A leading waste management company has won a clutch of new shredding clients keen to take advantage of its fast growing shredding division.
B&M Waste Services’ Secure Shredding operation launched less than two years ago, but it has secured a number of high profile customers including Everton Football Club, Genting UK, Liverpool Hope University and Aintree University Hospital.
B&M says that the threat of fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act is one of the main reasons for the surge in enquiries from businesses and other organisations.
The Data Protection Act requires all organisations to safeguard confidential information and appropriately destroy it when it is no longer needed.
B&M clients are able to choose between on-site or off-site shredding services which enable them to destroy legal, personal and financial documents. B&M Secure Shredding is a registered member of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the trade association representing the professional security industry in the UK.
B&M Secure Shredding is a division of B&M Waste Services which provides businesses with a full range of carbon neutral waste management services. The company has offices in Wirral, Manchester and Norwich and celebrates its 60th birthday this year.
Paul Curtis, a B&M Director and head of the Secure Shredding division, said: “We are receiving a large number of enquiries from businesses across the North West and elsewhere keen to put in place the correct procedures for document shredding.
“The threat of fines of up to £500,000 from the Information Commissioner’s Office has certainly focussed the minds of businesses and organisations. There are a number of sectors particularly at risk including hospitals, schools, financial services, recruitment companies and solicitors, but the reality is that any business could potentially fall foul.
“While the financial penalties can be severe, for many clients it is more about managing their reputation and ensuring continuity of business.”
B&M Secure Shredding will carry out an audit to assess a business or organisation’s requirements and offers a range of lockable secure document containers, including bins, consoles and bags, which are in line with a corporate office environment. All confidential materials are destroyed to British Standard BS: EN 15713 and 100 per cent recycled. Customers are provided with certificates of destruction.
B&M Secure Shredding operatives have enhanced CRB checks and each vehicle is double-manned to ensure added security.