The number of micro businesses in the UK has soared in recent years.
In fact, they account for 94% of all businesses, a 2019 survey by Vistaprint found.
In 2015, official statistics showed there were 5.15 million micro businesses in the UK, that’s businesses employing less than 10 people. Although many were run by solo entrepreneurs, more than a million of them were employers.
Little surprise, then, that there has also been a boom in outsourcing in recent years.
Micro business owners know they can’t do everything themselves.
They have been outsourcing marketing, administration, human resources, social media, and IT support.
If your business is part of this outsourcing boom, building trust with potential clients is key.
So, having systems in place to ensure you deal with their data securely is a vital part of ensuring your prospective clients don’t find a different provider.
Dealing with clients’ employees means there will be lots of confidential letters and files which must be kept for a specified period by law.
However, once this period is up, you need to ensure your confidential paper documents, and the old hard drives containing digital versions of these files, are shredded securely.
Outsourced human resources companies exist on their reputations for confidentiality. Not only could a data breach spell disaster for your business, it could be disastrous for your client’s business, too.
Marketing and social media
No business wants their marketing or social media plan to fall into competitors’ hands.
So, outsourced marketing companies should be conscious of dealing with client data securely. Confidential waste containing marketing plans, details of individual employees, and financial projections should be shredded securely.
Virtual assistants and other outsourced administrators deal with so many confidential documents.
From business plans, accounts, and company bank statements to travel arrangements, personal banking details for company employees and directors, phone numbers, and email addresses.
Many VAs sign non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements with their clients, so protecting data is a huge part of the service.
Having a secure shredding service on hand to deal with confidential waste – and old hard drives when you upgrade your computers – is a vital part of protecting a VA business.
Ensuring your old hard drives in PCs and laptops, old phone SIM cards, USB sticks, and image cards are destroyed securely is one of the best ways to protect your clients’ data.
Despite the idea that we’re moving towards paperless offices, there are still hard copies of contracts, bills, invoices, and supplier lists to contend with, too.
So, when it comes to outsourcing, why not take a leaf out of your clients’ books and do a little of the same – outsource your own confidential waste shredding!
Why you should choose Taclus Confidential – A South Wales secure shredding company
We offer confidential paper waste and hard drive destruction services at affordable prices.
Taclus Confidential holds the accreditations for ISO 9001:2015 for quality management and ISO14001:2015 for environmental management and has been certified by independent auditors IQS for both.
Taclus has also been selected as the confidential waste management partner for Keep Wales Tidy.