Document scanners eye multi-million-pound revenues

By Tim Aldred

11 Feb 2021

Scan House Solutions has recorded its first ever £1m-turnover year and is predicted to reach £2.5m in 2021.

The Accrington-based company was founded in 2017 and converts paper documents into digital files. 

Working across a range of sectors including the NHS, local authorities, professional services, retail and manufacturing, the company scans in excess of 120 million images a year and grew its workforce by 12 people in 2020 to 34.

By March this year it will expand its service into a 24/7 operation and intends to recruit another 16 roles by the end of the year.

One of the biggest growth areas has been GP practices needing to turn old patient records – known as Lloyd George envelopes – into digital files.

Jeff Chapman, digital transition consultant,  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."

In addition to digitalising Lloyd George envelopes the company also digitises 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.

Jeff added: “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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