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Solutions for Better Document Security

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Looking to secure your documents but all out of ideas? Here’s a solution which will offer you great security for important information.

As a nation, we have a sort of nostalgic love for paper. Nothing quite beats the feeling of a crisp piece of paper or the smell of a new book. With all of this gushing over paper, we often lose sight of its major disadvantages like the fact that it is easily lost, stolen or damaged. For this reason, it is curious that companies still insist on storing sensitive and important information in this way.

So is there a better solution?

Of course there is!

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Scanning and digitising documents offers the opportunity to store files digitally in secure document management systems. Files can be indexed and OCR software applied, to make them easy to find when needed but, to ensure that only the relevant people can view the digital documents, they can be encrypted and password protected. Imagine someone broke into your office with files stored in hard copy in filing cabinets, folders and boxes. How long do you think it would take them to steal vital information about your clients and the company itself? My bet is, not very long. They could be away with that information before your alarms have even been triggered. On the other hand, if you store your information digitally, in encrypted files with passwords to protect them, anyone who breaks in would have a difficult time trying to steal them before someone discovers them.

Misconceptions About Digital Document Storage

With the recent news about companies such as tech giant Sony being hacked with devastating consequences, many people are skeptical about digital file storage. I recently wrote an article addressing this skepticism and looking at what we can take from the hacking news but, in short, storing files digitally still is the safest way to store files, if done correctly. So don’t use easily hacked passwords and update security systems are just a few tips we are advised to follow to ensure important information isn’t stolen. If you follow them, your documents will be safe from loss, damage and theft.


Document Scanning Services

Scanning services like us here at Pearl Scan can scan your documents to help you benefit from increased security. Our service can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual client with a wide choice of digital formats and delivery methods for you to choose from. We handle to entire process from collection and scanning to delivery of your digital documents and secure shredding and disposal of the originals. If you would like some more information about how we scan documents and the other benefits for you and your company, give us a call or check out our website.


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Make Working and Admin Tasks Simpler

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Transform your admin office into a slick and efficient production line by managing your files digitally. Whatever your current problem, document scanning can help.

Admin Problems

Administration and filing are tasks that many workers shy away from but those who work all day in admin offices that manage documents manually can face a long list of problems. Here are just a few.

Poor Filing & Slow Tasks

Are you struggling to locate files in an unorganised system? Is file retrieval slowing down or even halting your everyday tasks? Paper files and documents can easily be misfiled and once a file is placed in the wrong section it is, in effect, lost until a member of staff accidentally comes across it while searching for another document. This leads to slow and often unproductive tasks.

Picture this…

You have been asked to retrieve an important file for a member of staff. When you search through a filing cabinet for this file, you find that it’s not there. You spend a long time searching the office for this one particular file but it’s no where to be seen. Not only have you just wasted a great deal of valuable time but you also have to break the news to the member of staff who needs it and they almost certainly won’t be impressed.

Compliance Issues

With an unorganised system, it becomes difficult to keep track of all of your files so if you’re asked to retrieve certain files and you can’t find them quickly enough, you can risk fines for breaking compliance laws. Breaking compliance laws also won’t do a great deal of good for the company reputation either.

Lack of Space

Files stored in hard copy can soon overrun any office with cumbersome filing cabinets, boxes and folders. Office space is highly valuable, especially in lucrative parts of the country, so wasting it by filling it with unnecessary things is certainly not the best way to go about it.low office morale

Low Morale

All of the problems above are bad enough but if you have to deal with them on a daily basis, your morale is almost certainly going to be affected. It can be stressful and knock your confidence when you feel you can’t do the job you are being paid to do.

Digital Document Management

There’s one solution that can solve all of the problems above and more. While it might sound like complicated, digital document management simply refers to the process of storing and managing files in a digital format rather than manually. Digital document management enables files to be stored electronically and if done correctly, you can end up working with a highly efficient system that will transform your office.

Digital document management (also known as electronic document management) can be used by admin offices in a wide range of industries so whether you work in education, law, finance, healthcare or any other industry, going digital can save you time, space and money and relieve compliance and security issues.

