Information for businesses

The history of Scotland’s businesses and industries is an important part of local and national heritage. Our work with the National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland supports this view. The preservation of business archives is essential to provide evidence of that history and within business archives we believe that technical records (the plans, drawings, maps and photographs) are crucial to fully understanding how a business worked.

If you are a business with an archive or perhaps have a personal collection of archive materials related to business or industry, have you thought about the long-term future of your collection?

The Business Archives Surveying Officer who is based at the Ballast Trust can carry out surveys of business records to ensure that the records most valuable to Scotland’s business heritage are preserved appropriately. The Surveying Officer can offer advice and guidance about the management and use of business archives.

At the Ballast Trust, although we are not a collecting archive and therefore cannot provide a permanent home for archive collections, we can offer advice about finding a permanent home for your collection or looking after it yourself and put you in touch with organisations that can help. For example: