National Coffee Day

Ooops! Missed National Coffee Day!

Douwe Egberts
Oh Dear,
we missed National Coffee Day.

It’s being celebrated the world over.

Still, better late than never.

Why not have an extra cup of coffee today to make up for it?




As a matter of coincidence, over the weekend,  we started our own free coffee promotion for our first time business customers.


Free Coffee Refills

But, don’t wait too long to take advantage of it.

We reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time.

Do I have to provide drinking water?

Do I need to provide drinking water for my staff?

Drinking water machine

Can’t I just ask my staff to fetch their own bottled water in to work, and save myself the hassle of one of those water machines? They always seem to need refilling with those big replacement bottles!

The Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 places obligations on you for the provision of drinking water for your workers.

Regulation 22 says:

1. An adequate supply of wholesome drinking water shall be provided for all persons at work in the workplace.

2. Every supply of drinking water required by paragraph (1) shall –
(a) be readily accessible at suitable places; and
(b) be conspicuously marked by an appropriate sign where necessary for reasons of health or safety.

3. Where a supply of drinking water is required by paragraph (1), there shall also be provided a sufficient number of suitable cups or other drinking vessels unless the supply of drinking water is in a jet from which persons can drink easily.

So, there you have it!
Yes, you must provide your workers with decent drinking water.

To avoid the large bottled water dispensers filling up your offices, you could just provide a sink area with a tap…

But, rather than just supplying a tap, why not go the extra mile for your workers and supply something a little better.

One of the best ways to do this is by having a good quality water chiller machine installed, plumbed straight from the mains supply along with a filter.
Your staff will love the clean fresh taste of chilled filtered water.

And while you’re at it, why not install a hot drink vending machine?

Cost shouldn’t be an issue… Nowadays, these machines can finance themselves.

Call us or get in touch to ask how.

Free Vending Machines

Free Vending Machinesfree vending machine

If you’ve been looking around at different options for vending machines, you’ve no doubt come across the “Free Vending Machine” offers from various suppliers.



You’ll have seen things like…

  •     “We offer cost-free snack and drink vending machines.”

  •     “We offer a free vending machine to all our customers.”

  •     “All our vending machines are supplied on a cost-free basis.”

  •     “Our aim is to provide the equipment on a Free Of Charge basis.”

  •     “Free Vending Machines with no rentals or management fees to pay.”

  •     “FREE Equipment.”

  •     “Free Loan Equipment for all customers.”

  •     “We effectively offer our machines on a free of charge basis.”

  •     “We have supplied free drink machines to many businesses.”

  •     “We supply your free coffee machine along with the best coffee.”

  •     “A free coffee machine will boost the morale of your employees.”

Apparently, they’re all FREE, FREE, FREE!
But are they really?
Of course not!

If you look carefully at these type of deals, you’ll usually find something like this…


*Subject to Agreed Minimum Vend Levels

“In order to service and maintain your machine on a free* basis, you must agree to minimum usage levels. If you do not reach the agreed usage level, you will be charged the difference between your usage level and the agreed usage level.”

And there’s the kicker.

Your FREE vending machine actually… isn’t!

You must buy a minimum amount of products to qualify for your “free” machine.

If not, you’ll have charges to pay!

Your “free” machine is actually financed by inflating the price of the refills, normally by around 50% or more. AND you’ll have to sign up to buy products for at least a year or longer.

Here at Red Hot Vending, we don’t work like that.

Why pay 50% extra mark-up on your refill products? Just ask us and we’ll arrange for you to OWN a top quality vending machine and pay LOW prices for your refills.

Another advantage is that unlike the “free” machine agreements you won’t be required to keep buying your refills from us. If you find refills at a cheaper price elsewhere (highly unlikely) just go ahead and buy them.

Call us on free-phone 0800 413559 or Contact us.

Save money, get a vending machine.

Save money with a vending machine in your business.

Employees waste your hours and your money making drinks.

Employees can and will stand around for hours in the office during the working week… making drinks.

You could designate an office junior for this task, which will cut down on the general chit- chat around the kettle or kitchen area, but even at minimum wage rates your losses could run into hundreds of pounds every month.

You must act now to save money!

It’s a fairly straightforward message…

With our vending machines starting at only 75p a day and the cheapest refills on the market, it’s a complete no brainer to save money and buy a vending machine from Red Hot Vending…


Or, call us on 0800 413559

Not sure about which type of machine you need? Click here.

Save money with vending machines

In Cup or Automatic? Which drinks machine is right for me?

How to choose the right vending machine for your cup drinks machine

When you decide to install a vending machine, there are a number of things to consider.
When you begin to look around, it might well seem that there is a huge variety of hot drink vending machines, all designed for different situations.
Well, don’t panic! We can actually reduce your choice somewhat to two basic types…      In cup machines and automatic machines.

In cup Machines.

In cup vending machines dispense cups with the ingredients already inside the disposable cup, hence the name “in cup”. All the user needs to do is add the hot water. In cup machines range in size from table top models holding as few as 200 cups such as the “Mini Carousel“, all the way up to machines like the “Style 5” which can hold several hundred cups with multiple selections.

Some table top machines contain a water tank which is filled manually. Useful if there is no
plumbed water supply at hand.
Larger machines are usually plumbed in to a permanent water supply.

The “Style 5” is a good example of an in cup machine.

In cup machines are:

Extremely convenient.
Simple to maintain and restock.
Very easy to clean.
Relatively inexpensive.

In cup drink machines do have disadvantages:

Fixed drink strength.
Higher cost per cup.

Automatic Machines.

With these machines, the ingredients are stored in canisters and each drink is freshly made as required. They range in size from the table top models with 3 canisters to large machines holding multiple canisters.
These machines are invariably plumbed in to a permanent water supply.

The “Roma” is a good example of an automatic machine.

Advantages of automatic machines:

Wide range of selections.
Variable drink strength.
Relatively low cost per cup.


Complex to maintain.
Thorough cleaning takes time.
Relatively expensive.

So the basic rule of thumb is…

For total convenience and easy cleaning, choose an in cup drinks machine.

If you need more options and / or more control, go for an automatic machine. Just remember to draw up a rota for machine cleaning!

All these machines can be either free vend or fitted with a coin pay mechanism. Pay models with coin mechanisms can normally be switched to free vend. Nowadays, there is also the option of cashless systems.

This is a very brief summary of the types of hot drink vending machines available. Call or contact us for further free advice.

Finding a vending machines provider isn’t difficult, but make sure you use an established
company like Red Hot Vending, we’ve been around since 1990.

For free impartial advice on machines most likely to match your needs just call us.       0800 413559

We also sell in cup and bulk vending products you’ll need  for your in cup and automatic machine at highly competitive prices.Contact us