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Three reasons to attend the BAMA Forum and Awards 2017 event

Why should you attend this annual event?
As we move into August, with Autumn just around the corner, we are very pleased to be turning our attention to the upcoming BAMA Forum and Awards in October. Already, we’ve put together a packed agenda which includes expert speakers, networking opportunities and an exciting program of entertainment.

With so many reasons to attend this year, it’s difficult to consider why you wouldn’t want to come along. But in case you were in any doubt, we have put together three reasons why attending this year is a good decision:

1. Network with the experts. It’s not often that experts from so many different sectors are under one roof at the same time. Invited to our event this year are guests from a range of different aerosol businesses, as well as speakers from the fields of consumer behaviour, recycling systems, the circular economy, packaging and technology.
As an association, we recognise the importance for businesses to keep up to speed in a world driven by continual political, technological and environmental developments. As well as opportunities for members to network during the conference period of this event, our drinks reception and dinner platforms are also aimed to provide ALL guests with a relaxed and professional arena where ideas and views can be exchanged and connections made.

2. Wine tasting! If you’ve ever wondered about the art of wine tasting or would like to add to your existing knowledge of this famed fermented grape juice then who better to enlighten you than former BBC 2 Food and Drink series presenter and wine connoisseur, Jilly Goolden?
During the drinks reception, Jilly will be sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge on the crispness, body and aroma of selected wines from around the world. Following the wine tasting there will be a four course meal followed by some surprise entertainment!

3. Industry knowledge and recognition If you are a BAMA member, you are invited to listen to presentations from a range of different speakers who will be sharing their thoughts on the aerosol industry from their own unique viewpoints. The diverse speaker line-up will provide our audience with a wide and informed view of where the aerosol industry is right now and where it will be in the future.
With just a month left until the entry deadline, members are invited to submit their entries to be in the running to win. Winning entries will receive industry recognition, press coverage and vouchers worth up to £500 for winners and £250 for runners-up in each of four categories.

BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner details
The BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner will be held at Oulton Hall, Leeds on the 18th & 19th October with both members and non-members invited to the evening dinner on the 18th. Members can attend the conference and submit award entries also. For further information please contact Amy Falvey or visit the BAMA website to book your place.

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Are you a winner? 5 steps to success in the BAMA Awards 2016

Industry Awards can help business. There is no doubt about that. Achieving awards impresses customers; they reward and motivate staff; and the additional publicity can help promote your BAMA Awards Entry Form 2016 1business, differentiating your brand or company from the competition. The BAMA Awards are particularly highly valued as these pick the best of the best in the UK aerosol sector.

This year the organisers have changed the Awards structure and requirements a little. The first stage – having a great potential entry – is something you’ll already have underway of course. Stage two is now the crucial factor and it’s not as easy as it sounds. There’s an art as well as a science to successful Awards’ entries. We oversea the judging and that’s not always as easy as it should be. Helping the judges understand what you do and why you’ve done it should be obvious. Many entrants, however, just fail to step back and ask some basic questions before completing the entry form.

There are 5 steps to success. Here are the main questions you should ask yourself:

Question 1
What was this product created to do and why is it different?

Don’t assume it will be obvious. If the design is innovative – say so. If the product meets a hitherto unmet need, spell it out. Don’t just talk about the technicalities and the way the product operates: say how it helps the user or consumer.

Question 2
What is the word or page limit for each submission?
This is crucial to help the judges to consider each entry against its competitors. So please help them by complying with the requested word limit.

Question 3
Do I qualify?

Make sure the product was launched into the market sometime since 1 January 2015. You must be a BAMA member to enter. Make sure that if the project was jointly carried out with another company or individual, that you are permitted to submit this for entry and that you are happy for the publicity that will flow if you are successful.

Question 4
Have I supported my entry fully?
Have you completed the title of your entry with something snappy and memorable? Did you remember to include product or pictures according to the rules stipulated? Above all, did you tell the story behind the entry? It’s useful to ask someone unconnected with the company or project to read through the draft entry just to make sure that, for someone who comes to this afresh, you haven’t made assumptions about knowledge outsiders can’t possibly have. If there is a technical aspect to the entry, spell out in plain English why your solution solves a problem as well as how. Give statistics too – these could be about the unmet need, the number of sales, production…

Question 5
Have I left enough time?

Our advice is: start now. The deadline for entries is way off, you’re probably thinking. After all, it’s not until September. But wait, that is only a few short weeks away. Starting to draft your entry NOW will ensure that you give it your best shot.

That’s it. Simple. A successful entry in just 5 steps. We wish all our members luck in the prestigious 2016 Awards.

To download the entry form and rules of entry click here

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Falvey in the BAMA office.

