Category Archives: Quickstore News

Open Hearts, Open Borders 4th refugee aid container arrives in Syria

The volunteers of refugee aid charity Open Hearts, Open Borders have rallied during their free time at Quickstore Saltash for their 4th container full of essential items for the people of Syria.

We’re so proud to announce that the container arrived exactly one month after leaving Quickstore Saltash. You can follow the journey that the One Nation truck made below, and see just some of the thousands of people that your donations will help.

 

Quickstore Plymouth customer K9 Magic Meals grows their business with increased self storage

k9-magic-mealsQuickstore Plymouth customers Michelle and Adrian are the owners of K9 Magic Meals. After a very successful year in 2016 they’ve had to invest in a new, larger van and they’ve also increased the size of their storage unit with us.

The company supplies Simpsons Premium Dog Food and they’ve been going from strength to strength taking online orders and delivering 7 days a week too. Michelle recently said: “My business wouldn’t run nearly as smoothly if it wasn’t for Quickstore Plymouth. I don’t know how I’d manage without them.”

Quickstore Plymouth would like to wish K9 Magic Meals a successful 2017 and thank them for their continued custom.

You can find K9 Magic Meals on Twitter and on Facebook or learn more about them from their website.

Open Hearts, Open Borders invites you to toy amnesty for Syria on Saturday 14th January

After successfully collecting enough clothes and blankets to fill a shipping container to send to the migrant camp in Calais, Open Hearts, Open Borders are back again, this time collecting toys for the children of Syria.

If you have any excess or unwanted toys after the festive period please feel free to bring them along to your local centre (listed below) on Saturday 14th January. Between 10am and 2pm we’ll be accepting donations of any toys in good, clean and working order. We respectfully ask that you refrain from donating toy guns, computer games, broken toys, or anything that requires batteries.

Devon & Cornwall drop off centres are listed below:open-hearts-open-borders

Exeter Quickstore, Grace Road West EX2 8PU

Plymouth Quickstore, George Place PL1 3NY

Saltash Quickstore, Moorlands Trading Estate PL12 6LX

Torquay Quickstore, Barton Hill Road TQ2 8JH

Egloshayle Church, Egloshayle Road PL27 6AD

All Saints Church, Tresawls Road Highertown TR1 3LD

South Torfrey Farm, Golant Fowey PL23 1LA

 

For more information on drop off times please contact your local centre. You can find out more about Open Hearts, Open Borders by visiting their website, liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter.

 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Quickstore

To all of our customers, suppliers and partners, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our Christmas opening hours are below. If you access your unit using a PIN code or an electronic fob, your access will not be affected. These are opening hours for our receptions only. If you have any questions, please contact your Centre Manager.

 

Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth

Saturday 24th December – Open
Sunday 25th December to Tuesday 27th December – Closed
Wednesday 28th December to Saturday 31st December – Open
Sunday 1st January and Monday 2nd January – Closed
Tuesday 3rd January – Open (normal working hours resume)

 

Saltash and Head Office

Saturday 24th December to Tuesday 27th December – Closed
Wednesday 28th December to Friday 30th December – Open
Saturday 31st December to Monday 2nd January – Closed
Tuesday 3rd January – Open (normal working hours resume)

 

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Quickstore team members and centre managers attend 2016 FEDESSA Conference in Barcelona

A group of 6 team members from Quickstore, including all the centre managers, travelled to Barcelona recently for the 2106 FEDESSA (Federation of European Self Storage Associations) Conference. Attending events like this ensure we keep continuing to improve our service and adopt the very best practice. On top of all this the team found the events very stimulating and managed to fit in the some sight-seeing too. A bit of sun didn’t go amiss either!

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Quickstore team attend Lloyds Bank Quiz Night for Children in Need

children-in-needA team from Quickstore got involved in the Lloyds Bank Children in Need quiz night on Wednesday 19th October. Sam MacDonald and Helen Maynard, pictured here, were amongst those who came along to contribute to such a good cause.
The evening managed to raise over a staggering £2500, with Lloyds matching it to bring the total to £5000. We’re over the moon with how much we were able to help and we urge everyone to do what they can. You can find out who you help and where the money goes here or find ideas for fundraising.
Alternatively contact us here at Quickstore to see what your local centre is up to and to see how you could help.

Help the homeless this month with Socktober

socktoberIn an international effort to equip the homeless population with clean, dry socks this winter, we’re asking our customers and partners for help. A simple pair of warm men’s socks can make all the difference to somebody sleeping rough this winter.

We’re asking our friends, family, customers and associates to donate clean, new socks to their local Quickstore centre in a bid to get involved with something really positive. Make someone’s life that little bit warmer.

PATH Torbay, a collective of volunteers who fundraise, collect and distribute clothing, food and essentials to the homeless, will be distributing the socks collected this Socktober. If you can get involved by donating, spreading the word or even offering your time to PATH Torbay, we can make a difference this winter.

Find #Socktober on Facebook or call 07763398238 for more information. You can also find some more information by contacting one of our centres.

Key findings of the Self Storage Survey 2016

ssa-ukEach year the Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK) combines data from industry reports and public sector reports to determine trends in self storage. Upon reading the full report you can learn about the performance of the industry in the past and find out up to date information about the demand factors, how the industry is growing and what it’s worth.

Some of the key findings include:

  • In 2016, Europe has 2,746 self storage facilities totalling 7,776,000 square metres of space, up 6% and 4% respectively from 2015
  • 39% of facilities are in the UK and nearly 85% of the facilities are in six countries
  • The average amount of storage per capita is 0.016 square metres with the UK, the Netherlands and Iceland having three times this level
  • The average size of facility is 4,168 square metres, although they range in size from less than 2,000 square metres to over 6,000 square metres
  • The average rent is €255 per square metre and average occupancy has increased from 78% to 80% in the last year
  • The ten largest brands across Europe represent over 25% of the total number of facilities
  • There have been around €500m of transactions over the last 12 months and an increase of 25% on the previous 12 months

Quickstore Plymouth’s 26-mile sail raises nearly £3000 for Polycystic Kidney Disease charity

pkd-sailIn a bid to raise vital funds for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity, Sam and some of the team members at Quickstore Plymouth took to the water to race 26-miles around the channel. We’re pleased to announce that the team came 2nd overall out of 64 boats! They won extra trophies and charity money that will all contribute to helping families and sufferers of polycystic kidney disease.

Racing on 18th June the team managed to raise a staggering £2700! Thank you to all of those who donated on the JustGiving site, you raised £1850 for this fantastic cause. The team also earned another £910 from race awards, including picking up the Ancasta Challenge Trophy for fastest Beneteau and the Yacht Haven Trophy for being the fastest Yacht Haven boat.

Whilst the sailing is over there’s still time for you to contribute to this very worthy cause. Anything you can do to help sufferers of PKD and their families to get through this difficult time even more easily will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all the support you’ve given us, we’re extremely proud of what we’ve all managed to achieve!

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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.

Easter Opening Hours 2016

We’d like to inform our customers, clients and visitors that our receptions across all of our Quickstore branches and business centres will be closed on Friday 25th March and Monday 28th March.
If you use a PIN code or a swipe card to gain access to our facilities then your services will not be affected however our receptions will be closed.
If you require any further information please contact your local storage or business centre using their contact numbers here.