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Topwood have seen an increase in demand for confidential shredding caused by the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into force on 25th May as part of the new Data Protection Act 2018. Organisations have recognised that confidential shredding is a key component when staying compliant with GDPR, particularly high security shredding.

Topwood Ltd have recently been awarded the confidential shredding contract for Herefordshire Council. Topwood will be providing a regular mobile on-site shredding service to numerous office locations around Hereford, cross cutting paper documents to the highest security standard DIN 66399 level P-4.

Here at Topwood, we are pleased to announce we have recently renewed our IS0 27001 accreditation for another year. ISO 27001 is an information security standard regulated by the International Organisation for Standardisation. The standard accreditation includes data handling standards such as shredding EN15713, scanning BIP008, storage BS5454 and staff vetting BS7858.

There have been a few self-storage unit customers having make insurance claims this last week due to their belongings being destroyed. If you have items stored in self-storage units, you may want to think twice after reading about these self-storage disasters...

In the TV series Back to the Floor the boss from some of the UK's biggest firms went out to do the work that hundreds of their employees do everyday. Tom Gilruth (MD Topwood Ltd) has just completed a week with one of Topwood's mobile shredding crews. The TV series was entertainment but going back 'to the coal face' is a serious way for business owners to view their business. read on to to find out why.

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Delivery of another new shred truck is just weeks away. The high security main paper shredder and ancillary hardrive destruction unit have been fitted and tested. The truck will start servicing customers across the West Midlands, North West and North Wales in August.



The deal which was completed in August 2016 demonstrates how the market is becoming polarised. This and other recent acquisitions have consolidated the market to a few one-size fits all mega players while smaller independent shredding firms offer bespoke service driven solutions. Shred-It was thought to be the largest and now Restore latest acquisition means it is closing in on the number one player.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. The GDPR places more liability on data controllers to ensure appropriate security of their data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures. Article 5(2) requires that “the controller shall be responsible for, and be able to demonstrate, compliance with the principles.”

Thanks to all the support from Shocklach Oviatt School we raised over £350 for local charities. With an estimated hit rate of 3:1 the that was an improvement on 2015. The hanging teapots survived and will be back next year!




To ensure patient records are kept secure at all times, procedures must be in place to eliminate the possibility of them getting into the wrong hands, being lost or damaged. Read on to see 4 steps to a secure records management system. 

Independent auditors, Safecontractor have rated Topwood as 'excellent' in managing health and safety. Their report concluded our excellent safety record was a result of the risk management culture that has been adopted by all our staff.



Image result for food standards agency logoThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the first assessment of food crime in the UK. It has highlighted the most common items of food that are fraudulently manufactured and sold in the UK, plus gives details on the techniques and enablers for the fraud.

Personal details about students were posted online by Greenwich University. Read on to find out more.

The ICO has launched a new tool for SMBs to asses their compliance with the Data Protection Act, but what is it? How will it help your business? Read on to find out more.




The ICO imposed the penalty after two laptops containing filmed police interviews were stolen from a residence in Manchester.  Although the computers were password protected the ICO said the sensitive data was not encrypted and the flat had insufficient physical security.

Following years of criticism due to fraud and cyber crime being missed from official data, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has carried out new research which shows that the total number of crimes is double what was                                                             previously estimated.

242 complaints were made within two months, due to an automated call marketing campaign offering "free" solar panels. The firm attempted to blame the technology used by a sub-contractor for which they claimed they had no control over.  The information commissioner, Christopher Graham said the firm's ignorance of the law was "beyond belief" and that they had to take responsibility for a clear breach of the rules.

Image result for hampshire county council logoIt has been revealed that Hampshire Council has been sending 67% of their paper to China for recycling. This highlights the importance of a sustainable recycling process and chain of custody.

Image result for data protection actBetween 2011 and 2014, Local Authorities have recorded 4236 data breaches according to a report that has come out this week. Read on to find out more about the Data Protection Act and how Security breaches like these can be avoided.

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Threapwood has been connected with Super Fast Fibre Optic Broadband. Connecting Cheshire hosted a "Switch On" evening for the community to attend.

It has been reported that charities have subcontracted their fundraising to third party companies, and those companies have been irresponsibly using the data provided to them. The law states that the data controller is liable for any subcontractor and their service. Read on to find out more.

The inquest into the deaths of 3 SAS reservists has been in the news over the last week. Today, the BBC reported that the MoD have searched bins at the inquest. We recommend some articles from our Download centre to ensure safe and secure document disposal in reaction to this news.

Tom Gilruth (MD) is pleased to announce that Topwood have been shortlised for a prestigious Shropshire Business Award. 


The personnel details of employees at MoD Donnington have been lost.  Staff at the Telford base were told yesterday (Friday 5th June-15) that their personal information, which was on a contractor's laptop, was stolen from a car parked at a motorway services.

After the 8th of June 2015, your paper counterpart driving licence no longer has legal validity. Individuals and HR departments should consider destroying the documents or copies with a secure shredding service.

BBC news has today disclosed that the number of people falling victim to identity theft in the UK has increased by a third.

We are pleased to announce that we have been ISO 9001 certified for another three years. ISO 9001 is a Company Quality Management Standard, which ensures our customers receive the highest quality of service.


We are glad that Topwood ensure all staff are professionally trained and are fully vetted. Terrible news about the fraud investigation surrounding a man who worked for a document shredding company and who did not destroy bank records but instead shared them with thieves, according to court documents. 


Inmates at Portland Prison were accidentally given sensitive documents containing names and addresses of local school children. Read on to find out more about responsibilities of data controllers.

Today the Small Business Act becomes law. We welcome the efforts to streamline public procurement by removing barriers to entry, in the hope that smaller businesses can gain better and more direct access to public sector contracts.

Britain's spooks at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the governments' listening post, warns firms that staff are "the weakest link in the security chain" and protective action must be taken.

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