Document Scanning

Now you’re probably wondering how you can set up a system that will banish all of those problems. Well, it’s simple, all you need to do is digitise your stored files and set them up in an electronic document management system. Once the system is set up, you will be able to retrieve necessary files in an instant through simple text searches as well as securing them with file encryption and password protection. That’s not all. You can also share files electronically to avoid loss or delay.

Scanning Services

If setting up the system yourself seems a bit too complicated, we can help. Pearl Scan provide document scanning and document management solutions for businesses and organisations across lots of industries. We can scan your documents in high quality and have a system set up almost immediately so you can get started reaping those benefits.

If you would like some more information about how we can help you and your company to go digital with administration tasks then give us a call or browse our website and blogs.


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Reclaim Lost Time with Document Scanning

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Do you find your days are wasted searching for documents and files with very few productive tasks actually being completed? Not only is your file management losing time, it could also be losing money and lowering morale too. Now’s the time to act!

Wasted Time

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Retrieving files from a manual storage system can be an extremely slow process, especially if your system is unorganised. It can be even worse if you store your documents in off-site storage facilities where you often have to wait days before the requested file is delivered.

Offsite Access

Nowadays, a lot of people work flexible hours with the option to work from home but this means if a member of staff is working from home and doesn’t have the document they need there they will have to travel to the office and retrieve it or have someone spend time finding it and getting it to them.


To share a document stored manually, you will need to photocopy it or scan it so you can send it to the relevant people. Photocopying will also waste paper, ink and electricity.


Editing documents can be messy or involve the recreation of documents. This is time consuming and again wastes paper, ink and electricity.

Document Scanning Can Change This

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Once documents have been fully digitised, they should be indexed and have Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software applied to make the digital images fully text searchable. This will mean that when you need to find a file, you can do so with a simple text search of relevant details such as title, date, name etc. or even by searching words from the content of the document. With instant file retrieval, you and your staff will no longer have to waste time searching through filing cabinets, folders and boxes for the information you need.

Offsite Access with Electronic Document Management

Unlike physical files, digital documents are much more flexible. Depending on your digital file storage method, whether that’s on a shared network, secure FTP or cloud platform, you can have the opportunity to log into any device, from anywhere with access to the digital files. This gives the ability for employees to work from home without wasting time have information and documents delivered to them and will also cut down the number of unproductive tasks.

Sharing After Documents Have Been Scanned

Digital documents hold the advantage of being able to be shared quickly and easily through email or shared access to documents. This means that files and documents can be referred to the relevant people efficiently giving the ability to get quicker feedback and tasks can be completed quicker.

Editing Digital Documents

If a digital file needs editing, this can be done simply on the original document without the need to waste paper or ruin original copies. Software like Google Docs even allows more than one person to read and edit documents at the same time enabling a number of employees to complete tasks quickly, not just one.

Scanning Documents with Pearl Scan

Here at Pearl Scan we provide a completely bespoke document scanning service for clients wanting to reclaim the time they currently waste on an unreliable and inefficient manual system. We handle the entire process from collecting your documents with our secure nationwide collection service to the scanning and delivery of your high quality images in your required format via whichever method you want (CD, DVD, USB, secure FTP etc.) Our superfast scanners enable us to complete your projects within a quick turnaround so you can start reaping the benefits of going digital right away. You can check out our website for more information or get in touch to receive a quote for your scanning project.


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Build a Happy Office With Better Document Management

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The way your office manages its documents can have a big effect on your employee’s morale so it’s important to take action now!


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Effects of Low Office Morale

While some people might take the idea of low office morale lightly, it can bring serious repercussions for not only the working environment but for the overall business too. When employees don’t feel motivated or supported by those around them, the most obvious effect is a dip in productivity but you could also see effects on working relationships. It can also project a bad atmosphere to potential clients and effect current customer relationships. More worryingly, an employee suffering from low motivation and morale at work can lead to health issues through stress or depression leading to a rise is absentees. Every single one of these problems will be seen in a lowering of profits so before anything gets that far, we think it’s time you address it.

