As the year draws to a close, BOC has reflected the altruistic spirit of the season by giving back to the community it serves, whilst also launching its 2011 catalogue.

One lucky BOC customer was provided with an early Christmas present when he won an all expenses paid trip to Australia. Dublin based businessman, John Piper entered the competition at his nearby BOC Gas and Gear store on the Ballymun Industrial Estate in Dublin. The promotion encouraged customers to slip into a pair of Steel Blue Safety Boots and enter a free prize draw.

Piper was thrilled to win the competition. He commented, “I feel like the Cinderella of the workplace! The boots fitted perfectly and I won the star prize too - not the hand of a Prince Charming, but better still, a trip to Australia! My wife and I are especially excited about it because our daughter, Susan, and her family live out there. It’ll be an unexpected opportunity to see them - we can’t wait!”

Store Manager, Eoin O’Farrell, highlighted the success of the Steel Blue footwear line as well as the popularity of the promotion. He added, “The footwear has proved to be very popular, and so has the competition. Hundreds of customers tried-on pairs of the safety boots and entered the prize draw. I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t enter!”

BOC, a subsidiary of the Linde Group augmented this goodwill gesture still further, by providing materials and machinery for a welding skills course in the UK. The beneficiary, The Oasis Project, is a community effort aimed to equip underprivileged youths with skills to enhance employability.

Steve Jessop, a course leader for the scheme, decided to offer a more advanced mechanics course and welding skills became the natural choice. He subsequently approached the local BOC store in Thame, where he received crucial backing for the project. He described, “I explained what we were trying to do and also how small the budget was!… BOC offered to provide all the materials and equipment to set-up the course. We really couldn’t have done it without them.”

John Baker, Manager for the BOC Gas and Gear store in Thame was keen to lend a hand. He remarked, “Of the children I grew up with, some succeeded in life but many others didn’t. I’d like these young people to know that it is possible to get on in life, whatever the difficulties facing you.”

Looking ahead: An eye on safety in 2011

BOC recently released its New Year Safety Products Catalogue.

The 2011 guide displays some 500 new Personal Protective Equipment lines which includes G-Tecta portable gas detectors and Ryval welding helmets. BOC Marketing Executive, Caroline Sams, explained, “The new version has a host of additional features to help customers get the best out of the catalogue.”