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The Shred Centre team’s peak performance !

The Stats:

Ben Nevis – 1343m

Scafell Pike – 978m

Snowdon – 1085m

Total ascent: 9700 feet/2957m

Total distance: 26 miles

Total duration: 24 hour target

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I joined The Shred Centre team in May and by June, we had already set ourselves a challenge, a big challenge! The National 3 peaks challenge to be precise. We decided that we would complete this challenge in aid of a worthwhile, local charity. As a local business we were keen to support a local charity that supports local people in our area. Durham County Carers was our chosen Charity and they were delighted that we had decided to support and raise money for them.

Now the fun started, the training and fundraising! Let’s just say, the fundraising went a little bit better than the training! We set up a just giving page, allowing people to donate online and we also worked with Durham County Carers, supporting them on an information stand and selling second hand books in our local supermarket. It was great to be able to interact with the public to help DCCS sign up new carers and therefore helping the local community. It was nice knowing that there were so many people in the local area, supporting us and spurring us on!

13th September 2014 – The day had arrived and it came quicker than we expected!

05:30am – We make our way to the mini bus, which will be our home for the next 24 hours!

  • Start / Finish: Glen Nevis YHA
  • Ascent: 4350 feet
  • Target time: Ascent: 2.5 – 3 hour / Descent: 2 – 2.5 hours

1:30pm – We arrive in Scotland and make our way to our first mountain, Ben Nevis, which will later become our enemy! With our bags packed, water bottles filled, it was time to make our way up to the peak of Ben Nevis. It is warm and muggy but we are full of energy and positivity; we are ready for this. We finally reach the half way point, which seemed to be never ending and extremely tiring! Reality has hit us as to just hard this challenge is going to be but we will get each other through it.  Maybe we should have prepared ourselves a little more with a little more training… isn’t hindsight and wonderful thing. We are half way up Ben Nevis and we can’t turn around now. We carry on and finally make it to the top. The views were just spectacular and it made the walk and struggle all the more worthwhile.  We need to complete the challenge in 24 hours, which means no time to stop and take a rest and it was straight back down. Going down Ben Nevis was a little tricky but we did it! 7 hours passed and we made it back to the mini bus. Feet, knees and legs tired, aching and sore but we made it! We drive to the second peak…

 

  • Start Point: Wasdale NT Campsite
  • Distance: From Wasdale 7.5km
  • Total ascent: 906 metres
  • Via Wasdale : Ascent: 2 hours / Descent: 1.5 hours

1:00am – We make it to Scarfell pike. Tired and worn out from the long drive and lack of sleep. We get our bags out ready, head torches on and we set off to climb the highest mountain in England but the smallest out of the 3. Scarfell Pike is located in a commanding position in the Central Lakeland Fells and stands at 978metres / 3209 ft with superb 360 degree views. Unfortunately with it being 3:30am and pitch black when we reached the summit, we were not awarded with these views. As part of our training, we climbed Scarfell Pike during the day but walking in the dark was a different story.

4:30am – The team make it back to the mini bus, completely worn out and broken.  However, spirits are a little higher, as we know we will be making our way to the last mountain, meaning we are more than half way through our challenge. The dreaded drive to Wales is going to be a killer! It’s good job we are all tired and just want to sleep. We set off for the 4 hour and 37 minute drive to Snowdon.

Start / Finish: Pen-y-Pass or Llanberis

Ascent: 2381 feet via Pen-y-Pass

Target time: Ascent: 2 hours / Descent: 2 hours

Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, is 3,560 feet high, and is by far the easiest of the 3 peaks. Located in Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon is the highest mountain south of the Scottish Highland and is probably the busiest mountain in Britain.

1:00pm – We have made it Snowdon! This is it, we have nearly completed our challenge. The walk up to the top of Snowdon was hard, as our bodies were aching, tired and so sore but we had to soldier on. We reach the top, welcomed by freezing cold winds but we didn’t care, we had made it! The walk down from Snowdon was the worst, as it seemed to be never ending and as we reached each corner, we hoped it would be the end but it wasn’t. Walking back, lost in our own thoughts, we are dragging our feet along to the finish line… And there it is, the finish line, the line that seemed like it would never be seen, there it was! Then it was a quick dash to the local pub to celebrate our hard work. After all, we did deserve it! We are all happy and full of smiles, our feet and legs on the other hand, they were broken! Now we have to look forward to the long drive back home, BUT, this time it was the drive home. Our feet and body longed for a hot soak in a bubble bath!

