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Catering for the boardroom

The modern day facilities manager is busier than ever, but catering for meetings and setting up the boardroom is still part of the daily routine for many, one which could be made vastly more efficient with modern equipment.

Providing refreshing beverages to hydrate staff and guests during meetings can help with concentration and brain activity, resulting in more productive meetings.

Harried facilities managers do not have time to stand around waiting for the kettle to boil, or unpacking crates of plastic bottles, and that is where Vivreau comes in. Vivreau has been changing the way drinking water is sourced for over 25 years, paving the way for sustainable drinking water, with efficiency in mind every step of the way.

One particularly time saving and efficient solution is the ViTap, which dispenses mains-fed filtered chilled still, sparkling and instant boiling hot water from one single tap with a touch sensor control and zero splash. This time saving piece of equipment can produce up to four cups of instant boiling hot water per minute, so facilities managers can spend less time hovering over the kettle and more time on important tasks. There is even an intelligent safety feature on the ViTap which prevents boiling water from being dispensed by accident.

Stephen Charles, Managing Director of Vivreau is extremely proud of the award winning ViTap: “The ViTap has been specifically designed to improve efficiency and sustainability in busy offices. The ViTap is capable of delivering high volumes of drinking water, perfect for big meetings with lots of thirsty delegates. The ViTap also has a built-in ice bank which keeps water chilled below four degrees, saving time as it is instantly ready for use. As the ViTap filters at source, it reduces a company’s carbon footprint significantly, in comparison to buying in pre-bottled water.”

John Haskell, Contracts Manager at Springer Nature commented: “I would say that the ViTap system is one of the most used items of equipment that we have on the premises. With the proximity of the ViTap, staff are constantly topping up their bottles and taking them back to their desks, so they rehydrate on a regular basis.”

Vivreau’s reusable Designer glass bottles are a brilliant way to strengthen a brand where it matters most – in the boardroom, by displaying a logo and carbon footprint message on the bottle. Designer glass bottles are conveniently available in two sizes and the 750ml bottles are perfectly suited to any boardroom set up. For a more personal touch, Vivreau also offers 425ml bottles which can be offered to each attendee. Adding slices of fruit and ice make filtered water even more appealing and will delight health conscious clients and guests.

Facilities managers play a key role in sustainability, deciding on which equipment is used and how it is sourced. When it comes to water, not only is road transportation creating congestion and pollution, but there is also the issue surrounding glass and plastic packaging waste. Although recycling facilities are available, re-using will always be more efficient than recycling and will provide an immediate and dramatic impact on carbon footprint. On top of that, it is worth noting how much time is wasted processing deliveries and organising waste produced.

Leading the way for environmentally friendly initiatives is San Francisco, having just passed a new law to ban the use of single use plastic bottles in the city. The Canadian city of Montreal isn’t far behind either; the Mayor is also considering a ban on plastic bottles.

This emerging trend is already in practise in many national parks including the Grand Canyon and could be heading to the UK; there has therefore never been a better time to be proactive and ‘go green’ by introducing a new sustainable hydration solution for the boardroom.

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