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GDPR: Top 10 tips for SMEs

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Recently, we featured in the Yorkshire Post with an article from our MD Mike McCarthy talking about how SMEs can prepare for GDPR. The May deadline is not that long away now, and there’s quite a few things to think about…

So here is our advice to those businesses effected by GDPR. And in case you didn’t realise, that’s all of them!

  1. Although not all businesses are legally required to appoint a Data Protection Officer, it makes sense to have one person who oversees activity relating to GDPR within your company. They should take responsibility for checking the guidelines for relevance to your specific business, and delegate actions out as needed.
  2. All businesses need to fully review and update their privacy policy in line with the new regulations. Consider if you store data on children, as that will need parental consent.
  3. One key difference is people now actively need to opt in to receive information from you, rather than only allowing them to opt out. Do web forms or emails need to be adapted? Do you have a database you now need to recontact to see if they would like to opt in? It must also be as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give it and full records should be kept.
  4. Do an information audit. Do you have a lawful basis for keeping the personal information you do? Look at both electronic and hard copy data and consider why and where it is kept. Is it secure? Who can access it?
  5. Personal information shouldn’t be kept for any longer than is necessary by law. Ensure someone takes responsibility for appropriately destroying the information at the right time. Consider outsourcing to a document management company like ourselves. We could keep your files safe and secure and handle the whole process for you. We barcode documents so they can be retrieved quickly if needed, and even automatically destroy them on a given date – so if you know after six years they’ll no longer be needed, we can diarise to safely dispose of them then.
  6. Individuals have a ‘right to be forgotten’ so you must be able to easily delete or remove information if requested. They also have the right to request the information held about them, which must be provided within a given timeframe. Using a document management company like us can help with that – ensuring documents are easy to track and find when needed.
  7. To ensure the confidentiality of personal data, companies need to implement appropriate security measures and regularly test these. If a breach were to happen you must notify the data protection authority within 72 hours.
  8. Ensure information is delegated throughout the business to all personnel. Everyone who has any access to data on customers, clients, service users or employees, needs to know what is expected of them. Appropriate training should be provided.
  9. All paper waste which includes personal data must be destroyed. It’s not enough to put it in the recycling – ideally it needs to be shredded to British Standards by a reputable shredding company, like ourselves, who can then recycle the waste and provide you with a certificate of destruction as proof. Consider how that material is stored before it is shredded – we can provide lockable bins for the office, so the items are kept safe from the moment you no longer need them. We also have mobile shredders which can shred documents at your place of work if you prefer.
  10. Don’t forget that criminals can access data on hard drives, USBs, phones and laptops, even if you think they’re wiped or security protected. If you need to get rid of electronic equipment, we can help with the safe shredding of electronic materials – get in touch to find out more.

For more information from the Information Commissioner’s Office go to

If there’s anything we can help with, please do get in touch.


    Great service from the storage department. Helped me find the right unit and it was a smooth transaction. Would recommend them highly

    5 Stars

    Would have liked more information in print regarding the actual pricing structure particularly all the 'added' extras - insurance, cleaning, deposit, padlock - rather than just the price quoted on-line! Also details regarding access times - as there seems to be an additional charge for longer / 24-hour access, only standard office opening hours covered by the charge.

    Staff very pleasant and helpful!

    4 Stars

    The salesperson who took my initial call and provided the quote on which I based my decision, omitted to inform me of several add-ons until after I had arrived to sign up for the unit with a van load of possessions to offload.

    The service works OK although they need to provide some larger trolleys than the limited range available.

    The location is accessible.

    Not as flexible or as straightforward as StoreFirst in Leeds and Normanton who I have also used.

    2 Stars
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