Halifax accountancy firm Broadbents has become the latest business in the region to sign up to a Yorkshire-based data security and storage service launched earlier this year by Orchard Facilities Management.
Broadbents has been part of the Halifax business community since 1988 and partner Simon Brook said client care and privacy had always been a priority.
He said changes in the way businesses transmit and store information prompted a review of the firm’s data security and online backup.
“With so much in the news recently about data breaches we recognised the need to make our systems as robust as possible and we liked the idea of working with a local firm that would store and backup all our data right here in Yorkshire.”
“We sought advice from Orchard on the best way to improve our data processes so that the information entrusted to us by our clients could be stored safely and accessed easily without any risk of security breaches.”
Orchard Facilities Management currently protects 25 terra bytes of data for business clients and works for companies throughout Yorkshire as well as high profile national organisations including visitor attraction Chatsworth and architect HGP.
It moved its data centre to a new state-of-the-art site near Wakefield in May so that stored information could be managed and monitored more closely and accessed quickly. The move coincided with the launch of a new standalone data service for Yorkshire SMEs.
Orchard Facilities Management's technical director Neil Ewing said: “Broadbents is an innovative firm that carries out much of its client work online and this prompted a review of data storage and a trial of our new Yorkshire data service to manage around 350GB of data.
“The initial trial was extremely successful and the firm has now signed up to on-going management of its entire systems and database.”
Mr Ewing added that local businesses had responded positively to the Yorkshire-based data service making it one of the fastest growing areas of Orchard’s business.
“Recent headlines about data breaches and the impact these have had on big brands and their customers has prompted businesses of all sizes to re-evaluate online security and we have seen a significant increase in enquiries as a result,” he said.