The Story of Blue Flame – By Paul Smith

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Monday 10th October 1988: This was a Monday morning both Mark Bolitho (fellow Blue Flame co-founder) and I entered the British Gas offices in Newham, Truro to a very cold welcome. “See me in my office,” demanded the District Service Manager. We walked through the office under the gaze of the full operational control team… Read more »

The Blue Flame Start Up Story – 30 Years On

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FROM MONDAY 17th OF OCTOBER to  WEDNESDAY 17th OCTOBER 2018 – 30 Years On   In a nut shell… We worked in the day at the self-build site until our van arrived and then started to work with our customers. We developed our apprenticeship programme in 1992 and the majority of our colleagues and staff… Read more »

The Blue Flame Start Up Story – 2 & 1 Days to go!

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Self-build days The self-build scheme was a project where individual tradesmen formed a company and built their own houses. Our project was by the fire station on Trescobeas Road, Falmouth . Our commitments extended to 10 hours each day on site on Saturdays and Sundays plus two hours every night. Mark also took on the Chairman’s role… Read more »

The Blue Flame Start Up Story – 4 Days to Go!

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Thursday 13th of October 1988 This day we were left on our own to contemplate our future. On completion of the day whilst unloading the van back at the Newham depot the District Manager (the big boss) pulled up alongside us and gave us a piece of his mind. This was something we expected to be… Read more »

The Blue Flame Start Up Story – 5 Days to Go!

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Wednesday 12th October 1988 Margaret the showroom sales manager summoned us to the showrooms in Falmouth’s Arwenack Street. Margaret was a matriarchal figure for us as young apprentices. She was the person who could always work out if you were struggling or upset about anything and had a very good knack of working out how to… Read more »

The Blue Flame Start Up Story – 6 Days to Go!

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Tuesday 11th October 1988 Mark and I arrived at the Newham British Gas depot where the news of our pending departure had been gathering pace. We were inundated with colleagues who were concerned about our decision to leave the Gas Board (as it was affectionately known). An engineer from the Redruth depot who had left… Read more »

The Blue Flame Start Up Story – 7 Days to Go!

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Monday 10th October 1988: This was a Monday morning both Mark Bolitho (fellow Blue Flame co-founder) and I entered the British Gas offices in Newham, Truro to a very cold welcome. “See me in my office,” demanded the District Service Manager. We walked through the office under the gaze of the full operational control team… Read more »

Award Nominations for Cornish Collaborative Project

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We’re excited that a project we worked on to provide affordable warmth to 48 sheltered homes in Cornwall has been shortlisted for a national award. We worked alongside Coastline Housing and Kensa Contracting on an innovative a district ground source heat pump pilot project to support older and vulnerable customers. Using Kensa’s innovative Shoebox heat… Read more »