Birds boss flying high after awards

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The keeper of the Scottish Parliament’s eagle, which scares pigeons away from the building, has won a national award.

Ian Cain, the Edinburgh franchisee of NBC Bird and Pest Solutions, was named Scotland’s HSBC Franchisee of the Year and also secured the bronze award for the whole of the UK.

Mr Cain, who has 11 employees and 30 working birds of prey, was given the award for his commitment to ethical business and environmentally responsible wildlife management, and for building and retaining a portfolio of high-end customers across Scotland.

As well as the Scottish Parliament, he has worked with the National Galleries of Scotland, property firm Savills, Forth Ports, Bredero Shaw, local housing associations and BP.

He said: “My commitment to providing environmentally-friendly, ethical services to our clients has become a core element of the business.”