Being part of the AVA gives valuable and recognised status along with many more benefits. These are detailed below.
The AVA logo is the mark of quality and members work to a strict code of conduct and quality standards. Achieving AVA Quality Accreditation ensures that potential customers recognise that your company has worked to quality guidelines and consistently maintains their trading standards and working practices ongoing. Companies looking to work with you can relax in the knowledge that you are a trustworthy, reliable and credible business. The AVA logo can improve your company standing, add weight to sales presentations and give you an advantage over other non-AVA companies when tendering for new business.
Being part of the AVA demonstrates that you actively care about your industry and are committed to supporting the work of the industry’s trade association which protects and speaks for vending. The AVA is here to help members, offer information and advice and support your decisions and choices. In summary, the AVA supports your activities in the industry providing essential protection concerning your working practices.
Our technical experts can offer help and advice on a wide variety of matters including: HACCP, COSHH, water testing, chemical and microbiology matters, nutrition, ingredients, labelling, allergens, shelf life, food safety etc.
AVEX is the UK’s only international vending and water trade exhibition. Organised by the AVA every 2 years, AVEX attracts all the key players from the vending and water industries. Conceived in 1969 and the first exhibition of its kind, it has grown to be a highly respected and well attended event. Members of the AVA receive preferential stand rates which are more than 40% [check] less than those for non-members. There are also additional benefits for all member companies booking at the ballot which takes place the year before each event.
The AVA is known and trusted as a valuable source of information for the industry as a whole. We hold robust statistics and information gathered from the industry via our annual census. We also offer technical advice and professional services via our members and partners. The AVA as an association, is a founder member of the European Vending Association, meaning that you will be informed of not only UK but European changes in legislation and industry trends. We are a source of comfort for our members, in the knowledge that we can be relied upon to communicate what is required to stay compliant and operate within legal parameters.
We are the definitive “Voice of the Industry” and with us, you can have your voice heard. The AVA is the only representative organisation who can influence legislation concerning the vending industry. We positively encourage all our members to contribute their thoughts and opinions so that we are in a position to represent their collective views on issues for the media, lobbying or development of the vending industry. The AVA is continually developing its relationships with UK government bodies and members of the European parliament to ensure that the industry’s voice is heard both in the UK and in Brussels.
The AVA works to protect your industry and business, fighting your corner when negative press or potentially damaging legislation is under consideration. Many of our members are involved in committees for the AVA, actively speaking and representing values they believe are important.
Our networking events will help you to make the connections which are vital for your business to thrive. We offer members the opportunity to connect with each other efficiently and endeavour to assist you in meeting the people who will add value to your company. We actively encourage members to use the services of each other as well as promoting member companies to the wider vending industry.