Homes Through the Ages

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The stuff we think we need – it wasn’t always so

While most of us wouldn’t want to go back to the way people lived centuries ago, it is interesting to look at the development of possessions through the ages.
It is only in the last hundred years or so that what we consider the essentials in our homes has become such a long list.

Working Abroad and Your Home

Working Away

It is not unusual for businesses with operations in several countries to ask employees to work at a different location for a time. If this is likely and you will be working away for more than six months, and your family is likely to be moving with you, but it is not a permanent move, you may not want to sell your home or leave it empty.

You may instead decide to rent out your home.  We’ve put together a

September Special Offers – Ipswich Branch Only

Offer 1

Buy 2 Medium Boxes

Get 2 Large Boxes Free 

Free Box Offer

Buy 2 Med. Boxes and Get 2 Large Boxes Free

Medium Boxes – 410cm x 650cm x 380cm £3.00 ea

Large Boxes – 930cm x 320cm x 470cm (normal cost £3.00 ea)

While stock lasts

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Offer 2

Work Gloves £1.00 per pair 


Work Gloves £1.00 per pair

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Laptops For Africa – Part 2

A school in South Africa which was visited by the Kesgrave High School expedition team


Back in December last year I wrote a blog about a conservation and community-based project to South Africa which my daughter would be lucky enough to be taking part in.
Kesgrave High School (KHS) were asking for donations of old laptops to take to South Africa for children at a school near Port Elizabeth. I’m not sure where the time has gone since writing that 1st blog in December 2017 and unbelievably this amazing trip and

GDPR and Archive Storage

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GDPR Applies to Paper Archives Not Only Online Records

Many businesses and other organisations are legally obliged to keep records for a defined number of years.
These records, for example, legal documents and health records, are often in printed form and it may not have been possible to convert them into digital records.
However, paper records can soon start eating up space and one solution has been for organisations to store them with self-storage companies.

The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) rules about keeping records containing personal information came into force in May this year, and the focus has been largely on the security of digital records. But many do not realise that the regulations also apply to paper records.
The responsibility is with the organisation or company that is archiving the records, not with the storage company.
Self-storage offers 24/7 access to clients in secure locations, which takes care of one aspect of the GDPR regulations.
However, there are several steps that record owners must take to comply.


The aim of the regulations is to allow access and right to request removal of information to the individuals whose information is being kept. Although there are exemptions, such as with health records, but the organisation must register with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as an exempt organisation.
In principle, if a person requests removal of all or part of their information the record-keeper must comply. An organisation must be able to fulfil this request.
This means that a specific person within the organisation must be appointed as Data Manager/Processor.

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GDPR Regulations and Rules

Storing Records

Access to the records, and therefore keys or codes for the storage facility, must be limited to named individuals from the organisation storing archives at the facility.
There needs to be clear documentation of the records being stored and the details they contain. It must be accessible so that records can be quickly found if an individual asks to see their records. There must also be a record of whether there are multiple copies of records.
The list must be regularly updated so that any changes can be noted easily.
Records must only be kept for as long as necessary and there are penalties if an organisation doesn’t comply. However, if an organisation keeps personal data to comply with a legal requirement it will not be considered to have kept the information for longer than necessary.
The ICO website contains a great deal of useful information on the rules and regulations and on exemptions.