The Great Vending Get Together

Tim Varney’s idea to hold a ball in aid of his charity, Edukaid, became reality on Saturday 22nd October and raised an amazing £9,000 – almost enough to renovate an entire school in Tanzania. With the help of his family, encouragement from Alistair Price and others in the vending industry, and some marketing from the AVA, 130 of the great and the good from the vending industry met in Torquay. Golf was laid on by the irrepressible Paul Howard and an Agatha Christie trip by Richard Brinsley.

Thanks to all of you for your generosity, and thanks must also be extended to the auctioning skills of Brian Tustain! A huge vote of thanks must go to Tim, his family and everyone else who contributed to the night.

The AVA will be publishing a new social calendar very soon, which will show you the events planned for the next two years – the first of which is the Christmas Lunch as detailed below!

AVA Christmas Lunch

On Thursday 8th December we’ll be holding the AVA Christmas Luncheon at the stunning LSO St Luke’s, London – a former church and home to the world famous London Symphony Orchestra. If you’ve not already done so, make sure you book your tickets – there are only 200 places and the event’s selling out fast! Please email for full details and a booking form.

Northern Regional Meeting

Don’t forget that the Northern Regional Meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th November at the Holiday Inn, Leeds Brighouse. ‘How to stay out of jail and cut your costs!’ will be presented by Brethertons LLP Solicitors and Vendman Systems Ltd. There are still a few places left if you have not already booked.

AVEX 2013 – An Update From The Chairman!

“In my new role as AVEX 2013 Chairman, I’m pleased to be able to give you all an update about the exhibition. Having been involved with meetings and discussions at various venues, I soon hope to be able to confirm not only the venue for AVEX 2013 but the exact dates too, which will be sometime during early June – read the next issue to find out more!  I’ll also be able to inform you of some exciting new developments for the show – new areas for exhibitors!” Paul Howard, AVEX 2013 Chairman.


Congratulations to Robert Cowley, the new CEO of AVS! Robert takes over from Brian Tustain.

‘Excellent Drink Quality’ AVA Training

‘Excellent Drink Quality’ and setup is the essential course for anyone involved in technical servicing and the setup of vending machines, as well as anyone who needs to understand the elements of making high quality drinks. This course will examine the brewing process and how ingredients contribute to the taste and appearance of a drink. Each delegate will also receive an electronic gram throw scales, and the relevant training to setup the perfect drink.

The training course for the Midlands area will take place on 17th November at N&W Global Vending Ltd. in Wolverhampton. Two sessions are available, each lasting 21/2 hours. Choose from 09.30–13.00 or 14.00–16.30. To book your place please visit

New Premises

As many of you are aware, the AVA is currently looking for a new office. It’s hoped that a decision will be made in the not too distant future and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as a new premises has been found!