A HOLME Valley firm has consigned its filing cabinets to the skip – after doing away with all paper from its offices.
Honley-based independent financial advisers McGowan Associates doesn’t need to worry about recycling paper as it has switched to a totally paperless office system. All documents are kept electronically, with several back-ups.
Senior financial adviser David McGowan said: “People have been talking about a paperless office as far back as the 1980s. But most people ended up printing off paper copies of electronic documents, so you didn’t gain anything.
“With our system, absolutely everything is electronic and totally integrated, so whatever information you need is at your fingertips, whether it was created yesterday or five years ago.”
Mr McGowan said the system works even when computer problems strike.
“The system stores multiple copies of everything at separate locations,” he said. “We use the highest level of security available and even have our own power supplies in case of a power cut.
“ Basically, this system offers both us and our clients even more protection than rooms full of filing cabinets filled with paper. It’s a win-win situation all round.”