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11
October
2013

Self-storage industry in the UK

Infographic: THE UK SELF STORAGE INDUSTRY

Self-storage is big news in the UK, with every person using 0.5sqft of self-storage with the London figure at 1.02sqft. It took the UK by storm in 2000’s, originally starting out in the US in the 1960s. Britain now has an estimated 830 self-store units, this acquaints to the same amount as Europe all together.  It is estimated total turnover for the UK self-storage industry in 2012 was £380m from roughly 400 different companies!

Categories: General, Self Storage

13
September
2013

Sharing Economy Digest

The Sharing economy has been on the rise drastically for the last 4 or 5 years in one of the biggest economies in world, the USA and now the trend is catching on all aroud the world.  We take a look at some of the stories we came across.  One thing is for sure, teh sharing economy is here to stay for some time.  The question is, are you sharing? 

Categories: General, Tips, Collaborative Consumption

11
September
2013

Storage and You: What Self Storage best fits you!

It is very important to understand what type of storage you may require.  You may think you need a certain type of storage however there could be an option out there that works out cheaper for you but still giving you exactly what you need.

Categories: General, Self Storage, Tips

06
September
2013

The 3 Musketeers of Self Storage: Packaging, Transport & Insurance

When it comes to transport with self storage some people use their own means of getting to and from the self storage facility. However, this can mean lots of car journeys to-and-fro the unit which can be quite time consuming and a lot of hard work. So there is the option of hiring a vehicle for the day; it is easy to think 2-3 hours will be enough to load and unload, but give yourself the day so that you are not rushing and stress levels are kept to a minimum. You can also hire a Man/Woman in Van service to help you load and unload and take your belongings for you...

Categories: General, Self Storage, Tips

29
August
2013

Collaborative Consumption, Crowdfunding and goCarShare

Drummond is the founder of goCarShare - a website that takes a novel approach to cutting transport costs. It matches you with people within your social network, so you can share car journeys through Facebook. Whether its a friend of a friend, or someone who likes the same music - it helps you find awesome people to split the journeys costs with.

goCarShare has recently started a crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs crowdfunding platform to raise £50k in a bid to create a car share company truly powered by the people.  We find out more...

Categories: General, Collaborative Consumption

18
August
2013

How To Use Your Self Storage Unit

How should we use a self storage facility?  It seems like a simple question with a simple answer, however you would be surprised at how many people can get this wrong.

Categories: General, Self Storage, Tips

07
August
2013

Do I Really Need Self Storage and How Much Do I Need?

What questions do we ask when it comes to storage?  The main one should be, do I actually need storage?  Using storage space costs money, the more storage you need the more damage done to your debit card.

Categories: General, Self Storage, Tips

26
July
2013

Packaging Tips: Box by Box

We know that packing is a bit of a chore and something we could all do without, however when it comes to Self storage, technique to packaging up your goods is crucial to ensure you make the most of the space you are paying for, it is also essential to make sure your items are unharmed during the journey to your self storage facility. So here are some useful tips we’ve picked up a long the way ourselves..

Categories: General, Self Storage, Tips

21
July
2013

SmS Helpful Guidance to Self Storage

It is becoming common knowledge that we Brits, like our friends across the pond, are a nation of hoarders. Now we completely understand that when an item has sentimental value or tangible commercial value there is a need to hold on to such things, however holding on to broken irons and worn out sofas covered in cobwebs, there is no justification for.  Read on for tips on how to reduce the cost of storage...

Categories: General, Self Storage, Tips

15
July
2013

Self-Storage: A Small Sanctuary

Self storage is playing a part as other uses than just a place to store your old boxes and furniture, many people up and down the country are using self storage for their own personal gain. We know of one lady who has actually used her self storage facility as a living room, complete with a sofa and kettle, she says it’s her ‘cosy get away’ from the pressures of every day life...

Categories: General, Self Storage, Tips

08
July
2013

Britain: A nation of hoarders, why can’t we just let go?

Did you know each of us hoard about 28 items each on average including items like broken vacuum cleaners, old phones and handbags with broken straps.  An incredible 3million of us just refuse to let go.

Categories: General, Self Storage, Tips

01
May
2013

“Consume less; share better.”

Hervé Kempf


Kempf’s is a simple mandate borne out of good, old-fashioned common sense.  After all, how many of us own a tent that we use no more than a couple of days over the summer? How many of us have a slow-cooker that we’ve only ever used once or twice, but we hold on to ‘just in case’? How many of us make a journey in the car with four empty passenger seats? And on the flip side, how many of us have loft space in our homes that is only ever half-full?

It seems obvious that the solution to all this wastage is sharing, but what Hervé doesn’t impart through his little nugget of wisdom, is how one can share better. We take a look at the options...

Categories: General, Collaborative Consumption

24
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 6: Impact on Politics

As has been previously alluded to the New Sharing Economy – and by association SmS - will have a greater impact on peoples lives than the industrial revolution; this will clearly lead to new challenges and opportunities for local and central government. There will be some winners and some losers; society overall will become more self reliant and 'connected' leading to an increase in economic productivity, social productivity and micro-entrepreneurship, whilst champions of 'top down' or 'big' government will struggle to find relevance in the face of citizens who are less reliant on their social welfare services.

Categories: General, Self Storage, Collaborative Consumption

12
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 5: Impact on ecology

SmS encourages the use of existing secure and dry space closer to where its needed. This concept has to a number of benefits from an ecological perspective.

You only need to take a cursory look at the blighted urban landscape in the Uk to witness how self regulating industries such as self-storage can drastically effect ecology. Over the last 10 years the number of purpose built facilities has risen by over 1000% to 1200 at the last count. Whilst this has had an impact on the environment in general - in terms of construction - the lasting legacy of these bland warehouses is to visually dominate busy the road side; works of art they are not. 

Categories: General, Self Storage, Collaborative Consumption

03
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 4: Impact on the culture?

The New Sharing Economy has the potential to have a greater impact than the Industrial Revolution. SmS is at the heart of this disruptive movement.

In the first instance it is the 'selfish motive' of earning or saving money that seems to attract our members but what quickly transpires is the social benefit arising out of regular interaction with people who they have built a trusted relationship with.

Categories: General, Self Storage, Collaborative Consumption

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