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Red Funnel awarded RoSPA Order of Distinction Award

Tue, Jun 7 2022

Red Funnel, the original Isle of Wight ferry operator, has been awarded an Order of Distinction (21 consecutive Golds) Award for health and safety performance by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Jon Stage, Head of Safety and Compliance at Red Funnel, attended an event at the ExCeL London to receive the award, which recognises the ferry operator’s commitment to the safety of its passengers and crew.

Stage said: “Thanks to the collective focus on safety across our whole team, we continue to ensure that it remains a key part of our business, driving everything we do. I am honoured to receive this award of behalf of the team and continue to be extremely proud of their relentless commitment to safety across our service.”

Fran Collins, Chief Executive at Red Funnel, said: “Safety is at the heart of Red Funnel. As a lifeline service, we train our staff to operate with a safety-first culture and receiving this award 21 years in a row is testament to our dedication to ensuring a safe and reliable ferry experience for both our passengers and crew.”

The RoSPA Awards is one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes in the world, with almost 2,000 entries every year. The awards recognise organisations that applicants have excellent health and safety management systems in place and aim to reinforce the message that excellent health and safety is good business. Since 1956, it has recognised and rewarded companies and people around the world for their safety performance.

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About Red Funnel
Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.

In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and its on board café, ‘ReFuel’.

The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Rhythm Tree, Wight Proms, and Walk the Wight as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year, 2022 is Young Lives vs. Cancer.
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