• EDWCA Business & Trade Show 2018


EDWCA bags another speaker…

Welcome to Natalie Fee

Natalie Fee Founding Director City to Sea

Natalie Fee – Founding Director City to Sea

We currently have a wonderful opportunity, quite literally, in our hands. Plastic is the one calling card laying on every beach and riverbank around the world and is the most popular and most talked about environmental issue of our time.

In sharing my personal story of campaigning against plastic as source, I hope to inspire us to recognise that we are all powerful change makers. It is through our local consumer choices that we hold this exciting opportunity for global environmental impact.

Who is City to Sea?

City to Sea is an award-winning non-profit organisation running campaigns to stop marine plastic pollution at source. Through our fun, solutions-focussed initiatives we’re empowering individuals to make a difference in their communities, working with corporates and retailers to help them tackle plastic pollution and reaching millions of people with our digital content.
After our successful ‘Switch the Stick’ campaign in 2016, calling on all retailers to swap from plastic to paper stem cotton buds (a move which will stop over 400 tonnes of single-use, non-recyclable plastic at source every year), in 2017 we went on to work with UK water companies on our ‘Unflushables’ campaign, raising awareness about the 7% of plastic on our beaches that’s coming from our homes and are currently piloting a menstruation education programme in 22 schools. Now in 2018, we’ve recently secured two years of funding to scale up our free, national drinking water campaign, Refill. Refill makes refilling on the go easy, fun and rewarding through our free Refill app, and this month we won gold for ‘Best Behaviour Change’ in the Global Good Awards! We now have over 10,000 Refill Stations on our app across the UK, with national chains coming on board over the next few months.

We are grateful to Natalie for her assistance in raising awareness of this high profile topic. Natalie will be available after the speakers program as part of our Round-table discussion event taking place in the Trade Show area.

For more information on City to Sea visit www.citytosea.org.uk

First Speaker Announcement

Steve Gibson of Data Business Services

Steve Gibson of Data Business Services

The EDWCA are delighted to announce their first speaker for our business day.

GDPR… A Practical Approach

Steve Gibson of Data Business Services based in Northampton has spent the past 25 years climbing to the top of the corporate ladder in environments where data privacy and information security is essential. Much of this experience was obtained in the direct marketing industry working in IT, Operations, Data Processing and Software Development. Later roles saw him working in Sales and Marketing and ultimately main board positions, culminating in Works and Managing Director roles for multisite organisations.

For the past 5 years Steve has worked as a management consultant and corporate coach focusing on information and cyber security and more recently on Data Privacy. With the introduction of GDPR he now focusses on helping organisations from many different industry sectors, understand privacy requirements and develop practical solutions for their compliance challenges.

We are grateful to Steve for his assistance on this hot topic and Steve will be available after the Speakers Program as part of our Round-table discussion event taking place in the Trade Show area.

Outstanding Contribution Award (Individual)

The Vendies Awards 2018

This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of the industry and it’s public perception.

This is an individual that has delivered excellence in everything they do, enables improvements to processes and procedures and provides support, guidance and advice to all.

They show leadership and embrace change and innovation whilst guiding others.

This person has been a driver in the changes to the industry in both the front seat and in the background.

Do you know this person?

If so why not nominate them for this prestigious award. Go to www.thevendies.co.uk/water-categories-entry-form

Why should you enter the EDWCA Awards?

Because it’s all about you!

The Vendies Awards 2018

If your focus has always been on people and you fully understand the value that your employees give to your customers then quite simply you should nominate them for the EDWCA Customer service Recognition award. It’s your people that help to build your business so why not say thank you.

It’s the same if you have a supplier that gives you not only the products you require but the support by sourcing your end-users endless requests and do this whilst giving your business great customer service, why not nominate them for the EDWCA Supplier Recognition award and thank the sometimes un-sung heroes.

We all know what we need to set our business apart from our competitors? The answer is something different to offer. Innovation is always at the forefront of industry whether it be a self-cleaning tap, an equipment the provides all types of water/beverages to a simple fitting that can increase our productivity. So where do we look for this? We look to our manufacturers and suppliers to continually challenge both the industry and the perception. At the EDWCA we like to embrace and encourage change and the EDWCA Innovation recognition award is our way of thanking and encouraging these companies to continue moving our industry onwards. If you know a company that meets these simple criteria, why not nominate them today

Outstanding Contribution Award…

Many businesses and Industries are built on firm foundations allowing for growth and progress to be driven on. The Water Cooler industry is no different. Over the years we have a number of characters that have helped to shape the way we do things and how our industry is perceived. There are those that lead from the front and stride forward taking many of us along for the ride and then there are those that counter the bold innovators and work studiously in the background making very little wave with their unmistakable impact! We all know who these people are!

The EDWCA would like to thank these pioneers from the resounding to the hushed and that is why we are asking you…the Water Cooler fraternity…to recognise and nominate these individuals for the EDWCA Outstanding Contribution award. Without these small acorns our Oak tree could not have grown.

For the EDWCA, these awards have confirmed our values and our mission and an award says a lot about a business, its ethos and its intentions.

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