Meet The Founders
Jonny Holmes and Dave Berman first met whilst studying at University in Manchester in the mid-1990s. They talked then about setting up their own business, even developing their own model depicting the key ingredients to business success.
Only after spending a number of years working as management consultants did they finally take the plunge and decide the time had come to start up their own business. The rest is now history!
How We Started
Our founders, Jonny Holmes and Dave Berman, travelled a lot in their previous jobs, staying in mid-range hotels, with no concierge service. If they had forgotten something for their overnight stay – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, for example – they’d usually need to leave their hotel and walk to a local store to buy it.
Inspired by the success and popularity of vending in countries like Japan and the USA, they came up with the idea of using vending machines in hotels to sell those essential, often forgotten items – just like a mechanical concierge.
Jonny and Dave also aimed to change the slightly negative perceptions associated with UK vending historically: empty or broken machines, which were more likely to swallow your cash than dispense any products.
So in 2004, they channelled their passion for doing things well – and differently – and created VendEase.
What We Do
VendEase supplies vending machines to UK businesses, mainly in London and the South East of England. We use machines which we have adapted to sell more than 130 different types of products.
All VendEase machines are fitted with telemetry, which enables real-time monitoring of stock levels and the machine’s status.
All VendEase machines have ‘safe vend’ technology, so customers can be assured ofsecure financial transactions with both cash and card payments.
And all VendEase machines are sleek, robust and reliable, fitting discreetly into any working environment.
Vending is convenient and cost-effective. Your customers can buy what they want, when they need it, leaving your staff to focus on their primary roles. Great for your customers, great for your business!
At VendEase, providing service excellence underpins everything that we do. We have the greatest respect for you, our customer, so we will always respond to your needs promptly and proactively, maintaining and re-stocking your machines quickly and efficiently.
Reliable and professional, we approach vending with a creative, open mind –
our mission is always to find the perfect vending solution for you.
VendEase is founded by Jonny Holmes and Dave Berman.
Inspired by the success and popularity of vending globally, Jonny and Dave decide to bring UK vending into the 21st Century by providing high quality, high-tech machines selling a wide range of products.
VendEase starts a trial with machines selling ‘last minute’ items – toiletries and travel accessories - in mid-tier London hotels.
The trial is successful and a roll-out begins into some of the world’s leading hotel chains, including Hilton and Holiday Inn.
VendEase is awarded the vending contracts for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) offices and for the construction phase of the Olympic Park and the Athletes’ Village.
Following the success of the Olympics, VendEase continues to expand into the construction sector providing a valued service on busy sites, working with many of the leading players including Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall.
VendEase continues to expand into different sectors and develop new offerings, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) machines into factories and ice cream and ice cube vending machines in Central London hotels.