all those businesses who exhibited this year and to access the Conference and Trade Show Guide, including information on the Seminars presented by Crystal IS and R. Bardi s.r.l. click here. PDF of show guide


Jon Wicks, BWCA Chair

Warmly thanked the sponsors:


Richard Hall, Founder & Chairman, Zenith Global

What were the Water Cooler Market data highlights for 2018? (Source: Zenith Global)

  • UK water cooker market grew to £140 million in value
  • 6th successive year of growth for the UK water cooler market
  • Revenue growth of 4.9%
  • Installed cooler numbers grew by 2.2% year on year

For more , information visit

Brendan Hanlon, Head of Fundraising & Communications, Just a Drop

Just a Drop ( is the charity chosen by BWCA as part of its “5 for 5 Pledge of Sustainability”. Over £10,500 was raised throughout the day and during the evening, including a very successful charity auction, overseen by our talented auctioneer Bruce Orme, from Wenlock Spring. The contribution of BWCA Members over the past 4 years is now in excess of £66,000, resulting in 4 completed boreholes providing clean water sources and a 5th to be set in motion in Zambia.

Rebecca Ireland, Partner, gunnercooke LLP

Employees are a most valuable asset and Rebecca, as well as talking about current and future legislation, gave an overview on how to enhance the employer brand, to improve staff retention by getting the culture right and companies working together for mutual benefit.

Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, BWCA General Manager


“Congratulations on another successful BWCA event. As usual the format was perfect:great networking, great location, great conference and trade show. I have rebooked for next year already. Well done Phillipa and her team!"
Peter Benson, AA First

“Thank you for a wonderful experience! We’re looking forward to future events with the BWCA.”
Jeremy Abel, Crystal IS

“Once again, I can only congratulate you on organising another great event. For me the format really works with the opening statements, the Zenith overview and then guest speakers. The choice of key note speaker continues to impress.”
Francis Renfrey, Bericap UK

“The friendliness of all who attend makes the whole industry better and better.”
- Karen Lamb, Oasis

“Compact and very business oriented event, friendly atmosphere.”
Stanislaw Lubos, Greif Poland

“Well run. Good turn out.”
Chris Penn, 4 Aces

“The strengths of this event are the networking and information. I think it is fab!”
Tanya Cornford, Water at work

Thanks to all who attended including delegates, speakers and sponsors.

View our gallery below with photos from the Conference, Trade Show and Gala Dinner


Conference, Trade Show & Charity Gala Dinner 2019