Self Storage Blog

Tips and Tricks: For Fragile Items

…use furniture drawers or the insides of large kitchen appliances as boxes for delicate items and specially label them as ‘FRAGILE’. Do the same for mirrors and pictures, using a protective covering like bubble wrap, then stack them on their ends. Never leave them flat, as even if you’re extra careful, something may fall on them and break the glass. Separate lamp bases and lampshades, then wrap them as you would any other small item. It is not recommended that you store loose photographs as they may curl or suffer from temperature damage whilst in self storage.

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Did You Know: Farmer’s Storage

…that most people state that a farmer’s co-operative has just opened a multi-million pound grain storage and processing centre in the UK? This is a great proof point that people up and down the country are waking up to the benefits and cost effectiveness of self-storage. So much so that the £15m investment was supported by East of England Development Agency and Rural Development funding. The £15m facility at Wilbraham will be supplying all of the wheat for flour use Sainsbury’s bakeries, as well as other major brands. The 355 members of the co-operative will process 90,000 tonnes of locally grown wheat at the centre each year. It’s best to leave the perishables to the professionals, but you can store pretty much anything else with us. From wine to art, our self-storage units are secure, flexible and can be used […]

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  • 11th December 2009
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Drop Off Your Used Toys For Children’s Charity

Drop Off Your Used Toys For Children’s Charity

Big Yellow Self Storage, in association with the Wave 105 Cash for Kids Toy Appeal, would like to call out to YOU (yes you!) to donate any new and unwrapped toys for our appeal to support disadvantaged children. We had a very successful launch with an outstanding response of donated toys at Sunnyfields & Marchwood on the 15th of November, so let’s do our bit together and make a child smile this Christmas! Fill up this form & bring your toys to: Big Yellow Self Storage 2 Nuffield Road Poole, BH17 0RB Tel: 01202 846600 Big Yellow Self Storage Rodney Road Southsea Portsmouth, PO4 8BF Tel: 02392 865333

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Tips and Tricks: Combustible Substances

… Never store flammable or perishable items. Drain the tank of any items you plan to store (lawnmowers etc.), as you should never try to store combustible substances in your unit. If you are unsure about whether a certain item is flammable, be sure to find out before storing it.

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  • 10th December 2009
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Armadillo Boxes Build Cardboard City for Mail’s Home at Christmas Campaign

Armadillo Boxes Build Cardboard City for Mail’s Home at Christmas Campaign

In the spirit of Christmas, 102 people volunteered to give up their warm beds and replace them with Armadillo storage boxes! Armadillo donated 130 boxes as ‘homes’ to the charitable people of Burton and South Derbyshire, who went from ‘riches to rags’ for a night, living out of a ‘cardboard city’ to raise funds and awareness for the ‘Mail’s Home’ shelter. In conjunction with YMCA the volunteers, including East Staffordshire’s Mayor Geoff Morrison, Borough councilors, students from Burton College, town centre managers and two reporters – raised a total of £15,000. Meanwhile, Orbit Heart of England’s district office in Burton has successfully secured two bids from its community investment fund to be used for the work it does with the YMCA. The housing association has bagged £3,000 which will be used towards furnishing the IT suite of Reconnect@ situated in […]

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  • 8th December 2009
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We’re One of The Most Admired Companies In Britain!

We’re One of The Most Admired Companies In Britain!

Here at Big Yellow Self Storage we are proud to announce that we have been included in this year’s ‘Britain’s Most Admired Companies’! The annual list is put together on 9 different criteria such as quality of goods and service, and community and environmental responsibility. As you know, we are actively involved in lots of different causes and are always looking at new ways to provide a better service to our customers so this has put a smile on all our faces. Other companies listed include Cadbury and Tesco. This is the first time that we have been included in this particular list so it’s great news for the end of the year!

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Did You Know: Oil Storage

…that the largest storage facilities in the world are used for oil? A tank farm based in Cushing, Oklahoma can hold as much as 46.3 million barrels of oil, or enough gasoline to fill the tanks of half of all cars on the road in the United States. The biggest individual facility within this community holds a whopping 15.7million barrels alone. Big Yellow can’t quite provide you with that much space, but has 20 stores waiting to be built in locations throughout the UK. When the network is completed, Big Yellow will provide over 4.5 million square feet of storage space, which will provide a huge increase to the UK’s current 25 million square feet of self-storage currently available.

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Tips and Tricks: Breathing Room

…Give it all some breathing room. Even in a climate-controlled self storage unit, the humidity may rise to a level where wooden furniture can warp. You can virtually eliminate this risk by leaving some room between the walls of your unit and your belongings. Another good idea is to lay a plastic tarp, or some linen on the floor.

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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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