Clare Balding OBE entertains guests at Suffolk Chamber event

Clare Balding speaking at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Prestige Dinner

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s first Prestige Dinner for nearly two years proved to be a great success as almost 200 guests were entertained to broadcaster and author Clare Balding OBE’s recollections of her career and life experiences.

In her first live public appearance since the first national lockdown in March 2020, Clare Balding spoke to her very appreciative audience for well over half an hour.

She recounted stories from her multifaceted career, including about the Olympics, her interviews with leading sportspeople and her various appearances on Celebrity Gogglebox.

She also spoke about the importance of team building, motivation and core beliefs in delivering successful outcomes whether in the media or in business more generally.

According to John Dugmore, Suffolk Chamber’s chief executive: “It was a great night. I think her stories of aiming high, planning carefully and coping with setbacks resonated with our audience, most of whom have probably experienced such highs and lows in business, especially over the last 18 months.”

Award-winning youths recognised at Inspire Suffolk annual ceremony

Award-winning youths celebrated at Inspire Suffolk annual ceremony

Inspire Suffolk recently celebrated the achievements of their young people at their annual staff and student awards. The Ipswich-based youth organisation support young people onto a positive future and Citrus Security Shredding were delighted to sponsor ‘Team of the Year’

The award ceremony which was held on 1st September celebrated staff who had made a positive difference to students, as well as the achievements of the young people who completed courses over the past year. 

The winners of ‘Team of the Year’ were the Sports Team. So, we would like to offer our congratulations to these brilliant guys (seen here with our CEO Jules Shorrock) as well as all staff and students who went the extra mile throughout the pandemic – well done!

Jules the Panellist

We are celebrating our CEO Jules who has had a very busy 2021 as a guest panellist at various events!

July 19th 
Jules was joined by Access Community Trust talking about recycling & wellness community support, as well as celebrating Freedom Day with East Suffolk WI officers in Stratford St Andrew.

June 25th 
Jules was pleased to talk on Sustainability in Business to members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICEAW) 

March 21st
Nat West invited Jules onto a panel of 4 female entrepreneurs discussing Sustainable business & the environment, as part of a series of International Womens Day meetings. The lively discussion around Net Zero planning was chaired by news presenter Kate Silverton

How female entrepreneurs can adapt to the challenges of 2021

Our CEO Jules Shorrock has been a long-term advocate of both ecologically sustainable business practise and female entrepreneurialism.

Jules was delighted to take part in The Climate and Sustainability session, a part of NatWest’s recent International Women’s Day event, Championing Change where she explored, along with a female panel, the benefits of being a female entrepreneur and the key challenges for businesses in 2021, such as Covid-19, changing shopping habits and the need to be environmentally sustainable as well as the opportunities that these challenges face and how businesses are responding to both.

We are so proud that NatWest agree that Jules is a great example of female-led entrepreneurship. To read the article, click here or to watch the session, click here.

Female led entrepreneurship

We are delighted to announce that our CEO Jules Shorrock has been featured in the brand-new campaign ‘Female Focus’ by NatWest and Getty Images to improve the way female entrepreneurs and business leaders are represented in media and advertising.

‘Female Focus’ sees the creation of a new gallery of images on gettyimages.com, including 15 female entrepreneurs, aiming to illustrate the diversity of female-led businesses in the UK.

We are so proud that NatWest agree that Jules is a great example of female-led entrepreneurship. To read the article in full and feature on Jules, click here

Jules believes that 2021 is going to be a great year for female led business and that it will see more women than ever registering their own business! Check out this short video for more thoughts and inspiring words…

Our CEO Jules Shorrock talking about women in business

Finalist in the 2020 Suffolk Business Awards!

We are delighted to have been nominated as a finalist for Customer Care in the 2020 Suffolk Business Awards!

The Customer Care category is sponsored by Greater Anglia and looks for entries from businesses which show a “clear focus on their customers’ needs, examples of customer-driven initiatives designed to raise service standards and evidence of increased customer satisfaction”.

What an honour it was to read that the finalists will be “those businesses which demonstrate how they exemplify outstanding customer service, consistently delivered at the highest level, by a customer focused individual or team.”

