Self Storage Blog

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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Did You Know: Wine Tasting

Did You Know: Wine Tasting

… that Oz Clarke launched the Big Yellow wine storage facility in Fulham? The UK’s first purpose-built wine self storage facility, it contains 1,200 temperature and humidity controlled cellars spread across four floors. The facility, placed next to Chelsea’s Harbour Club, is aimed at both individual wine collectors and businesses that require constant access to their wine collections. All of the cellars are monitored by CCTV, with staff present round the clock. Each room is protected by its own alarm as well as a unique PIN entry access, well-lit corridors and fire detection systems. The cellars are available in different sizes, from 15, 30 & 45 case. Prices start at £6 per week for an 15 case cellar.

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Tips and Tricks: Baking Soda

… A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. You can put a box of baking soda in there to absorb any excess water if needs be as larger appliances make excellent packing cases for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans and those that aren’t being used can be simply stacked inside one another in the self storage unit.

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Did You Know: Environment Award 2009

… that the Bromley branch of Big Yellow won a prestigious accolade in the Borough of Bromley’s Environment Awards, 2009? The company’s energy efficient building design, renewable energy installations, energy management and landscape biodiversity measures were recognised in the ‘Business Environment’ category. On a beautiful summers evening, Bromley’s Mayor – Councillor Douglas Auld – hosted a celebration of sustainability in the Council Chamber. As the awards were given out, environmental champion Alistair McGowan presented our very own Scott Mackenzie and Aaron Bekir with the Business Environment trophy, asking; ‘can you build one of your stores near my house please?”

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