Safe Working for Self-Storage Businesses

As the UK starts to return to a new normal, the British Association of Removers (BAR) has been giving advice to its members on how the self-storage industry can safely return to business. Safely return to business With the housing market back up and running, and people able to view houses again, now is the time to safely return to business for the self-storage industry. An increase in house sales will see an increase in residential customer use of self-storage facilities in the coming weeks. This means there should no longer be restrictions to certain customers, however, you may wish … Continue reading

UK Self-Storage Annual Industry Report 2020

The UK Self-Storage Annual Industry Report gives our self-storage customers great insights into how well the industry is performing and the growth prospects for the following year. Cushman & Wakefield launched the UK Self-Storage Annual Industry Report last month in Partnership with SSA. The report touches on the effect of the coronavirus and how successful self-storage companies will ride out the pandemic. Key results from the UK Self-Storage Annual Industry Report The report includes some key findings which will be extremely useful for our self-storage customers moving forward, including:  Occupancy on current lettable space is 76.2% down from 77.2% last … Continue reading

Tips on how best to work from home

Most of us have been faced with the challenge of working from home since the government increased restrictions for some of us this will have been an easy transition for others balancing personal and professional lives can be trying below are some tips to help you maintain that balance and hopefully stay happy and healthy at the same time. Get a Routine – Start a new schedule that works around your household and resembles your ordinary routine to help you stay efficient and motivated, in other words get dressed for the work day, you could even use this as an … Continue reading

Storing up a business opportunity

Are you a removal firm with some land to spare and looking to make it work for you? Self-storage facilities are popping up across the country, and, as Lauren Gladding, Self-Storage and Sales Marketing Manager at Mr Box explains below, setting your own up is as simple as A, B, C. Removal firms are well placed to tap into the self-storage trend. While you may have previous experience of using such facilities for clients who need somewhere to store furniture during a house move, there are plenty of other industries that could also benefit. As Lauren says: “Any company that … Continue reading

Quicksilver Removals and Storage Case Study

Quicksilver Removals and Storage is a premier movers and storage firm in the North East. With over 30 years’ experience, a sterling reputation and a desire to grow, in January 2019 the firm made the decision to expand its domestic and self-storage offering. That’s where Mr Box came in to help. After extensive research to find their perfect self-store partner, the team at Quicksilver got in touch with us. Joanne Ball, commercial business manager at the company said: “We were impressed by Mr Box’s professional approach. “A key selling point for us was the opportunity to feature on the Mr … Continue reading

What Increased Restrictions Mean for Self-Storage

The Government has recently increased its restrictions on mobility of people across the UK and closed all retail shops. We understand that along with all other business owners across the UK, those in the Self-Storage industry may need advice on how to go about things during these challenging unprecedented times. Here are some tips to help them navigate through: 1. Self-Storage is not retail, it is a service provider. Self-storage stores can remain open for use by essential services and those businesses that remain open under the Government’s new advice. If you do not believe your store has these types … Continue reading

Can I use a shipping container as a garage?

As the UK seeks to solve the housing crisis, more new build homes than ever are constructed. Unfortunately, many of these homes are smaller than traditional properties and often omit one of the most important things for British homeowners – a garage. For many, this means they have to park their cars on the street which can affect insurance and lead to a general lack of safety. These same people often turn to Google for a solution and end up searching for ‘can I use a shipping container as a garage?’ Of course, homeowners are just a small portion of … Continue reading

How is the Coronavirus Affecting the Container Industry?

You may have been following the terrible Coronavirus stories in the news lately. The impact has been awful. You may or may not be aware that these events in China will also have an impact on the UK container industry. So far, the following has happened in China: Container factories have had extended shut downs after the Chinese New Year break. There have been staff shortages at the container factories. Ports and shipping lines are on extended shut downs after the Chinese New Year break. But what does this mean for you as a consumer, looking to buy containers? The … Continue reading

Bilting Farm Case Study

After a drop in his existing industry meant Simon Grayson of Bilting Farm needed to explore new revenue streams, he decided to take a dip into the world of self-storage – that’s where we came in to help.   Originally established in the 1930s, Simon’s father took over the mushroom farm in 1978 after the family moved back to the UK from Cyprus. Unfortunately, the industry began to experience difficulties in 2010, leading Simon – who had now taken over – to explore other options. After reading an article about the opportunities in the USA’s storage industry, and conducting his … Continue reading

