In March 2015, after discovering highly sensitive personal information and images on a discarded computer, Dave and Marion Allan felt there was a need for a locally based business specialising in Data Destruction.

So, after more than 40 years working in Electronics/IT and customer support, Dave and Marion decided to put their combined experience to good use and started up their own business, with support from Enterprise First.

Although they had the technical expertise and practical experience at supporting customers, they needed help and guidance with the business side of things and when searching on-line for business support in Shepway, they found out about Enterprise First.

Through Enterprise First they attended a range of informative workshops, including bookkeeping and marketing, which helped them learn the business fundamentals (marketing, social media, accounts and finance). However, it was the one-to-one support meetings, with their local Enterprise First business adviser Julie Waller, which they found most beneficial.

All Enterprise First business advisers have personal experience in starting and setting up new businesses and their advice is impartial, confidential, tailored and free. The business adviser works with their clients on all elements of business planning, including assessing funding options, market and competitor research and the general challenges of starting a business.


BitSafe Limited was registered in March 2015 and started actual trading August 2015. The company currently offers Secure Data Wipe & Data Recovery services to all domestic and commercial users of electronic data storage (media) including Schools, the N.H.S and Local Authorities.

Future expectations include; extending Secure Data Wipe service to networked computers on an enterprise/corporate level at client’s premises as well as adding Digital Forensic Imaging for professional investigators and in support of businesses wishing to protect their business interests from computer misuse in the workplace. With these future goals in mind and depending on successful business growth they would like to relocate to larger premises and are keen to employ an apprentice or a retired serviceman/servicewoman.

Dave and Marion have been able to use their experience to turn their idea into a successful business that continues to grow, with support and encouragement from Enterprise First.  If you are interested in finding out more about BitSafe, please visit the website or call 01303 766226.

If, like Dave and Marion, you would benefit from one of our workshops or events, you can book here. If their story has inspired you, regardless of your past experience or knowledge, Enterprise First can help! If you have an interest in setting up your own business, please take a look at our services to see how we can help you or call 0800 652 6254 to speak to a member of the Enterprise First team.


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