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'Shreddie the Eagle' opens PHS facility
Anthony Pearlgood (PHS), Stewart Bowles (PHS), Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, & Mayor of Trafford Councillor John Holden

'Shreddie the Eagle' opens PHS facility

PHS Data Solutions has made a substantial investment in a new flagship data shredding facility in Manchester, which was officially opened by Olympian Eddie the Eagle Edwards and The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Trafford.

Ski jumper Eddie the Eagle, famous for his exploits at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, and the Mayor of Trafford Councillor John Holden, were among a host of invited guests and PHS directors for the formal launch of the new £800,000 plant. The site, located at Trafford Park, is expected to handle almost 8,000 tonnes of confidential paper a year.

The new shredding centre, which services the Manchester, North West England and North Wales regions, marks a significant increase in the company’s capacity to cope with the growing demand for its shredding services, and also has the potential for further significant employment opportunities in the next 12 months.

In his welcoming address, PHS Data Solutions Managing Director, Anthony Pearlgood, explained that investing in shredding facilities – the company also opened a new centre in West Yorkshire just last year – is confirmation that more businesses are turning to PHS as their trusted third party provider to handle their confidential material safely and securely.

He said: “The facility in Manchester represents another significant investment by PHS Data Solutions in destruction sites, providing our customers with the best service possible. Our business has outgrown our existing confidential shredding centre in the area. This facility gives us the extra capacity and the room for future expansion that we need.”

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 £2.5million 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.

Following the official opening ceremony of the Manchester centre Eddie the Eagle, the Mayor, Mayoress 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 on-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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