THE VENDIES Express also won Best Operator Website, sponsored by Tower

Leasing, for is efforts to overhaul its digital presence and bring it into line with a “five-star service” while also creating a strong platform on which to initiate customer relationships.

that award wins are not down to any one individual. The whole team contributes to our success, so any win is a massive boost for them and recognition for their hard work and commitment to our customers. I’m particularly delighted for everyone at Excel with our recent double success at The Vendies because it is an industry award voted for by our peers.”

Apple Vending took the honours in both the Area manager (Anne-Marie Fox) and the Best Service Engineer (Simon Trott). Apple director Diane Hunter said: “Apple and our team were absolutely thrilled to have won Best Service Engineer and Best Area Manager. It has given the staff a massive confidence boost which has spread through the whole workforce. We had an amazing night with some amazing people and loved the whole event.”

In its 25th annivesary year, in which it has seen new initiatives,

numerous contract wins and ambitious expansion plans, Excel Vending celebrated in style by winning both Best Regional Operator, sponsored by Abbeychart, and Best Overall Operator, sponsored by SB Software. Excel director Jane MacDonald said: “Winning an award is always

good for the business. It highlights the quality of our service and the values we apply at Excel. However, it’s important to acknowledge

The final operator award and a special award for Lifetime Achievement was presented by managing director of NIVO, Graham Kingaby to Steve Gallagher of Gem Vending. This award was the highlight of the evening and was presented to a standing ovation. Handing over the award, Graham echoed the sentiments of the vending arena in his congratulations to Steve on his service to the industry as a whole.

A number of awards were also presented to companies and individuals in the water industry. First up was the Divine Water Company’s aftersales team and | 23

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