Belfast Telegraph

Belfast family-run removals and documents firm marks milestone

By Margaret Canning

A family-run group of companies in Belfast - which diversified from removals into document management and funerals - is marking its centenary.

John Morgan and Sons has been going since 1915, when the grandfather of present chairman Raymond set up a haulage company.

Raymond and his father William built the company into Morgan Removals.

It moved into archiving and document storage in the early 2000s when the family spotted a gap in the market.

David Dunlop - a company director and great grandson of the founder - said: "We were a hugely successful removals firm and, in the course of this work, we identified the need to provide professional commercial archive and document management services.

"We invested heavily in advanced archive technology as we understood that this sector demands complete confidence in its service providers.

"It has grown steadily and is now our major focus."

That business is now known as Morgan Document Security.

It specialises in secure document storage, document archiving and retrieval. The company also has vault storage for media and deeds, along with secure shredding and scanning.

The firm has a 40,000sq ft depository in east Belfast.

The John Morgan group of companies is still overseen by Raymond, his son William and daughter. David Dunlop manages Morgan Document Security.

Raymond's son-in-law Nick Berryman manages Melville & Co - the biggest independent funeral directors in the province, and also part of the group.

Mr Dunlop said: "When my great grandfather started way back in 1915, moving goods in and around Belfast, he could never have foreseen that we would be celebrating today in 2015."

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