Contributing Editors



Where One Dream Ends a Self Storage One Begins

by John Stevens May 22, 2014 11:43 PM
Boyz II Men were absolutely right when they sang about how hard it is to say goodbye to yesterday. When you are with someone or something for so long walking away from it—for any reason—is hard. However, at the same time it can give one a rare opportunity; something that many people would love to have—a chance to begin anew. [More]

UK Self Storage Growing Where it Matters Most

by Kim Kilpatrick May 20, 2014 11:57 PM
Every business—self storage and otherwise--likes to grow and expand. Doing so usually means that something is going right. An increase in demand will often be enough to encourage a company to do so, but there still needs to be one other important element present—a company needs to be profitable enough to warrant expansion. [More]

Big Yellow Self Storage in the UK Has a Unique Interactive Campaign

by Holly Robinson April 8, 2014 10:04 PM
A laser cannon moves horizontally back and forth on the bottom of the computer screen. The player fires at descending aliens that scurry back and forth horizontally on the screen as they advance toward the bottom of the screen. The more aliens hit by the cannon, the more aliens that descend in waves that come faster and faster. What game is this? It’s Space Invaders, an all-time classic arcade game released in 1978. [More]

Overseas Expansion Might Be Where It’s At In The Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 15, 2014 11:28 PM
Everyone wants to come up with the next big product. If they do they can practically guarantee themselves a financial windfall as the world buys only their product while others figure out how to copy it. The problem is that in this day and age it is becoming harder and harder to come up with the next big thing. So what’s an investor to do? [More]

LoveSpace -- a New Self Storage Business in the UK

by Winnie Hsiu November 15, 2013 4:46 PM
I have a friend who grew up in the countryside. His family owned two acres. There were only 5 members in his family. That was a lot of space for not very many people. Imagine if you took those 2 acres and plunked them down in the middle of London. Lots of Londonites could happily live on that amount of property!

Brett Akker, an entrepreneur, understands that space in London is at a premium. He knows that city populations are becoming denser and homes and apartments are getting smaller. That means there isn’t a lot of space for extra possessions. [More]

Three News Roundup Stories

by Holly Robinson February 19, 2013 6:32 PM
Even though Jim and Nell Sheppard are in their 80s, they still run Sheps Self Storage in Port Neches, in eastern Texas. Just 20 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Port Neches is a small town with a population of slightly more than 13,000 residents. Sheps Self Storage provides rental units for the city’s storage needs. [More]

Successful Self Storage Entrepreneur Up For Prestigious Ernst & Young Award for 2011

by John Stevens May 6, 2011 7:21 AM
Andrew Donaldson, a partner in U.K. self storage operator BIG Storage is a finalist on a list of candidates for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the North and Midlands region of England. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year is a global business award for entrepreneurs. If Donaldson wins the award for his region, he’ll go onto to compete for the United Kingdom title. [More]

Self Storage Company in UK Hops into the Hearts of Children in Local Hospital

by Holly Robinson April 25, 2011 10:56 AM
Easter weekend is typically one of the holidays where people tend to gather with family and renew the bonds that make family not just family, but friends. It’s a time to enjoy the company of your loved ones and watch the faces of little kids smile as they try to decide whether they want to eat a chocolate egg or a chocolate bunny first. [More]

Self Storage Considered a Good Investment in Europe

by John Stevens October 6, 2010 10:27 AM
In Europe as in the United States, real estate analysts are recommending self storage as an investment worth considering, compared to other areas of the real estate market (such as residential and retail properties), which are foundering. [More]

UK Self Storage Facility Encourages College Students to Recycle

by Kim Kilpatrick August 30, 2010 12:56 PM
Cardiff Self Storage, a storage facility located in the United Kingdom, has decided to participate in a campaign to encourage local college students to recycle unwanted items. The recycling campaign, called Get It Out for Cardiff, will donate clothing to the Salvation Army, and nonperishable food items to FareShare. The campaign will also benefit the British Heart Foundation and Raise and Give. So far the campaign has been a phenomenal success, raising several tons of materials to donate to local charities. [More]
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