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Thinking inside the box

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Filofile makes the News!

Normally the Filofile blog picks up on pieces of news which we hope will be of interest to those with a requirement for document management and storage. However over the last couple of weeks Filofile itself has been in the news and we are delighted to say that coverage has been both national and regional. The Western Daily Press wrote this comprehensive article on how our business started out and has expanded across the South West.

We explained to the journalist: Sometimes it pays to think out of the box and that is just what Somerset based Simon Barber did when 12 years ago he chose to walk away from declining milk prices and a fall in demand for organic dairy produce. His new business got him thinking outside the box to what is kept inside a box – not just one box, but thousands. Despite talk of “the paperless office” over 85% of business documentation is still printed out as hard copy.*

Document storage business Filofile is based in the depths of rural Somerset where Simon converted the farm buildings which once housed hundreds of maturing cheeses into a highly secure storage facility suitable for housing not hundreds, but thousands of documents. These include valuable papers, files of documents, engineering drawings, healthcare records, media files and other confidential records that need to be placed into a long-term secure storage facility.

Simon pointed out that Filofile provides a truly unique service in an area stretching from Bristol to Bath and out to Exeter offering professional storage for office files. Clients have access to next day or same day delivery and priority or emergency requests can be delivered within two hours of an order.

The files are stored in a building with a de-humidifier that keeps every file in pristine condition. Simon converted the building by Installing tight police-linked security systems, fire alarms, shelving and smoke detectors in every aisle. The building’s humidity is kept below 60% which means that the paper stays immaculate.

Simon says, “It turns out that a building designed for storing cheese is also perfect for storing paper.”
The story of a farmer who has moved away from making cheese, but used his old farm buildings to diversify and service businesses requiring document management and storage, didn’t just appeal to the Western Daily Press but was actually picked up nationally in The Times newspaper.

Times columnist Edward Fennell liked the story enough to mention Filofile and owner Simon Barber in his weekly Law Diary column. Here is the clip from the Times, but you can also read it by clicking on:

We are adding both these clips to our press cuttings file and of course will be storing them very carefully. Perhaps you have several files of press cuttings that you would like us to store or other important documents that chart the history of your business or organisation. If you would like to know more about how we can help store and preserve your valuable documents, please click here: Contact us

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