The premier water cooler event you cannot afford to miss.
The BWCA event is the largest annual UK water cooler conference and trade show and is designed to meet expectations from delegates, trade show visitors and
exhibitors alike.

Members and non-members welcome!

Registration portal sponsored by Waterlogic UK

Get a taste for our event by viewing our 2018 Conference Report by using the navigation to the left.

Thursday 28th March
Conference “Insight to Change – learn, unlearn & relearn”

Sponsored by Pureflo

09:15 – 12:15

The theme of our 2019 Conference is “Insight to Change - learn, unlearn & relearn”.

Brexit is scheduled for the day after the conference; the speed of change in our world is rapid and continual. The positive changes that our industry has already made will need to continue.

The BWCA conference and trade show will provide insights into the changing landscape in which we find ourselves and enable you to debate with others and consider your way forward.

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker is The Rt. Hon. The Lord Deben (John Gummer). He was hailed by Friends of the Earth as ‘the best Environment Secretary we have ever had.’ He’s now Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, advising the Government on progress with emissions targets. With particular interest for a sustainable approach to business, John will expand on the fact that merely following regulations may not be enough to protect a reputation that’s taken years to build.

Richard Hall from Zenith Global

will share the latest Market Intelligence in a session that is important to companies considering their next strategic moves. At the 2018 Conference, we heard that the value of the UK market in 2017 was £133 million and the 5th successive year of stable and steady growth. How did our sector perform in 2018 and what might 2019 have in store? Information is power... so make sure you grasp the opportunity to be amongst the first to know how the industry is performing.

Rebecca Ireland, employment lawyer from gunnercooke LLP. “The changing employee landscape”

In 2019 and beyond, Brexit is likely to impact our ability to utilise easily overseas talent under new immigration laws. Whilst much of the body of UK employment law seems likely to remain unchanged by Brexit, it never stands still, so some legislative and case law changes are inevitable. At an operational level, we may discover we need to reorganise our businesses to reflect new trade deals. This session will look at what we can do as employers to embrace change or learn for the future.

Following the fantastic support by Members for the BWCA’s chosen charity, Just a Drop over the last three years, Brendan Hanlon, Head of Fundraising and Communications, Just a Drop, will give a report on what BWCA funds are doing to support communities in Zambia and the wider implications of the construction of boreholes.

Conference Lunch

is included for those attending the Conference and exhibiting.
12:15 – 13:00
(Sponsored by H20 Blupura)

Open UK Watercooler Trade Show:

13:00 – 17:00
Free Visitor Entrance.

(Sponsored by Crystal Mountain)

The BWCA Trade Show, dedicated to the water cooler industry, gives visitors a one-stop-shop to meet some of the best companies and people in the water cooler business. For a list of exhibitors and the floor plan read more….

Premium stands 1 – 5 will be open to visitors from the start of registration and during Conference breaks. A number of Exhibitors will be offering on-the-day promotions and competitions.

Trade Show plan and list of exhibitors - Click Here

Why you should attend the event?

  • Focuses on the water cooler industry and helps you stay ahead of the competition
  • Industry specific manufacturers, suppliers and bottlers
  • Previews the latest innovations and developments
  • One-stop-shop for FMs and all those in procurement, servicing and safety of watercoolers
  • Access to special trade show deals and promotions from exhibitors
  • Network with other industry professionals
  • Free of charge to visitors
  • Central UK location in easy reach of M1, East Midlands Airport and trains
  • Complimentary refreshments.

Complimentary Afternoon Tea and other refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

Charity Auction Gala Dinner & Casino: 19:30 – Midnight

Dinner sponsored by

Charity Auction sponsored by
Database Workshop

After a busy day, it will be time to relax, meet old friends and colleagues, and network with new colleagues at the Charity Auction and Gala Dinner. Over the last 3 years, the BWCA has raised funds to construct four boreholes, bringing clean, safe water to over 800 people in Zambia. The BWCA aims to continue this success and will be working towards funding a fifth clean water source.

Afterwards the bar will be open late and all can enjoy our entertainment and dance the night away.

The Delegate and Exhibitor Packages automatically include a place at the Gala Dinner, however, separate tickets are also available to book - pre-dinner drinks, 3 course meal, entertainment and wine included.

Raising funds for Just a Drop

(sponsored by COSMETAL)

Throughout the day, delegates will be invited to challenge themselves against a Batak Wall! Your speed and peripheral awareness will be put to the test. Donate to play and compete against friends and colleagues, knowing that you are helping to raise funds that will provide health, hydration and well-being to those less fortunate.

Hygiene Awareness Course: 09:00 – 12:30

This course will run concurrently with the Conference. BWCA Members are encouraged to book up their staff on to this course enabling them to visit the Trade Show afterwards. Lunch is included.

Chairman’s Welcome Supper: Wednesday 27th March – The Nottingham Belfry - 20:00 – 22:30

(sponsored by BWT UK)

Always a relaxed and informal start to the event, the eve of Conference supper provides a relaxed opportunity to mingle with colleagues and other members of the industry including many exhibitors building up stands on the Wednesday, and delegates staying at the hotel. The Chairman’s Supper includes wine and beer and is hosted by Jon Wicks, BWCA Chairman.