Fam­ily firm gets down to busi­ness shred­ding

The Oban Times - - Business -

A FAM­ILY re­moval and stor­age busi­ness in Oban has set up a sec­ond com­pany de­liv­er­ing a com­pre­hen­sive shred­ding ser­vice.

Sim­ply Shred­ding was formed af­ter re­moval busi­ness MacQueen Bros Ltd saw a gap in the mar­ket for a lo­cal file dis­posal ser­vice which was pre­vi­ously be­ing done by firms 100 miles away.

With sup­port from Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil’s Busi­ness Gate­way ser­vice, MacQueen Bros be­gan fo­cus­ing on Sim­ply Shred­ding and is now work­ing with clients from across the High­lands and is­lands.

Di­rec­tor Mark MacQueen said: ‘MacQueen Bros re­moval and stor­age busi­ness has been go­ing since 1983 and we have worked hard to es­tab­lish an hon­est and trusted rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity ser­vice in an in­dus­try that is fre­quently per­ceived to have re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues. We had ex­panded the stor­age side of the busi­ness which was orig­i­nally based in a small ware­house to now hav­ing our own pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity.

‘Although we have been of­fer­ing an archive stor­age and retrieval ser­vice for a num­ber of years in or­der that of­fices can free up space within their build­ing, the con­fi­den­tial dis­posal of files that are no longer re­quired has up un­til now been car­ried out by com­pa­nies out­with the area.

‘ We felt there was a need to pro­vide this ser­vice in the lo­cal area at a low cost and so we set up Sim­ply Shred­ding.’

Sim­ply Shred­ding of­fers both home and of­fice shreds, work­ing with a range of clients in­clud­ing fam­i­lies who are mov­ing house to large or­gan­i­sa­tions need­ing a monthly ser­vice. Ev­ery piece of pa­per Sim­ply Shred­ding deals with is then re­cy­cled al­low­ing com­pa­nies to also ful­fil their en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy.

Mark added: ‘The help and ad­vice pro­vided by Busi­ness Gate­way has been in­valu­able and I found the web­site to be clear and easy to use with guides avail­able for each step.

‘Hav­ing the in­for­ma­tion on busi­ness plans, fi­nan­cial plan­ning and tax ad­vice avail­able in one place was fan­tas­tic. The one-to- one ad­vice from my ad­viser was also great and I feel sup­ported and aided by the team and would rec­om­mend any- one with a busi­ness idea to con­tact them for ad­vice.’

Graham MacQueen, also a di­rec­tor of the firm, added: ‘We are the only shred­ding busi­ness in Ar­gyll which is ad­van­ta­geous as it al­lows us to keep costs to a min­i­mum, be­ing based here rather than in the cen­tral belt.’

An­gela Ver­nel, busi­ness ad­viser for Busi­ness Gate­way said: ‘MacQueen Bros had a good busi­ness idea and was clear on how to progress plans. The sup­port we pro­vided helped give the firm the con­fi­dence to es­tab­lish the busi­ness and we wish them ev­ery suc­cess.’

NEW VEN­TURE: MacQueen Bros Ltd’s ac­counts man­ager Eileen Sin­clair, of­fice

man­ager Linda Fraser and Graham MacQueen

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