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Countdown to Commonwealth Games

commonwealth-games-2014-logo-vectorThe Commonwealth Games kick off on 23rd July in Glasgow with 71 nations from six different continents competing for glory as 2014’s summer of sport continues.

The iconic Celtic Park will host the opening ceremony and as I write, one of the biggest names in sport has confirmed his attendance. Yes, the power that is Usain Bolt is ready for the Commonwealth Games, despite having suffered from a recent foot injury.

Although for those who love to see a successful team in action in the relay, the bad news is that teammate Yohan Blake will not be attending.

Relying on Teamwork

Talking of teams in action (did you spot the subtle link there?), have you had your Rational oven service yet? If you are involved in the catering industry and have a Rational oven, then take heed.

The oven, as any good chef or business owner will tell you, is potentially one of the biggest investments you can make in a kitchen, and like any other commodity, it needs to be serviced and maintained.

The majority of us drive cars: and the majority of us have suffered the trauma and sheer panic when it suddenly doesn’t start or breaks down. You don’t know whether the problem is big or small, cheap or remortgagingly expensive, so regular servicing is drummed into any car owner as an essential! It’s the same with your catering oven.

Rest assured, your first two years are covered by a warranty if you have registered your oven with Rational UK and Rational’s ServiceDiagnostic System is built-in to all the latest SelfCookingCenter® Whitefficiency® 5Senses® appliances which constantly monitors all components and will be the first indication of anything amiss.

Oven Essentials

Here at A C Services (Southern) Ltd, we recommend a regular oven service to identify and eliminate any potential problems that may surface. We problem solve. We check. And we fix. We have over 40 years of Rational servicing experience in our team, so we are quietly confident that we know what we are talking about.

Our engineers will carry out thorough inspection and servicing, in the South, South West England and South Wales and once the complimentary warranty on your Rational oven expires, dependent on usage, we generally recommend that you have your oven thoroughly checked at least annually.

Here are the benefits:
• Increased machine reliability because of planned servicing
• Regular servicing reduces repair costs
• Limits potential for lost revenue due to unnecessary downtime
• Use of genuine and original Rational spare parts
• First time fix policy.

It really is very simple: telephone 01454 322222 or email us on service@acservicessouthern.co.uk and let us help you so that untoward crises are eliminated.


Published Date: 1st July 2014
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Commonwealth Games: Lining the Routes

queens-baton-blueThis summer promises a plethora of sport. There’s the FIFA World Cup to look forward to in the long summer months but prior to that is the Commonwealth Games, this year taking place in Glasgow.

Already the Queen’s Baton Relay route is underway. For those not familiar with this concept, the baton route relay was first initiated by the Queen before the Cardiff games in 1958. In her role as the head of the Commonwealth, the current relay was launched last year, with a message from Her Majesty placed inside the baton to be read out at the opening ceremony in Glasgow on 23rd July when the battle commences.

As we speak, the baton is in Africa and will tour 70 nations and territories. Ah! I hear you ask…are there 70 countries in the Commonwealth? No. There are not. There are actually 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations (it seems the Gambia recently withdrew).

But there are 70 teams participating in the Commonwealth Games in their own individual rights; Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are all competing separately.

UK Route

The UK route of the England leg of the Queen’s Baton relay begins in Manchester on 31 May, and encompasses the whole country, including the South West, where avid supporters of the Games and all things sporting, AC Services (Southern) will be awaiting the baton holders, and providing both vocal and practical support.

The final route is as follows:
31 May – Manchester and Congleton
1 June – Sheffield
2 June – Birmingham
3 June – Plymouth and Bristol
4 June – Southampton
5 June – Kent
6 June – Oxford
7 and 8 June – London
9 June – Suffolk
10 June – Leicester
11 June – Hull
12 June – Leeds
13 June – Tyneside and Northumberland.

