The Vendies was featured on one of the nation’s favourite TV shows last night, BBC1’s The One Show, taking the vending industry into the homes and hearts of around 5 million viewers.
Production company Topical TV, which makes a number of films for The One Show, contacted Vendies organiser Datateam Business Media earlier this year to confirm it wanted to go ahead with a film about the industry. And so, the journey began.
Ahead of the awards ceremony, the production team paid a visit to Karen Bruce at Uvenco, to find out how to vend the perfect cup of coffee and Damien Lee, a noodle lover on a mission to help time-poor people eat better food. Both featured in the film last night, showing people that there is much more to vending than meets the eye.
In fact, presenter Arthur Smith banished any myths about vending in the opening few seconds of the film, describing it as a “glittering world of sophisticated commerce, with awards for everything from Best New Product to Service Engineer of the Year.” Gold coins, live fishing bait, champagne, luxury cars in Singapore, Arthur simply couldn’t believe what he was seeing as he delved deeper and deeper into the industry.
Pitching up at The Vendies, Arthur made a beeline for key members of the industry to find out more. Mark Lamble, national sales manager for Burts Chips explained the importance of this often, unseen industry pointing out that “people need food, drink 24 hours a day’’. David Albers, chairman of the EDWCA went on to explain that vending machines have been around much longer than we think, dating back to the first century when they accepted tokens and dispensed holy water. Next up was Vending International’s Jenny Thompson, telling Arthur that you can even get married in a vending machine – he was quick to tell viewers who might be tempted that “it’s not legally binding, of course!”
Datateam Business Media which organises The Vendies and publishes leading industry title Vending International is delighted. Publishing and event director Hannah Dedman comments: “As a media company, we are committed to providing a platform for the industry to flourish which is why we were so keen to work on this project. We are delighted that it has been shown for the innovative industry that it is on prime-time TV. Thank you to Topical TV and The One Show!”
If you missed The Vendies on The One Show last night, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer here 27 minutes into the programme!
The Vendies 2017 took place last night at London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel, as the industry’s elite gathered to celebrate the hard work and successes of the past twelve months.
The Vendies are fast approaching, and those within the vending and water industries are preparing to gather at London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel on Wednesday 28 June for an evening of celebration.
For one night only, ‘The Voice of the Balls’ will become the voice of the industry: the winners at the vending industry’s answer to the Oscars will be announced by Alan Dedicoat.
Known by the nation as the voice of the National Lottery Draw and Strictly Come Dancing, Dedicoat is no stranger to a big reveal.
Ryan Philpott, the film director, actor and presenter, will return to the Vendies stage as host after providing to be a massive hit at last year’s awards.
- An exclusive champagne reception
- A sumptuous three course meal with wine
- High profile award presentations announced by Alan Dedicoat
- After dinner entertainment
- An evening of celebration and networking
Remember, you don’t have to be nominated to attend – The Vendies offers a fantastic opportunity to entertain existing and potential clients, interact with industry peers & press and reward yourself and your employees for a fantastic year of hard work.
For more information on booking your tickets, click here or contact Jenny Thompson on 01634 249422 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have received an unprecedented number of votes for this year’s awards, and we are excited to now announce the 2017 finalists!
The winners are to be announced during the prestigious Vendies Awards Gala Dinner at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel on Wednesday 28th June.
The event is the perfect way to not only celebrate the successes of the past twelve months, but also a fantastic networking opportunity where you can entertain your key clients and network with colleagues, peers, friends, potential customers and press.
Ticket holders will be treated to an exclusive champagne reception, a sumptuous three-course meal with wine and high profile award presentations.
Tickets are still available and can be ordered online HERE.
Water and vending are intrinsically linked and The Vendies recognise this vital relationship between the two industries by offering water specific awards, sponsored by the EDWCA.
We have listened to the feedback from water companies regarding this year’s categories, and as a result they have been restructured to be more representative of the industry in 2017.
There are now three categories open for companies within the water industry:
Operators – Best Quality Service Award
This is open to all operators providing a service to an end-user. What does good customer service mean to you? We all know that good customer service is crucial. To some, good customer service is as simple as solving problems and offering solutions in an expedient manner. To others it means overall pleasantness and politeness from those who represent the frontlines of the company. What makes customer service ‘good’ depends upon what specific things a particular customer holds valuable or their expectations. What makes you different from your competitors?
Affiliates – Best Affiliate Service Award
This is open to affiliates who offer an ancillary service to the water industry. What makes you different from the rest? How does your service assist customers and do you offer the best deal?
Suppliers – Best Environmental/Innovation Product
This is open to suppliers and manufacturers in the mains-fed and bottled water cooler industry who have launched a project or initiative to improve their environmental and sustainability practice or who have launched an innovative product, product range or initiative in the past two years that has had a significant impact on business, customers industry.
To ensure that all companies within the water industry have the opportunity to be in it to win it, we have extended the entry deadline to Friday 26 May 2017. The online entry form can be found here, and only takes five minutes to complete.
Once entries close, applications will be reviewed by a panel of independent industry experts who will decide on a shortlist for each category. The winner will then be decided by an industry vote, which will open on Friday 2 June 2017 and close on Friday 9 June 2017.
The winners will then be announced during the prestigious awards ceremony on 28 June 2017 at London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel.