AN ACCRINGTON company that converts paper documents into digital files has hit £1 million turnover for the first time.

With this milestone hit, Scan House Solutions is now targeting a turnover of £2.5 million and to recruit 16 new employees by the end of the year and hopes to expand into a 24/7 service by March.

The company, founded by Simon Holroyd in 2017, already scans over 120 million images a year for clients including Lloyd George, the NHS, local authorities, professional services, and various retail and manufacturing firms.

Digital transition consultant Jeff Chapman said: “Currently 25 per cent of our work relates to scanning of Lloyd George records, but we anticipate this will double in the next 12 months to 50 per cent.

“GP practices have a number of reasons to digitise their patient records, including creating additional clinical space by removing bulky stacks of paper.

"There is also the need to reduce the risk of lost, stolen or damaged records and ensure patients’ medical information is kept safe.

“Having medical records digitised means a patient’s medical records can be located in a simple search and shared with other care providers immediately."

Scan House Solutions' technique works by converting paper documents into digital files using state-of-the-art data capture equipment.

In addition to digitalising Lloyd George envelopes they also digitalise HR files, council records, credit and loyalty card application forms, direct debit mandates, patient records including x-rays, legal documents, student records, paper archives, historical manuscripts, books and invoices.

The company's growth has partly been aided by the increase in people working from home during the pandemic, with a particularly noticeable spike in demand coming from GP practices.

Mr Chapman said: “With the implications of people working from home we anticipate the number of images we scan will increase in excess of 30 per cent in the next 12 months.”

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