Mr Box convert a container to a laboratory for University of York

What do you do when you need a fully-fitted laboratory created from scratch in a relatively quick timescale? That was the problem facing researchers from the University of York in 2014, when they needed new laboratory space at their atmospheric monitoring observatory in Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa. Building a permanent structure would be time-consuming and expensive, so the team chose Mr Box to create a lab using two 40ft containers, which would then be joined together on site in Cape Verde by the university team. Dr Katie Read, Coordinator of the Cape Verde project for the University … Continue reading

How to house stock with better product storage

Whether you’ve stockpiled for Christmas or have an excess of unsold product lying around, newcomers to retail can often find themselves overwhelmed by stock. If you’re launching a homegrown business, the majority of people begin by housing stock in their home – but this can quickly grow unsustainable. You immediately compromise on available space in your home. For smaller retails who operate high street shops, storage space is limited generally to backrooms – which again can be quickly overwhelmed in periods of peak demand. In a worst-case scenario, unsold stock you’ve bought anticipating the Christmas rush can overload your home … Continue reading

Storage Container Laboratories

Storage Container Laboratories: Rapid Deployment To Remote Sites When universities and other research institutions are deploying in remote locations, they face a dual challenge: how can you house machinery and scientists safely whilst also ensuring lasting durability against inclement weather? Storage containers provide the perfect mobile solution, offering impressive durability and total weather-proofing as well as the ability to move the lab on to new locations. They are also certified to ship, making deployment to a site simple. A container can be converted to suit your lab’s purposes and then shipped so that it is delivered, ready to use, to … Continue reading

A Recipe for the Perfect Customer Experience

I think we can all agree that as customers we have higher expectations than ever. We want good products that are quick to obtain and easy to use. Market leaders recognise this and are diversifying to meet customer needs (we can now order products directly from our mobiles and have them delivered the very same day.) Trying to apply this to your Self-Storage business can be daunting and offering your customers everything under the sun feels like it’d be costly or an inconvenience to you. However, you have all the knowledge you need from every procurement experience you’ve had… think … Continue reading

The Tradespeople Revolution: Creating Your Own Workshop

Self-employment is at its highest level in the UK since records began, with 4.8 million people choosing to start their own business or freelancing. The main issue of self-employment is finding a place to run your business from. If working from home isn’t an option for you, you’ll be looking for a working space which has low overheads to keep your costs down. A storage container conversion is the perfect solution for a low-cost workspace. A designated work place for your business will make it feel more official, without the high cost of renting an office room or building. Storage … Continue reading

Creating Remote Site Facilities With Storage Containers

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From testing sites nestled in the countryside to remote offices on wind farms that are situated far away from civilisation, many water testing, agricultural and energy companies have distinct need for safe, secure and efficient remote facilities. Every site faces several challenges – from amenities for the workers who work on the site through to security and weatherproofing concerns. At Mr. Box, we are specialists in providing containers and conversions to accommodate businesses with the most challenging needs. We can also help build portable facilities such as laboratory and water analysis facilities. If you are planning a remote or portable … Continue reading

Safely Housing Machinery on Site

As a facilities manager, your machines are often the most important and expensive pieces of equipment on your site. Whether you are temporarily renting machines for a project or have permanent machines in place such as a diesel lawnmower for a school caretaking role, it’s almost always machinery that you rely upon most for day to day work. Unfortunately, if you operate outdoors your machinery is immediately at risk from a number of factors. Security The first risk is that of security – on schools, agricultural land, construction sites and more, machinery is often stolen. In fact, theft and vandalism … Continue reading

Convert a Container Into a Student Car Garage

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Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College is a co-educational secondary academy in Berkshire, with over 250 students in the school’s Sixth Form. The school is set to offer a Level 1 course in Motor Vehicle Studies where students undertake automotive assignments in a practical and realistic environment, but lacked a suitable space for the young mechanics to get hands-on with a vehicle. After they reviewed options for developing a learning facility, looking at previous projects we had undertaken, Mr Box was chosen as the ideal solution for the classroom, with a converted container offering the most versatility. … Continue reading

Containing the football fever

Playing football is not just a sport, it is a way of life or as Brazilian legend Pelé named it, ‘The Beautiful Game’! With over 3,500 football teams in the country and over 64,000 footballers playing regularly in local leagues, keeping the the gear safe and the players and staff comfortable is a challenge for grassroots football clubs. Making sure the kit is ready for the Sunday league or mid-week training session or discussing team tactics are all essential parts of the game and so a suitable space is a must. While some clubs up and down the country may … Continue reading

Make Your Marina Safer With Storage Containers

For marina owners, ensuring that your marina is a safe and secure place for your customers is vital. Many boat owners have possessions or equipment that they don’t want to leave lying around on their boat, but also don’t want to be carrying them too and from home. Boating equipment can be very expensive, so they will want to ensure its protection but it can also be heavy, meaning they won’t want to cart it around too often. So, what’s the solution? Storage containers. What can storage containers do for my marina? By providing storage containers in your marina, the … Continue reading

Securing Your Farm With Storage

Rural crime reached a seven-year high last year, with theft of machinery, equipment and livestock costing the UK £50 million in 2018 alone. Reports have shown that an increasing number of people are taking advantage of the remote locations of farms and the expensive equipment that is stored there. So how do you keep your farm secure? Storage containers are a great way to keep equipment and secure machinery safe and secure from theft. We offer storage containers in a range of sizes, from 8ft to 20ft, so you can choose the model which best suits your needs. Each container … Continue reading

A Guide To Storage For Reselling

The reselling business has existed for hundreds of years – but has exploded in popularity since the dawn of the internet. Whether you’re interested in running your own business or just want to get started, reselling items through third party sites such as Amazon and eBay makes things simple. When the hobby becomes a career through growth, you will be faced with a number of challenges. At Mr. Box, our storage units provide safe and secure stock storage for businesses across the country, so we felt it was the perfect time to share our tips. Getting started To get started … Continue reading

Provide self-storage at your marina

Making Waves Infographic

In 2017, figures showed that the number of people taking part in sailing and watersports hit a seven-year high. In total, over 14.3 million people (27.3% of UK adults) participated in any water-based leisure activities – an increase of two million on the previous year – so this definitely a growth market. However, with the British weather such as it is, boat owners don’t want to be dragging their kit to and from the marina every time the sun shines – far better that they have somewhere safe and secure to store it, so it’s ready and waiting when conditions … Continue reading

Mr Box Provides Conference Solution for Blackwood Homes

Blackwood Homes provides accommodation across Scotland for people with a range of disabilities and housing needs. When planning for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in Manchester recently, the team wanted to showcase their innovative homes in all their glory – but transporting a full-size unit to the venue simply wasn’t feasible. And that’s where we came in – replicating one of the firm’s units across three converted storage containers to share with conference delegates. Blackwood’s development manager Stephanie Sutherland said: “We wanted to create a mobile working replica of our connected and highly accessible ‘Blackwood Home’. “Using the … Continue reading

Supplying a Grassroots Rugby Team

Grassroots Rugby: Supplying A Team With the Rugby World Cup hosted in Japan this year, it’s a great time to shed some light on the fantastic sport of rugby. For rugby teams to exist, they must have a certain level of kit that enables them to train and play – but often at a grassroots level this equipment can be hard to source. The supply of a low-level sports team is not something many people ever consider – but a lot goes in to getting people playing… Funding Most rugby clubs, at grassroots level, fund themselves through local sponsorships, player … Continue reading

Shipping Containers For School Caretakers

Optimising Storage in School Facilities Management Facilities managers and caretakers in schools are faced with a difficult operational challenge. In a school environment, there are lots of maintenance considerations and one that is often overlooked is storage space. Whether it’s storing items used by pupils or storing maintenance equipment such as gardening tools, storage must be safe, secure and affordable. As austerity measures continue to burden public sector organisations, facilities managers effectively have to do more with less. To maximise your onsite storage capacities, a secure storage container may provide the most effective solution, especially in terms of storage space … Continue reading

How to Convert A Shipping Container

Wondering how to convert a shipping container? Whether you want to be part of the street food revolution, or you’d like a portable café, storage container conversions provide the perfect mobile business premises. However, before you attempt to convert your own container, it’s worth knowing exactly what goes into the process of taking an old shipping container and transforming it into thriving business premises. At Mr.Box, our process is as follows… Initial customer enquiry At this stage, you need to consider exactly what it is you want. Do you need a larger unit or a smaller one? What sort of … Continue reading

A mobile lab – wherever you need it

Sometimes, scientific research needs to take place in the most awkward of environments – a remote island, for example, or a rural African community. Researchers need to be where the subject is, but it’s not always feasible to have access to a fully-equipped lab in every location. Building a laboratory from scratch can be time-consuming and expensive, particularly in the developing world, and with funding for research being at a premium, this is often not a cost-effective or practical solution. However, a converted shipping container can make the perfect lab – portable, durable and secure, as well as being able … Continue reading

How to create a storage container business

In the world of business, securing premises can be an expensive, confusing process. If you want to launch a customer-facing business such as a café or retail shop, you are likely facing soaring rental costs, redecorating costs and outfitting. Perhaps this explains why there’s been a soaring rise of storage container businesses in the UK. Providing more flexibility, short-notice periods and low overheads, running a business from a storage container gives business owners a more cost-efficient solution. Whatever business you create within a container, the versatility provided by the ability to move it to various new locations provides strong appeal. … Continue reading

Goodbye Extension, Hello Storage Container

  When homeowners decide they need additional space, many may turn to extensions and conservatories to bulk out their interiors and provide more utility. However, with the eye-watering costs of extensions starting from £1700-2000 per m2, are there other options for homeowners who want to add a structure to their land? The humble shipping container may not seem the most appealing option, with its robust steel construction at first appearing jarring. However, when you consider it further, storage containers are actually the ideal way to add a building to your property without the soaring costs and significant disruption of extensions. … Continue reading

A taste for containers

With festival season upon us, thoughts soon turn to food and drink – after all, how else are visitors going to keep warm in the unpredictable British weather? In recent years, container conversions have become a staple sight at festivals and outdoor events, and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. The 21st century equivalent of a burger van in a layby, container conversions are cheap, sturdy and, most importantly for the food and drink market, portable. Once your unit is fully kitted out, you can take it round the festival circuit, maximising the return on your investment and helping … Continue reading

All mod cons at Pink Storage

In 2016, Scott Evans set up Pink Storage in Newport, Wales, with his brother Greg. After starting off with 40 units, the firm has gone from strength to strength – and we’ve been involved every step of the way. Scott launched the business after he noticed that the self-storage industry was lagging behind in terms of the latest technology and digital strategy – and this is where Pink Storage is blazing a trail. Instead of lots of admin and paper, clients sign up online and are immediately texted a unique PIN code to access their unit. The newly-opened Newport branch … Continue reading

Thinking Inside of The Box: Businesses That Operate From Shipping Containers

With the rising costs involved in both construction and renting a commercial space, plenty of businesses across the UK are now turning to non-traditional facilities to run their operations. One of these facilities is shipping containers, a strong and secure alternative that have proven to be considerably more affordable than brick and mortar buildings. But what does it take to successfully convert a shipping container? How to Convert A Shipping Container When you decide that a storage container is the best option for your business, certain considerations must be made. While there will always be problems that occur with any … Continue reading

The Advantages of Storage Box Rental

Whether it’s for personal or commercial use, buying a storage box to temporarily house your belongings or equipment often far outweighs the cost of rental. These metal storage containers (also referred to as shipping containers) stand to serve a variety of uses for a wide range of industries. What Are the Advantages of Renting Over Buying? Rent or buy? Essentially, it all depends on the nature of your business and what you’ll be using the container for. Understandably, failing to actively use your storage container when you’re renting it means that you’ll be wasting money but, at the same time, … Continue reading

What’s Brewing? It Could be Your Next Venture

The UK’s love affair with coffee shows no signs of letting up, so why not take advantage by setting up a container café on your land? If you’re looking to make use of empty land, a container café or shop could be the ideal solution. A dairy farm would be the ideal spot for an ice cream parlour, or use land that has become redundant into a farm shop selling your produce direct to the consumer. Or why not tap into Britain’s growing caffeine addiction – Brits drink about 95 million cups of coffee per day- and set up a … Continue reading

Where Can I Store My Chemical Supplies?

