BOC has teamed up with fuel gas supplier Calor to provide a range of patio equipment to boost pub sales from outdoor dining. The extended range include top of the range heaters and barbecues.

The original range launched in 2004 has been extended to help boost customers’ turnover and to meet the growing demand in the trade for safe, high quality patio equipment.

According to BOC Sureflow, exploiting the trend for outdoor dining on cooler evenings could increase pub and restaurant sales as much as 25 per cent.

Paul Porter, landlord of the Fox Inn, Oxfordshire, said: “Installing patio heaters has made a real difference to our business with customers now definitely drawn to our outdoor dining area.

“Like many country pubs throughout the UK, the Fox Inn relies heavily on the weekend trade and the addition of patio equipment has helped increase turnover from Friday through to Sunday by an extra 25 per cent.”

According to survey by Calor, the trend for outdoor dining is now well established in the UK with 95 per cent of pub and restaurant customers. The same survey showed that 76 per cent of customers would more readily return to a pub that had patio heaters in the beer garden than one that did not.

1000 people were interviewed in a survey carried out by Calor.

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