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Top tips on packing a Caravan…

Top tips on packing a Caravan…

Now that the sun has finally decided to join us for the summer, it’s the perfect time to dust off the caravan and head for that road trip that you’ve been planning all year. However, deciding what makes the all important ‘what to pack’ list is no mean feat and much like most great accomplishments, it takes highly skilled planning before you can claim victory. The old age adage, “less is more” couldn’t be more fitting an expression for this process, so it is advisable to think light before you pack the essentials – but no need to worry if this all seems daunting because we’ve devised a few handy tips to get your summer road trip off to a sunny start. Planning Despite being semi Tardis-like, caravans aren’t the actual Tardis and won’t carry everything and the kitchen sink, […]

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Stockton Armadillo do their bit for Teesside hospice charity

Stockton Armadillo do their bit for Teesside hospice charity

Stockton Armadillo have helped out local hospice charity Butterwick this week by donating a 75sq ft room and a donation station nearby where Armadillo customers can donate clothes and bric-a-brac to be sold to help finance their work. Scott McDonald (pictured right) from Armadillo Stockton said: “We were delighted to help out such a worthwhile local charity and look forward to working with them in the future on local fundraising events” Brunswick hospice treat around 200 patients. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for those who have a life limiting illness and their families and to help them relate positively to every challenge they may encounter during their illness and to see death as part of life’s journey. You can find out more about Butterwick here http://www.butterwick.org.uk/

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De-stressing when moving home.

De-stressing when moving home.

The stress of moving house has been the bane of many of our lives, so it comes as no surprise that recent surveys have indicated that moving house is the most stressful experiences that we could ever go through – even knocking divorce from the number one top spot. As much as we’d all love an immediate quick fix where moving post codes is concerned, there’s no getting round the fact that there’s a great deal of planning, packing and bubble wrap popping to endure to help get the whole process off the ground, and that comes long before the crucial decision on whether to paint the kitchen Vanilla or Egg shell. Luckily, following Big Yellow’s 5 top tips on a stress free move will see you into you new house with the upmost ease. 1. Plan: We often experience […]

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Sort out your space at home to help you sell online

Sort out your space at home to help you sell online

Do you own your own business? Do you have stock piling up in your house that is constantly growing? Having to find physical space to store your merchandise is a hassle and overhead you could do without. Many companies have come up with a way to get around the traditional merchandise cycle, which we will take a look at: The Invisible Widget: This means that you do not handle the stock at all, which sounds fantastic. The retailer selects a product, sells it, and hands over the delivery to a drop shipping company. This is great as there is no storage or handling costs however there are a few things to think about with this method. There are some costs involved, such as, some drop shippers will charge you a membership fee and the initial cost of the product will […]

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Decorating your home Mad Men style!

Decorating your home Mad Men style!

For many the 1960’s are well and truly long gone, however for a growing few the 60’s are coming back. From the start of time (well fashion) people have done the ‘in-thing’ and followed what’s trending and it appears with the hit US TV show, ‘Mad Men’ starting its 5th series the next biggest trend is to kit your house out ‘Mad Men Style’. You may be thinking this is just ‘hearsay’ but the TV show is starting to influence the interior market in a big way due to the high demand and popularity for the new trend. This means that the ‘new’ look is now easy to achieve. This is not just hitting our homes; it is starting to change the office space too! Combine brass, teak and leather to create an understated yet powerful vibe. American walnut is […]

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Liverpool South Armadillo support Frontline Trust’s Food bank

Liverpool South Armadillo support Frontline Trust’s Food bank

Armadillo Liverpool South staff are doing their bit to help feed UK people who’ve experienced a crisis in their lives. The store has donated 275sq. feet of storage to the charity to help with donations and collections, and to go that bit further, staff have helped with collection days at local supermarkets such as ASDA Smithdown Road, donating their own time. Sue Martin, Armadillo’s Assistant Manager (pictured in the middle of the photo) was busy collecting last Friday with Kevin (pictured on the right) who came to Central Liverpool Foodbank in October 2011 after having problems with his benefits. He was so impressed with the welcome and acceptance of the team that he wanted to give something back. He asked if he could volunteer and is now a regular member of the team sorting through donations in the stock cupboard […]

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Space-saving gadgets

The April showers have hit us hard and fast, which surely means summer is round the corner? Who knows, but it seems about the right time to oust out the winter stragglers and spring clean the clutter. Often when we try to de-clutter our homes, we find ourselves buying storage boxes and other compartments for a neater, more organised scene. However the result is much the same in that we still are as cluttered in terms of space, but with a tidy setting of organised mess. Here at Big Yellow, we’ve been spying around to find some cunning gadgets to store away the winter warmers, the rainy reminders and the things you simply want to keep to yourself, away from prying eyes! Great Space Savers First up, is something worthy for an old school James Bond, from Secret Storage Books. […]

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  • 23rd April 2012
  • News

Big Yellow Wins Queen’s Award

Big Yellow Wins Queen’s Award

Big Yellow has been awarded the very special Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for our focus on social and environmental responsibility. The award recognises Big Yellow’s energy-efficient technologies, our low carbon foot-prints and the work we do with staff, customers and investors to minimise waste, water-usage and carbon dioxide emissions. Our energy efficient technologies include using Energy efficient LED lighting in our stores, and motion sensor lighting so the lights only turn on when someone is present in the storage areas. Additionally we’ve introduced energy producing initiatives such as solar panels on many store roofs , generating significant energy for us, ground source heat pumps and wind turbines. The Queen’s Award is one of Britain’s most prestigious awards for businesses recognising outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development and celebrates the very best of British Enterprise. It is […]

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Under the stairs

You know that place that you walk past every day and stick coats or bags under. Maybe it’s the home of your vacuum cleaner, or maybe it’s just where you put your very own Harry Potter! In this blog, we’ll be looking at how to gain back space in your house and create your very own mini office under the stairs! First up, is your under stairs space sealed behind a panel or is it open? If it’s sealed, take the panels off and open the space up. By doing this you’ll create loads more space instantly as you’ll be widening the corridor area up. Most under stairs areas are usually covered in with boarding and wallpaper on top or paint. They’re relatively easy to take down but if you are unsure then ask a local handy man or builder. […]

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Sorting out your downstairs loo

Sorting out your downstairs loo

It may be the smallest room in the house, but leave your downstairs loo cluttered and your guests will be turning their noses up for all the wrong reasons! First off – the loo rolls Do you really need to store 12 rolls next to your toilet? In a room that’s already small you can’t afford to take the risk of taking up all the space with your bargain purchase of a mega-pack from your supermarket. Make sure you keep on top of how many rolls you have and try and keep it to a minimum of 2-3 rolls at a time. You can store the rest under the stairs or in the garage. The 2-3 that you keep can be easily stored on a combination toilet roll holder like this one. Smart and neat. Whilst we’re on the subject […]

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