We smashed our fundraising target! Guess how much we raised?

The Scan Film or Store team with their new defibrillatorSo you may remember the rather dramatic blog post we wrote in November last year about our colleague Sophie. A few months before, at the age of just 28, she had collapsed at home in front of her 2-year-old daughter. For no reason that anyone can explain, she’d had a cardiac arrest.

Thankfully Sophie’s husband was there and was not only able to call an ambulance but to perform CPR until they arrived with a defibrillator and could shock her heart before taking her to the Bristol Heart Hospital.

Sophie’s experience shocked (honestly, no pun intended) all of us and we decided that we wanted to do something to make a small difference locally, as part of our 10th birthday celebrations. 

Sophie set up a JustGiving page with the aim of raising the £1500 needed to buy a public access defibrillator (AED) for Woodlands Court Business Park, where the Scan Film or Store HQ is located.

You guys are the best

The community stepped up with even more enthusiasm than we could have hoped for. Friends, family and other businesses on the estate and beyond pledged their support. The Bridgwater Mercury printed the story to spread the word. At SFS we chose not to send Christmas cards, instead donating the money we’d have spent to Sophie’s cause.

Before long we had hit our target – but the figure kept on growing. In the end the total raised stood at nearly £2,500. Amazing!

A new top quality defibrillator suitable for adults and children is now installed in a secure wall case at Woodlands Court thanks to Integrity Electrical in Bristol, who kindly installed it at no charge. London Hearts came along to give us all specialist training on how and when to use it, and several of the other businesses on the estate joined in.

Funding research and care

Smashing our fundraising target also means we have cash left over to donate to the Bristol Heart Institute at the BRI and to SADS, a charity that raises awareness and does research into sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, also known as sudden adult death syndrome. 

We know that this post doesn’t contain your usual dose of document storage and scanning related tips, puns and general silliness, but we hope you’ll excuse the diversion. After all, cardiac arrest could affect any of us – and we might not all be as lucky as Sophie was.

Sophie’s JustGiving page is now closed so if you’d like to donate then please do so directly to one of the charities we’ve mentioned. And if you want to find out more about SADS please visit the SADS website.

Document storage – the risks of adopting a DIY approach

Mouse running through shredded paper - Document storage - the risks of adopting a DIY approachThere are many things in life you’d never attempt to do yourself. Like rewire your house. Or clean the outside of a 25th floor window. Or catch an escaped anaconda. Unless you were an electrician, an aerial window cleaner or zoo keeper, obviously. But when it comes to document storage… well, that’s a different story.

On the surface, it’s understandable. How hard can it be, right? You pop down to Staples, pick up a few reasonably priced archive boxes, stick all that pesky paperwork inside, lob it into the nearest spare room. Job done, and no need to pay those onerous ongoing storage fees.

If it were as simple as that, we’d be encouraging you to follow just such an approach. But sadly it really isn’t that straightforward. We know this because we’ve been doing it for more than 20 years and we’ve seen just how many ways there are for document storage to go wrong.

Here are a few things to add to your risk assessment* when you’re weighing up whether to take a DIY approach to your document storage or to use a professional service like ours.

Fire and flood

“Never going to happen,” you say. “Wellllll….” we say. Thing is, it may not be one of the top three most likely problems you’re going to face in any given week (depending on where your HQ is located and how cavalier your attitude is to chucking lit matches about). But on that rare occasion where a disaster like this does strike it can be devastating.

That’s why we built a bespoke, climate controlled storage warehouse that is monitored and alarmed 24-7, alerting us to the slightest whiff of a problem so we can swoop in and protect the precious papery loot within.

Rats and other nasties

Much more likely than fire or flood and potentially just as damaging. Imagine you’ve finally located that invoice from 2006 that your biggest client suddenly wants a copy of… only to find the key information has been chewed to the point of illegibility. And it’s not just rats. Mice, pigeons, wasps – all enemies of the humble office document.

GDPR fines

Don’t worry, we’re not here to bore you with the intricacies of the recent GDPR legislation. What you do need to know is that we could if we wanted to. In other words, we understand the ins and outs of the legal ramifications of storing physical data and we’ve done everything we need to to ensure the stuff we store is covered. Can you say the same about the spare room at your HQ?

Damp conditions

We’re not talking floods here. We’re not even talking about a leak in the corner of that spare room where you’re stashing your documents. We’re talking about the natural moisture in the air. It’s not good for paperwork. If you’re really unlucky, you’ll end up with a rather unfortunate spread of mould across it all. Oh and don’t imagine that sunlight is any better – then you’ll get fading. You really can’t win, can you?

Being flattened

It’s not just your documents that are at risk if you go down the DIY document storage route. You’ll be surprised by how often we see storerooms piled high with boxes just waiting to topple on an unsuspecting staff member innocently looking for a hard copy of last year’s accounts. That could be you, in which case – ouch. Or it could be a member of your team, in which case – lawsuit. And also – ouch.

Losing stuff

Far less dramatic, far more likely and equally frustrating – and potentially damaging to your business. If you need to get hold of documents quickly, you might think the DIY approach is the only option. After all, you don’t want to be bombing across town to retrieve files every five minutes, do you?

But what are your filing skills like? Do you have a system in that store room of yours? We’ll wager it’s not as good as ours, which includes individual barcodes so we can instantly pinpoint where any given box is. We can also scan documents (even oversized documents) if you need to see them quickly and even send them round via courier so you don’t need to leave the comfort of your desk.

If you’re rethinking the DIY approach to document storage and want to find out how much it might cost to bring the professionals in, give us a call. A chat is always free.

(*What do you mean you haven’t done a risk assessment? Never mind, we have, just give us a call and we’ll look after everything for you.)

The new decade decision: to destroy or digitise

Man holding pile of papers - The new decade decision: to destroy or digitiseThe Twenties are upon us. But instead of piling into jazz clubs, drinking bootlegged liquor and swooning over Picasso, we’re preparing for a decade driven by technology, speed and a very different set of rules. 

During the last 10 years it has remained possible – just – to do document storage the old way. We could wistfully enjoy the way that paper piled our desks, crammed our drawers and blew away whenever the window was opened. We could send humans to fetch documents and be glad when they returned within half-an-hour, out of breath and a little sweaty. We could even keep expanding our DVD collection, blissfully ignoring the internet and its popularity these days. 

“That’ll do” won’t do anymore

If we keep doing things the old way, the times will take us out. Our approach to document storage needs to be digital. And anything left cluttering the office needs to be burned with pyromaniacal glee or cross shredded and pulped into soft tissue. 

This decade there’ll be new challenges that no-one has predicted yet. With technology screaming ahead like a runaway train, markets and industries could change overnight. The more out-dated our systems of storage and operations, the harder it will be to adapt when the next change comes. We could cross our fingers and hope for the best, or we could build something robust – something future-proof.

Speed of the times

Instant isn’t a moment too soon. Now, couriers are racing against same-day deliveries, and WiFi is in direct competition with lightning itself. There’s no place for the slow any more.  These days, if your website takes longer than a second to load, Google won’t even allow you to appear in their top search results. It’s a pirate code of “anyone who falls behind gets left behind”.

While we may be able to function internally at the speed of last year, the moment we start working with other business partners, contractors and clients, the expectation will be now. Generation Y already represents well over a quarter of the world’s population and soon generation Z – who have known smartphones their entire lives – will be making key decisions for many businesses. Things are only likely to get faster.

Whenever we digitise (scan) documents for clients, we can embed sophisticated search and retrieval software in the analogue format of your choice so that everything remains an instant away. That data can then be uploaded to cloud systems to ensure that impatient millennials can find it in less than a moment.

