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HIAB, the leading provider of on road load handling equipment, have appointed Paul McCabe in the new role of UK Service Manager.

Following considerable investment in its UK service network, Hiab has seen rapid growth in its depot footprint. Having opened a London depot in April, it cut the ribbon on a West Midlands depot – its largest Sales & Service depot – in July. Paul, who will be based out of Hiab's Ellesmere HQ in Shropshire but will be dividing his working hours across Hiab's network, has been recruited to ensure Hiab's service off ering across all its depots is harmonised to off er customers the best- possible outcomes. Paul said: “Hiab are not resting on their laurels, but investing in their structure and in new roles.

“It's great to see that in a challenging environment there's a company showing a

positive trend in growth and profi tability." Having spent his entire career in the lifting sector, Paul has over 12 years' experience as a depot manager, latterly for Ainscough Crane Hire. He has been a long-time admirer of Hiab. Paul added: “I've always used Hiab and always tried to request them through hauliers. The brand is strong – that's why it has become a generic name for a mobile crane.” Welcoming Paul into the business, Rogier van der Linde, Managing Director of Hiab UK & Ireland, said: “The position of UK Service Manager is critical as we grow our UK service off ering. Paul is the right man to ensure our customers receive outstanding service across the network, and I look forward to working with him in our continuous quest to be our industry's number one partner.” As he sets about familiarising himself with

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Key appointment for Hiab's strong UK service network

Hiab’s depot network, Paul will focus initially on meeting as many customers as possible from all locations to gain feedback on Hiab’s current service off erings.

War of the gulls as Worcester City Council hires Bigbelly

WORCESTER’S growing population of greedy gulls is being brought into line following Worcester City Council’s decision to trial 10 Bigbelly units’ ability to prevent seagull scavenging, and increase litter capacity in city centre locations throughout the town. The trial lasts until 14 September and will help prevent seagulls from pulling half- eaten food out of litter bins - as a result of Bigbelly’s design, which requires users to open them via a handle or foot pedal. Once litter is deposited, Bigbelly’s self- closing lids make it impossible for seagulls to gain access. Cllr Joy Squires, Chair of the Environment Committee at Worcester City Council, commented: “These new bins could be what we need to reduce the problem of scavenging gulls and stop the unsightly and unhygienic issue of litter bins over-fl owing. “As a Council, we’re keen to look at new and innovative ways of delivering services more eff ectively and effi ciently – and this could be a great way of making our streets even cleaner.”

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Bigbelly units can hold up to eight times more waste than standard bins due to their solar compaction technology, which compresses waste down when it reaches a certain level, prolonging time in-between collections and making the collection process much more effi cient. Inbuilt sensors then alert council staff as to when they need emptying, instead of empties being made unnecessarily simply because they are on a collection round. Local authorities across the UK are using them to create effi ciencies by freeing up council workers’ time for other street cleansing services. Mark Jenkins, Sales Director at Egbert Taylor, based near Worcester, distributes Bigbelly in the UK, added: “Bigbelly is meeting the multifaceted demands of customers through the introduction of these smart technologies. “Whilst Bigbelly’s main aim is to facilitate smarter collections, eliminate overfull bins and help local authorities achieve more for less, it’s also helping to stop seagull scavenging and combat unwanted visitors on the streets of Worcester.”

 Cllr Joy Squires, Chair of the Environment Committee at Worcester City Council, with one of the solar- powered Bigbelly units

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