Northern Regional Meeting 2017
As Christmas approaches and German markets start appearing all over the country, by chance our Northern Regional meeting took place only moments from Manchester’s Christmas market!
Jonathan Hart, AVA Chief Executive kicked off the meeting with an update of the AVA’s activity. He spoke about how we are working hard to make sure the vending industry gets its voice heard and how we are representing our members with governments in the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe. He reflected on AVEX 2017 and looked forward to 2018 events including our Burns Night event on the 2nd March.
After this, members had a chance to ‘Chat to the Chair’ which we held for the first time at our South West regional meeting. Members were very vocal and asked a lot of questions, expressed their concerns and David Llewellyn, Seaga UK discussed how the AVA is looking to the future and preparing for some big changes in the coming year. Before the event, David said:
“The AVA faces a challenging financial future. We have to provide support for our members, protect and advance the industry whilst remaining solvent. I call upon all members, no matter how long you have been in the AVA, to muck in and take part. To contribute time, support, ideas – whatever you can!”
The next speaker was Graham Hansen from HRC Law. He spoke about the importance of the complete overhaul of data protection called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will affect all of our members when it comes into place in May 2018. In a nutshell it is about knowledge: know your data, your basis for processing, know your notices/policies/contracts are up to date; know your IT security works; know how you record and manage it internally and then know how you will embed it in future. GDPR will require businesses to spend a lot of time getting to know their data and the risks that they face and this could need a lot of external support.
The final section of the event was a discussion about recycling by John Broderick, Broderick Group Ltd; Peter Godwin, Simply Cups and Adrian Pratt, Benders Paper Cups. The issues of recycling of cups in particular is going to be a hot topic for 2018 and there was a good deal of discussion between the speakers themselves and also via questions from members in the audience.