This month at Edinburgh Self Storage, we’re going back to basics with a look at the birth and growth of self storage facilities in the UK.
The UK is home to over 1,500 self storage facilities. To put that into context, there are more self storage sites in the UK than there are McDonalds. But self storage didn’t arrive in the UK until the early 1980s, having first appeared in the USA in about 1960. It’s been a booming industry since its early days, and today there are more than 1500 facilities across the country, providing roughly 44.6 million square feet of rentable space.
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There are a number of reasons why both consumers and businesses are increasingly turning to self storage, but the main reasons are still for lifestyle and social reasons such as moving home, marriage, divorce and retirement.
The term ‘self storage’ means different things to different people. To some, it represents a dumping ground for forgotten belongings, to others, it acts as a lifeline during periods of transition.
There’s no denying that we all love to shop. From toys and clothes to furniture and electronics, we’ve got, by weight six times as much stuff as the previous generation.
Whether you’re a collector, a minimalist, or somewhere in between, self storage is there for you during periods of transition. What do you do with your things when you want to move house, redecorate or make room for a new or visiting family member? Introducing your “new spare room”: a self storage unit.
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And self storage isn’t just for the consumer. From online retailers to SMEs, over a third of the self storage space in the UK is used by businesses in some capacity – according to the UK Self Storage Association that’s a whopping 150,000 business customers.
Look behind the doors of any self storage unit, and you’re likely to find a budding entrepreneur, busily building their business empire, either as a side hustle or a change of career. For businesses, self storage is a cost-effective, flexible option for things like storing archive documents, storing stock or office equipment.
If you’re bursting at the seams or have dreams of running your own business, Edinburgh Self Storage is the place to start.