About Us

Automatic Refreshments is one of the leading independently owned vending and coffee machine suppliers and operator in the Midlands & South Yorkshire. Founded over a decade ago by a team with years of experience in the vending industry, our sole aim is to deliver all the benefits of ‘big business vending’ with a local touch by people who care.


We provide tailor made vending solutions to hundreds of customers across the UK. We lease and sell a huge selection of vending & coffee machines to vend pretty much anything.

We also provide a fully managed operating vending service as well as a wholesale ingredients business providing vending supplies for customers who self fill their machines. We deal with all kinds of industries, from small offices to large multi site warehouses. We listen to each customers individual needs and suggest a solution that’s right for them.

our beginning

Automatic Refreshments was founded in 2007 by Adam Bates, Alison McKenna and Allan Sperry who had all worked for big multi national vending companies. Fed up with falling service standards they decided that customers deserved better and set out to create a vending company with a difference, delivering on the promises made to customers.

our location

We’ve been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire since the very beginning – we find that the easy access to the motorways from this location allows us to get our operators and engineers quickly to our customers across the Midlands & South Yorkshire. In 2017 we opened up a second warehouse location in Riddings, Derbyshire.


Our awesome team is what makes us stand out from the rest! Many of our team have been with us since the beginning and have years of experience & industry knowledge under their belts. Every great cup of coffee starts with the hard working team, from the engineers who prep the machine to the warehouse team who pick the goods to the great team of operators who keep our machines filled, cleaned and ready to use and everybody behind the scenes in the offices – we make the best team of people who love providing great service to our customers.

our brands

Being independent means we have free choice over which brands we stock in our machines and which vending machine manufacturers we buy from. Want both Coca Cola and Pepsi products in your machine? no problem! We keep our machines stocked with brands you, your staff and your customers will love, plus we’re always on the lookout for new offerings, so keep your eyes peeled for the latest products in your machines. View our brands page to see some of the brands we work with.

our customers

We love our customers, many have been with us since the very beginning. We’ve worked with small customers right the way through to large multinationals providing tailor made vending solutions to each individual site. We’ve also worked with some names you might have heard of!