The Vendies 2023: Industry responds to new Woman of the Year category 

Sponsored by SFS UK, the new Vendies category Woman of the Year has had such an overwhelming response that organisers have decided to present two awards: Woman of Year Operator and Woman of the Year Supplier.

Delighted with the response so far, SFS UK said the following: “Vending is an industry employing more than 15,000 people directly in the UK, many of them women.

Despite being a traditionally male-dominated field, the industry continues to make great efforts to promote gender equality. Leading by example, industry association the AVA now has a 50% female board, outperforming the likes of the FTSE 100 and 250. 

These efforts are to be celebrated and we’re proud to build on this momentum and foster progress in the community through sponsorship of the first ever ‘Woman of the Year Award’ at the Vendies 2023. At Siemens Financial Services (SFS) diversity is top of the agenda because expanding representation across businesses leads to better innovation, broader insights and an enhanced working environment.

This award is to advocate and recognize women’s contributions within vending regardless of how big or small their role. We want to help shine a light on their amazing work and in doing so encourage more women to excel in this business.  

Please join us in applauding/celebrating the vending community for continually striving to be more inclusive.  

Thanks to all our sponsors: The Vendies are very happy to welcome all our sponsors this year including sustainability partners Aeguana/Boostbar and Coffetek. Other sponsors include Tower Leasing, 365 Retail, Selfly Store Mondelez and SFS UK.

If you are interested in sponsoring, contact Natalie Harman at