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  • 10th November 2011
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Big Yellow – One of the UK’s top green companies!

Big Yellow – One of the UK’s top green companies!

At Big Yellow we’re always on the lookout to be the best we can when it comes to being energy efficient and reducing our Carbon footprint, so we were hugely excited today to find out that we’ve come in the top 4% of companies in the newly released Carbon Reduction Commitment Performance league table! The recognition comes hot on the heels of recent Green work we’ve being carrying out at Big Yellow stores including: • Installing motion sensors in our stores to helping reduce energy consumption by 30% • Adding eco-friendly ground source heat pumps • Generating up to 20 percent of our energy from solar panels Our quest to improve won’t stop here though as we’re committed to constantly ensuring that we remain the most environmentally sound Self Storage Company in the UK.

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  • 9th November 2011
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Starting a new business? Come and see us at Earls Court!

Starting a new business? Come and see us at Earls Court!

Are you a budding Apprentice? Then you’re probably off to the Business Startup Show at Earls Court in London on the 17th/18th of November. Of course your mind will be firmly on your big product idea and making as many contacts as possible to help get your business off the ground. In these uncertain times though, spare a minute to think about where you’re going to store your products for your new enterprise,. Are you about to take a long lease out on a property to run your storage from? Well if you are, why not consider a flexible approach and allow your storage needs to grow with your business. Start small and you can add additional secure storage space if and when your business needs it, helping you manage your cashflow. In addition there are no additional running costs […]

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  • 9th November 2011
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Top Tips: Preparing a Room for a new arrival!

Top Tips: Preparing a Room for a new arrival!

Congratulations! You are about to become a new parent! This is a very exciting time when emotions are running wild and you’ll want to prepare your home for the arrival of your baby. This process is something that every parent goes through, so don’t panic! For expecting mothers it can present itself as an uncontrollable feeling known as ‘nesting’. An instinct which has seen pregnant women repeatedly iron bedding, continually refold baby clothes and clean every corner of the house. If you‘re unsure where to start, check out Big Yellow’s top tips for help preparing your baby’s room… 1. Decide where your baby will sleep. It is quite likely that for the first few weeks, your newborn will sleep in a cot by the side of your bed so you should ensure your bedroom is organised and clean. This is […]

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  • 8th November 2011
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Adding brightness to your home

Adding brightness to your home

With the clocks recently going back, the evenings getting darker and winter creeping in there’s no better time to lighten up you house. You might be leaving work after the sun has set, but there’s no need to go home to a darkened cave! Have no fear as we are here with our top tips to banish the darkness and help brighten up your home life… 1. Natural light isn’t the only option. The first idea that comes to mind is more windows; however this is time consuming, expensive and will require a lot of work. So why not invest in some florescent lighting and lamps? The kind they have in your local doctor’s surgery, except they don’t have to look clinical. Head over to Lighting at Home to get some ideas. Because fluorescent lighting is bright it will provide […]

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  • 2nd November 2011
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Q & A with wine expert Matt

Q & A with wine expert Matt

Did you know that Big Yellow Self Storage in Fulham has a temperature controlled wine storage facility? We thought we’d go behind the scenes and talk to Matt, the manager of the Wine Cellars, to ask him about how he came to be involved with wine, what wines are good as an investment and any tips on what’s good in the supermarkets right now! BYSS BLOG: Matt, where did your passion for wine start? MATT: I got into wine while at University, I had a part time job at a beautiful little wine shop that had been selling bottles for over a hundred years and through in-store tastings I was able to try some great wines. The wine that really got me hooked was a bottle of Margaux, I forget the chateau but remember it being like nothing else I’d […]

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  • 31st October 2011
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READ International first National Donation Day

READ International first National Donation Day

On the weekend, Saturday 29th October Big Yellow Self Storage opened their doors to support READ International first National Donation Day. It was organised in a hope to motivate hundreds of UK schools and individuals to donate their old books, helping READ International in their mission: to improve access to education and empower school children in East Africa to fulfil their own potential. READ International student volunteers are now sorting all the books generously donated to ensure only the best quality and most relevant ones are sent out to East Africa. Those that don’t fit the bill will be sold to raise funds for shipping the good books and as a last resort what is left will be recycled – nothing goes to landfill. Since 2006 READ International has sent over 1 million books to Tanzania and Uganda – vital […]

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  • 26th October 2011
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Clear your place to clear your mind – A guide to Feng Shui

Clear your place to clear your mind – A guide to Feng Shui

The ancient art of Feng Shui is said to bring about good fortune, health, and happiness as well as reducing negative and harmful energy. All this can be achieved by re-arranging your living space! The Chinese have been taking heed of Feng Shui for over 3,000 years and slowly but surely its spread to Western cultures. Have you embraced the art of Feng Shui yet? Well, we at Big Yellow Self Storage have put together a guide for you to make you a Feng Shui master in no time! 1. Get rid of the clutter. Ever feel like you’ve got so many thoughts cluttering your mind you just can’t seem to think straight? It’s the same in your home. An essential step of Feng Shui to clear the clutter from your home and banish the low and confusing energy that […]

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  • 20th October 2011
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Tips and Tricks: Preparing a property for renting

Tips and Tricks: Preparing a property for renting

If you live in an area that plays host to exciting annual events (Like the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh) renting out your home for the duration of the event can be a great way to avoid the crowds and make some extra money. Or maybe you rent long term? Either way we hope any potential or seasoned renters will find our these Tip and Tricks useful: 1. Before showing perspective tenants around make sure to do some really thorough spring cleaning. It’s amazing the difference that cleaning the carpets and windows can make. 2. Be prepared! When renting you’re still responsible for the internal upkeep of the house. That means anything structural, electrical or plumbing related. Make sure you have experts in all those areas ready to go (If you’re renting during holidays be extra careful to check if they’re […]

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Big Yellow Bramall Lane win a Sheffield Telegraph Environment Award

Big Yellow Bramall Lane win a Sheffield Telegraph Environment Award

Big Yellow picked up the Business award for outstanding environmental and sustainable innovations and improvements at this year’s Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards last night. In its fifth year, the event was truly inspiring with guest speakers including Paul Hudson, the BBC Look North weather reporter, discussing issues relating to climate change and changing the public’s opinion. Big Yellow was up against some tough competition including Meadow Hall Shopping centre for their outstanding recycling system. Hannah Jones, Big Yellow employee said “The judges were really impressed with Big Yellow’s commitment to the environment and the fact that we have a green feature in a large number of our stores. They also commented on how passionate the staff were about the company’s corporate social responsibility and in particular Bramall Lane store which has encouraged local wildlife, flora and fauna by planting hundreds […]

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Preparing for Winter!

Preparing for Winter!

It’s approaching that time of year again when the woolly hats and scarves come out, the central heating comes on and the beach gear goes to the very back of the wardrobe to become a mere distant memory. But apart from clothes, what else should we be putting on the back burner? We at Big Yellow have put together a list of the things to do to get ready for the next few months of icy weather. Unless you’re hoping to open a small ice skating rink in your back garden, the time has come for you to wave goodbye to the paddling pool as it goes to its home in storage or the garage to spend a long lonely winter. It brought hours of enjoyment in the summer time but now with winter approaching its far more enjoyable for […]

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