Mark Gopaul runs Mazuki Taekwon-do, an internationally-renowned Taekwon-do school in South London. Founded in 1994, teaching a handful of martial art beginners, Mazuki now has 200 active students attending its flagship school in Streatham, as well as a newer school in Dulwich.
After 20 years of teaching, Mark spotted a gap in the market for a UK-based store to sell essential Taekwon-do equipment. Up until this point, students and instructors had to import specialist equipment – such as unique foam boots and gloves – from Asia, which was an expensive and convoluted process.
In 2009 Mark set up the Mazuki online store, but desperately needed a place to store his stock. Mazuki's teaching space wasn't a suitable option because Mark hired a local church hall, plus buying and importing in bulk meant that he needed a fairly large space for his equipment storage. Mark also needed a convenient location close to his home and his schools with out-of-hours access due to his hectic teaching schedule.
The Big Yellow Self Storage store in Balham ticked all the boxes for Mark. It was conveniently located, he could access his stock outside of office hours and the high levels of security in his warehouse space gave him peace of mind. As an added bonus, Big Yellow Self Storage could accept and sign for deliveries on Mark's behalf when he couldn't be there, and then store them safely until he was ready to move them into his own storage room.
Using Big Yellow Self Storage has also enabled Mark greater flexibility in his order processes, allowing him to upsize his equipment storage during busier tournament periods and downsize during quieter times.
Mark comments: "For a small business like mine, it's also the little things that count. Not only does Big Yellow Self Storage fulfill my storage needs, but the helpful staff and well-turned out store provide a professional and hassle-free service so I can concentrate on taking Mazuki to the next level."
"For a small business like mine, it’s also the little things that count. Not only does Big Yellow Self Storage fulfill my storage needs, but the helpful staff and well-turned out store provide a professional and hassle-free service so I can concentrate on taking Mazuki to the next level."
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