Fire proof or fire away

62% of businesses never recover from major loss of data. Offsite storage is a sensible precaution – which we do also offer – while digitisation protects you from the three data doombringers: damp, heat and age. We’ll offer to keep backups of whatever we digitise so that your business can survive an apocalypse with ease.

Time’s up. Our documents are in need of digitisation or they’ve become clutter, so they should be shredded/incinerated/insert destructive verb of choice here. Whether you need to create space for the new decade, or you need to prime your documents for the future, we can make it happen. Check out our document scanning services to go digital, or our data destruction services to give the past the send off it deserves.

Avoiding the naughty list – data protection this December

Scan Film or Store - Avoiding the naughty list – Data protection this DecemberAs we approach the end of the decade in data protection, one question is looming in everyone’s minds: what will Santa get us for Christmas?

The rules of data protection have changed. With corporate espionage, semi-legal journalism and ransomware lining up to take a swing at sensitive data, the quiet of the night before Christmas has become a little more unsettling. A mouse may not be stirring, but other things might be. And it might not just be Santa coming down the corporate chimney this Christmas.

A message from Father Christmas

The good news is that the North Pole has been in touch. We’ve been keeping some of this year’s presents safe for Christmas HQ. And you’ll be glad to know, all the gifts are accounted for.

The jolly man himself, asked us to forward this urgent correspondence.

“I know, I know, I know. It’s natural to assume that you won’t be on the naughty list, ho ho, ho – sorry, rotten cough – on the naughty list this Christmas. After all you have been working very hard this year. And don’t think I don’t take that into account.

Trouble is, it’s not up to me who ends up with a lump of coal anymore. I’ve got all this – ho, ho – data stuff, that works that all out these days. That’s why you should listen to Scan Film or Store’s advice. I’ll be seeing you – and you won’t be seeing me – in the small hours of the 25th ho, ho, ho – look stop transcribing my cough Rudolph, no one wants to read that…”

Turns out according to Datto’s latest ransomware report, 85% of Managing Service Providers are experiencing ransomware attacks on SMBs (small and medium sized businesses). And while these kind shepherds are doing an admirable job fighting off the wolves, it’s not quite enough.

The Scan Film or Store Christmas blockade

In celebration of all things festive, we’re offering an almighty defence against winter’s less-welcome intruders. We’ll take the wolves out of winter while you tend to that glass of mulled wine.

First in the line of defence is a firewall so hot that you could throw the One Ring into its flames. It would have made Frodo’s job a lot simpler if he had known about it.

Second in our blockade is the latest TrendMicro antivirus controls, primed to annihilate any blackened remains that stumble through the wall of fire.

We’ve armed our servers with uninterrupted power supply protection and mirrored drives. Nothing’s going down while this planet’s still spinning.

To top it all off, every night we’re going to be backing up our data and storing it in fireproof safes in a secure location. So even if everything gets lost, you lose nothing.

Finally, we’re accredited by the government backed Cyber Essentials scheme. So basically, if you back us, you can be sure we’ve got your back.

Still having doubts? We’ve got a fully documented Business Continuity Plan, so if disaster should strike, we can still continue working and protecting your records.

No-one’s getting coal for Christmas on our watch.

See it for yourself

Come and take a tour of our Armageddon-proof facilities. We’re just two minutes from the M5 at junction 23.

You’re welcome to ask our team anything – though they may have to kill you if they tell you everything. It’s a hazard of signing the Official Secrets Act. Our premises and security procedures are independently audited by our customers, ensuring the highest standards. We’d love to talk you through them.

And if there’s any message you’d like us to pass on to the man in red and white. We’d be happy to oblige.

If getting your data security sorted is on your Christmas Wishlist – or indeed your New Year’s resolution list – get in touch to see how we can help with everything from secure document storage to data destruction services.

A shocking birthday story

Scan Film or Store team photoDo you remember turning 10? The nearly uncontainable excitement of reaching double digits? A whole decade on the planet! Now that’s proper grown up.

