A Challenging Proposition

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Our own Janet Wright and her husband John have accepted a challenge that will take them both to the limit of their physical resources. The challenge for the rest of us is to back them all the way …  FROM ROB LITTLE, MD, VENDMAN It wasn’t too hard for me to admit to myself that my days of climbing serious mountains were over: when I took a close look at what was involved in The Point Foundation Charity Trek, I just had to hold up my hands… But that’s not to say that Vendman won’t be taking part. On the contrary, we’ll be represented on the trek by Janet Wright, our Office Manager, and her husband, John. You can find … Read More

‘It’s Our Aim To Be Europe’s Number One’

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We may have been conspicuously absent from AVEX: nevertheless, 2015 has been a busy one for Vendman on the exhibition front. Our expansion depends upon winning new business in continental Europe; that’s why we’ve exhibited at EuVend in Cologne and EVEX in Spain this year – and Venditalia is pencilled-in for 2016. ‘EuVend in particular was a great success’, Rob, our MD, said. ‘We’ve been there before as a company, but this was the first time we’d taken a stand in our own right and we were very pleased that we did. ‘Cologne is a great location, because it’s a stunning city and it attracts visitors from all over Europe. There was a tremendous buzz around the exhibition from the … Read More

Dodging Bullets… That’s Mr Vendman!

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The amazing news is that our in-house racehorse, Mr. Vendman, trained by Ian Williams, has been declared ‘fit and ready to compete again’. Amazing? It’s not long since the four-year old was diagnosed with a broken pedal bone…   Despite many recent advances in veterinary care, the outlook is often hopeless when a horse breaks a bone in its leg. At best, it’s difficult and expensive to repair and the horse has to be retired. At worst, the animal has to be destroyed. Even if the horse survives and is sound, there is always cause for concern that it will never return to the same level of work it was at before the injury. Ian Williams explained: ‘The horse’s foot … Read More

AVEX? – For Vendman it just didn’t add up

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Our MD, Rob Little, recently met up with Planet Vending Editor Ian Reynolds-Young to discuss our notable absence from exhibiting this year at AVEX. Many of our clients will be aware that we thought long and hard about taking part. Vendman has been staunch supporters of the AVA for many years, sponsoring awards, events and ensuring that there was always at least one representative at AVA meetings. We sponsored the Route Operator Award again this year – congratulations go to Lisa Blythe of Snacktime. However, after the last AVEX we had to consider the best use of our marketing spend and in the end we decided to invest further in our Centres of Excellence initiative which was launched last year … Read More

May The Best Vendman or Vendwoman Win!

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We’re backing The Vendies 2015 by sponsoring the category ‘Best Route Operator’ at the industry’s blue-ribband event, which will be held at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel in June. It’ll come as no surprise to our colleagues in the vending industry that the company offering the country’s most trusted and most widely-used route optimisation software – that’s us! –  is supporting the search to identify the country’s most optimized route manager! As a company always aiming to achieve excellence, it’s important for us celebrate excellence in individuals and the Vendies present us with the ideal opportunity to do just that. Get your entries in fast, and may the best Vendman or Vendwoman win!

It’s A Re-Furb For ‘The Bat Cave’ – and we’ll be needing a coffee machine!

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Well folks, the ‘will we, won’t we?’ days are over. We toyed with the idea of moving our HQ to bigger premises, but after giving it a lot of thought, we’ve decided that 2-6 London Road – the ‘Bat Cave’ – will remain our home for the foreseeable future. The property belongs to the company, so instead of upping sticks we’ll invest in the building by making some fundamental changes to the interior that are designed to make us fit to go forward into the future. Without giving too much away, it’s not so much a refurbishment as a re-invention of the space: walls will be replaced by glass or removed altogether, we’ll re-model with carpets and furniture in our … Read More

The Next FIVE event is 11th, 12th June! Will you be there?

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Reminding all FIVE members – looking forward to seeing you all at Ullesthorpe Court and Golf Club on Wednesday. Two days of fantastic golf – well, for some maybe. One night to recover from round 1, so early night everyone? Ok – we’ll see you in the bar. If you’re not already an member of the industry’s most social golf society, and would like to join us at some of the most interesting courses in the UK and Europe, do get in touch with Rob. We would love to have you on board. rob.little@vendman.com