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5 of the Most Christmassy Pubs

Christmas spirit is in full flow so we’ve taken a look back at some of the most Christmassy pubs over the years to give you some festive inspiration. 

1. The Queen Victoria Inn, Somerset

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5 Minutes With Our Technical Director Kevin

To mark Kevin’s birthday and his 14th year working for The Rudd Group we have conducted a little Q&A to find out a little more about the man himself!

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The Rudd Group Launch

Hello! We wanted to share the exciting news that we have now created The Rudd Group to encompass all of our entities; Bob Rudd, Innstay UK Ltd and Clear Cool.

We’ve grown a great deal in the last few years and wanted to acknowledge this by creating clarity and distinction between each sector. Check out the new logo:

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Incase you didn’t know we operate three organisations:

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Bob Rudd – gaming and amusement machine suppliers

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Innstay – suppliers of innovative technology including EPoS, music systems and security solutions

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Clear Cool – suppliers of ice makers, glass washers and bottle coolers on a rental or purchase basis

If you would like any more info on the above please give us a call on 0800 7311 026 or contact us.

Bob Rudd Hosts Elderly at Christmas

We had a great time working with the charity Contact the Elderly to reach out to lonely people in our area at Christmas.

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Warrington Has Moved

As you may know we recently moved our Warrington depot to a bigger location in Wigan. Please see below the reasons why we made the move:

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As we have now increased office space we would like to invite our customers to use our Wigan depot as a meeting space. Please just give Bernie a call on 07808 627152 to arrange.

 

We’re ready for the Bank of England changes

We’re pleased to announce we are on track with our adjustments for the new polymer note and £1 coin to be released by the Bank of England. Read all about it here!

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The Year So Far

Here’s a great article from the Newcastle Journal all about our successes over the past year:

Newcastle gaming machine firm Bob Rudd enjoys strong year with founder’s son as new MD

 

Recent successes at the Newcastle firm include six figure contract with plc that had never previously used regional operators

 

A Newcastle firm that supplies gaming machines throughout the entire UK has enjoyed a string of successes since has its founder’s son took over as managing director in May last year.

Nick Rudd, previously operations and marketing director at Bob Rudd Gaming & Amusement Machines, has completed a management buy-out of the company to become the main shareholder, after his father Bob stepped down from the top role to take up chairmanship of the business.

Soon after the changes were initiated, the firm won a contract to become the sole supplier for 30 Harnser Inns pubs, and another with the Archdiocese of Liverpool to supply social clubs with 200 items.

Since then a host of high profile work has come its way including:

* a six-figure, three-year contract involving around 160 machines with a major plc that had never before used a regional operator;

* a 50% volume increase in its supply to Daniel Thwaites, equating to an additional 40 pubs;

* an increased holding with JD Wetherspoon; and

* the sole supply of 35 Enjoy Pubs sites.

“It’s been a busy time – and challenging,” Nick Rudd said of his time at the top so far.

“But being involved in all aspects of the business and being the ultimate decision maker has been interesting.

“It’s been pleasing to see all the work that we’ve won as well as the growth of our existing contracts. We’re improving our operations all the time and continuing to innovate.”

The company, which was established in 1989 and supplies fruit machines, jukeboxes, quiz machines and pool tables, also increased its staff headcount slightly from 120 to 125.

Among those to join was Charlotte Rudd, Mr Rudd’s sister, who has taken up the role of HR director, helping introduce a more “proactive” approach to that aspect of the business.

The company, which has five UK locations, closed its Newark depot to relocate to Nottingham, giving its additional space and a larger, improved catchment area, with easier access to places such as Lancashire.

Improved online presence and social media has also been a running theme, both within Bob Rudd itself and through its sister company Innstay, which was established two-and-a-half years ago.

The latter’s product portfolio is based around attracting customers into pubs, keeping them there for longer periods and encouraging them to return.

Among its offerings are pub entertainment systems, push button games, managed wifi solutions and a new social media management product.

“Going forward, we’re looking at stability,” Mr Rudd said.

“It’s been a busy work and we want to embed the results of that properly and make sure we’re operationally aligned.

“But we are also hoping to bring out a new product range that isn’t gaming and amusement equipment-based but fits well within our infrastructure.”

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