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PHS Datashred acquires Milton Keynes based Shred Secure

25/03/2011 00:00:00

PHS Datashred has continued its national expansion by purchasing Shred Secure.


Datashred is on the acquisition trail and has attained Shred Secure, a £1.2 million turnover business based in Milton Keynes. The deal follows the recent acquisition of Shred Easy, a £7 million turnover company. 

Datashred now has 15 destruction centres nationally to service our growing professional services client base.

Anthony Pearlgood, commercial director of PHS Datashred, said:

“Our aim this year is to own the shredding market nationally. This acquisition means, in the last two weeks, we have cornered the market in Milton Keynes and Manchester.

“We’re always looking at opportunities to expand and Shred Secure fitted perfectly with our growth strategy.

“Our growth is down to the fact that business identity fraud is on the rise and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has imposed fines on businesses guilty of breaching the Data Protection Act. Shredding is a permanent way to alleviate this problem.

“We will offer our new and existing customers in Milton Keynes improved service levels, enhanced security standards, a more flexible range of services – including both on and off site shredding and recycling and waste disposal services.”

Russell Harris, former managing director of Shred Secure, said:

“This acquisition is the result of many years of work. We have built up a solid client base and are known for offering secure confidential data destruction services. We already have a good working relationship with PHS Datashred as we have worked together on numerous projects and have similar values and offerings.

“Many of our employees will also continue to work at the Milton Keynes centre; I have been employed as Head of Communications. This will offer clients consistency and added security expertise as I am the Chairman of the BSIA (British Security Industry Association) Information Destruction Section, having taken over from Anthony Pearlgood, who is now Vice Chairman.”