Following industry feedback, The Vendies’ organiser Datateam Business Media has taken the decision to reopen entries for this year’s scheme with an extended deadline of Monday April 27.

The team behind The Vendies recognises that many businesses have been busy taking great measures to adapt and overcome the current circumstances. In what is a period of uncertainty for many, it is vital that the outstanding efforts of suppliers, operators and professionals from across the vending industry are recognised.

The extension to the deadline will allow companies and individuals that have been hard at work adapting their businesses to the current climate a period of grace to finalise their submissions and make sure they’re in the running to win a prestigious accolade – and the recognition they deserve.

Event director Hannah Dedman comments: “We at The Vendies believe that now, more than ever, it is important that we continue our longstanding tradition of recognising the hard work being carried out by everyone in the vending industry.”

There are a range of categories up for contention this year, including a number of new additions that have been introduced as a result of the changing face of the market. Entries can be submitted using the fuss-free online form available on The Vendies website, making it quick and easy to put yourself in the running, and as always it is completely free of charge to enter.

Nominations are also highly encouraged so if you know of a company or individual that is going above and beyond and deserves to be honoured, make sure you put them forward.

With this extension to the entry deadline, the voting period for this year’s scheme will be delayed until Monday May 18.

An update regarding The Vendies 2020

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, Datateam Business Media would like to assure all involved in The Vendies that they are monitoring the situation very closely.

Given the rapidly changing nature of the situation, official information and guidance is changing on a daily basis and the company hopes to do what it can to limit the impact on the vending industry – and provide something to look forward to during these difficult times.

With that being said, the safety and well-being of attendees, staff and their communities will always be the number one priority. Any decision to reschedule the event will be based on the most up-to-date guidance issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and any restrictions put in place by the UK government, and all stakeholders in the event will be kept informed as the situation develops.

Hannah Dedman continues: “I would like to assure everyone that is involved in The Vendies – or considering getting involved – that any money invested into the scheme will certainly not lose its value. Our incredible sponsors will continue to receive exposure as a supporter of this valued industry programme and any tickets purchased will be honoured should the event need to be rescheduled to a later date.

“Once we get through these difficult times, it will be incredibly important for manufacturers, suppliers and operators from across the vending industry to come together and celebrate what has been overcome – and myself and the team look forward to providing an opportunity for everyone to reconnect at The Vendies 2020.”

With thanks to our sponsors

The Vendies is proudly sponsored by a number of leading industry names, including Abbeychart, 365 Retail Markets, Barry Callebaut, Coffetek, Ingenico Group, Mondelez International, SB Software, Tower Leasing and Worldline.

As a leading awards scheme in the vending industry, sponsoring The Vendies is a great way to position your brand as a supporter of the highest levels of excellence and enjoy exposure to a highly engaged and enthusiastic audience. To find out more about the bespoke packages that are available, contact Jenny Thompson at ku.oc.maetatadnull@nospmohtj.

For more information on The Vendies 2020, to keep up to date with the latest news or to submit an entry, visit www.thevendies.co.uk.

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