BWCA “Leads the Way” at its 2016 Conference & Trade Show

March 30, 2016

The BWCA held what was generally believed to be the biggest and best BWCA Conference and Trade Show yet consisting of the BWCA Golf Day, Chairman’s Welcome Supper on Wednesday 16th March, followed by the Conference attracting over 130 delegates, Trade Show with seminars and the Gala Dinner on Thursday 17th March.

Karen Wells of Zenith International gave a presentation on UK Market Intelligence, which showed:

  • UK Market value £123 million with a 5% revenue growth compared to 2014
  • Positive growth of 1.5% for UK water cooler numbers – now standing at 645,000 coolers
  • Bottled Water Coolers up by 1.8% to 341,000 with 53% of the market
  • Point of Use installations up by 1.2% to 304,000 with 47% of the market, but in revenue terms its share has declined to less than a quarter
  • Bottled water sales increased by 5% year-on-year to 296 million litres

The BWCA support of the charity Just a Drop was officially launched.  “Just a Drop” provides drinking water and sanitation to communities in developing countries. Specifically, the BWCA have chosen to raise funding for a borehole project in Kalungwishi  village in Zambia. The project will provide clean drinking water for the village whose inhabitants currently have no access to clean safe water, resulting in waterborne disease striking every week.

The BWCA Keynote Speaker was Simon Weston CBE who was badly injured 33 years ago in the Falklands War.  His was a story of positivity and his inspirational talk left many not only laughing but crying. 

The trade show, with 40 stands was well attended with many exhibitors doing real business:  “For us the Exhibition was a very successful one, leading to already to a couple of new clients coming to us – so well worth the investment” Jim Redford of H20 Direct reported.

The afternoon included three well attended free of charge seminars:

  • Today’s technology and your business
  • Social media marketing
  • Is the coffee market an area I’m missing

The Gala Dinner with a hugely successful Charity Auction and mind-reading entertainment concluded the event with music and casino. 

Next year’s event will be held on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March, again at The Nottingham Belfry.