Tom McCabe, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South, recently visited Eden Springs UK’s headquarters in Blantyre, Hamilton, to meet UK Managing Director Jean-Marc Bolinger.
McCabe said: “Eden Springs is a significant Lanarkshire employer and I have seen first-hand the positive and inclusive working environment maintained at the headquarters. The company’s ambitious growth plans will provide a welcome boost to local employment, and the wider Scottish economy, and I look forward to the company’s development over the coming years.”
Water jobs in Scotland
Employee numbers at Eden Springs’ Scotland operations have trebled since 2001, and Eden’s Jean-Marc Bolinger confirmed a strong commitment to the local area: “We will continue to develop our HQ in Blantyre and investments are planned in almost all areas of the business. As the company grows, the concentration of jobs in Scotland are likely to increase, underpinning our key role as a local employer.”
Products and partnerships
“Our industry is currently undergoing a period of major consolidation which presents a significant opportunity for Eden Springs to expand” explains Jean-Marc Bolinger, UK Managing Director. “Over the next few years we look forward to developing new products and partnerships, and building on the environmental sustainability of our production and distribution networks.”
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Eden Springs recently sponsored a Glasgow Chamber of Commerce event, where Eden Springs’ UK Managing Director Jean-Marc Bolinger presented and discussed that impact that public sector expenditure cutbacks are having on the private sector.
As we approach the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, the political debate is firmly focused on the deteriorating state of public finances and the important role that the private sector can play in boosting the Scottish economy.
During breakfast the audience also heard from Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, and Professor Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Glasgow.
Both Professor Docherty and Mr Bolinger kick-started the event by eluding to the bleak economic forecast for the next decade, and outlined some of the challenges facing the private sector as further cuts are implemented at a regional and national level.
The presentations were followed by an interactive discussion, where several contributions highlighted that, although Glasgow is in a strong position to weather the crisis, the city cannot afford to be complacent.
Jean-Marc Bollinger concluded the event by arguing that the current economic crisis should be seen as an opportunity for firms to innovate, diversify and invest intelligently.
With the wintry conditions gripping the UK, we’ve interviewed Ricky Gall, Eden Blantyre Service Centre Manager, to see how the delivery team are coping on the roads.
How have water and water cooler deliveries been affected?
Deliveries have been affected very badly, particularly in the north and Scotland. I’m Service Centre Manager of Eden Springs Blantyre, near Glasgow, and all the area that we cover have been affected in some way.
Have any deliveries been missed due to the adverse conditions?
Some deliveries have unfortunately been obstructed, although we are currently working through all outstanding deliveries and are updating the Customer Services call centre daily. If you have any questions or are expecting a water delivery please feel free to contact them on 0844 800 3344 and they should be able to keep you informed.
How have the drivers been coping with the conditions?
As any motorist will tell you driving in these conditions is bad enough, but delivering bottles of water in the snow has been very challenging. On 6–7 December when the weather was at its worst our last truck returned to Blantyre 21 hours after it left for its day’s deliveries! We’ve had trucks leaving the branch at 6.00am and returning anytime from 9.00pm to midnight, and there were some of us stranded at the depot overnight. You can’t fault their commitment.
So the drivers are dedicated to getting deliveries through?
We have had drivers starting as early as 4.00am to try and catch up on any failed deliveries, and we’ve also had some routes going out on Saturdays.
What happens to water cooler bottles in the ice cold?
We have had a some water cooler bottles freezing and bursting, however we can deal with this and it doesn’t affect our customers. It certainly arrives nice and chilled!