How To Set Up a Bottled Water Company In London

How To Set Up a Bottled Water Company In London
Master the steps to set up a bottled water company in London successfully.

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The bottled water company deals with the production and sale of bottled water. The type of water could be natural mineral water, spring water, or purified water.
The natural mineral water must come from a named underground source. Coupled with about two years of testing to prove its chemistry is stable. Also, check for seasonal variation. The natural mineral water does not undergo treatment. Treatment would alter its natural character. Although filtered, the water to aid removes unstable elements. Use carbon dioxide to get sparkled water if needed.

The spring water also has close quality standards as natural mineral water. It must again come from a named underground source. The only main difference is that you treat spring water under strict guidelines.
The purified water is water that has undergone mechanical filtration. The source is not essential. The water is treated to ensure it is at the prescribed quality standards.
London is famous for its excellent economy. She has one of the best economies in Europe. Starting a bottled water company in London is an excellent idea since the city is very populated.
N.B: Starting a bottled water company is not as easy as a common man would think. It requires a level of intelligence in this aspect. I tell getting some information before venturing into the business. The cost will also come up during the business’s start and process, so the capital must be ready.

How To Set Up a Bottled Water Company In London

01.

What Does a Business Plan Template Consist of?

STEP 1: Feasibility Studies and Market Research

For a bottled water plant to be established, you need to find out what’s involved. It would help if you carried out market research for full knowledge. You may need an expert in the field due to how hard it is to set up a bottled water company. The result of your research will give an idea of what to expect and the type of bottled water to produce. Research can also help in your pricing strategy.

STEP 2: Write a Bottled Water Business Plan.

After the feasibility studies, write a business plan based on your discoveries. The business plan would contain details on how to run the bottled water plant. The planning stage is crucial. Most especially, if you want to raise funds from investors, your business plan should contain important information. They include an executive summary, financial projections, marketing strategy, operational strategy.
Management team details, legal details, and location analysis are also important.
A well-planned business plan is necessary for a successful business. It will help in figuring out the details of your business and discover some unknown. During planning somethings are being considered, which are;

  • How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of starting a bottled water plant varies. Though, to make some returns on investment, a bottled water plant needs to be a specific size. The cost might also go with the location change. Besides, for a primary bottled water plant, you should have about two million Euros. You can also buy a bottled water plant might also instead of starting one from scratch.

  • Expenses During Business

Ongoing expenses are extensive. The maintenance of the plant can cost tens of thousands of dollars per year for a small plant. The cost of maintenance increases with the size of the plant. The cost of utility will also be a hike due to the process of purifying and bottling water. Labor costs will also be high. Employees will expect a full-time salary, plus other necessary benefits.

  • The Target Market

Customers are usually commercial bodies like grocery stores. Yet, some small companies also sell straight to the final consumers.

  • How Is Money Made?

By charging the customers for processing and bottling drinkable water.

  • How Much Money Is Charged?

If the bottled water is being sold to the grocery store, it goes for about 1euro per bottle. You can also charge per truckload instead of per bottle.

  • How Much Profit Is Being Made?

Profits can be about 100% to 500%.

  • Making Your Business More Profitable

This will come alive by entering shallow markets. They include; flavored bottled water, spring water, and mineral water. You might also decide to specialize in a particular aspect of production.

  • Naming the Business
 Choosing the right name is a crucial step to a successful business. Remember to choose a catchy name, as this will help the company’s progress. If you look to start a bottled water company and do not yet have a name in mind. You could read the article on this website: http://howtostartanllc.com/how-to-name-your-business

STEP 3: Get the Necessary License and Business Permit

A central body regulates all bottled water plants in the United Kingdom (London). The food standards agency carries out a regulatory role in the bottled water industry.

You have to meet specific standards before you can start a bottled water business. You must ensure that the water quality is top-notch. Bottling and acceptable treatment standards are also very vital. Suppose you have decided to sell natural mineral water. You must go through a lengthy procedure through the local authority. I recommend you consult your local authority. You should also see an experienced hydrogeological consultant. 

Getting building and planning permission is necessary for bottling. Note: You must bottle Natural drinking water and spring mineral water at the source. You cannot transport elsewhere for bottling. You will also need a water abstraction license from the EA/NRW. You should engage a hydrogeological consultant. Experience in feasibility, source construction, and licensing processes is vital. If the consultant can also water testing and recognition, it is an added benefit. See https://howtostartanllc.com/business-ideas/bottled-water for more details on permits.

