Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, Britain’s former ski-jumper who came last in two events at the 1988 winter Olympic Games, got everything right when he opened PHS Data Solutions’ data shredding facility in Manchester.
Edwards and the mayor of Trafford were among the guests, PHS directors and staff for the formal launch of the £800,000 plant, which is expected to handle almost 8,000 tonnes of confidential paper a year.
PHS Data Solutions, a division of the PHS Group, also opened a centre in West Yorkshire in 2015. Its clients are in government, the NHS and pensions, insurance, legal and retail sectors. The parent has grown from a family-run firm in 1963 into a multinational company, servicing more than 200,000 customers in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Netherlands.
Managing director Anthony Pearlgood said the Manchester facility was a “significant investment by PHS Data Solutions in destruction sites”.
“Our business has outgrown our existing confidential shredding centre in the area. This facility gives us the extra capacity and the room for expansion that we need,” he said.
A film about Edwards’ exploits, Eddie the Eagle, was released in March. During the 1988 Olympics, Edwards finished last in both the 70m and 90m events. Those performances prompted the authorities to raise the qualification standards for Olympic events.
- Photo (from left): Pearlgood; Stewart Bowles, managing director of PHS Datashred; Edwards; mayor of Trafford John Holden