Our CEO Jules Shorrock said: “It is fantastic to win an Award in 2020 Suffolk Business Awards , Finalist in Customer Care group. Citrus continue to manage rapid growth from new home workers & residential enquirers, & to cater for their needs we have a personable call care manager who is available at all times to deal with questions, advising & updating customers. Collection staff are retrained to give customers peace of mind &,to let their smiles shine through the PPE. Citrus surveys & Feedback shows that friendly, caring human contact is very much appreciated, & in this tumultuous year more than ever.”       

For more information, visit the Suffolk Business Awards website or see the following video for the finalists in our category.

Restrictions Easing After Lockdown

Things have been pretty full-on throughout lockdown for us here at Citrus Security Shredding.

We have been kept very busy collecting confidential waste from such establishments as care homes, council offices, medical establishments and other key worker organisations and businesses.

Throughout this period, we have been learning about and applying control measures to the way we collect your waste to ensure that we keep your staff (and ours) safe as well as clients and service-users.

Now, as the country moves into the next phase; businesses have reopened, people are being encouraged to dine out, the world is trying to get back to normal (whilst remaining safe), we have introduced a number of key mitigation procedures to make sure that we can continue to operate in a way that minimises any risk in the way we handle your waste and offers you complete confidence to use our products and services.

One of these measures is that we now provide sacks with numbered tags for any staff who are still working from home and are producing/storing work related confidential waste. Citrus records and IDs these tags as filled sacks are collected, security shredding the data and recycling the shredded papers. This good practice still safeguards your business from information fraud and gives homeworkers peace of mind.

Get in touch if you have staff working from home and would like to enquire about our services, advice or guidance.

Citrus safety measures during COVID-19 lockdown

Things are all go here at Citrus Security Shredding.

We are still making collections… from doctors surgeries and social service teams around Suffolk and we have also found that many people who are stuck at home and sorting out those jobs that they have been trying to get done for years (including clearing out old paperwork and filing) are looking to have this information safely and securely disposed of.

To reassure you that we are adhering to social distancing measures during the Coronavirus pandemic in order to keep both our clients and staff safe and healthy, we thought we’d share this quick video message from our director Jules about the extra safety measures that we are undertaking here at Citrus Security Shredding.

If you would like us to help you dispose of any old sensitive paperwork or anything with personal information on, please get in touch.

New household security service launched

Suffolk isn’t normally known for its mountains – but we believe that increasing numbers of our homes are full of them – piles of confidential items that people don’t know what to do with.

Our managing director, Jules Shorrocks says: “Our research suggests that there are likely to be thousands of households in Suffolk, including a growing number of businesses being run from home, with mountains and mountains of confidential paperwork and other items, some that have been steadily growing for years.”

People frequently store such sensitive documents, including legal and financial ones, and appliances such as passports and bank cards in boxes in lofts, conservatories and on sideboards. As well as being a waste of valuable space, such storage comes with a number of security risks, including identity theft.

Although we have been collecting from domestic properties for a few years, this growing problem has prompted us to launch a completely new service, tailor-made to the requirements and budgets of homeowners.

The new service, called Mountains into Molehills – Household Confidential, offers a secure, attractively designed panier (340mm x 400mm x 235mm) that comes in three colours (blue, green and yellow) and can be discreetly stored out of sight.

We will make a collection of the panier once every four months and will securely dispose of the content each and every time.

Citrus Security Shredding was founded in 2016 and is a Licensed Waste Carrier, fully accredited to ISO 27001 Security Techniques & Information Security Management and is regularly audited by ISO assessors.

In addition to this, all our staff have current CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) security checks and carry ID. Vehicles are locked at all times and collections are monitored.

“We’ve built up a really strong reputation among our commercial customers across Suffolk. I hope that this new household security service Mountains into Molehills – Household Confidential, helps give residents peace of mind – as well as getting rid of those domestic mountains!” added Jules.

The cost of the new household security service is £95 per year. For further information, contact Jules on 07769 698833

Photo credit: Ferini Media