When it comes to storing chemicals, you can’t just put them anywhere. In fact, the containers that you use are incredibly important. Why does it matter where I store them? If you work with chemicals, then you’ll know how dangerous they can be. Storing them incorrectly or somewhere unsecure could yield disastrous results and create a risk to those around you. Under Government guidance, the storage of pesticides, fertilisers, flammables, and chemicals should protect against harm to humans, animals and the environment. HSE requirements on the safe storage The HSE provides a list of requirements for the safe storage of … Continue reading

Downsizing Effectively With Self Storage Containers

There are many reasons why people decide to move into a smaller home. Perhaps it’s a change in lifestyle, or your children have flown the nest and downsizing seems like the most financially sound choice. Either way, one of the biggest obstacles you’ll face is what to do with all of your belongings. A self storage container can help to make this process easier, giving you a short-term solution to store anything that you don’t want to immediately move into your new home. Here are some tips that will help to make a stressful time run a little smoother. Plan … Continue reading

Storage Container Conversions: Revolutionising Retail Spaces

Over the past few years, the UK retail industry has seen a booming trend in pop-up stores. Bars, restaurants, shops, and even art galleries are becoming more of a familiar sight and storage containers have certainly played an important role. Affordability Over Traditional Commercial Spaces It’s no secret that good old bricks and mortar come as an expense, especially for start-up businesses that may be looking for ways to hit the ground running with very little in the way of cash flow.  In fact, a report by The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and EE titled ‘Britain’s Pop-Up … Continue reading

The Most Imaginative Converted Shipping and Storage Containers

Shipping and storage containers may have their respective uses, but there are many ways that they can be given a new lease of life and converted into something a lot different. Over recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of shipping and storage containers that are being used for something other than their original purpose. Their size, shape, and robust nature makes them a popular choice for projects that have limited space, a limited budget, or to heighten an area’s creativity. For businesses situated in city centres, it’s also much cheaper to rent out a storage … Continue reading

Self-Storage for Students

Whether you’re a University fresher, a recent graduate, or you’ve decided to spread your wings and spend some time experiencing a gap year or completing seasonal work abroad, you may be looking for somewhere that you can store your belongings for some time. University students can accumulate a lot of belongings during their time away from home, so much so that moving back into their parents’ home can often seem like an impossible task for one simple reason: limited space. Similarly, if you’re due to start University and want to have your belongings a little closer to your campus halls, … Continue reading

Garden Scheme Ready To Bloom Thanks To Container Donation From Mr Box

Green-fingered pupils at a Bromley school will be given the opportunity to grow their own garden thanks to the donation of a storage container to the Lower Road Allotments.

The collaboration between Nash College, an independent specialist college for learners with moderate to profound learning disabilities and one of Bromley’s largest allotments, will see the garden designed by the students, with flowers, shrubs and a seating area and involve on-year student maintenance. Continue reading

Container The Audience

Films and television can conjure many grand images for us, from the red carpet scattered with glamorous celebrities to the green screen where our super heroes really become super.

The humble shipping container is at odds with these images, but containers have actually been a part of the entertainment industry for a long time. Like the industry itself, their use has been growing and changing to suit evolving demand. Continue reading

Belville Community Garden Project

The Belville community garden is situated in the space left behind after the demolition of several blocks of 1960s high rise flats, and aims to make the area beautiful once again. They needed a sort of “club house” to offer warmth and shelter, as well as a meeting place for the Belville army of gardeners.

With a limited budget, a shipping container conversion offered the perfect solution. Which is where Mr Box come in… Continue reading

Boxing Clever During A Recession

Sarah Jones - Mr Box

The Mover’s Deputy Editor David Jordan travelled to Felixstowe to meet Sarah Jones, General Manager of Mr Box to discover the secret of their success and why people in the moving industry should care.

“I met Sarah at the company’s storage and workshop facility in Felixstowe and for once I was thankful to be wearing my high-vis jacket.” Continue reading

The Batmobile And Mr Box

We were approached by the makers of the recently released Dark Knight – the most recent of the Batman films.

They asked us if they could rent a small 8 foot container to mount on the same trailer that was being used for transporting the Batmobile for a promotional tour around Europe.

Watch the video to see the Batmobile being loaded onto the trailer in Dublin. Continue reading