BSIA welcomes its 40th information destruction member at thriving ID event

The second edition of the annual Information Destruction (ID) Conference and Exhibition, organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and its ID section, was held on the 8th of June, in Birmingham. Following the success of 2010’s event, this year’s specialist exhibition and conference, targeted at professionals in the information destruction industry, proved even more successful, with a record number of delegates attending on the day.

An informative exhibition, featuring three shredding vehicles, accompanied a conference programme aimed at providing insight into recent developments in the industry, including regulation surrounding data security, sustainability issues, marketing advice for companies and guidelines on keeping information secure in the corporate environment. Speakers included David Reynolds, Information Commissioner’s Office Lead Policy Officer, John Sim, Regional Head of Corporate Security at HSBC, Martin Hutchins, Director of the Cambridge Professional Academy and David Cook, Managing Director of Arjowiggins Graphic.

During his opening speech, James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, presented Simply Shred with their BSIA certificate, officially welcoming them as the 40th member to join the Information Destruction section since its launch in 2001. “The BSIA’s ID section has come a long way since its humble beginnings a decade ago. It has now grown to become one of the Association’s best represented sections, and awarding Simply Shred their membership certificate during the event seems very fitting.” said James.

“This year’s edition of the event has proven more popular than ever, demonstrating the growing scope of this industry and the eagerness of all its key players to keep abreast of any developments in the sector, technology or the regulatory framework.” concludes James.

Russell Harris, Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction section, was also thrilled with the outcome of the event, and commented on this year’s success: “Changes in regulation, technological developments and sustainability issues are all having a significant impact on our industry, so now more than ever it is important for ID companies to get together and share best practice.”

“We are delighted that our event is proving so popular. The caliber of this year’s speakers and exhibitors was outstanding, and I am sure delegates will walk away from here having acquired good advice and information about the growing industry we operate in. I look forward to building upon the success of this event and, more broadly, of that of our ID section, with any future activity.”

The Information Destruction Exhibition and Conference took place on the 8th of June at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, and was sponsored by Global Recycling T/A Shred Tech UK, AXO Shredders and Vecoplan.

The BSIA and its members are always available to assist businesses wishing to keep abreast of data security developments and implications for their businesses. For more information about the BSIA’s ID Section and to learn about upcoming events, visit,

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