Smile & Scan Your Documents

Not being able to complete simple tasks because of a difficult to manoeuvre document management system can easily lower morale but there is a very simple solution to this. Adopting a digital document management system by scanning the documents you currently store in, shall we say, an organised mess will provide you with a much simpler way to manage, retrieve and share files. With your current system, employees may be spending up to 30% of their time every day searching and retrieving files and wasting even more on unproductive tasks. With scanning and digital storage, files can be retrieved in seconds through simple text searches and they can be shared via email with no need to print or photocopy documents. No one wants to be held back from doing the job they’re paid to do and by showing staff that you care by making changes you can boost morale in a big way.

Document Scanning Service

Have you been convinced? We would love to help you in your quest for a better working atmosphere. We provide a fully bespoke document scanning service with tried and tested document management solutions that can bring you a simple yet effective document management system.

We will handle the entire process so you don’t have to worry yourself either; from collection of your documents to delivery or the digital files. Our scanning service gives the ability to scan to a range of formats including PDF, searchable PDF, TIFF, JPEG and more. You can also receive your digital documents fully OCR processed to make them fully text searchable in your new system. If you would like some more information about Pearl Scan’s document scanning service, take a look at our website or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.


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Generate Revenue With Document Scanning

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Companies and businesses are always looking for ways they can generate revenue with marketing campaigns and deals to attract new customers but there’s been one idea staring them in the face for a number of years now; document scanning.

What is Document Scanning?

Also known as document imaging, scanning is the digitisation of documents into the form of a digital image. The documents may be converted to PDF, TIFF, JPEG or a range of other formats and the digital image can then have software applied to make the text contained searchable. The switch to managing documents in this way can bring a great deal of benefits which I have spoken about in previous articles. One particular benefit which attracts a lot of businesses towards scanning services is the way it can generate revenue. This might sound like an impossible idea but it’s true. Let me explain...

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To make it understandable, I’m going to explain a situation that one of our clients were recently experiencing before they got in touch.

At the time, they were employing five members of staff to deal with the 2000+ proof of delivery (PODs) documents the company received on a daily basis. Each member of staff would manually deal with around 400 documents every day. Sometimes, in around 5% of the total documents completed, there would be a slight mistake which would mean that particular POD would need to be processed again and the client request dealt with by customer services then the corrected documents would be sent once again to their distribution department.

Assuming that each employee mis-processes around 20 of the 400 PODs per day (100 PODs overall), we can then calculate the money wasted correcting these mistakes. These 20 corrections would take around two hours for each employee to correct.

2 hours x 5 members of staff = 10 wasted hours.

If these staff are paid £10 per hour (as a round figure), those wasted hours equate to £100 per day. Of course that would be £500 per working week, adding up to a massive £26,000 annually!


Were they to invest just £5000 in scanning services to digitise their PODs and remove the risk of human error in processing completely, they would STILL end up generating £21,000 extra revenue each year. By these savings, just 10 years of scanning and digital document management will make the company over £200,000 in revenue!

If you’re looking at that and thinking “my company could never generate that much revenue”, you’d be surprised. Even with a small company, switching to scanned and digitised documents can save time and space and, as a result, generate that revenue from the word go.

Document Scanning Services

Here at Pearl Scan we offer a bespoke yet affordable document scanning service which can help you on your way to generating more revenue straight away and for many years to come. We have worked with companies, organisations and individuals from a wide range of sectors including those who work with legal paperwork, healthcare records, HR files and education documents.

Along with our successful scanning service, we also offer some additional, optional extras such as OCR processing to make digital documents fully text searchable by their contents, document retrieval software to help you manage your digital documents efficiently, use of our cloud platform to secure documents online and secure shredding and disposal of your original documents. These services cost very little (and are sometimes even free) and can further aid the increase in revenue through efficiency boosts and space saving.

If you would like some more information about scanning documents with Pearl Scan or any of the additional extras, give us a call today. We can give you a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project and an estimation for how much money you might be wasting with your current processes.


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Why Choose Pearl Scan

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We are backed up by external quality and security audits. Our operations have been audited and approved by many NHS, Local Authorities, Private blue chip companies and we pride ourselves on the high levels of quality and security we provide to each and every one of our clients.

Our data capture and document scanning services offered in London are accredited to industry standards.