BBC Breakfast: the Annual Self Storage Industry Survey and what it means for the future

bbc breakfastOn Monday 13th June Rennie Schafer, the CEO of SSA UK (Self Storage Association UK) and Steph McGovern, BBC News Business presenter spoke live to BBC News about the Annual Industry Survey 2016. The survey combines data from the industry with expert knowledge to give a comprehensive oversight of the direction of the industry and any emerging patterns.

Crossing live from a self storage business Steph was asking Rennie Schafer about the industry and what we could learn from the new SSA Annual Survey. Steph also had the chance to open up some storage units from customers, questioning them about why they used self storage.

Leading on from the interest in this BBC Radio Devon contacted our Quickstore Torquay manager, Martin Bignell, the same afternoon to talk about the implications of the SSA UK survey and what can be gleaned from it.


Local author Chris Thrall talks to Quickstore about his new thriller series and storing with us

chris thrallLocal author Chris Thrall has been storing here at Quickstore for eighteen months.

Chris says: “I sold my house and moved in with my partner. I store most of my possessions with Jon and his team, who are extremely friendly, professional and polite. This means I can use our spare room as an office.’

Following on from his bestselling memoir Eating Smoke, the story of how he came to be working for the Hong Kong triads, Chris recently ventured into fiction with the opening of two books in his Hans Larsson thriller series. The first book The Drift begins in Plymouth and will be familiar to locals! The Drift is available from Amazon at £7.99 and all good bookshops, the synopsis follows.

Following the death of his wife and son, Hans Larsson buys a yacht named Future, intending to sail across the Atlantic with his young daughter Jessica. En route they meet Penny, a seasoned English skipper, who joins them as crew, and the larger-than-life Marcel, a Dutch art dealer hiding a secret, along with a stash of drugs on his vintage boat. Battling storms, sharks and pirates, Hans and Jessica experience the adventure of a lifetime, until fate intervenes to leave them fighting for survival on an ocean less perilous than the mind . . .

Stay up to date with latest from Chris Thrill by following him on Twitter or connecting with him on LinkedIn.

Third Space Group invite you to attend The Red House open-house to learn about ‘co-working’ office spaces

Third Space Group has provided us with the following article about the growth of office space within self storage facilities. Take advantage of the FREE pop-up co-working experience at The Red House to see if office space within a self storage facility could work for you. See the below article for more information.

third-space-groupThe Self Storage Association UK Annual Survey 2016 revealed a massive growth in office space within self storage facilities (29% in 2014 and 49% in 2015). Data on 435 facilities was collected during January and February 2016 (a total of circa 37.6 million sq ft of storage space).
Flexible office space, also known as serviced office, has been a resilient business over the years and now a new trend is emerging known as “co working” which may change the perception that this is a short term office solution to one that could become a permanent decision for a business. Co working promises a cross selling and collaborative environment for businesses and not private offices with unknown neighbours.
A pop up co working experience is taking place at RIBA 2016 award winning building The Red House (aka Plymouth School of Creative Arts) between 25 July – 26 August. The first day on Monday 25 July is free so there are no barriers to finding out how co working works. Revenue over the 5 week period is going to a good cause and being shared with the school and Devon/Cornwall business are encouraged to try it out, possibly as a corporate retreat for a hard working team within your business. This opportunity would also be ideal for any business relocating office and requiring short term office and self storage. Register to attend.