Angel Brides sells a wide range of wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, accessories and communion gowns. It was opened by Heidi France 10 years ago in Leeds.
After a year of trading, Heidi realised that her retail space just didn't have the capacity to store the volume of stock she required. "Wedding dresses take up a lot of room and can’t be kept in cramped spaces or they crease and can get damaged easily," she explains. She also had additional dresses to house during exhibition season and had nowhere to store them.
Heidi tried out a wealth of options and found that many self storage units didn't feel very secure, were unclean and offered poor access. So when the Big Yellow Self Storage in Leeds caught Heidi's eye, she found it satisfied all her criteria – it boasted an impressive security system, was clean and easily accessible.
After initially moving Angel Bride's stock into a 200 square foot space, the business expanded into a 350 square foot unit within a year.
The larger space enables Heidi to organise customer's dresses and suits in date order so she can find them easily, take them away to be tailored and store them neatly again afterwards.
Security was a high priority for Heidi due to the high value of her stock, so she was impressed with Big Yellow's credentials. The store has secure perimeter fencing, electronic coded access gates, 24 hour CCTV cameras and strict PIN code access. Cleanliness was also high on her list of importance – having previously occupied storage cages, where her stock was poorly protected from dirt and dust, Big Yellow's enclosed rooms were also a bonus.
One of the biggest advantages of Big Yellow Self Storage has been the out-of-hours access. "We work a lot of Sundays and often need to get to our stock very early or late at night. Many other storage companies didn't offer the flexibility that we needed to be able to visit outside of standard working hours," says Heidi.
She concludes: "It's a weight off my mind to know that my stock is secure and I can access it whenever I need. After shopping around previously, it's speaks volumes that after 5 years I'm still a loyal Big Yellow customer."
"We work a lot of Sundays and often need to get to our stock very early or late at night. Many other storage companies didn't offer the flexibility that we needed to be able to visit outside of standard working hours."