Well, that’s exactly how we feel this month. Yes, dear reader, Scan Film or Store is 10 years old. And we are as excited as a kid who’s been eating sweets since breakfast and has just seen a clown car pull up outside the house.

It just seems quite unbelievable that we’ve been doing document scanning and storage, secure data destruction, microfilm conversion and the rest of it for such a long time!

A special present…

While we will no doubt be blowing out the candles and popping open the bubbles (none of the team is actually a 10-year-old, you understand – no underage drinking here, thank you) we thought our big birthday deserved something extra special.

And because our local community in Bridgwater is so important to us, we started thinking about how we could give back and say thank you for all the support that we’ve been given over the last decade.

That’s when our IT manager, Sophie, had a bright idea.

…with a serious backstory

Sophie has been part of the team at Scan Film or Store for seven years. Her mum, her aunt and her husband work here too. (See, we told you we were a team with strong family values!)

So you can imagine how much of a shock it was last year to hear that Sophie suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

She was at home when it happened, caring for her 2-year-old daughter. Luckily her husband was also home and was able to give her CPR for 15 minutes until the ambulance arrived. When they did, they shocked her heart using a defibrillator before taking her to the hospital where her family were told she had a 50% chance of surviving.

She spent three days in intensive care, a further two weeks in hospital recovering and had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) fitted in case it ever happens again.

Help us save lives

Sophie has made a full recovery. But not everyone is so lucky.

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any age and at any time. That includes healthy people with no known heart problems or risk factors. The chances of surviving if you’re not already in a hospital are only 8%. But if you get CPR and early access to a defibrillator, those chances go right up.

That’s why the entire SFS team has now trained as first aiders and why, as part of our 10th birthday celebrations, we’re joining Sophie’s fundraising efforts to buy and install a public access AED (automated external defibrillator) at SFS HQ here in Bridgwater.

We want to make sure that we’re ready to step forward if anyone nearby needs our help, and we’ve been visiting the other businesses on the Woodlands Court Business Park to raise awareness of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

If you’d like to wish us a happy birthday, we couldn’t ask for a better present than your donations on Sophie’s Just Giving page. Thank you for supporting us in our first 10 years of trading and we hope your generosity will help us to save other lives with the new AED.

Living on the clouds: document digitisation heaven

Futuristic car - digital Cloud document storage - Scan Film or StoreIf you’re tired of working at ground level, your options are as follows: train to be a pilot, attach millions of balloons to your office building – Up style – or convert to digital. Granted this last option might not give you the same dazzling view, but digitisation can still make your workload feel lighter than stratus-shaped water vapour. We may not be meteorologists, but we can tell you that these digital clouds are worth getting your head into. Here’s why:

Anywhere, anytime baby

Often on the move? Working in multiple locations? Stranded in an airport while your airline goes on strike again? Cloud technology means you don’t need to wait for that plane to take off before you can rise above it all. So long as you have a connection to the world wide web (and if not find your nearest coffee shop of choice), you’re only a click away from all the documents and data you need. Getting to grips with the business of the day has never been easier.

Collaboration in the cloud nation

If you have a team, several teams or even a couple of companies working on the same project, digitisation will take you beyond the pearly gates. Cloud storage means everyone can work at the same time on the same document from different locations. This creates the conditions for faster document creation and easier alteration = allowing your work to speed ahead without calling in the couriers. Even if you’re only sitting across a desk from a single collaborator, cloud storage will save you from printing and passing papers with every edit. You’ll have instant access to the entire database of documents you need.

If the world ends, it’s not a problem

When MC Hammer sung “Can’t Touch This” in 1990 he probably wasn’t referencing his secure data files. But now corporates can get up on their desks and dance along, knowing that their hard work is safely out of harm’s way. Cloud storage places your files in the digital version of Fort Knox, out of reach of thieves and ground level disasters. It used to only be cockroaches that could survive nuclear fallout. But cloud storage means you can safely start World War III and still leave behind a good audit trail.

