This article was published in Nottingham and Trent Valley Journal
BUSINESSES in Nottingham and throughout the East Midlands will get the opportunity to seize greater control over their disposal of materials containing confidential data, with the opening of a new branch of Shred-it, a leading UK document destruction company, in Nottingham. The new branch, which also sees the creation of 18 new jobs, opens for business from today and will occupy 16,500 square feet at Nottingham's Centurion Business Centre.
Rob Briggs, the newly appointed General Manager of Shred-it in Nottingham, said: "Positioned at the heart of the East Midlands, with excellent transport links and populated by an increasingly diverse range of public and private sector organisations, Nottingham provides the perfect location for our flagship branch in the region."
"In these times of economic downturn, we are also pleased to be creating new jobs in the area, a move we see as testament to the vibrancy of Nottingham's business environment."
Shred-it already provides document destruction solutions to almost 2,000 customers throughout the East Midlands, ranging from government agencies to financial and legal institutions. In the past year, Shred-it's customer base within the region has grown by 20 per cent, as businesses have become increasingly conscious of the potential financial and reputational risks posed by the prospect of a breach of confidential data.
Rob Briggs continues: "With more organisations now approaching us daily to seek for help in improving their data security practices, we have expanded our operations in the region to meet this surge in demand." "In today's economic environment it is an extremely positive sign that more companies in the region are now taking real steps towards ensuring that confidential information relating to their business, and also those of their customers, is disposed of securely."
Councillor Graham Chapman, Deputy Leader, Nottingham City Council 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. Not only are Shred-it environmentally responsible but they also create awareness of the importance of compliance with regulatory practice through their services, helping to combat identity theft".
Shred-it's East Midlands customers, stretching throughout Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, were previously serviced by Shred-it from Manchester but will now be supported by a fleet of eight specially designed shredding trucks and 3 customer support vans based in Nottingham. The branch is Shred-it's fifteenth in the UK in just seven years; the first having opened in Manchester in 2002.