THURSDAY 18TH APRIL 2024
BRANDON HALL HOTEL, NEAR COVENTRY

WHA SPRING CONFERENCE 2024

Thank you to all those who attended our Spring Conference. It was full of information and industry news and proved a very enjoyable event

Data

Zenith Global Chairman Richard Hall revealed details of the UK Water Dispense Market Report 2024.

Key indicators were:

  • Overall, in 2023, water dispense unit placements, both bottled and mains-fed, reached over 782,000, the highest level ever
  • Revenue grew by 7.3% to £180m
  • By the end of 2023, installations of bottled water dispensers (BWD) had decreased by 1.6% to 41.5% of overall market share
  • Mains fed dispensers continued to increase market share to 46.9%
  • Integrated tap systems (ITS) were up by 3.4%
  • The market is forecast to grow to 806,000 units in 2028, with mains fed leading the industry

A summary of the report has been circulated to all WHA members as part of their membership.

(Source: Zenith Global)

Suppliers

There was an informal opportunity for WHA Suppliers to present their products to the delegates represented by:  4 Aces, AA First, Abbeychart, Allpure, Aquacure, Crystal Mountain, Droople, Fillongley Spring, Oasis, Procooler and Watercare.

Presentations

Marketing

Nigel Elwick and David Mitchell of the Marketing Committee outlined the WHA marketing 2024 strategy and success to date communicating through the WHA newsletter and social media. Members were encouraged to use the WHA accreditation logo to stand out above competitors.

Technical Training & Audits

Darren Wilson and Tracy Corroll of the Technical Training and Audit Committee shared important information on work carried out on behalf of Members to ensure that they are informed and their businesses are prepared for any upcoming change.

NEW WHA Code of Practice

Mark Cross, WHA Deputy Chair introduced the NEW WHA Code of Practice sharing how Members can embrace the extended WHA portfolio of products to enhance their businesses.

The Code of Practice is specifically for WHA Members to share with their customers so they can understand the benefits of procuring from a WHA Member and all that entails.

Guest Speaker

Bob Proctor, Biodiversity UK

Bob relayed his fascinating story of “Seven Ponds and The Incredible Dragonfly” and how businesses can benefit from biodiversity.

He explained why companies that lead on biodiversity will have significant opportunities to benefit from these efforts:

  • Positioning themselves to enter profitable new markets with enhanced environmental policies and data driven actions to reference
  • The improvement of their value proposition and their brand through demonstrating their response to public demand for sustainability
  • They can expect an improved standing with customers and investors
  • The opportunity to create interesting and exciting social value and wellbeing activities

For more information contact Bob Proctor directly on bob.p@biodiversityuk.com – 07740 620696

Charity

The industry has been supporting Just a Drop for many years and continue to do so. So far the Association has given £66,884 across 9 borehole projects in Zambia reaching 2,305 people with safe water for the first-ever time.

At this Conference Members were raising funds for a further 3 projects. This time for broken boreholes installed by other organisations without Community involvement or training. This means that water has to be once again sourced from hand-dug wells and ponds, kilometres from their homes, with the danger of wildlife conflict and continuous illness from the dirty water.

Exhibitors and delegates raised funds through their registrations. It is certain that the remaining funds needed to complete the three renovations will be achieved by the AGM/General meeting being held on Thursday 26th September (NEW DATE).

Members gave generously throughout the day, ending in a lively game of Heads & Tails, won by Richard Martin, the WHA’s new Treasurer. Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to make these projects a possibility.

Download the Spring Conference Agenda PDF

 

Future Events

AGM/General Meeting & Members’ supper including Suppliers Table Top and Just a Drop fund-raising – Thursday 26th September, Brandon Hall, near Coventry. (REVISED DATE).

Spring 2025 – Informal Supper, Conference, Trade Show & Industry Dinner. Date to be announced shortly.

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