Springboard into the next big thing

If Back to the Future’s predictions of 2015 were anything to go by, we would be eating re-hydrated pizza and enjoying a 1500ft view while trying to make it through the evening sky-traffic. When it comes to technological forecasts, humanity seems to watch the skies without much success. There’s no telling what might be around the corner in the digital world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for it.

You may have good reason for holding onto your analogue and paper documents, but you’ve also got nothing to lose and a lot to gain by digitising. Apart from anything else, your data will be nimble – capable of converting to any format you desire – paper, CD, microfilm, microfiche, harddrive. It’s like keeping your documents as a liquid that can be quickly cast into any shape. So when the next wave of digital innovation sweeps over us, you’ll be more than ready to ride it.

The sky is waiting. Whether it’s time to wave farewell to your beloved physical files, or you need to hold onto those keepsakes, it’s certainly time to climb into the Cloud. Check out our range of data conversion services or get in touch to work out which solution will best suit your needs. We may not be able to fix the flying mechanics on your 1985 DeLorean, but we can still launch you into the clouds.

Document imaging and scanning is not your problem

SNAP! Document imaging and scanning is not your problem There are some things that are nice to have in-house. A good coffee machine for instance, or a marketing team, or that superb administrator, Derek, the one with the great hair. Other things it might be better to outsource, such as your logistics, your accounts or a second administrator called Evan with even better hair. One task you should almost certainly not be worrying about is document imaging and scanning. Honestly, we’ve cracked this one and we’re pretty excited about it. Here’s why:

You don’t need to fix anything

Nothing cries time-sink quite like preparing all your documents before you scan them. Sure, you’ll save a bit of cash if you don’t give us any duplicates, but otherwise we’ll repair any damage, remove staples and fixings. We can de-skew and de-speckle (a wonderful word that should be used more often), standardise orientation, remove coloured backgrounds and optimise brightness and contrast. Why would you want to do any of that yourself?

You don’t need to restrict yourself

We dare you to find a document we can’t scan. Colour, greyscale, black and white, single, double-sided, paper, Mylar blueprint or transparent. We’re seasoned in everything from invoices to technical drawings, from till receipts to A0 architectural plans. There’s also no limit on length either. We’ve scanned documents up to 25 feet long! If you’ve ever wanted to see a Canon Oce TC4XT in action, you can watch our large format scanner take on the big stuff

You also don’t need to be concerned about the digital formatting. Once the documents are scanned, we can create digital images in pdf, pdf/a, .tif or .jpg format. We’ll provide a full indexing service and optical character recognition so you can locate your documents in digital filing cabinets and search their contents quickly. The time and cost of retrieving documents will be significantly reduced, which means you have more resources to invest elsewhere.

Worry-free scanning of your documents

Even the best laid plans can sometimes go astray, unless of course you’re ISO 9001 and BS10008 accredited (we are). You can be certain of accurate, high-quality results by from us. We only use top-quality Kodak and Canon Oce equipment that could be called an extravagance, but we’ve made it our standard procedure.  

Once scanned, you’ll get your data on a portable hard drive (or CD/DVD, should you choose) with up to 30 days’ free storage for your originals while you check over the database. We can embed bespoke software into the drive so you can retrieve any document at the click of your fingers (note: the hard drive does not literally respond to finger-snapping).

You don’t need to let it leave your site

If security restrictions prevent you removing papers from your premises, or if you feel particularly sentimental about a set of invoices and want to watch them grow up to be digital files, we can provide a complete scanning service at your site. We can even give you a CD, DVD or portable hard drive of the digital documents immediately, so nothing leaves your side.

So while it would be really exciting for you to try this at home, we suggest you’re better off letting the professionals get to work on it, even if we have to come to your home to do it. If you need more convincing check out our case studies of how we have scanned for companies like Rolls Royce, or get in touch with us today. 

