GDPR will be beneficial to businesses, says Universal Office Products

27th March 2018

Wakefield-based Universal Office Products is celebrating the upcoming General Data Protection Regulations as an opportunity for businesses.

With less than 70 days until the May 25th deadline, businesses and organisations across the country are putting their plans into action. Despite uncertainty surrounding certain areas of the new legislation, coupled with the possibility of steep fines, Universal believes that the GDPR simplifies and improves upon existing regulations. As well as strengthening the Data Protection Directive, first created in 1998, the GDPR protects all EU citizens' data and demands transparency and accountability from businesses. It gives businesses the opportunity to look at the data they store and reassess the way they handle it. As a result, businesses can reap the benefits of optimized data in their marketing and sales, and avoid the costly PR-related consequences of a potential data breach. With this in mind, Universal has put together a suite of services designed to provide a cost-effective solution for businesses to comply with new regulations. These support services will remove the logistical pressures of implementing several data compliance strategies in-house. The range of services spans on- and off-site secure shredding, records management, and digital data destruction, and has been designed with small to medium sized businesses in mind. Businesses can outsource their shredding, archiving, and data processing activities with Universal and benefit from having an auditable trail of data storage and destruction when it comes to compliance. Director, Steve Manley, says, -Instead of viewing GDPR as a nuisance or a threat, my advice would be to look at GDPR as an opportunity to think about how you could do things better when it comes to data handling. It's a great chance to plan ahead and see how you can get ahead by being responsible and proactive with data. For further information about Universal's data management services, call 0845 345 0061 or visit

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