Document Scanning Services

From a document scanning service to a complete document management solution – we provide secure and quality services to businesses across the UK.

  • Next day UK collection service
  • Complete end-to-end service
  • GDPR, BIP0008 and ISO270001 compliant
  • Rated excellent in customer service and project delivery

Peace of mind document scanning services by a highly experienced and technically savvy team to help support your project

You don’t have to do much – we provide a hassel-free service so that you do not have to worry about a thing. Our support team can pack the documents into secure boxes and bring them back to us in our tracked vehicles. On arrival to our facility we will remove all staples before scanning the documents as well as index them so that you can easily find what you need.

If you need to import the scanned documents into your existing document management system, we have a dedicated team here who will be delighted to help you or you can choose one of our document management systems – it’s a bit of a treat!

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Document Shredding

Upon completion of the scanning process and delivery of your data, we can shred your documents according to EN BSI 15713 document destruction standards. We will only do this with your approval and after an agreed period of time. If you don’t want your documents shredded after the scanning process, we’ll either return or store them securely for you.

OCR Conversion

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a process used to automatically extract text from images. We’ll usually use the text to create Searchable PDFs, but can also produce many other file types. OCR makes it trivial to search through your documents or produce editable versions of them.

Document Storage

Documents that do not require scanning and the documents that have been scanned but you do not wish to have them shredded, can be placed in our interim or long term storage facility until needed. We will manage your the storage as well as your document rention schedule, ensuring cost savings and reducing compliance risk.

Document scanning for all industries

Purchase Invoices

Supplier invoices, statements, debit/credit notes, expenses and audit reports.

HR Files

Employee files and payroll records for both ‘live’ files and ‘leaver’ files.

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Medical Records

Patient notes, GPs’ Lloyd George, dental records, mental health and occupational health.

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Legal Documents

Client files, intellectual property rights and permissions files.

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Logistics and Operations

Collection, delivery and dispatch notes, site files and plans and health & safety files.

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Local Councils

Planning and building control files, maps, plans and housing and tenancy files.

Schools and Universities

Pupil and student files, payroll, HR files, archives and student registration cards.

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Client files, production records, technical drawings and maps and audit reports.

Digital Mailroom

All incoming post (Including invoices and general office documents) via paper and digital.

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Oil & Gas

Project folders, invoices, drawings, microfiche and rolls of microfilm etc.


Large format plans, electrical & mechanical drawings, parts lists and operational folders.


Product documents, testing and sampling log records and audit documentation.

Make your data work for you

Easy to find your data
Imagine searching through a filing cabinet looking for a key piece of information. Even with a perfect filing system, this would be very time-consuming! Imagine instead being able to type a single search phrase into your computer to instantly find what you are looking for.

Easy integration into your applications
While your data is trapped on paper, you will find it difficult to integrate into your existing systems. What if adding a scanned document to an application meant that other processes were able to read and make use of that data?

Easy compliance
If you need to remove documents older than a certain date or containing a certain keyphrase, this again can be very time-consuming. Make the process easier by quickly being able to search your digital documents and take action.

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The document scanning process

  1. Secure collection - We can collect from anywhere in the UK within 24 hours and can also provide archive boxes and help with on-site packing.
  2. Preparation and scanning - We remove staples, paperclips and bindings to allow a seamless feed through our high-spec scanning equipment.
  3. Processing and data capture - We can clean up your images and process to your requirements, before outputting to a digital format of your choice.
  4. Delivery - We return your data via a secure download or storage medium, or host it on Pearl Cloud, our fully managed cloud-based solution.
How large format scanning works

Find out how we can help you make the most of your scanned documents

Our industry knowledge and wide range of expertise, coupled with digital innovation, can support your organisation’s move to a paper-free environment.

  • Industry Expertise Sector-specific experienced account managers understand the challenges and have in-depth knowledge of each industry.
  • Innovation – We’re at the forefront of innovation to simplify your scanning needs  – saving you time, reducing cost, and transforming how your organisation manages its documents.
  • Flexibility – To ensure that we cater for all types of organisations and budgets, our services offer flexible solutions that work for you.
  • Understanding your needs – We offer a free-of-charge consultation and on-site scope-of-work survey, detailed cost breakdown and full project plan to get you started with your scanning project.

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Frequently asked questions

We offer two main scanning methods here at Pearl Scan – file level or document level. Dependant on your objectives we can scan the entirety of each file producing multipage PDFs or alternatively, we can separate each file into individual documents, scanning each document into their own PDF. Scanning methods can be discussed fully with our sales team!

Yes, we offer a nationwide collection service and can provide all the archive boxes you may need or alternatively we also provide a packing service where we take care of it all for you.

Once all documents are boxed up and ready to go, we can arrange a nationwide tracked collection as early as next day! If you then require the originals back after scanning, we can deliver them right back to you!

It depends; there are many factors that may affect the cost, from volume to quality and time for preparation (removing staples etc.).

Contact us so that we may fully understand your requirements as every scanning project is unique, our team will be able to discuss any objectives you may have and offer you a competitive quote.