How document shredding would make Hollywood films shorter (and possibly better)

How document shredding would make Hollywood films like Wall-E shorterDocument shredding and data destruction done correctly can make all the difference for company security. It can also completely change the plot of many Hollywood films. Here’s a rundown of how some of them might have played out, had the characters known we existed.

Star Wars: A New Hope

The Emperor could have fulfilled his ambition to rule the universe forever, if it hadn’t been for leaked documents. The Death Star, formidable as it was, had its critical weakness exposed because someone didn’t destroy the blueprints. If they had embraced document shredding, Luke would not have destroyed the original and might never have had the chance to confront Darth Vader. Palpatine, you should have gone to SFS.

Saving Private Ryan

An order to retrieve a soldier from the front lines because his mum wants him home? You could risk the lives of your men to fetch him, or you could hand the order to SFS and let us vanish it from existence. Ryan doesn’t even want to be retrieved. So why go all that way, Tom Hanks? Why go?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Because no good Star Wars trilogy can start without a leaked document, The Force Awakens’ entire plot is built around a ‘Map to Skywalker’ that presumably was drawn by the man himself, even though he did not want to be found. Perhaps he needed to archive the information somewhere in case he couldn’t remember where he was. Of course, a different level of security is needed when Kylo Ren can extract the map from your memory using the Force. So far at SFS, we’ve not had to deal with such a situation. 

WALL-E

All the memories of earth were stored aboard the spaceship that kept humans suspended in space. If the (spoiler alert!) rogue autopilot had destroyed the data, no doubt humanity would have never returned. This would have been quite a sad ending, so it’s just as well they archived everything in digital format, ready to be uncovered by the most adorable robot ever seen.

The Hobbit

What do you do with a secret map leading to a secret entrance on a mountain housing a dragon who’s waiting for an excuse to destroy a city? You could go and wake up the dragon, get momentarily rich and then perish in fire. Or you could shred the map to make sure nobody ever does such a foolhardy thing. Still, we learn from our mistakes.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Let’s see Dumbledore, you’ve got a stone that would give Voldemort a chance to rise to power again? You could hide it behind a matrix of trolls, three-headed dogs, living chess pieces and a magic mirror. Or you could just put the stone in our state-of-the-art shredder. Our shredder would probably complain a little – it’s meant for document shredding after all – but it’s all in the name of stopping He Who Must Not Be Named.

So if you’re trying to stop a dark wizard or you’ve recently finished work on a Death Star, give us a bell. Or if there’s other less dramatic documents you need securely shredded, or data you need destroyed, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Document digitisation and the end of the world as you know it

Document digitisation: a young memory card helps an ageing floppy discIn the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams described a place at the end of time where you could sip champagne while watching the Big Bang happening in reverse. A pretty good evening’s entertainment, but not quite as explosive (or should that be implosive?) as the moment that is taking place before our eyes right now.

The digital revolution is causing both excitement and concern, innovation and re-entrenchment. Thanks to document digitisation, vast archives can be searched in seconds, shared without leaving your laptop and documents need never leave a physical trace. It’s quite the spectacle. While our waiter brings you your choice of fine wine and this evening’s band strikes up a tune, let us pull back the curtain and entreat you to enjoy the end of the world as you know it.

Everything becomes data

Document digitisation allows all your archives to sit in the palm of your hand. You may choose to keep your original hard copies, or you can wave sayonara to them once they have become data. You’re going to have so much space in your empty offices, you’ll finally have room to swing that cat that’s been getting on your nerves. One day you’ll be able to upload the feline as well. 

A click away

Have you ever unfolded an A0 technical drawing on your desk? There isn’t much desk left. Storing the thing throws up even more complications. But now they and everything from everyday reports and invoices through to ancient archives and military blueprints can be accessed on a laptop, tablet or even a phone. This isn’t a security issue either, since they can be encrypted beyond the sight of prying eyes. We can scan anything for you and although we haven’t yet scanned the kitchen sink, you might be able to get running water from your phone someday soon. 

