In the latest of our series of ‘Spotlight on’ blogs, we take a closer look at Basildon. As the second largest economy along the River Thames eastwards after Canary Wharf, Basildon is an important business hub. Find out here how CAS can help these businesses and other local organisations to boost their bottom line.
The bare bones about Basildon
The borough of Basildon is in the county of Essex, and is centred on Basildon as its largest town. Just 32 miles east of Central London, it’s home to companies employing approximately 77,000 people. Basildon’s location is ideal for both UK and overseas companies seeking to invest in the region. Transport links are exceptional, via road, rail and nearby airports, as well as the new London Gateway deep-sea container port. Together these provide easy access to London, South East England and Europe.
Despite this great location, rental costs are just a fraction of those charged in London. This has been instrumental in attracting a host of big businesses to the town. Ford Motor Company Ltd, New Holland Agriculture, Leonardo, Honeywell/MK Electric, Gardner Aerospace, and Konica Minolta are just a few of the advanced engineering firms based in the area. Costa Coffee has recently opened Europe’s biggest coffee ‘roastery’, quadrupling Costa’s capacity from 11,000 tonnes per year to 45,000 tonnes.
As for public-sector institutions, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides healthcare for people across Basildon and south-west Essex. As well as Basildon Hospital and Orsett Hospital, the trust includes The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and Billericay St. Andrew’s Centre.
An ambitious local council determined to support business
Basildon’s town council proactively engages with the local business community to ensure it has the support it needs to thrive in a fast-changing economic environment. The council’s Economic Development team is dedicated to supporting businesses already located there, and to attract new firms. Basildon’s ‘Enterprise Corridor’ between Dunton and Burnt Mills is the largest area for employment in the borough and the Essex Thames Gateway sub-region. The project was aimed at tackling congestion and improving capacity at critical bottlenecks along, within and approaching the corridor.
Major financial and retail-sector businesses have moved in
In addition to engineering, logistics, transport and freight, Basildon has also attracted important financial and retail companies. These include First Data, International Financial Data Services (IFDS), and PMS International. These trailblazers represent a significant development for an area long associated with manufacturing. Financial, legal and business administration companies based in Basildon can take advantage of the comprehensive document management services which CAS offers. Our team of specialists are the most highly trained in the South East, and have over 20 years’ experience working with companies whose document management needs are complex. Our highly accredited services provide compliance with all UK and EU standards, including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).
Outsource secure document storage to CAS and further reduce your rent costs
High London office costs are encouraging companies to relocate, and Basildon offers some attractive options. There are currently more than 6,500 VAT registered businesses trading in Basildon. Many of these are small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs). Despite rents and other costs that are lower than London, high-grade office space still commands a premium. One way for SMEs to reduce the cost of office space is to outsource document and file storage. CAS is a market leader in secure document storage and offers cost-effective packages ideally suited to the needs of smaller companies.
Medical records storage for healthcare providers in Basildon
CAS has expertise in medical records storage too. Read the case study of our work with the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust to relocate and digitise patient records. This offers a useful snapshot of our services for NHS and medical-sector organisations, including the emerging MedTech firms based in and around Basildon. Our secure medical records storage facilities have securely gated perimeter fences, and are monitored 24/7 by CCTV cameras, with off-site back-ups. Entry to all facilities is managed with advanced Suprema BioEntry fingerprint IP access terminals. We have installed environmental controls, advanced optical fire beam protection systems, and air quality monitoring throughout.
Document scanning and hosted virtual storage
More and more organisations based in Basildon are following the trend towards more remote working solutions for their staff. As experts in document scanning and data storage, CAS can help. We’ve developed CAS-Cloud, a secure hosted, document management system. This enables organisations to access their documents remotely from anywhere in the UK, using customisable search criteria. The system runs on a bank of dedicated high-grade servers in a bespoke array at our HQ. Once documents are stored in CAS-Cloud, any activity performed on them is recorded and stored for the material’s life. This complete comprehensive audit trail means your compliance concerns become a thing of the past.
What’s more, CAS is able to help organisations to meet the requirements of the Europe-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). One of the enhanced individual rights under the GDPR from May 2018 is the ‘right to be forgotten’. This means that all organisations who hold personal data on clients, customers and employees must be able to remove such records when asked to do so. This is where CAS’s services come into their own, with secure, safe document shredding and disposal of IT equipment.
Whether or not you’re based in Basildon, contact CAS today to find out more about any of our services, or to get a free quote!
About CAS document storage and management
CAS provides comprehensive and secure document storage and management, and facilities management services. For more than 20 years CAS have worked with NHS Trusts, Financial Services providers, and corporate and private clients. Our head office is just four miles from the City of London, supported by our advanced storage centres across the UK. CAS has an impressive array of International certifications (ISOs), which prove our compliance with the strictest national, European and international laws. They also demonstrate our commitment to provide innovative systems on security, confidentiality and quality control in keeping your files safe and well managed.