The Vendies 2023 – Final chance to enter

The Vendies 2023 will close for entries shortly, so don’t miss out, head over to our website and get your submission in.

Do you want to be the best of the best?

Then what better way to prove it by winning a coveted Vendies award! There’s something for both Operators and Suppliers in the industry, with a range of prestigious awards up for grabs. So what are you waiting for?

Once all the entries are in they will be put before a panel of judges who will make the final decisions to be announced at the June 7 event which is returning to the iconic Grand Connaught Rooms in London this year.

There are still sponsorship opportunities up for grabs. If you are interested, get in touch with Natalie Harman at

Meet this year’s judges

Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, General Manager – Water Dispenser & Hydration Association (WHA)

Phillipa is General Manager of the WHA (Water-Dispenser & Hydration Association). She has worked in the industry for 30 years, first with the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) for 27 and now the WHA.”


Erwin Wetzel, the Director General – European Vending & Coffee Service Association (EVA)

Erwin Wetzel joined the European Vending & Coffee Service Association in 2011 and became the Director General in 2014. In his current role he coordinates several committees and working groups inside the organisation and has acquired over the last years a thorough knowledge about the vending industry across Europe. He knows very well the industry trends and the specificities of the different markets, which allows him to promote efficiently the interests of his members vis-à-vis stakeholders and authorities. His background is political science and EU Affairs.

Vendex Show Director Phil Reynolds

Phil Reynolds has been actively involved in the vending industry for almost 30 years. Having launched a vending magazine (Auto Vending) which he published for 20 years he became involved in various other industry initiatives. These included forming the European Vending Press Association in 1993 together with the leading publishers in France, Spain, Germany and Italy; Spring Cruises for Classic and Sports Car enthusiasts; the inaugural Vending Innovation Awards in 2001; and arranging go-karting days to bring the industry together. Since 2003 he has been running the successful Vending show Vendex.

NIVO Business Manager Michelle Hefferon

Michelle Hefferon has worked in the vending industry for 14 years. For the latter eight she has managed NIVO’s day-to-day activities in which time she has gained true insight into the intricacies of the sector.  Michelle believes customer always comes first, which includes pointing out where NIVO can help – key to any successful business.  Michelle is able to explore members issues and, with her team, find solutions and possibilities for both vending operators and suppliers.

Vending International, Editor Heather Ramsden

Heather Ramsden has edited B2B magazines across a variety of fields since 2009 ranging from titles involving industrial automation to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) to sporting and outdoor goods. She took over as editor of Vending International at the end of 2017 and has over a number of years become familiar with key players and brands in the vending sector all the way learning about important innovations which have been developed for the industry.

This year’s host for The Vendies will be stand up supremo Jimmy Mcghie

Jimmy has performed stand up all over the world and appeared on numerous television and radio programmes including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Comedy Central, ABC Australia, THREE New Zealand, Absolute Radio and many more. He has performed 10 solo shows at festivals around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival and New Zealand International Comedy festival. He is now a top circuit act in the UK, as well as a highly sought after corporate awards host and TV warm up artist.