Documents prove a profitable crop for farm

A PAPER storage and shredding business set up when a family farm diversified is expanding after the recession created more demand for its work.

Paperwise, based at Low Moor Farm at Sand Hutton, east of York, was set up five years ago.

It is on course to turn over slightly more than 100,000 this calendar year and hopes to increase that to about 160,000 in 2011.

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The business is run by brothers-in-law Adam Walker-Jesse and Richard Morritt.

Mr Walker-Jesse, a former van driver said they had grown despite the recession because more firms were closing, restructuring or shedding staff.

"There has been a lot of shredding to do.

"Our shredding work keeps growing year-on-year.

"It was an idea we had through working with Business Link Yorkshire on a farm diversification programme.

"There was a guy in Rotherham who had done something similar with a chicken farm."

Paperwise also stores about 12,000 boxes a year and hopes to increase by 5,000 on the back of work with financial, legal and rail companies

as well as parts of local government.

Its document archive facility can hold just under 20,000 boxes.

The document destruction service is run alongside its archive and retrieval service and shredded material can be recycled into

paper products while the incinerator recycles its waste into heat recovery, supplying hot water and heating to the business premises.

The business keeps boxes above ground level and is not located in an area at risk of flooding, it said.

It also uses data loggers to monitor the internal environment.

Low Moor produces asparagus, strawberries and raspberries

but also rents land to a pig farmer and another farming business which produces grass feed for horses.