We made it! We completed the 3 peaks challenge in under 24 hours, with 15 minutes to spare and the best part is, we managed to raise over a £1,100 for a local charity. The work that Durham County Carers Support do and the exceptional service they provide to the local community, really did help us get through the challenge. An amazing achievement for all of us. The pain, sore feet, legs and tiredness was all worth  it!

The Shred Centre’s 3 Peaks Challenge 2014 completed – 13th to 14th September 2014.

 

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We are now looking at our next challenge for 2015 – Bring it on!

Have a great week everyone J

Leigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who are you sharing your business information with?

Data Protection-Who are you sharing your business information with?

Good afternoon everyone!

How many of us leave paper documents on our desks when we leave the office?

At the weekend, myself and Patrick were on a city break in Sweden. It was great to have a break, it will be our last trip away before our baby is here in December. However as a family run business, we never really switch off and are constantly thinking of Data Protection and whilst walking around, we noticed a recurring theme, poor information protection practices!

The office shown in the photo below, had floor to ceiling glass windows, for the passer by to glance in. Each desk had paper documents with names addresses and even prices clearly visible. Although, not all of this information may have been confidential or personal data, it was most defiantly important business data to the company that was being worked on.

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To the businesses we work with, we stress that all business information should be considered as confidential, the question to ask is – “Would I give this information to my biggest competitor?” If the answer is no ensure that you are prudent in how the information is handled, shared and indeed disposed of.

Since being back in the North East we have noticed similar sights, particularly on high streets but also in many ground floor office windows. We would urge any business who see traffic pass their windows to take the time to think what information they may be making public, without realizing.

To combat the risk of data breaches, which could lead to fines and reputational damage, the goal for businesses should be to work towards a culture of information security.  Shredding sensitive, personal and confidential documents is a good first step, as is adopting a clear desk policy and we can advise on best practice for both.

Feel free to give me a call on 01388 448 160 if you want any advice at all. I have added below some information on clear desk policies to help.

Have a great day

Natalie (and Bump 🙂 )

 

What is a clear desk policy (CDP)

A clear desk policy is a corporate directive that specifies how employees should leave their working space (desk) when they leave their office. Most companies who operate a clean desk policy, ask that all staff ensure all desks are clear of papers at the end of each day. This means shredding any documents that are no longer needed, putting them into a secure confidential console/bin or locking them aware in secure storage. This also applies to walls, notice boards and any other office space that may be visible. For example, a cleaner could come into an office and take away a vast amount of confidential information from paper lying around on desks. Today, CDP’s are increasingly being motivated by information security compliance regulations such as ISO 27001 and the Data Protection Act.

Don’t take the risk!

 

 

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How much is in house shredding costing you?

Hi Guys,

We hope you have had a great bank holiday week, we have!

I thought today I would share with you a recent discussion I had with a now new customer, who called our office today.

The customer called to enquire about the costs of a secure shredding service in Darlington, where he is based. We took ten minutes to get to know his business and particular requirements. For clarity their office had six staff and two administrators were doing the document shredding in-house on a daily basis.

When we provided our quotation, our customer initially resisted stating he could not justify the increase in costs for something they already have a solution in place for that “doesn’t cost them anything”. I asked politely why I thought he was wrong on this, he obliged and allowed me to explain. As we believe the real cost of the service should be measured in time and not monetarily, if your staff have more time to focus on your customers then your business will benefit.

The conversation went as follows,

Me: “so you have two administrators who shred for you and the other guys in the office when they have time”

Customer: “yes they do all the shredding we need on a daily basis.”

Me: “How long would they spend doing this each day”

Customer: “the shredder is on for around 5 mins at a time and they each take around 2 turns each per day.”

Me: “OK, and do they have to process the documents too, i.e. take out paper clips, poly pockets etc?”

Customer: “just poly pockets, the shredder handles paper clips”

Me: “So they spend another 2 mins getting the documents ready?”

Customer: “Yes, about that”

Me: “OK, Great and could you tell me how much you pay the administrators approx.”

Customer: “£16,000 per year for a 38 hour week”

Me: “Thanks, right just doing some quick calculations:

7 mins x 2 times per day x 5 days = 70 mins

70 mins x 52 weeks = 60.5 hours year on shredding. Each”

Customer: “Never, let me check.”

(He checked and said it’s actually 60.66 hours)

Customer: “So that’s £968.00 per year on wages.”