The eight-month relay will cover 190,000 km before it reaches Scotland in the weeks before the 20th games. And unlike the Olympic Torch, one, and only one baton is used. Well, it carries the Queen’s message . . . it’s probably a treasonable offence to tamper with it.

According to Peter Murphy from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF): “The baton is transported by every method of transport from quad bike to camel. It is the longest relay and the biggest logistical event.” Past baton bearers have included Roger Bannister, David Beckham and the legendary Scottish sprinter Allan Wells.

Let the Games Begin

The Olympics brought a new spirit and attitude to the great British perception of supporting sport; as one lucky enough to be in the Olympic stadium two years ago to watch Usain Bolt achieve dazzling gold, I will be mesmorised to the television over the summer and will join AC Services in supporting the relay runners.

“The Commonwealth Games is an event to look forward to with pride and anticipation,” comments Helen at AC Services. “We anticipate a busy time, servicing and maintaining our clients’ appliances to ensure that catering for the masses lining the streets to see the baton relay is smooth and effortless.”

4,500 athletes will be competing for 261 medals in 17 sports, held in 14 venues around Glasgow and beyond. Let the Games begin!


Published Date: 29th April 2014
Category: Blog, Events, News



2014 Commonwealth Games – the Next Big Excuse for a Party

If you own a pub or a restaurant, there’s no time like the present to think about the “Next Big Thing”; that buzz and excitement that grips the nation and gets us all singing on the same hymn sheet. Last year it was the Olympics that got us jumping up and down in the lounge bars; next year it will be Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games that gives us all that big excuse to get down to our local and join the 1.5 billion spectators worldwide on the big screen.

The 20th Commonwealth Games will light up the skies in Glasgow at the opening ceremony on July 23rd 2014. That may seem a long way off, but get into the groove now and you’ll steal a march on all your local competition. The www.glasgow2014.com website is packed with information to help you create a series of themed events.

Around the World

And it all starts in just a few weeks’ time on October 9th, when Her Majesty The Queen launches the Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace. She will place her message to the athletes on a hand written scroll inside the Glasgow 2014 Baton before launching it on its 190,000km journey around the world, passing through the 71 nations and territories that are taking part in the games. Many of the 2 billion people who make up the Commonwealth will be able to participate directly or indirectly – that’s 30% of the world population. It doesn’t get much bigger than that!

When the Baton arrives in Glasgow at the Opening Ceremony 288 days later, the Queen will remove the scroll and read her message before declaring the games open. For the next 11 days, until August 3rd, 6,500 athletes from those 71 countries will compete in 17 sports from adrenaline-pumping athletics to the elegance of gymnastics – from the hushed green sward of lawn bowls to the crash and grind of boxing, wrestling and rugby sevens.


The Baton itself is a blend of 21st Century technology and traditional Scottish crafts. The handle is made from elm taken from the Isle of Cumbrae – a tribute to the country’s natural resources. It is then formed into its final shape by a social enterprise that teaches traditional Scottish skills. The exquisite lattice that houses the Queen’s scroll is made from laser-sintered titanium – in a form that reflects some of the great Scottish designers like Charles Rennie Mackintosh. An LED light will ensure that the Baton glows gently all the way round the world. As it arrives at each stop on its route, a granite “gemstone” will be released by a clever puzzle mechanism at the top of the Baton and given as a gift to each nation or territory.

So make sure your business is ready for the Games. They kick off on July 23rd next year, but before that, the Baton will travel around Wales for a week from May 24th and England for a fortnight after that. The English route is yet to be announced – so watch the papers to see if it’s coming to your town.

Get Ready

We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t get to mention AC Services. Truth is we have a vital role to play. If you’re counting on making the most of the Commonwealth Games in your establishment, make sure your Rational ovens are ready for the onslaught. If you’re in the South or South West of England or South Wales, give us a call and we’ll help you to make sure that, like all those athletes, your ovens are in tip top condition.


Published Date: 26th August 2013
Category: Blog, Catering Business, News