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UTILITY Week 23rd January 2015

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30 | 23rd - 29th January 2015 | utILIty WEEK Community COMPANY LINK DON'T MISS To advertise here call Sarah Wood on 01342 332077 or email sarah.wood@fav-house.com Lowri Beck Services Ltd Mayors Quay, Swan Meadow Road, Wigan, WN3 5BB Tel: 01942 771700 Lowri Beck is a leading independent service provider of Metering Systems, data Capture, data Management and Field Management services, offering innovative solutions to utilities and busi- ness throughout Great Britain. We support the electricity, gas and water markets with Manual and automated Meter reading, data Collection and aggregation, Meter asset Provision, Installation and Maintenance services as well as providing a full suite of dual fuel Smart Metering ser- vices. Our dual-site Contact Centre provides a wide range of professional outsourcing contact centre services, including overflow call handling and appointment management. Our mobile field management system, Com- panion, supports a range of operations with mobile handheld solutions ensuring improved data communications between office and field activi- ties. Lowri Beck was established in 1996 and is experienced in offering tailored services and committed to delivering excellent service at realistic prices. For further information contact lbenquiries@lowribeck.co.uk Wheatley Broad Road, Bacton, Suffolk IP14 4HN Tel: 01449 781001 Website: www.wheatleysolutions.co.uk Wheatley is a uK software development company. We specialise in providing utility industry solutions for asset, data and workforce management. If you are looking to improve your customer service or increase your efficiency in data management or mobile service delivery we would be delighted to talk to you. With our vast experience of the uK metering business Wheatley provide mentorship to companies wishing to enter the meter operation and me- ter asset management markets. We are also heavily engaged in the uK's Smart Meter programme with software ready to support Smart Meter installations. the key solutions supplied are: • JUMBO – performs MAM operations for electricity and gas whilst hold- ing information for all the metering systems managed by the host com- pany. A key feature is the automated processing of DTC and RGMA flows. • Amethyst – As we move towards large scale Smart Meter deployments amethyst is the ideal tool for the management of assets including han, Wan and Ihds alongside meters and is an essential tool to manage inventory and minimise cash tied up in stock. • Assign – a browser-based workforce scheduling solution enabling busi- nesses to increase the productivity of their mobile field operatives. • Smart Roll-out Optimiser – focuses on the critical areas of Smart Meter installation planning, customer engagement and workforce utilisation. Telecoms & Utilities Consumer Debt Conference 18 March, Holiday Inn, Birmingham the 7th annual utility Week telecoms & utilities Consumer debt Conference is a must-attend for all telecoms and utility companies who are looking to engage with their consumers on debt issues to help, advise and collect owed debts with strategies that are the most beneficial for both parties. Listen to the latest legislation updates and views of the debt landscape; hear the best ways to protect vulnerable customers; and improve your billing and collections processes. More information: www.uw-debt.net Utility Week Live incorporating IWEX 2015 21-23 April, NEC, Birmingham the new exhibition dedicated to the uK's water, electricity and gas utilities. utility Week Live incorporating IWEX is the UK's first and only exhibition dedicated to the business, operational and technical needs of the uK's water, electricity and gas utilities. Building on the rich heritage of IWEX – Faver- sham house's long-standing exhibition aimed at the uK water companies, their contractors and manufacturing and process industries with onsite effluent treatment needs – Utility Week Live will provide an important information exchange and marketplace. More information: www.utilityweeklive.co.uk Reader of the week Sarah France, head of catchment management, WRc "Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet" What was your first job? A crew member in McDonald's during holidays from university – I spent most of my time serv- ing on the till or Ajaxing (other cream cleaners are available) the stainless steel. What are the best and worst parts of your job? The best part is working with my fantastic team and support- ive colleagues. The worst part is the commute up the M4. What's your dream job and why? I love cooking and seeing others enjoy eating what I have cooked, so my dream job would be something associated with food. What's your most treasured possession? My own engagement and wedding rings, followed by my grandmother's engagement and wedding rings. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? I asked my colleagues for suggestions. Answers varied from Julia Roberts to Velma from Scooby Doo. The one l liked the best was a young Judi Dench. What album is currently in your car CD player? I generally listen to Radio 3 on the way to work, and Radio 5 on the way home. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: Finding Nemo. TV: Strictly Come Dancing. What quote or saying do you most overuse? "Onwards and upwards." If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Sack all politicians who make decisions based on rhetoric, not sound evidence, and who don't properly consider the impact of their decisions on the most disadvantaged in society. What's your favourite joke? Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet (I'm a chemist).

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