Absolutely! Just let us know what you need. We can group documents by certain fields, index using a lookup file or anything else you might need.

Giving us as much information as possible on how you will use the digitised data will enable our team to create something bespoke to you. Our processing team can provide a sample to show how the indexing of the data may look – allowing any changes to be made and any further information to be extracted if needed before the scanning process is completed.

That is up to you! We offer several options upon scanning completion; we can return them or put them into secure storage if you need to save space. Alternatively we can shred your documents according to BSI standards – we’ll only do this with your approval after a set time.

We would normally scan to 200-300 dpi for general documents, this is a good mixture of quality while keeping the file size small. But depending on your needs, we can scan at much higher levels – have a chat with our team and we can provide you with a solution tailored to your needs.

If there are staples, paperclips or bindings on your documents, our team will remove these as part of the document scanning process – we can also put these back once processed should you wish.

Being tasked with finding a document scanning company, you may have thought “We have a scanner at work that can scan documents, why would I need someone else to scan our documents”?

An office scanner, or even your smart phone in a pinch, can be used to scan your office documents, but there are a number of reasons that businesses usually consider to outsource;

  • The cost – It’s cheaper to use a scanning company as these usually have industrial scanners and experienced staff
  • Time and Resources – Ensuring suitably trained staff, enough equipment, software and space is available to complete the project in timely manner.
  • Quality – Office scanners are usually suitable for a general scanning use and do not support wide range of quality, sizes and conditions of documents
  • Compliance – There are a whole host of standards that the people and systems need to have to ensure that the work meets this criteria
Nationwide document scanning services

UK Nationwide

Our collection service covers the UK and Europe using our own unmarked fully tracked fleet of vehicles for added security.

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Fast Turnaround

With the capacity to digitise around 10 million images per month, we can accommodate urgent and demanding requirements.

Onsite scanning

On-premise scanning is available throughout the UK. All our staff are fully vetted, have signed non-disclosure agreements and won’t eat all of your biscuits.

What is document scanning?

Document scanning is a process that converts ordinary paper documents into easily accessible digital files such as PDF, TIFF or JPEGs. Businesses often scan documents as a method to cut costs, as paper documents can produce a barrier to productivity and accessibility due to the inefficient nature of storing physical paper documents.

Whilst the process of scanning documents may appear simple, each stage of the process is completed to the highest quality to ensure that every digital file and image produced are in compliance with the required standards. Our processes follow BIP PD0008 & BIP PD0010 British Archiving Standards and Guidelines to ensure digital data integrity and authenticity.

Once the paper document has been passed through scanning device producing a digital image, allowing for the data extraction of any specified fields, known as file indexing.

After the scans are produced, intricate processes can be applied to “read” the contents of a document, regardless of the language. This is done using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, which can automatically recognise the text from scans and store it within the PDF to create Searchable PDFs, providing quick access to the required information within scanned files.

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Trusted by Metropolitan Police
Trusted by Aviva.
Trusted by BSkyB.
Trusted by NHS.
Trusted by BBC.
Manchester City Council
Trusted by Crawley Borough Council.

The history of document scanning

The first scanner originated in the family of fax machines, where the original goal was to transmit information from newspapers in the form of pixels and lines.

For archiving, scans were photographed and stored on microfilm, which helped with the problem of phyical storage but did little to help documents become searchable.

It wasn’t until the 90’s that the world became familiar with the scanner that we use in our everyday lives – the flatbed scanner, which transformed businesses across the world by scanning any paper documents and images.

Now, in the modern world, scanning is a crucial part of all businesses. It allows us to collate and collect relevant information without the need for extensive onsite document storage facilities, allowing access to the data instantly, from anywhere & anytime. Outsourcing a business’s document scanning needs is where companies like Pearl Scan can help improve the efficiency of a business by enabling freedom away from daunting document archives, piling up everywhere!

No obligation scanning quotation We cater for both low to high volume

Why Choose Pearl Scan?

In conjunction with the EN BS ISO 9001:2005, 27001, 14001 and in-house implemented quality, security and compliance procedures allow us to deliver peace of mind scanning services to our client. We are an approved document scanning and data capture scanning service provider to many reputable health, education, manufacturing, financial, logistics etc. organisations.

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Founded in 2003, with almost 15 years of valuable knowledge and expertise in delivering successful document scanning and data capture services through the UK to some of the most reputable and globally known organisations.

We operate from a custom built document scanning and data capture centre, which is built around security, safety and confidentiality. The site is monitored 24hours a day by security and CCTV systems.

The document scanning and data capture bureau is equipped with the state-of-the-art dedicated document, Microfilm media, Books and Large Format Plans scanning and capture technology; catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service provider for scanning and digital conversion needs . We continually invest in our staff training and latest technology to ensure that we are delivering quality and innovations at all times.

Pearl Scan Group has the infrastructure to provide quick turnaround for urgent document scanning needs to taking on a large volume scanning and conversion of documents, microfilm media, books etc. projects. Our document scanning and data capture service centre always run at 80% of its productivity allowing 20% space and resources for on-demand, ad-hock projects.