Note: Failure to get them leads to fines, and in worst cases, shut down of business. Follow the links to read more details: 
http://www.wqpmag.com/getting-started-bottled-water-business-licensing-labeling.
https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/business-licenses-permits/state-licenses-permits.

STEP 4: Find A Bottle Supplier.

Finding a bottle supplier is essential. The bottle supplier has to be reliable and suitable for the supplier. You must make sure the bottle supplier is a member of the IBWA. i.e. (International Bottled Water Association). It would help if you also considered signing up for a membership with them.

STEP 5: Look for A Suitable Location.

You have to secure a hygienic and strategic building. You must make sure you get a separate area for offices and production area. It would help if you considered the following when selecting a location.

Nearness to The Marketplace: The closer the bottled water plant is to the marketplace, the better it is. It makes it easier to supply the market. 

Water Availability: The availability of water plays a key role. Accessible water should be clean and drinkable water.

Road Accessibility: The closer the road is, the better the location. You must consider a site with an excellent highway before one with a bad road.

Steady Power Supply: A stable power supply is also essential in a modern-day bottling plant. Since automated machines are prevalent, you need power always.

There are other factors you must consider before selecting a location. 

See https://www.thebalancesmb.com/choosing-a-retail-store-location-2890245 for further details.

STEP 6: Get the Necessary Equipment.

You could do this in two ways. Either get them on HP or a long-term lease, especially if you don’t have enough funds. Examples of equipment needed are:

  • Alternative power supply (Generator)
  • Storage tanks (PVC recommended)
  • Conveyors
  • Sealers
  • Bottle loaders
  • Water sterilizers
  • Water dispensers
  • Trucks for distribution

STEP 7: Hire Employees and Start Operation

The bottled water business is tricky and is not done by one person alone. You would need to hire and train new employees. Recruitment is to ensure adequate output and the success of the business. You must make sure it follows the employment laws of the United Kingdom (London).

STEP 8: Marketing Ideas for A Bottled Water Production Company

  • Organize a product launch. The launch will give you the awareness needed. 
  • Be cautious in the selection of a product design and package for your bottles.
  • Choose a catchy and memorable name for your bottled water.
  • Talk to retailers; encourage them to sell your product.
  • Advertise the bottled water on mass media.
  • Connect with your customers on social media. 
  • Go in for billboard or outdoor advertising. Ensure the billboards are in strategic positions such as highways, commercial areas, etc.

 

STEP 9: Business Insurance

This protects the financial wellbeing of your company. In other words, it protects against risks.

STEP 10: Define the Brand

Your brand has to start in a way to stand out from others. This will help your company beat competitors. Promotion of the brand through marketing, advertisement, and distribution is essential.
N.B – To beat out the competition, make sure you’re competitive on pricing, and meet deadlines.

STEP 11: Web Presence

The right web presence helps your customers know more about you. Services provided and how you can communicate with the customer.

02.

What Happens in A Bottled Water Plant?

I would also like to enlighten you on what happens daily in a bottled water production company. This depends on the type of plant run. There are many different ways of processing bottled water. Springwater is the most common, and it’s gotten from an underground formation. It flows natch to the earth’s surface. Purified drinking water is being processed to remove chlorine and other contaminants.
N.B: Unless you run a public water source, where your water is coming, you don’t have to disclose the source.
This includes bringing water from an outside source and bottling it. During this process, there are many intermediary steps. Part of which is sanitizing the containers and preparing bottles. Preparing and filtering the water and prepping up the packaging materials.
A business mentor is also recommended for a newbie in the bottling business. The mentor helps to guide the manufacturer on the proper running of the business. During rough times, a support network will help. So, be well connected.
N.B- Before venturing into the business, find time to gather information on it. Get a good and stable water source, talk to persons who know about it and get your capital ready.

03.

Equipment Needed

There is some essential equipment in every plant. They are the fire extinguisher, blankets and sand buckets to help during an emergency. Moving forward, the required machinery is usually divided into sections. I’ll write about them below.

1: The Water Treatment Equipment

  • RO (Reversed Osmosis) filter systems
  • Activated carbon filter
  • Quartz sand filter
  • Softener
  • Ultra-Violet (UV) sterilizer
  • Ozone sterilizer

2: The Bottling Equipment

These include a series of machines or plants you use to fill bottles in the beverage industry. It does not matter what size your business is. The bottling process always requires some necessary steps. Each of them with a specific machine to perform it. They consist of;
  • Rinsing machine.
  • Filling machine.
  • Capping machines.

