DOCUMENT management firm Cleardata says it hopes to expand by at least 35% over the next year, thanks to increased interest in its scanning, archiving and software services.
The firm works with around 35 of the FTSE 250 top companies, and has seen a sharp rise in demand services including mailroom scanning. It has expanded its workforce from 10 to 40 since relocating from Forest Hall to Blyth five years ago, and estimates it could add another 10 staff in the next 12 months.
Managing director David Bryce said: “We started off as a small document scanning business then realised customers wanted a one-stop shop for services including scanning and shredding.”
Cleardata was prompted to diversify by the recession, and has now built up a portfolio which includes document scanning, shredding and storage in both a physical space and online in the cloud.
It recently opened a purpose-built archiving premises on Blyth’s Riverside Business Park, which features measures such as biometric fingerprint security and a fire damage reduction system in which argon gas is released to protect documents.
“A lot of businesses are nervous about the Data Protection Act and the fines you can get for not managing data properly, so we’ve invested to make sure we do that very well.”