Me: “Yes, and we quoted you slightly less than this for a regular service that would ensure all paper waste is collected from site”

Customer: “I see what you’re saying”

Me: “More importantly, could you think of anything your administrators, could spend their time doing for a week and a half of the year other than shredding?”

Customer: “Yes, when can you deliver your shred box then?”

We signed the customer up on to a monthly service today and will be delivering their secure console next Tuesday.

Our service allows businesses to be more efficient and competitive, ensuring that your staff are focused on core duties and services so that your business is as efficient as can be.

Have a great day!

Patrick

 

 

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Important information for Barristers, Solicitors and those in the legal profession.

Happy Tuesday Everybody,

Today we want to pass on some vital information from the Information Commissioners Office for those that work in the legal sector.

Last week the Information Commissioners Office issued a stark warning to barristers and solicitors. The warning is for them to take greater care with personal information and ensure it is kept secure, particularly in the area of the security and protection of paper files. The nature of the work legal professionals undertake means they handle a lot of personal and sensitive data on a daily basis.

The damage that a data breach in relation to this information could cause is significant and often could meet the statutory threshold for issuing monetary penalties. The Information Commissioners Office has the power to issue fines of up to £500,000 for any serious breach of the Data Protection Act.

This warning has been issued due to an increase over the last three months in the number of data breaches reported to the ICO, that come from the legal sector. There have been 15 reported breaches coming from the legal sector in the past 12 weeks. Whilst this may not seem like a large number of breaches to some, again we need to take into consideration the nature of these breaches and the sensitivity of the data that is held by legal professionals. The damage that could potentially arise from these breaches is significant.

Paper files are often the weak link in the security chain for legal professionals, as they are needed to be taken to and from court and are worked on both at home and at work.

 

It is important to remember that when considering the issue of monetary penalties for a data breach, the Information Commissioners Office takes into account the potential harm that could be caused and the actual damage done. The potential to cause harm is a significant determining factor.

 

To help the legal profession to stay secure the ICO have published the top tips shown in the video below.

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Support for our North East secure shredding service

Happy Monday!

North East Secure Shredding Service

Last week we had a great week at The Shred Centre. Our mission was to contact some of the largest businesses who are based in the North East. As a region we have some very strong businesses, who are recognised nationally and indeed internationally as industry leaders. It was great to find that on the whole, the majority of these large North East institutions are keen to support local businesses such as ours.

A response that typifies the support and positivity we received came when we called to offer our secure shredding services for an off shore engineering company was;

Although they were in contract, they stated that they “are very focused on using local businesses so look forward to talking to you later this year”. We informed this large multinational company that we are a family run North East document shredding company with over 15 years industry experience, who are keen to work with the region’s top businesses.

We were already proud of our region and the fantastic businesses that are located in the North East. We are also delighted for the support that we have received for our local North East secure shredding service, particularly from the dreaded “cold calls” we have been making. This has only strengthened our sense of regional pride.

If you are a local business and looking for support and help, my advice would be to pick up the phone and call the businesses you want to work with, as on the whole they have been very friendly!

And if we can be of any help, please call us on 01388 448160
Have a great week
Patrick

 

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The Document Shredding Process

Hey Guys,   We wanted to try and explain our document shredding and paper recycling process, so we made a video.

It follows our mantra of keeping things simple, we shred and recycle paper documents across the North East.

Our secure shredding process, which is conducted in line with EN15713 (the European Standard for Information Destruction) is available to businesses right across the north east and indeed the UK.

If you want to be sure your information is securely destroyed, give us a call for a no obligation review.

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The Shred Centre gain CHAS Accreditation

Happy Monday everybody!

We are delighted to announce that with the help of our newest team members Stuart and Louise Mackenzie, The Shred Centre have achieved CHAS accreditation.

This accreditation shows that as well as offering secure shredding services across the north east in conjunction with the highest levels of customer service, we can also shout about our commitment to health and safety.

We take health and safety seriously, ensuring that our staff and the businesses we provide secure shredding services to; in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle and indeed the whole of the North East, are protected not only in terms of information security but also in terms of safe working practices.

We have in place a robust health and safety policy and communicate this to all of our staff and as a quality service provider, we aim to achieve the highest standards in all areas of our business.

Next on the list – ISO18001!

If your business is looking for a fresh approach to health and safety, we would whole-heartedly recommend the services of Stuart Mackenzie of Health and Safety UK Ltd.

Have a great week!

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Some recent customer feedback…..