3: Labelling & Packaging Equipment

They include:

  • Bottle labelling machine
  • Bottle shrink wrapmachine

4: Plastic Packaging Material:

This includes:

  • Bottles
  • Caps
  • Labels

5: Lab Devices

The following are some other types of water quality testing equipment. That can help you determine water quality based on what you want to measure.

Colorimeters

Technicians use it to determine the solution’s concentration. By measuring light at a specific wavelength. We usually use them to test total or free chlorine concentration in different places:

  • drinking water, 
  • pool and spa applications, 
  • industrial wastewater treatment plants, 
  • paper, 
  • and other industries.

Colorimeters can also measure various parameters. Such as fluoride, nitrate, nitrite, sulfate, and phosphorus. Today’s colorimeters provide quick readings on a digital display. Eliminating guesswork in water quality analysis.

Dissolved oxygen (DO) meters

Dissolved oxygen meters make field testing easy. It helps measure gaseous oxygen in a water-an an essential element for good water quality. DO meters come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and price points. Benchtop meters are best suited for laboratory analysis. In contrast, portable meters ease field measurements. Some DO meters are single-parameter devices. Others are multi-parameter devices. That can measure dissolved oxygen, pH, ion-selective electrodes (ISE), and conductivity. The Environmental Protection Agency should approve dissolved oxygen meters that meet wastewater standards. The most advanced of these water analysis instruments offer multiple language options. They can store transferable data for multiple users as well as test parameters and results.

ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) meters

ORP meters indicate the extent to which one substance can oxidize or reduce another substance. Applications include food preparation and swimming pools, wastewater and aquaculture management. The more pollutants in the water, the less dissolved oxygen. Thus, the lower the ORP level. A higher ORP value indicates that the water can better destroy foreign contaminants. Such as microorganisms or carbon-based contaminants. Like other testing equipment, ORP meters are available in single-parameter and multi-parameter types. Some meters can measure pH, total dissolved solids (TDS), salt, and ORP. Some single-parameter ORP meters use compact, convenient, and inexpensive designs. While others are pocket-sized. Some of these pocket-sized meters have multi-parameter applications. ORP meters typically display 

  • on-screen instructions, 
  • data storage, 
  • recall functions, 
  • and interchangeable electrodes and sensors. 

Snap-on/snap-off sensor modules are features to consider. Because it does not need tools to replace defective parts.

PH Meters

PH meters and testers can determine the acidity and alkalinity of aqueous solutions. Applications for pH meters include 

  • boiler, 
  • cooling, 
  • drinking water, 
  • pool, 
  • wastewater testing, 
  • control, 
  • and treatment. 

Some multi-parameter water quality testing instruments that measure ORP, TDS, and salt. Also include pH testers. Others have special features, such as measuring the pH of coolants. A handheld stick pH meter is ideal for field measurements. These smaller water quality measurement devices contain a memory. That can read multiple readings. So that you can track their changes over time. Benchtop pH testers provide budget-friendly pH analyses in the lab. And feature larger screens, more sophisticated setup menus, and larger memories.

Salinity meter

The salinity meter allows you to measure water salinity in various environments:

  • aquariums, 
  • food processing, 
  • and swimming pools. 

The device can measure the amount of alkali metal or magnesium salts in a water sample. Salinity meters often include other built-in testing features. One type combines salinity testing with 

  • pH, 
  • redox potential (ORP), 
  • conductivity, 
  • and total dissolved solids (TDS) measurements. 

Other handheld salinity meters typically include 

  • LCD, 
  • automatic temperature compensation, 
  • waterproof design, 
  • and push-button operation. 

Some offer two calibration modes: 

  • an automatic mode with preset calibration points, 
  • and manual modes, allowing users to set custom calibration points. 

Salinity meters offer different test ranges, from 0 to 50 parts per thousand (ppt) to 0 to 80 ppt. You should choose the water quality test product that suits your specific needs.

6: Optional Equipment

These are the materials needed for special purposes in the bottled water plant. They include the:
  • Bottle blow moulding machine
  • Laser code printer
  • Pallet wrapping machine

N.B: A bottled water production plant will need to have an effective means of communication. You can get some landlines to help with this. Furthermore, acquiring trucks for transportation. Maintaining good hygiene in the bottled water production plant is necessary. Do well to get sanitizers. For any more questions about a successful business plan, welcome to contact us by here.

Please click below to watch the production process of bottled water production.

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John Lau.

John Lau, oversea project manager, an engineering graduate with expertise in optimizing beverage production equipment during his university studies, is now at the helm of global projects in the industry. Committed to educating clients on the benefits of customized equipment solutions that notably boost operational efficiency, Lau views this specialization in tailoring bottling machines as a key facet of his professional commitment.

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