Top tips on surviving a flood

It’s been very wet this winter, as it was last year. More rain seems to be a part of life now. Which means water damage to homes and businesses across the UK is becoming more common.

So we thought we’d provide some top tips on how to avoid flood damage to your vital business records.

Keep your paper files stored on the top shelf. Paper is most susceptible to water damage so you could make sure all your valuable documents are on the top shelves, or indeed on top of filing cabinets. flooded-office Of course this means you’ll need ladders or only employ tall people.

Always take the penthouse. If you are moving office make sure it’s on the top floor. Pay the premium, get the views and smirk when the ground floor tenants get washed out.

Go paperless. Paper is old fashioned anyway. Scan any documents you have or get a great supplier to do it for you. Make sure everything is digitised and keep the data in the ‘cloud’, but not the ‘rain cloud’ obviously! Sorry, bad joke but couldn’t help it. It also means you could have a virtual, flood proof, office on a nice warm beach somewhere.

Sandbag the office – permanently. This one also means that if we are invaded you’ll be ready to repel the invaders from your bunker.

Just don’t worry about it. Keep some wellies handy and use a flood as an excuse to stay at home with your feet up.

OK, so the last one is ridiculous for any business. However, you’d be surprised how many clients we have seen who just thought it wouldn’t happen to them. Also it may not be the rain that caused the water damage but a leaking pipe or the fire-fighters response to a fire in the office above. Whatever disaster may befall you ask yourself how you will recover your valuable paper records?

If you need help with dry and secure document storage or document scanning give us a call – we are very good at both!

We miss our Elves!

We really miss our helpful elves. For most of the year they are a fantastic addition to our team. They are incredibly diligent and have a great eye for detail. Which is handy when you have to scan and store thousands of documents every day. Although the constant singing can get a bit annoying.

However, when Santa needs his elves back for the big Christmas push we find ourselves short a few staff. Luckily we know how to plan around it and it doesn’t affect business at all.

We miss their cheeky faces for a couple of months but we have a great relationship with Mr and Mrs Claus and of course want Christmas to go without a hitch. In fact we store spare presents for Santa. Which was meant to be a secret but it was exposed when Santa was ‘Papped’ outside our offices last year. So everyone knows anyway and it wasn’t us who ‘let the reindeer out of the bag’ as Santa had tweeted where he was! We think he’d got a bit carried away on mulled wine.

This year our elves have been especially busy as we have our brand new state of the art premises in Bridgewater with loads more clients to help with their document back up needs. We’ve also found out that one of the elves is a whizz with computers and made us a lovely new website, see it here.

So we are really looking forward to a great Christmas and getting our elves back in January. If you would like to get some elves of your own we’d be happy to talk to the Claus’s about it and see if they can spare some. The elves love the change of scene and they much prefer summer in the UK than the North Pole.

We hope you all have a great Christmas and a prosperous new year.