No out-of-date analogue

Analogue is gripping the cliff edge by its fingertips in the form of DVDs, CDs and Blu-Ray. But much material has already fallen into the ravine and been trampled by a stampede of wildebeest. The good news is that we can silence Scar’s laughter and bring back Mufasa – taking VHS, cassettes, Betamax, reel-to-reel, cine, video and floppy disks, then releasing this captured material into the wild again with digital technology. 

What you could once only listen to in an 80s car stereo, you can now enjoy pretty much anywhere. Digital transfers made like this don’t get damaged, lose quality or fade. You can share them across the web or play them on a handheld device. The other good news is that we can convert your analogue materials into any digital form you like. Maybe document digitisation and the end of the world as you know it is also the preservation of the world as you once knew it.

Whatever you need

Nothing needs to be static anymore. Digital formats mean anything goes and we can also easily convert your data from digital to microfilm or microfiche, from microforms to paper and from paper straight back to digital. You are no longer limited to one format and you can get professionals like us to destroy the disused formats when you’re done. We haven’t turned lead into gold yet but our data conversion services are getting close.

Okay, okay, so perhaps this isn’t quite a disaster movie! The end of the world as you know it is actually more of an exciting opportunity rather than a sense of impending doom. All things considered, it’s probably a good thing. If you’d like to make use of one of these digital opportunities, get in touch and we’ll build something truly future-proof together.

Microfiche destruction: killing tiny fish, and other things it’s not

Microfiche - a small fish?Okay we admit it, we really like destroying things. Obliterating them from the face of the planet. Documents, data, DVDs, hard drives, microfilm, microfiche. There’s never been a moment we haven’t enjoyed annihilating what’s been handed to us. But before you get the wrong end of the proverbial stick, we should clarify exactly what we mean – and, for the purpose of this blog, what we don’t mean – when we say microfiche destruction.

Not: Destroying tiny fish

Even if we wanted to go on a sea critter killing spree on behalf of a client, we’d struggle to catch them, if we could find them at all. The world’s smallest fish, the paedocypris progenetica can be hard to see, even if it’s in the palm of your hand. Not really one to oven bake in tin foil and serve with a lemon. Unless you are a miniature ‘Who’ person from Dr Seuess’s Whoville, in which case you’d be in for a feast.

Not: Getting even with Michael Fish

If you remember Britain in 1987, you might still hold a vendetta against the naysaying weather forecaster, but we won’t assassinate him for you. Revenge won’t give you peace. Fun fact: the weather forecaster has on several occasions opened aquariums as a celebrity-with-the-scissors. In Hunstanton he was heard to say, “This is my o-fishal opening of this shrimply gorgeous plaice.” While he should probably be prevented from making puns again, destroy him we shall not. If you are concerned by our apparent need to explain away the idea that we are trained killers, you shouldn’t worry, we don’t get assassins in this country. 

Not: Destroying an outdated archive method

Mirco-what-now? If you’re on the younger side of the spectrum you may be tempted to think that microfiche is a dead method of archiving documents. But you’d be missing out. 

So what is microfiche and microfiche destruction?

Microfiche is a tiny sheet of flat film that is covered in a matrix of micro images. For storing hard copy versions of valuable magazines or important documents, there is no more efficient method. We can convert your documents to microfiche, indexing them and creating an archiving solution. So why might you want to do that instead?

While there is a benefit in switching to digital (we do have our head in the Cloud too, and can convert your documents to digital if you prefer), there is sometimes a greater benefit in sticking with microfiche. For a start, most digital forms of storage have existed for little more than a decade – and might not last forever. Whereas, microfiche is guaranteed to last for five-hundred years. Unless of course, you give it to us to destroy, in which case we’ll incinerate it gladly. If you are looking for microfiche destruction services, get in contact and we’ll give you a free quote.

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