Andy and Sue Ruddy are flying high as the winners of BOC Sureserve's Safe Cellar Award 2009.
Their prize of £2,000 in Virgin Holidays travel vouchers was presented to them on Thursday 26 February by Sureserve Area Manager Mark Wheelhouse.
The prize is designed to reward safe cellar operation, particularly in regard to use and storage of compressed gases. Entrants had to answer 10 multiple choice safety questions and complete a 25 word tie-breaker about what makes a safe cellar. The 10 outlets which supplied the highest number of correct answers and the best tie-breakers were then surveyed by a BOC technical expert in order to decide the final winner.
Andy and Sue own the Ruddy Duck pub in Peakirk near Peterborough - it has had that name since the 1960s though the Ruddys only took it over in 2004. On receiving the award, they admitted they were "over the moon". The competition had involved hard work but the process had made them even more aware of the need for care when working in the cellar. Said Andy: "It's certainly made me look even more carefully at the details of safety guidance and regulations. We've reviewed our training for staff in this area as well to make sure that everyone knows what is required for safe working."
The award is part of a wider campaign by BOC, a member of the Linde Group, to raise awareness of the dangers associated with drinks dispense gases, nitrogen and CO2.
Mark Wheelhouse said: "The BOC Sureserve Safe Cellar Award is about raising awareness of safety with drinks dispense gases and setting a safety benchmark, especially for those licensees new to the trade. There is a need for greater vigilance in the trade - both nitrogen and CO2 are hospitality 'staples' and yet many licensees are seemingly unaware of the dangers and of what safety measures are needed to prevent an incident in the cellar."
BOC Sureserve is a trading name used in the UK by BOC. It is the leading provider of dispensing gases to the UK hospitality market, providing a comprehensive 'one stop' service to over 53,000 licensed outlets - mainly bars, pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants and leisure outlets throughout the UK.
BOC is a member of The Linde Group. An industrial and speciality gases provider, the company supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment.
For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in many areas of everyday life, and industries including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care.
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with more than 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2007 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.3 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based and sustainable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group web site at www.linde.com