The AVA promises that 2024 will be ‘an unprecedented year of events.’

The AVA is gearing up for an unprecedented year of events that promises to deliver unparalleled networking opportunities and the type of insightful discussions that only seem to happen outside the office.


Spearheading these initiatives is Kennedy Warwick. As we reported,  Kennedy is back at The AVA as Communications & Events Executive, and as anybody who knows her will tell you, she’ll leave no stone unturned to ensure that every event runs like clockwork.

AVA Activity Day Sponsored by Evoca

The programme kicks off next month with The AVA Activity Day, sponsored once again by EVOCA. Last year’s event earned rave reviews and this year’s edition promises to raise the bar again…

‘We’re organising segway races, archery, and team building exercises’, Kennedy said, ‘and to reflect the competitive nature of the industry, this year there are trophies up for grabs. Most of all, though, it’ll be a day full of laughs and camaraderie. The chances are the event will be oversubscribed, so I recommend that members drop me an e-mail as soon as to secure their spot.’

AVA Golf Days Sponsored by Nestle and H20 Direct

In July, the AVA returns to its hometown of Wetherby for The AVA Golf Day, sponsored by Nestlé. ‘This has been a really popular event with our member for four decades’, Kennedy says, ‘and it has morphed into a fiercely fought competition, with the prestigious Jack West Cup at stake.’

In August, the AVA heads south for a second Golf Day sponsored H20 Direct. Spots for both events is filling up fast: you know the drill, get in touch with Kennedy.

AVA Live: On-the-Road

The ongoing series of AVA Live events has gained considerable traction and in October, the circus is coming to Sittingbourne, specifically to the DS Smith Recycling Plant. Discussion will focus on Defra’s proposals for Mandatory Cup Takeback and proposals for the introduction of ‘single use disposable cup’ levies across the UK. ‘This in an issue that demands that vending ‘gets its duck in a row’, making this a must-attend event for operators who are concerned about the impact of these costs in their businesses’, Kennedy said. ‘We’ve invited guest presenters who will provide details of how these additional costs can be avoided or offset.’ Yes, it’s a way off, but put it in your diary, or better still, secure your place now by contacting – you guessed it – Kennedy.

David Llewellyn

The AVA Christmas Luncheon: A Festive Extravaganza

The Christmas ‘do’ is probably everybody’s favourite event of the year. This year’s bumper bash has a ‘Roaring 20’s’ theme, and after we’ve been fed, there’ll be an after-party that Kennedy says will be ‘unforgettable’. Quite what it is planned, Kennedy isn’t saying – yet – but count on it being a beano. By the way, some sponsorship opportunities are still available, so the chance to align your brand with the pinnacle event of the vending industry remains up for grabs. For the full low-down on what’s involved in becoming a sponsor, get in touch with David Llewellyn.

‘All of us at the AVA are looking forward to reconnecting with familiar faces and making new acquaintances at these events’, Kennedy said. ‘So whether you’re a seasoned member, or you’re new to the industry, there’s something for everyone in our calendar.’

*If you’re not already a member of the AVA, you can discover the benefits of membership HERE

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