Self Storage Blog

Big Yellow wins Manager of the Year

Earlier this month the Big Yellow team took a trip to Stockholm, Germany for the Annual European Self Storage Conference, which is organised by the Self Storage Association (SSA).

These annual conferences bring together all the main self storage operators across Europe to talk all things storage – marketing ideas, trends, operations etc. The two-day event includes a series of guest speakers from the industry and a gala dinner with industry awards.

This year, we’re proud to announce that our Chiswick store manager, Ali Velayat, won the Manager of the Year award. We submitted Ali for the award based on his commitment to the company and general success during his time at Big Yellow.

He has been a real asset to the self-storage industry after joining Big Yellow in 2008. He has managed four stores in his time and has helped to drive the occupancy of the Chiswick store to 65% in the last two years. Ali has also been a key connector for the Chiswick store and local businesses along the M4 corridor (aka the Golden Mile) that boasts a number of big UK brands such as, SKY, GSK, Worley Parsons and Thames Water.

Not only is he business driven but Ali has done a lot to help local causes. He has mentored business students in the local area and arranged for six of our biggest stores to join with the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce – our recent partner for the 100 Poppy Roof – for even more charity work.

We’re incredibly proud to have such a talent with us at Big Yellow and wish Ali all the success for his future, whatever it may hold. Take a look at him accepting the Manager of the Year award below.