Published 13th of February 2017

Shredall SDS Group is celebrating its 20th year in business this week by launching a new service offering to help busy directors who are always on the go.

The firm, which started life in founder Lloyd William’s back bedroom, helps companies adhere to the Data Protection Act by getting rid of their confidential waste. It also offers other records-management services, including document scanning and document storage.

Twenty years on and the firm is continuing to go from strength-to-strength, with 70 staff across its offices in Nottingham, Birmingham, London and Scotland.

At its headquarters in Nottingham, the Group stores more than 2.4 million important documents for its clients, and last year, scanned around 500,000 documents and more than 12 million images. Over its lifetime, the company has also shredded approximately 60,000 tonnes of waste.

Lloyd Williams, who also founded SDS - part of the Shredall Group - said: “Shredall and SDS have come such a long way over the years, and we’re so thankful to all of our customers for their continued trust in our services. I am also grateful to each and every one of our employees, without whom the company could not function at the high levels that it does."

“Last year was exceptional - we won more than £2 million in new contracts, took on a number of new staff and invested £250,000 in a German-built Vecoplan shredding machine that will enable us to double our current output and take on more work. We already know that this year is going to be better than the last and are looking forward to introducing another new service to the business very soon.

The new service will see Shredall and SDS’ headquarters accept mail on behalf of businesses; it will then be handled by DBS-checked staff who will open, scan and forward the post via email.

Lloyd continued: “We see mail handling as the next natural step for the Shredall SDS Group. It will complement the service that SDS already provides, scanning and digitising documents on behalf of our customers, while expanding our offering and attracting new business in its own right.

“In addition, we have recently made some strong changes within our management team, partly on recommendation of the Investors in People audit that was carried out a few months ago. I thank all the people who put themselves forward for the new positions and I am pleased with the changes that have been made so far. First impressions give me assurance that we are heading in the right direction whilst spreading the load, this is resulting in faster customer queries being answered and in many cases reducing them. It is also improving our systems of recording and helping automate our invoicing procedures.”

The firm has already got off to a flying start this year, securing two big contract wins worth nearly £600,000 - one for a private medical practice with more than 100 sites nationwide, and the other for a pharmaceutical company based across Europe.

Shredall is celebrating its 20th anniversary by delivering cakes to valued customers, and will mark the achievement with an official party later in the year. The company also plans to give more back to its customers this year by holding regular ‘lunch and learn’ sessions.