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  • 17th September 2015
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Splitting Brits Get Spitting Mad Over Possessions

Splitting Brits Get Spitting Mad Over Possessions

We recently conducted research that shows possessions are one of the biggest causes of arguments among divorcing couples, ahead of children and living arrangements, coming second only to money. As well as arguing for sentimental reasons and financial reasons, 13% of stubborn Brits admit to arguing over possessions just for the sake of it. Top ten items that cause the most arguments during a divorce: 1. Car (26%) 2. Photos (24%) 3. Keep sakes (22%) 4. Heirlooms (21%) 5. The TV (20%) 6. Laptop/computer/tablet (17%) 7. Bed (16%) 8. Sofas (16%) 9. White good e.g. washing machine, dryer (10%) 10. Records/CDs (9%) Nearly half of Brits admit to hiding possessions during the break-up just so they could keep them, with the top items hidden being photos, keep sakes and heirlooms, while a further 11% wish they had. The study also […]

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  • 8th September 2015
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We’re expanding in Hull

We’re excited to announce our Armadillo Self Storage branch in Hull is growing. We’re adding an extra 83 storage rooms of all different sizes for both commercial and personal use, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our local customers at the expanded store soon. 35 of the rooms will be open for extended hours, making it even easier for our customers to access their belongings or run their business, whatever the time. Security is paramount to us, so every room is individually alarmed, monitored from reception and can only be accessed by entering a personal PIN code. The Store Manager, Angela Lawtey, says: “We are excited to announce the latest development at our Hull branch. The new space has already generated local interest with the extended hours rooms opening up our services to people needing short term additional space, such […]

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  • 4th September 2015
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#HelpCalais at East Finchley

#HelpCalais at East Finchley

A team of volunteers, helped by Dawn O’Porter on Twitter, have been accepting donations at our Big Yellow store in East Finchley to help the refugees at Calais. To support the cause, we have offered free storage for the donations. For the past week, people have been coming to the store and donating supplies, which will be distributed to Calais on 17th September. If you aren’t able to donate to the East Finchley store, you can support the cause by donating to their crowdfunding page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/kentforcalais

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Nesting Niggles: The race for baby space (and a discount for NCT members)

Nesting Niggles: The race for baby space (and a discount for NCT members)

We recently conducted some research that shows babies are dominating the household before they are even born, with baby clutter taking over a third of the family home. Leading up to the arrival of a baby, an average of three rooms in the home are filled by baby items as parents prepare for the big day. With some of the smallest homes in Western Europe*, it appears that British parents are utilising every empty space with one in 10 parents having to resort to storing baby items in the hallway. A quarter of parents underestimated the amount of space needed for a baby and as a result, new parents have thrown away up to £2,000 of their possessions to make space for the additional belongings needed. It seems some new parents aren’t too happy about the clear out, as one […]

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Big Yellow supports Go Dad Run 2015

Big Yellow supports Go Dad Run 2015

For the second year in a row, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be supporting Go Dad Run. This great event is a series of 5k runs for men and boys, helping to raise funds and awareness of Prostate Cancer UK. This year, the 5k runs will take place in six cities across the UK, so it’s easy for anyone to get involved. First up, they’ll be in Worcester, Bristol, Warrington and Llangefni in the build up to Father’s Day, and then runs in London and Cardiff will both be on Sunday 21st June. Go Dad Run was founded in 2013 by former World Championship hurdler Colin Jackson. He had an ambition to create something that would help raise funds and awareness when two of his uncles were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and only one survived. Entry costs just £10 […]

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Unusual homes around the country

Unusual homes around the country

At Big Yellow, when we see space, we see potential; whether it’s how to create space around your home, coming up with ingenious ways to store belongings, or doing something amazing with the space you have. Check out these unusual homes around the UK to see how people have been really creative. The Lime Works, Faversham This contemporary home is a Grade II listed building, and has been converted from two water towers. The architect has taken something that is usually an eyesore, and created something beautiful. The space has been fully utilised; it’s a six-bedroom home, with features including a gym, library and swimming pool, as well as two roof terraces. The Pineapple, Dunmore So it’s not only SpongeBob SquarePants who lives in a pineapple – you could too. This elaborate summerhouse was built for the 4th Earl of […]

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Big Yellow Eltham supports Nepal Response Appeal

Big Yellow Eltham supports Nepal Response Appeal

Following the tragic news two weeks ago that Nepal had been hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, communities everywhere have come together to help support the emergency response appeal. Last week, Brindishe Schools called upon their local community to try and fill 50 large boxes to take to the British Red Cross charity shop in Eltham. The Big Yellow store in Eltham donated 50 boxes to help the cause, as well as rolls of packing tape. In just one day, almost every box was filled thanks to the generosity of families across the three Brindishe Schools. The Red Cross estimates that each box of donations could be worth up to £150, meaning thousands of pounds have been raised. The money will go directly to helping families and communities in Nepal to recover from the earthquake. Child and adult volunteers with […]

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Move It or Lose It: The Race For Space Leaves Kids’ Stuff Behind

Move It or Lose It: The Race For Space Leaves Kids’ Stuff Behind

In a recent study, we found that parents throw out possessions worth £285 when a child grows up and leaves the family home. The items children most commonly leave behind, and run the risk of losing, are: • Books (64 per cent) • Clothes (60 per cent) • Sentimental items and trinkets (60 per cent) • School memorabilia (56 per cent) Children also leave behind bulkier items, taking up more space, such as: • Sports equipment (27 per cent) • Furniture (27 per cent) • Bikes (21 per cent) The, some would say, callous clear out takes place as parents look to make the most of the extra space left behind, with parents waiting an average of six months before sorting out their child’s room. An eager 15 per cent of parents wait less than two weeks to start the […]

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The Separated Child Foundation at Staples Corner

The Separated Child Foundation at Staples Corner

At Big Yellow, we offer free storage space for a range of charities. One of the charities we support at our Staples Corner store is The Separated Child Foundation, who use our space to store the goods and to assemble Arrival Packs. The charity provides the most basic life necessities to separated children and young people who arrive in Britain. It is usually the case that they arrive after a difficult, demanding and often dangerous journeys. The Separated Child Foundation supplies duffle bags filled with toiletries, a towel, socks, underwear, clothing, an umbrella, non-perishable snacks and other essentials. Gloves, a hat and a scarf are also included in winter for the most vulnerable children. On Sunday 1st March, an event hosted at our Staples Corner store saw volunteers reach a new milestone; completing the 5000th arrival pack to go to […]

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Big Yellow kits out the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015

Big Yellow kits out the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015

Big Yellow Self Storage is proud to be the lead sponsor of the Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour, 2015, in South Africa. The Brighton-based school will be sending 23 young rugby players to South Africa this April, and they have been tirelessly training and fundraising throughout the school year to ensure the trip is beyond a success. The school has hosted a number of fundraising events, including race nights, cake sales, dinners and music nights to help fund the trip, and Big Yellow has provided the team with a shiny new kit. The kit bought them off to a good start with a 10 – 5 win against The John Fisher School, and we hope it continues to bring them success throughout their experience in South Africa. We wish the boys the best of luck on their tour. The boys wearing […]

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