The High Sheriff of Clwyd has opened a new shredding centre on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

Lady Hanmer toured Topwood Ltd’s centre and cut a paper ribbon with her ceremonial sword, to formally open a new baling facility.

Guests were rewarded with a demonstration where a shredding lorry unloaded five tonnes of paper and then baled it for recycling at a UK paper mill.

Topwood has 250 plus on-site shredding customers in Wrexham and North Wales - stretching from Anglesey along the A55 though to Deeside and down the A483 to Wrexham.

The former food production and distribution site on Abenbury Way, Wrexham Industrial Estate, is undergoing further redevelopment.

The commissioning of the baler is the first phase to the new centre becoming fully operational.

The next phase is to install a shredder so the firm can expand its off-site shredding capacity and by the end of April the opening of a planned walk-in shred centre will allow private customers (non-businesses) to bring their personal shredding and see it being securely destroyed before receiving a Certificate of Destruction.

Lady Hanmer’s sons have both worked for Topwood - one of whom was present for the occasion.

High Sheriffs were once closely associated with upholding law and order, so the directors were grateful Lady Hanmer was able to mark the opening of the centre.

The growth in the shredding market has been through the need to protect personal data and commercial information to prevent identity theft and corporate fraud. Data protection legislation such as the GDPR have increased awareness of the need to securely destroy unwanted information.

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