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BAMA Launches 2016 Awards

2015 Aerosol of the Year Winners - Swallowfield plc & PZ Cussons Ltd with Dominic Holland, Patrick Heskins & Amy Falvey

2015 Aerosol of the Year Winners – Swallowfield plc & PZ Cussons Ltd with Dominic Holland, Patrick Heskins & Amy Falvey

Now in our eighth year, the BAMA Awards always provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the latest innovations within the aerosol industry and highlight many of the UK’s success stories. The Awards Gala Dinner also provides an excellent opportunity for networking within the industry.

This year we have introduced some new categories following feedback from last year’s judging process.

The new categories include:
• New Aerosol of the Year
• Process Safety and Training
• Sustainability
• Aerosol Packaging.

There will also be a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ nominated by the BAMA Executive Committee.

The Awards will be presented on the evening of 19th October 2016 at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. Members and their guests will be entertained by the acclaimed comedian, former policeman and raconteur, Alfie Moore, a popular after-dinner speaker.

Companies engaged in any aspect of the aerosol industry but which are not already members of BAMA, may enter the Awards and apply to attend the Forum and Gala Dinner as long as they have applied for membership and have had their application accepted before 7th September 2016 – which is the closing date for entries. The entry form is now available to download from the BAMA website and is open to all BAMA members at: www.bama.co.uk/forum.

Patrick Heskins, Chief Executive of BAMA, says: “The UK aerosol industry continues to go from strength to strength. The BAMA Awards helps to recognise the hard work and endeavour of the industry in important areas such as Innovation and Sustainability. I look forward to seeing another set of high quality submissions from members.”

To book your place at the 2016 BAMA Forum & Awards, please visit http://www.bama.co.uk/training.php or email amyfalvey@bama.co.uk.

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New Year Message from BAMA’s Chief Executive

Patrick Heskins, Chief ExecutiveA very Happy New Year to one and all. Six months into my position here at BAMA, I thought it appropriate to review my first half year and what we have to look forward to in the coming months.
So what happened in the second half of last year? After a month of job sharing with Dr John Morris, the reins were transferred and I was flying solo (I promise no more mixed metaphors). As I got up to speed with the daily challenges in the office here in Stevenage I soon http://cialisvsviagracomparison.com/ realised that, even after more than 25 years in the aerosol industry, I still had much to learn.

With the much appreciated help of Paul Jackson, our Technical Director, and Amy Falvey, Communications Manager, I managed to survive my first round of committee meetings, the AGM, and my first Forum as Chief Exec, which I thoroughly enjoyed. For 2016, we hope to top last year’s event with a healthy mix of interesting and topical presentations, some interactive sessions and changes to the BAMA Awards, with new categories for member companies to enter.

2016 will see much activity on the European front. The Aerosol Dispensers Directive starts the process of being reviewed by the European Commission and, working with our members, with our sister associations across Europe and with FEA, we plan to ensure that the needs of BAMA member companies are considered and communicated. Working with the membership, BAMA has completed the first stage of the Future of Aerosols 2 study. Now the hard work begins as we assess the output and the committees decide how to best approach some challenging themes.

As well as the work the committees will do, we also hope to use the toolkit created by the study to help members prioritise their own sustainability plans. Environmental sustainability continues to be a core part of our strategy, building on the industry’s track record in recycling and reuse of materials. Safety and standards which BAMA has promoted continue to be amongst the best in the world and our reputation is justly excellent in that regard. All that we do in 2016 will continue to build on these core strengths.
The toolkit will help members to review their businesses not just from an environmental perspective but other areas which may affect member companies including training, skills and communication.

I will be visiting a number of members during 2016 to discuss what BAMA does and how best we can help, especially with regard to technical input and training. Here’s looking forward to a healthy and prosperous 2016.

Patrick Heskins

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BAMA member Crown Aerosols engineers success through its UK Apprentice Scheme

With an increasing number of employers welcoming apprentices as well as Government support for apprentice schemes, there are more opportunities to get inside some of the most exciting and innovative companies in the country.

One of our member companies, CROWN Aerosols UK, has run a successful Apprenticeship Scheme for the past six years. The objective is to attract highly motivated and capable candidates, encourage ‘home-grown’ expertise and retain talented engineering staff.

Tony Birch (left) Danny Lewis (right)

Tony Birch (left) Danny Lewis (right)

The programme is open to new employees as well as existing Crown staff who are trained in-house to expand basic engineering skills as well as enhance the application of those skills in the workplace. To ensure a well-rounded programme, Crown combines the skills and experience of its own staff along with support from local partner colleges.
Crown Apprentices: Danny Lewis (Aged 24) and Tony Birch (aged 48) both took part in the scheme improving their job prospects and benefiting the company.
Danny’s apprenticeship has run for three and a half years and has included day-release to local colleges to complete external Level 1 and 2 and 3 EAL Diploma in Mechanical Engineering exams. During the apprenticeship, Danny has worked with every department to learn the different skills needed at the Sutton plant. He has recently taken on the role of Can Line Engineer where he is responsible for the smooth running and maintenance of the aerosol line.

