Since opening our self-storage doors in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire back in 2005, it’s fair to say we’ve stored a wide range of items for our commercial customers…And even more since opening our self-storage doors in Daventry, Northamptonshire!
We know the demand for self-storage is growing all the time – you only have to look at the Self-Storage Association’s (SSA) annual reports. But what are businesses storing, and why?
We’ve gathered together some of the most common (and some of the more unusual) items to give you an idea.
Despite the ever-growing digital world, many businesses still rely on (at least a degree of) paperwork. With organisations legally required to hold on to certain documents, it’s important to store them responsibly. While the majority of our customers use the services of our sister company, Box-it Central, certain businesses find self-storage more suitable. For example, this set-up works for online businesses who need the flexibility of accessing their paperwork (and goods) at short notice. Squab customers at Leamington Spa can also take advantage of the onsite business centre while visiting their unit(s) – two in one!
Businesses generally use self-storage for their marketing materials for one of the following reasons:
- They don’t have the office space to store the materials so use self-storage to save precious office space
- They don’t need their marketing materials all year-round – just at specific times for events, etc., so rather than the materials getting in the way they store them until needed
Whatever the reason, self-storage gives businesses the flexibility to collect/drop-off materials seven days a week when using Squab Storage.
Some of the marketing materials we’ve stored include:
- Roller banners
- Leaflets and brochures
- Leaflet stands
- Pens and other promotional gifts
- Cardboard cut-outs
- Large promotional ducks (think rubber bath ducks on a giant scale!)
Business stock of all varieties
From coffee beans to bikes, businesses of all varieties and sizes use self-storage to manage their stock, including:
- Small online retailers doing their pick and pack (Amazon/eBay)
- Growing online retailers needing additional space
- High street retailers reducing onsite warehouse space to create extra showroom space
- Regional distributors for multi-national companies
- Businesses under closure
This includes desks, chairs, cabinets – anything office-related. Business customers look to self-storage when their office is undergoing a refurb, or they need to free up space for short-term projects. It’s also popular for interior designers who are co-ordinating a project and need temporary storage.
High-end tools and equipment
Businesses with high-value equipment use self-storage facilities like ours because, aside from the high level of security they provide, they’re also humidity-controlled. Why is environment-controlled storage so important? It means the moisture in the air is regulated so there’s no risk of damp or other damage to valuable items…a no-brainer after such a big investment!
The events industry often involves transporting items (often bulky) back and forth to various locations. It isn’t feasible to store these items at home, so self-storage provides a reliable location where customers can store (and manage) the items at their convenience. Items we’ve stored for businesses in the wedding industry include:
- Chair covers
- Room drapes
- Table centres
…the list goes on!
Donated household furniture
This includes any bulky household items, from wardrobes and chairs to bookcases and drawers. When people make charitable donations, there isn’t always space in the shops to display the items. Charities use self-storage to temporarily store donated items until space becomes available. This avoids items being disposed of simply because there isn’t the space to store them.