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Scan Photos and Let Your Memories Travel the World

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Digitising old photos, slides and negatives can enable you to show them to people, family and friends all over the world and it doesn't have to be as hard work as you think.

Scanning Photos

The first ever scanner was built in 1957 believe it or not but the process of scanning photos has only become commonplace in the past 20-30 years as digital cameras have replaced analogue versions. People scan their photos for a wide range of reasons including to preserve them and to organise them in a better way. Digitising images from photos, slides and negatives lets you store them in a safe way that is also cost effective and space saving. As well as the safe and secure benefit of scanned photos, a large number of people are now digitising their photos to share them with family, friends and, well, anyone really.

How People Are Sharing Their Photosnegative scanning services

In this increasingly digital society, there are now a huge range of ways people can share their digital images;


Arguably one of the first ways digital images were sent, email has become one of the primary methods of communication for people separated from friends or family.

Social Media

The world of social media is now huge with the big players like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest attracting millions of visitors daily. A lot of us enjoy putting photos on our social media profiles of the memories we're making but also of past memories with #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) being an incredibly popular hashtag on a number of these site. Without the ability to scan photos, this trend would never exist.


A lot of people who use websites (and blogs) to promote personal brands and projects benefit from the ability to have digitised photos available for uploading. One of the biggest websites to benefit though is which relies on it's users to upload photos from family archives of relatives and ancestors to build family trees and networks.

CDs & DVDs

CDs & DVDs have become the photo albums of the digital world. Instead of boxes of albums gathering dust and taking up space in the attic, people can now store thousands of photos in a small pile of CDs.

Photo, Slide and Negative Scanning

Our services at Pearl Scan are there to help digitise archives of old photos, negatives and slides to enable people to share them in the ways mentioned above. Each photo, negative and slide scanning project is tailored to suit the needs of the different clients we help. We have seen our clients enjoy a wide range of benefits from having the images digitised and sometimes enhanced for better quality. For more information about how we scan slides, negatives and photographs at our secure scanning bureau, give us a call and request your free quote.

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Why choose us

  • Experience >

    We have over a decade of experience providing scanning services for some of the most reputable companies in the UK including blue chip companies and organisations as well as small businesses and private individuals. Some of our past clients have included NHS, local government, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, Aviva, BBC, Sky, Metropolitan Police, Environment Agency and many more.
  • Scalability >

    We have the infrastructure to support small-to-large, quick-to-long term scanning projects and with a capacity to scan 10 million images per month. This scalability provides a great deal of flexibility with the services we offer meaning we can tailor all of our services to suit the needs of each client and we will always try our best to accommodate any request.
  • Audited >

    We are backed up by external quality and security audits. Our operations have been audited and approved by many NHS, Local Authorities, Private blue chip companies and we pride ourselves on the high levels of quality and security we provide to each and every one of our clients.
  • Accreditations >

    We hold a number of ISO accreditations including ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 27001 (Information Management System) and EMS 14001 (Environment Management System) and Data Protection 1998. We are also a member of the Information and Records Management Society as well as being supporters of Investors in People and a member of The Skills Pledge.
  • Innovation >

    Our scanning bureau is fully equipped with state-of-the-art dedicated scanning hardware catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service for your scanning and digital conversion cycle. We upgrade our scanners to keep in line with the latest scanning technology and ensure we are providing the best possible scanning service at all times.
  • Security >

    We operate from a custom built scanning bureau focussed on security, safety, confidentiality and scalability. The main building is monitored by Red Care security systems and has 24 hours internal and external CCTV. We are more than happy for you to come and visit our premises so we can show you how safe your documents are with us.
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