Funding helps firm to open storage service

Grant support has helped a north Northumberland company to open a storage, scanning and shredding service.

Monday, 11th February 2019, 07:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 14:57 pm
Laura Smales

Smales Secure Storage, based at West Allerdean, has gained the support of the LEADER programme.

Established in 2001, Smales Secure Storage now provides a full document management service to private sector clients, as well as organisations throughout the UK.

LEADER’s support has helped create a dedicated document storage facility and high security bulk scanning service.

Company director Laura Smales said: “The support from Northumberland Coast and Lowland’s LEADER programme has been invaluable for the growth of our business.

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“By investing in high security measures and top-of-the-range software our service can ensure GDPR compliance, maximum efficiency and actually save our client’s money.”

The company’s expansion will result in increasing its staff, a core part of the LEADER support.

Ms Smales said: “Smales Secure Storage has a fantastic team, most of whom are local to the area and have been with us from the very beginning. They are experienced in high volume document handling and we value their hard work. We are now pursuing new contracts to fully utilise our facility and highly efficient staff.”

Ross Lowrie, chairman of the Northumberland Coast and Lowland LEADER Action Group, said: “This is a great example of LEADER funding supporting rural jobs and business activity. We wish Laura well in her new venture.”

LEADER funding has been instrumental in allowing several local businesses to start-up or expand.