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Safestore Self Storage Holds Dash to Donate Challenge

by John Stevens June 20, 2013 9:05 PM
Everyone knows how managers and owners of self storage facilities like to support local humanitarian efforts. They hold fundraisers and donate the proceeds to schools, cancer research, and victims of hurricanes and tornadoes. They participate in Toys for Tots at Christmas time, hold drives to collect and distribute winter wear, and gather food to help needy families – especially during the holidays.

This desire to help those in need is not confined to just self storage facilities in the United States. Safestore Self Storage based in the UK also participates in charitable activities. [More]

Organized Storage Improves Hospital Care by 40%

by Tony Gonzalez May 21, 2010 6:07 PM
Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has discovered that when medicines and medical equipment are stored in an organized way, nurses end up with 40 percent more time to spend on patient care. The organized storage approach, spearheaded by organizing specialists from Releasing Time to Care, a pilot project of NHS’s The Productive Ward program, was tested at Lanarkshire’s Hairmyres Hospital, in Scotland. It was paid for the NHS’s Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Linda King, Hairmyres’ senior cardiac ward charge nurse, told the BBC that the project was difficult in the beginning. Now, King says proudly, “Our motto in here is ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’” She explained that the time saved through organization had allowed the nurses to start a hand washing campaign to improve hygiene and to set up an early warning system to alert the staff to patients who were at risk for becoming seriously ill. [More]

Alligator Self Storage (UK) Announces Plans to Expand

by Kim Kilpatrick March 23, 2010 3:40 PM
Alligator Self Storage, a Scottish self storage chain, has announced that it plans to expand into two or three more sites this year. It has already acquired 12 new locations over the past several months, thanks to the tireless efforts of founder Alister Jack. Jack financed the acquisition of the 12 new locations, which came from Australian investment bank Macquarie, with 20 million from Merrill Lynch (through Bank of America).

“We have the ability to finance the acquisition of more sites,” Jack told Scott Reid of Scotland on Sunday yesterday. “We would like to buy two or three in the next year, though there’s quite a bit to do in terms of integrating the latest sites.” [More]
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