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Key to a happy home? Clear out some space for a Man Cave

Enjoyed by the likes of Hollywood heartthrobs, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, the trend of the ‘Man Cave’ is also taking off in the homes of Brits. In a recent survey we commissioned, 61% of British men say they have created their own ‘Man Cave’ in their home. Any why are they creating this space? Over a third (36%) of men say that they are at the end of their tether from arguing with their partner at least once or twice a week about the space their possessions take up. But it’s not all doom and gloom. 79% of men believe that having a place where they can store their possessions and indulge in their pastimes is actually beneficial to their relationship – this sentiment was mirrored by 60% of women, despite 40% worrying that a ‘Man Cave’ is merely […]

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Upcycling objects from the home or workplace by Richard Bloomfield at The Workplace Depot

Upcycling objects from the home or workplace by Richard Bloomfield at The Workplace Depot

Upcycling is the process of using something that is worn out or broken and making something better and more useful from it. Whereas ‘recycling’ is about taking waste and producing new raw materials, upcycling is about creating a new and useful product. Both are important in reducing waste and landfill as well as making better use of the dwindling resources of the planet. Before throwing anything substantial away from your home or place of work, always have a quick think about whether it can be recycled, or better still upcycled into something new and useful. In this article I have found a few examples of some imaginative and creative ways that people have used objects to make something interesting rather than throwing them away. In the world of art and design many people are looking towards ‘upcycling’ for inspiration – […]

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Big Yellow Chelmsford add a touch of colour to Farleigh Hospice’s summer.

A team from Big Yellow gave up their free time this month to help out the Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford with some DIY painting. Matt, Dave, George, Hayley and Samantha set to work painting the walls in the hospice’s private gardens. These tranquil areas are hugely important to the hospice, providing a welcoming and peaceful place for people to visit. The Farleigh Hospice is one of Big Yellow’s chosen charities which provides hospice care to people affected by life limiting illnesses across mid Essex. Since being established in 1982, the hospice and its team of healthcare professionals has grown and evolved to meet the needs of the community it serves. Find out more about the charity here www.farleighhospice.org

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Big Yellow Swindon get on their bikes in aid of Cystic Fibrosis

Big Yellow Swindon get on their bikes in aid of Cystic Fibrosis

The team at Big Yellow Swindon recently took on the challenge of cycling the distance from London to Paris in aid of Cystic Fibrosis…on exercise bikes! Mark, James and Gemma, along with Jon, Anthony and Justin from removal company, Robbins Removals, joined forces to cycle a staggering 212 miles between them. The feat was supported by Fit 4 Less who kindly donated two exercise bikes for the team to complete their challenge. All six participants are hugely proud of completing their bike ride in just 16 hours and 40 minutes and have raised over £800 for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases with over 9,000 people in the UK affected.

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Big Yellow Watford Push it for The Peace Hospice

Big Yellow Watford Push it for The Peace Hospice

The Big Yellow team in Watford are in strict training after entering “Push it for Peace,” a five mile obstacle course in aid of The Peace Hospice. The challenge sees participants climbing and crawling through a series of obstacles in Cassiobury Park, Watford, the muddiest course in Hertfordshire. The Peace Hospice cares for people across South West Hertfordshire living with life-limiting or terminal illnesses and provides support for their families. They offer care, outpatient and family services, therapy and a hospice-at-home service. Each year The Peace Hospice aims is to raise £3.8 million in order to run and develop their services, which is free to patients and families. With the support of Big Yellow customers the team are keen to help the charity reach their target, led by the area charity co-ordinator, Nikki. You can make a donation at the […]

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Big Yellow and The Southwark Tigers visit the House of Lords

Big Yellow and The Southwark Tigers visit the House of Lords

Big Yellow is proud sponsor of the Southwark Tigers, the first inner city rugby club for young people in England. On the 10th April, we were lucky enough to be invited to the House of Lords, where Lord Tim Clement-Jones held a reception for some of the players, parents and sponsors, thanking them for all the work they do for the club. The founder of the Southwark Tigers, Vernon Neve-Dunn, says: “Our parents were pleased to be recognised for the work that they do for the club. And it was great for me to be able to thank your company personally.” The children also performed the ‘Tigers Haka’, a dance they want to do pre-match. For more information about the Southwark Tigers click here.

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Armadillo Hull scores with North Ferriby United

Armadillo Hull scores with North Ferriby United

The team at Armadillo Hull has always been big on sport. So when John Colley spotted an appeal for sponsors from the chairman of North Ferriby United, he knew he wanted to do something to help. John felt particularly strongly about backing the team as he knew that all sponsorship revenue would be put towards supporting the community club, rather than individual players. Enlisting the backing of his colleagues at Armadillo, the business dug deep and got behind their home team by sponsoring six match balls. Armadillo’s support has contributed to both the men’s and women’s teams from the Under 7’s, right up to the seniors. North Ferriby’s First Team is currently sitting top of the Evo-Stick North League and if they achieve promotion this season, it’ll be their highest position in team history. John Colley says: “As a local […]

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Armadillo Self Storage Hull kick cancer into touch

Armadillo Self Storage Hull kick cancer into touch

Armadillo Self Storage in Hull, held a rugby league match last month in aid of helping Jasmine Jones, a local girl diagnosed with cancer. The game was held to raise money for the ongoing medical and transport costs Jasmine needs to get the best treatment for her condition. It was between the Great Britain All Stars and a local Hull select team. The Great Britain All Stars team were coached by Rugby League legend Andy Gregory (ex Wigan and GB Captain), and was captained by Paul Newlove who is another ex Great Britain player. Organised by Life For a Kid, a charity that has been supported by Armadillo Self storage, the charity activity raised a fantastic £1,500 in total with Armadillo donating £50 towards the match. Every year, Armadillo Self Storage gives free space to Life For a Kid amounting […]

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  • 14th December 2012
  • News

Big Yellow Self Storage’s Guide to Going Green

Environmental responsibility and rising energy costs have dominated the headlines in recent years with an increased movement towards ‘going green’ and ‘tightening our belts’. Reducing our energy consumption increases our contribution to greener living while also helping us save pounds. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage we have compiled a simple guide so that each and every one of us can have a greener existence at home, at work and even on the commute. Going Green at Home We’re all reasonably good at recycling our glass bottles, old newspapers and ink cartridges but have you ever thought about recycling for example, your old trainers? You might also be surprised to know that batteries, mobile phones, engine oil and even paint are all recyclable items. Beyond recycling we can also actively reduce our carbon footprint by switching to energy saving light […]

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Dr Aric Sigman’s Top Tips for Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time. Buying presents, preparing the festive dinner…and now BYSS research has shown that one fifth of women are dreading the Christmas gatherings as they worry about the size, look and comfort of their home when entertaining and accommodating friends and family. To help get through the festive period, Dr Aric Sigman gives us his top tips: • Remind Yourself of what Christmas is actually celebrating. Then ask yourself: what would the original ‘birthday boy’ think of today’s stressed-out version of Christmas? It might be something like: ‘What have you done to my birthday?’ • Set Christmas priorities. Uninterrupted time together can be the very best present for families – especially children. Bonding time, catching up time and casual fun should take precedence over Christmas trappings and present-buying frenzy. Everything we do at Christmas should help […]

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