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'Bake-Off' star launches PHS Data Solutions' £1m investment

'Bake-Off' star launches PHS Data Solutions' £1m investment
Kevin Gardner, Ian Cumming, The Mayor June Cliffe MBE, Anthony Pearlgood and Stewart Bowles

PHS Data Solutions has invested £1m in a state-of-the-art data shredding facility in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, which was officially opened by Great British Bake Off finalist Ian Cumming and the Mayor of Wakefield at a recent ceremony.
The star baker and Mayor June Cliffe MBE were among the invited guests for the formal launch of the new plant. The site, located at the fittingly named Data Drive on the South Kirkby Business Park, is expected to handle 15,000 tonnes of confidential paper a year and is predicted to generate more than £30m into the local economy over its lifetime.
This major investment in plant and machinery has provided 13 new permanent jobs, with further local employment opportunities likely in the New Year. It has been built to service businesses in the Yorkshire regions along with Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.
PHS Data Solutions, a division of the PHS Group, is a leading player in the scanning, storage retrieval and shredding industry for a variety of sectors, including Government, the NHS, pensions, insurance, legal and retail.
Businesses need to ensure that the billion bits of critical information they hold, from the point of generation to where it’s destroyed at the end of its life cycle, is secure at all times. With the average data breach due to inadequate controls costing £2.5m per organisation, it is imperative to protect customer, employee and supplier data with robust controls.
PHS Datashred, part of PHS Data Solutions, operates a secure shredding service to BS EN 15713 standard, processing and recycling over 65,000 tonnes of paper a year. Operated by uniformed staff, either on site or off site, the company’s shredding service offers secure, efficient and reliable shredding of confidential data in the shape of paper documents and files, electronic media and hard drives. Once shredded, all material is recycled, where possible, according to industry accreditation ISO 14001. A Certificate of Destruction is issued once the shredding service is completed, to finalise the audit trail.
In his welcoming address, PHS Data Solutions Managing Director, Anthony Pearlgood, explained how important it is for companies to ensure confidential material is handled safely and securely from cradle to grave and that the new site is an appropriate location with its excellent transport links to service businesses in Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
He said: “The launch of the new modern facility in Pontefract represents significant investment by PHS Data Solutions. Along with our other destruction sites it means we can offer customers nationwide secure shredding of confidential material.
“Data breaches and fraud are on the rise. Year on year more incidents of data theft are being recorded and reported, creating a negative impact on the economy, causing financial loss to businesses, organisations and individuals, as well as causing distress among victims. We can help businesses ensure that their data is secure at all times, including when it is no longer required.”
Following the official opening ceremony 'Bake-Off' celebrity Ian Cumming, the Mayor and guests were taken on a tour of the facilities to see for themselves the secure data shredding regime designed by PHS Data Solutions, including an off-site shredding vehicle demonstration.
Parent company PHS Group is one of the UK's leading workplace service providers. It has grown from a family run firm in 1963 to become a multi-divisional, multi-national company, servicing over 200,000 customers at over 450,000 locations across the UK, Ireland, Spain and Holland.

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