A NUMBER of major contract wins will boost revenue by 20 per cent at Glasgow firm Automated Document Services as the firm works on digitalising 200 year-old parliamentary papers.

Automated Document Services (Auto Docs) specialises in scanning and archiving historic documents and the firm is currently working to create the first-ever digitised collection of the 19th-century House of Lords parliamentary papers in a project organised, funded and led by global information services and technology firm, ProQuest, The House of Lords Library and The National Library of Scotland.

The project will provide online access to more than 100 years of official papers, providing an unprecedented insight into the political history of Britain in the 19th-century.

A raft of further projects are also in the pipeline, according to managing director Pamela Tod, allowing the company to make full use of its 10 specialist book scanners, including three that were purchased last year after the business secured a five-figure funding package from Clydesdale Bank.

Since Pamela Tod became managing director in 2014 Auto Docs has grown staff numbers from four to 20 and opened a second office in London. The firm has also moved to larger premises in the east end of Glasgow.

Ms Tod said the growth of the business has come as a result of its ability to identify a gap in the market for bound volume scanning within the heritage sector.

“It’s been a very exciting couple of years for our business and we’ve seen significant growth,” she said. “We take a diligent approach to project management, which I believe has been a key factor in the delivery of materials on-time and with an extremely high accuracy rate.

“Our proven experience in the field and the technology we’ve invested in the business in recent years has allowed us to win projects of significant scale and stature, and we thank Clydesdale Bank for working with us to help bring our ideas to life.”

Ms McCormack, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank’s Business Direct, said:

“Auto Docs is an excellent business which has seen remarkable growth in not only the size of jobs it has the capacity to deliver but also in the prestigious client list it has grown since Pamela Tod took over.”

It recently completed a major project for The Met Office to scan and collate the daily data recordings from every weather station in the UK from late 1800s to 2000. Providing around 200 years of digital data will provide valuable analysis and predictions of weather patterns.

— This article appeared in The Scottish Herald and was written by their Business Correspondent, Kevin Scott —

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