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Simon Franklin
Shred Station

The confidential shredding business set up by Simon Franklin in 2008 has grown dramatically in the last 12 months.

Shred Station began as an operator of 'on–site' data disposal vehicles – specially designed vehicles that can carry out the shredding of anything from paper records to tapes and cartridges, counterfeit goods, microfiche, sim cards and X–ray film on a client's premises.

The approach – which mirrored a trend for secure data disposal in the United States – saw the firm build a strong network of public and private sector clients in East Anglia, the Midlands and London.

But in the last 12 months, Mr Franklin has expanded the firm's operations around the capital with the opening of a new secure shredding facility at Harlow – an investment of more than £200,000.

Plans are in place to open a second off–site shredding depot – this time near Norwich – in the weeks ahead.

But he has also continued to invest in his fleet of on–site shredding vehicles – which can dispose of confidential documents and data on a client's premises. Shred Station now boasts a fleet of six vehicles on the road.

Having seen 50pc turnover growth in 2009–10, Mr Franklin has doubled turnover in the last 12 months.

Location: Norwich
Sector: Services
Turnover: Undisclosed
Staff: 14
Website: www.shred
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