Over the past couple of weeks we have been conducting some satisfaction surveys with the businesses we protect, were very please to announce that we have recieved some great feedback and our NPS (Net Promoter Score) is 9.8/10!

Our aim is to improve this score to 10/10.

Take a look at what some of our customers have recently said;

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Customer satisfaction is our passion, Data Protection is our business.

 

 

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Schools and Document Shredding

Sensitive information held by schools includes but is not limited to health, religion, age, nationality, criminal offences and trade union ships. The nature of this information and the environment in which it is produced, means secure disposal of this information should be considered a priority by Schools.

As a School you have a duty of care to protect children, staff, parents and suppliers information, if you intend to comply with the Data Protection Act, which is a legal obligation and not actually a choice.

At most Schools, information protection and security is taken seriously. It is common practice to keep files locked in cupboards and access to physical documents restricted and as secure as possible. This helps safeguard personal information.

The weak link in the protection chain is often at the disposal stage in the lifecycle of these documents. School staff who take so much care to protect the data they process whilst it is onsite, often dispose of the material via a paper recycling service, rather than a secure shredding service, designed specifically for schools.

Just like ensuring the material is locked away on site, a secure shredding service with highly trained DBS checked staff helps keep the security of the sensitive information to the highest standard.

Your pupils, parents and employees all have the right to have their information protected. The responsibility schools have in relation to the ensuring personal data is treated appropriately, applies until the data is destroyed.

Disposing of documents in a recycling bin does not ensure destruction, therefore the responsibility for the data remains with the data controller from the School, who puts the information in the bin even when it has left site. If a breach occurs at this point, the school will be fined and the data controller held responsible, not the waste service provider.

Data Protection Responsibility

When confidential information needs to be disposed of, the most secure method is the complete destruction of the information. Once documents have been shredded, they can be recycled with no risk to the School.

Use your head, Let us Shred!

 

If you’re interested in knowing a little more about data protection for schools, the Information Comissioners Office released a document giving guidance to schools back in 2012, which is really helpful. You can find it here.

When having a service is not enough….

Today we want to show you when having a document destruction “service” is not enough.

Having “a service” is something you have done to your car and it may be a cliché but we believe that working in partnership is the only way to work. It is also the only way to ensure complete security to the businesses we protect.

The pitfalls of adopting a standard “service” provider are clearly shown in the image below.

How not to store your waste

 

This image is of one of our competitors’ secure consoles and was taken at a site we were visiting two days ago. Confidential waste is clearly accessible and when you consider that this secure unit is in a communal area of a serviced office, complex risks are multiplied. Various different (and competing) businesses use this console for secure waste and this data is in effect now being shared.

We know this issue has not been addressed by the current service provider. We were told this issue was a regular occurrence a couple of days before every service, when we asked an office user.

The reality is that in this case, the company servicing the site, are doing exactly what they said they would by providing a shredding service to the client.

However, at The Shred Centre we like to think that we provide more than just a service. We  actively secure business’ information through appropriate services that fit the needs of site users.

To do this, we offer the the following;

  1. Site audits are carried out prior to install of any units.
  2. Offer a trial period as standard to ensure recommendations made at site audits are correct in practice. Our trial periods are 8 weeks with no obligation to continue once ended.
  3. Destruction operatives that attend site are trained to spot any security weaknesses and report back to the account manager that same day, should any exist.
  4. In addition, we train our operatives to engage with clients where security weaknesses exist, explaining the risks.
  5. The account manager will book a visit to review security that same day if any risks are notified.
  6. We would recommend changes such as service schedule changes or changes to the number of installed consoles.
  7. Quarterly reviews are held with all clients to ensure that the needs have not changed on site.

In addition to making adaptations should over filling of consoles occur, we also make recommendations based on consoles being under filled. Reducing the number of bins or frequency to ensure a best fit service is in place.

At one of our customers’ sites recently we halved their collection frequency, changing their collections from every four weeks to every 8 weeks. This was down to our operative noting a change in their volumes, with the console being filled only half full on the last two collections.

We believe in, and actually adopt a partnership approach for two main reasons.

Partnership Concept.

Firstly it is the only way to ensure complete security, requirements and site operations will change over time and being in regular contact allows us to work with the businesses we service to keep them secure, planning for these changes rather than react.

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Secondly a healthy partnership is generally a longer term partnership. These types of partnerships protect our own business and keep us moving forward. We value each and all of the businesses we secure and keeping them secure is what keeps our company alive.