Tony Birch applied to be a Crown Apprentice after working with the company for sixteen years. It was a major decision for Tony to apply for the apprenticeship in 2010, as he had a young family and it meant that he leaving his full-time, paid production line job and taking a drop in salary in order to complete the four year course with weekly study leave at College.

Tony was such a good student that he completed the four year course in two and a half years and won the ‘Metals Apprentice of the Year Award’ in 2013 from The Worshipful Company of Tinplate Workers alias Wire Workers. His job now entails making sure the production line runs smoothly: from the welding to checking the quality of the cans, right through to the seams; side striping; cured lacquer and high pressure testing. Completing the apprenticeship has paid off financially as it enabled Tony to earn a higher salary than in his former production line role.

In 2010 Crown won the Social Responsibility category for its Apprentice scheme in the BAMA Awards. These Awards highlight success stories in the aerosols industry, and were created to recognise innovation and continuous improvement in the aerosol sector. For more information on the 2015 Awards visit http://www.bama.co.uk/forum.

BAMA is currently working with Cogent Skills, a training provider, offering BAMA members the expertise in setting up a training/apprenticeship scheme to address your skills shortage. Government funding is available and Cogent can help you access it!

If you are a BAMA member and would like more information, contact Amy Falvey.

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Inclusive design already in evidence for aerosols

Packaging that requires seals to be so tight that they prevent spilling can have the problem that they are hard to open. This is especially true for an ageing population of course, but delivering goods in packaging that is easy for everyone is a valuable goal.

This is where aerosols as a packaging format are so admirable. Aerosols prevent spill and waste yet for most people are easy and quick to operate and deliver just the right amount.

Research by the consumer organisation Which? found that one in five consumers will switch brands if packaging makes it hard to access the contents. So it is incumbent on brand owners to avoid annoyance at best and brand switching at worst.

The European and International Standards for packaging seek to protect the consumer from pack design that is less than perfect. Inclusive Design (ID) where designers build in accessibility and usability without the need for special adaptation or specialised design is now top of the agenda for many FMCG manufacturers and for those who design packaging for them. The British Standards Institute is doing much to encourage packaging design to comply with ease of opening as well as optimal readability of labels.

A good example of this thinking is one of BAMA’s members, Aptar Beauty + Home, which won the Innovation category of the 2014 BAMA Awards for its Runway actuator. So clever is this aerosol trigger accessory that the judges claimed it was: “bordering on revolutionary,” adding: “This brings ease of use for people with restricted movement and for dispensing product in hard-to-reach areas such as one’s back. We foresee a lot of applications.”

Aerosol packaging manufacturers are always considering new means of improvement in this way for what is already a very easy-to-use pack format.

Every 6 months, BAMA publishes a collection of stories about excellence and innovation in aerosol pack design called AEROdynamics. To download the latest copy, click here.

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Details announced for the BAMA Forum 2015

BAMA (the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association), is to hold its annual Forum on 15-16 October 2015. The event will again take place at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. The results of the BAMA Awards will also be announced at a gala dinner to be held on 15th October. Both the event and the Awards are open to all BAMA members.

Now in their seventh year, the BAMA Awards recognise and promote the high standards in the UK aerosol industry and are a valuable way of promoting businesses and so all BAMA members who have launched new products or other innovations are encouraged to enrol entries.
Dominic HollandThis year, entertainment will be provided by Dominic Holland (pictured) who has been invited as the guest comedian at this year’s dinner. One of the country’s most highly regarded comedians, Dominic has enjoyed success as both a stand-up comedian and a writer and is often seen as a panellist on shows including Five's The Wright Stuff, Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Dominic has written for the late Bob Monkhouse, Harry Enfield, Lenny Henry and Clive Anderson, as well as being the author of three novels including the critically acclaimed Only In America.
There will be rewards for BAMA members who enter the Awards and prizes worth a total of £3000 for the companies which are picked as winners or runners-up in two of the Awards’ categories.

Companies engaged in any aspect of the aerosol industry but which are not already members of BAMA, may enter the Awards and attend the Forum and gala dinner as long as they have applied for membership and have their application accepted before 7th September, which is the closing date for Awards entries. Entry forms will be available on the BAMA website shortly.

The Members' rate to attend the two-day event is £199 + VAT which includes lunch, the seminars, the Awards Dinner plus accommodation for one night and breakfast. Non-members may not attend the seminars although BAMA welcomes members to invite guests to the Awards Dinner.

If you are not yet a member and believe your company is eligible for membership contact: amyfalvey@bama.co.uk.

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