Self Storage Blog

  • 8th December 2009
  • News

We’re One of The Most Admired Companies In Britain!

We’re One of The Most Admired Companies In Britain!

Here at Big Yellow Self Storage we are proud to announce that we have been included in this year’s ‘Britain’s Most Admired Companies’! The annual list is put together on 9 different criteria such as quality of goods and service, and community and environmental responsibility. As you know, we are actively involved in lots of different causes and are always looking at new ways to provide a better service to our customers so this has put a smile on all our faces. Other companies listed include Cadbury and Tesco. This is the first time that we have been included in this particular list so it’s great news for the end of the year!

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Did You Know: Oil Storage

…that the largest storage facilities in the world are used for oil? A tank farm based in Cushing, Oklahoma can hold as much as 46.3 million barrels of oil, or enough gasoline to fill the tanks of half of all cars on the road in the United States. The biggest individual facility within this community holds a whopping 15.7million barrels alone. Big Yellow can’t quite provide you with that much space, but has 20 stores waiting to be built in locations throughout the UK. When the network is completed, Big Yellow will provide over 4.5 million square feet of storage space, which will provide a huge increase to the UK’s current 25 million square feet of self-storage currently available.

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Tips and Tricks: Breathing Room

…Give it all some breathing room. Even in a climate-controlled self storage unit, the humidity may rise to a level where wooden furniture can warp. You can virtually eliminate this risk by leaving some room between the walls of your unit and your belongings. Another good idea is to lay a plastic tarp, or some linen on the floor.

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Did You Know: Big Yellow Ranking

…that Big Yellow was listed number 68 on the Sunday Times Top 100 companies to work for? Our 268 employees were asked a series of questions that ranged from whether they could make a valuable contribution to the company’s success to having confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team. Big Yellow scored highly across the board, with our wellbeing scores the strongest (we were actually placed in the top 20 for this section). Our other benefits including flexible working options include home working, flexitime, staggered hours and sabbaticals also reflected well. We’re open, honest, talk to each other as equals and will continue to encourage that throughout the firm.

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Tips and Tricks: Leave a Path

… When you load your self-storage unit, it might seem like a good idea to just pack it solid from back to front. Even if you don’t anticipate ever needing to get anything out of your unit during your storage term, you may find you actually do need something. Being able to get to it quickly and safely will be worth the extra few minutes it takes to create a few paths through your belongings as you load your unit.

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  • 1st December 2009
  • News

221 prizes up for grabs including a Limited Edition Black Wii!

221 prizes up for grabs including a Limited Edition Black Wii!

Christmas is coming early this year Big Yellow Self Storage fans! We’re getting into the festive spirit with the launch of a great Advent Calendar Facebook application on our Facebook Page. We’re giving away over 221 prizes exclusively our Facebook fans with the grand prize, wait for it! A limited edition black Nintendo Wii console with Wii Sports Resort and Wii Motion Plus, one of 2009’s most sought after Christmas gifts. From 1st December right up to Christmas Day, we have daily stocking filler prizes to be won including vouchers for iTunes, Homebase and Love 2 Shop redeemable at dozens of popular stores in the UK including Waterstones, Boots the Chemist & House of Fraser. To be in with a chance with claiming one of these fantastic prizes, visit the Big Yellow Self Storage page and click on the Advent […]

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Did You Know: Bee Orchids

Did You Know: Bee Orchids

… that Rare Bee Orchids were found at Big Yellow’s Norwich branch? An avid wildlife lover (who had worked previously at the RSPB for 30 years) spotted the flower as he cycled past the site and prevented a nearby gardener from cutting them down! Though better known for its self-storage storage solutions as opposed to hosting unusual flora and fauna, Big Yellow now made special provisions to ensure that the three flowers are kept safe and not removed by overzealous landscapers. The Bee Orchid is a perennial, temperate species of orchid generally found growing on semi-dry turf, on limestone, calcareous dunes or in open areas in woodland. It’s often found on sand dunes, but hardly ever in urbanised areas, hence why the discovery was so exciting to the team. The flowers make a surprising addition to the Riverside area because […]

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Tips and Tricks: Security

… Pack the best in the back. Even with a full-time security guard on patrol at your self-storage facility, you can protect your belongings even more just by loading your most valuable items into the back of your unit. Don’t skimp on your padlock, either. While no lock is completely invincible, a high-quality lock will make your unit far less vulnerable.

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  • 23rd November 2009
  • News

Did You Know: 12 Second Interview

… that Big Yellow ran the first ever ‘speed’ job interviews via micro video blogging site 12 Seconds? The campaign formed part of a search to find the next ‘Social Media Guru’, and asked undergraduates to prepare a succinct, straightforward pitch. This means that the right candidate would be able to sell themselves via an online interview that lasted no longer than 12 seconds. The search was open to those working within the PR, marketing and new media fields, but also encouraged submissions to anyone with a passion for this type of role. Big Yellow has helped students for many years by providing interim solutions for all their storage needs. As the employment market becomes increasingly competitive, the company is happy to be able to offer one lucky individual the chance to cut their razor sharp social media teeth within […]

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Tips and Tricks: Books

… Books can be surprisingly heavy if too many of them are stacked together so the best way to pack these is to use small boxes for efficient use of the self storage space. You may need more of them, but they’ll be easier to move about should you need to. Making these alphabetical will also make finding one specific book far quicker, as will organising by theme if you’d prefer. Stack smaller books over larger books and make sure that they’re arranged horizontally (never vertically) because it can damage the spine.

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