MORE than 100 businesses were told to become paperless to save money and become more efficient.
Peter Neill, right, a director at accountancy firm Jones Harris, spoke to delegates at Wyred Up, the free Wyre Council-organised quarterly business networking event, about the benefits of becoming paperless.
He said: “In this economic climate, we have to look at the ability to turn manual systems into electronic systems and improve our businesses.
“What helped us become electronic was the availability and price of technology, along with our IT manager Chris Rigby.
“Security is a huge aspect and we must use passwords, firewalls and good physical security to make sure things like laptops can’t be stolen.
“And you must get your staff on board from the start - get someone to champion the cause and grab the project from the start.
“The investment in the technology is not expensive – it’s the time involved, but the benefits are exponential.”
Business leaders at the event also heard from host and North Euston Hotel owner Fiona Spearman, who spoke about the redevelopment work going on at the iconic Fleetwood building.
Mark Makin from Acas also spoke, telling delegates about the services the organisation offered, and Gazette business writer Chris Dixon spoke about editorial opportunities at the newspaper.
Event chairman Coun Barry Birch, Wyre Council’s portfolio holder for the economy, said: “The more employment we create, the better it is.
“This event seems to be bigger and bigger every time and I hope everyone networks – you never know what you might find.”