Meet Ruth Harrison-Davies, BSU’s PR manager

There is plenty going on here at Blue Square Utilities (BSU) HQ, and we love telling the whole world about it. That’s why, this month, we’re getting to know our PR manager, Ruth Harrison-Davies and finding out a little more about her role, what she loves most about it, and why BSU is such a great company!

What’s the best part of your job?

Learning something new every day! It sounds a little clichéd, but it’s true. Working in PR means no two days are ever the same either, there’s always another story to write, or release to draft – it certainly keeps me on my toes.

What do you see as a ‘job well done’?

Seeing Blue Square Utilities hitting the headlines! Granted, there’s so much more to the PR puzzle than column inches – as every piece of coverage feeds into the wider business strategy – but there really is a buzz when we see our names in the press.

How do you think BSU differentiates itself from its competitors?

Having Steve Lees at the helm. So many organisations claim to genuinely care about their employees – particularly in this sector – but he ‘walks the walk’, as well as ‘talking the talk’. Having known Steve for several years, he’s always been committed to workplace wellbeing and putting his staff first – and that’s evident at BSU.

If you were the boss for a day, what one rule would you implement?

Everyone would need to send me at least one ‘work-related’ photo per month.

What three words do you think best describe BSU?

Could I say it’s an ‘ambitious, hard-working family’?!

What’s the first thing you do when you get home on a Friday evening?

Jump in the shower, change into ‘loungewear’, and order a meal from a local restaurant! I love Friday nights – even during lockdown – as I know I can switch off mentally for 48 hours, and just enjoy time doing my own thing.

Where is the best place in the UK for a two-day getaway?

I’d have to say Carwinley Retreat. It’s a really cosy little escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a quiet little corner of Cumbria with no phone signal, a hot tub and a babbling brook.

This song is on heavy Spotify rotation and here’s why…

Anberlin - Feel Good Drag. I’ve been working out on Zwift — an indoor cycling app — quite a lot during lockdown, and this ‘blast from the past’ came up on one of those Spotify suggested playlists. I had forgotten how utterly amazing it is.

If we were to spend a day box set binging, what series would you recommend we watch?

Jonathan Creek. What a show! I’m a sucker for a detective series, and I can never work out whodunnit (or how, for that matter) on this series. It’s very cleverly done, and Alan Davies is a legend. This will shock many, who know I truly want be Vera Stanhope (of ITV’s Vera fame).

How does your ideal Sunday pan out?

Under normal circumstances, it would start with a trip to church – where I sing in the choir – followed by a long walk in the countryside. I like to round out the weekend with a massive Sunday roast and a couple of hours watching films on the telly.

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