Glasgow business scans for new opportunities

Glasgow business scans for new opportunities

A Glasgow-based business which scans and archives historic documents is forecasting a 20% growth in turnover and staff levels in the coming year after securing a number of major contracts.

The company has grown exponentially since Pamela Tod became managing director of Automated Document Services Ltd (Auto Docs) in 2014, alongside technical director Ewan Christie.

Staff numbers have increased and the company has opened a second office in London, after identifying a gap in the market for bound volume scanning within the heritage sector, securing a number of major contracts in that field.

Last year the business secured a five-figure funding package from Clydesdale Bank to enable it to buy three new high-spec scanners.

Auto Docs is currently working to create the first-ever digitised collection of the 19th-century House of Lords Parliamentary Papers in a project organised, funded and led by global information services and technology firm, ProQuest, The House of Lords Library and The National Library of Scotland.

This work will provide online access to more than 100 years of official papers.  The project, which began in April 2015, will give an unprecedented insight into the political history of Britain in the 19th-century.

The business recently also completed a major project for The Met Office to scan and collate the daily data recordings from every weather station in the UK from late 1800s to 2000. Providing around 200 years of digital data will in turn provide valuable analysis & predictions of weather patterns.

Pamela Tod said: “It’s been a very exciting couple of years for our business and we’ve seen significant growth. We take a diligent approach to project management, which I believe has been a key factor in the successful delivery of materials on-time and with an extremely high accuracy rate. Our proven experience in the field and the technology we’ve invested in the business in recent years has allowed us to win projects of significant scale and stature, and we thank Clydesdale Bank for working with us to help bring our ideas to life.”


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