Pamela Tod became managing director of Automated Document Services Ltd (Auto Docs) in 2014, alongside technical director Ewan Christie. Since then the company has grown exponentially; increasing staff numbers and opening a second office in London. It credits part of this success to 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. The deal was arranged by Yvonne McCormack, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank’s Business Direct.
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.
Auto Docs has also recently moved to larger premises in the east end of Glasgow and achieved Bsi certification in ISO 27001 (Information Security) & 9001 (Quality).
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, managing director of Automated Document Services Ltd, 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.”
The business, which operates 10 i2S Cobalt copi book specialist scanners among others, has a confirmed pipeline of work for the year ahead.
As well as specialising in book scanning, Auto Docs also offers data capture, desktop, large format and production scanning.
Yvonne McCormack, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank’s Business Direct, said: “Auto Docs is an excellent business which has seen remarkable growth in not only the size of jobs it has the capacity to deliver but also in the prestigious client list it has grown since being taken over by Pamela Tod. I’m glad we were able to provide the level of support required and I look forward to continuing to work with Auto Docs to watch it develop and grow.”