This article was published in Nottingham Evening Post
By: Richard Baker
A firm which specialises in destroying sensitive documents has created 18 new jobs in Nottingham by opening a new office.
Shred-it's move into the city is part of a nationwide expansion programme driven by the growing demand for firms to stay on the right side of data protection rules.
The company has almost 2,000 customers in the East Midlands including Government agencies and financial and legal businesses. Until now they have been served by the company's Manchester operation. But Shred-it will now serve them through a fleet of eight shredding trucks and three support vans based at a new office at the Centurion Business Centre, Bulwell.
The branch occupies 16,500 sq ft of space and employs an 18-strong team serving customers across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. The company's business in the East Midlands has risen by 20% as businesses seek to make sure that confidential data is properly disposed of.
Rob Briggs, general manager of Shred-it in Nottingham, said: "High profile data security breaches have taken place recently involving both public and private sector institutions. These incidents have created greater awareness of the risks posed to businesses by fraud. This, combined with growing concerns about identity theft, have driven many businesses throughout the East Midlands, and indeed the UK, to move to review and improve their data security practices and procedures."
"The majority of frauds result from confusion within organisations relating to what documents in the office environment should be seen as confidential. We typically see that many people are unaware of what should be deemed confidential papers in their office, with many claiming that they produce no confidential paper. This doesn't take into account the fact that everyday document such as invoices, company reports, payroll information, customer lists and even letters of complaint may be regarded as confidential and should be processed and disposed of securely."
"All businesses in the UK are required to adhere to strict rules when it comes to protecting their confidential information, and that of their customers, as set out by the Data Protection Act. This legislations demands that firms act responsibly in the disposal of confidential documentation."
"If a business should be investigated by the Data Protection Agency, failure to comply with their rules on secure document destruction can lead to hefty fines."
Shred-it provides customers with a Certificate of Destruction after their documents have been shredded, as a permanent record and certificate of proof that their confidential data has been securely disposed of.
Mr Briggs added: "If a business is unfortunate enough to suffer a security breach, the real costs associated with the loss far outweigh any savings made by cutting back on secure data management, with the biggest cost coming in the form of irreparable damage to business reputation through a loss of client trust."
The company's arrival in Nottingham has been welcomed by Graham Chapman, the deputy leader of the City Council.
He said: "This is excellent news and proves that Nottingham is showing impressive resilience in the face of the economic downturn.
Shred-it is just the kind of company that the City Council's Invest in Nottingham Team have been working hard to attract to the city."