The Vendies are back and we’re LIVE in London

The vending industry’s most prestigious awards programme – The Vendies – returns to a live format this year, after being held digitally in 2021, and will take place at the iconic Grand Connaught Rooms in London on 9 June starting at 12pm.

The awards ceremony, which will include a Champagne reception, a three-course meal and plenty of entertainment, will be an opportunity to dine with important clients and reward your team for their exceptional contributions over the past year.

More than a chance to celebrate and catch up with colleagues, The Vendies attracts influential figures from across the sector and the varied guest list provides an ideal platform to connect with the vending industry’s biggest companies.

“With categories for vending operators and suppliers, as well as the dedicated staff who work for them, entering The Vendies is a way to demonstrate your achievements to an audience of your peers,” says event and publication manger Jenny Thompson.

Currently entries into The Vendies are in the decision making phase. An industry vote accessible at taking place and this following this, a distinguished panel of industry judges will look at the entries and make the final decisions.

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 worked with the British Water Cooler Association for 27 years.  She is a Member of the Institute of Association Leaders and provides organisational and management services to Watercoolers Europe.

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 32 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.

The Vendies would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Tower Leasing, SB Software, Mondelēz International, Search Engineering & Manufacturing and Burts Snacks.

You can secure your place at the pivotal date in the industry’s calendar by booking your tickets through the portal on