Students of Central London are taking active control of their storage needs and the safety and security of their possessions. London is an ideal setting for students – it’s a city where culture and historical, the contemporary and the classic converge, and it’s where innovation continues to drive the city. And where does this start? A great place is university, and one of the most important skillsets any future leader or entrepreneur can gain is autonomy – being able to take control of situations on our own, and this skill isn’t just something for the study or workplace, it’s something students can test out when they evaluate their storage requirements.
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E-commerce is one of the most popular up and coming sectors in modern business, and savvy entrepreneurs in London are jumping in with two feet. One of the key aspects for this is the possibility of fast returns, and if you are naturally organised and can work out what your niche is within the e-commerce industry, you can quickly have a cash flow that starts to repay your initial investment. There’s less face to face interaction needed to gain sales – a lot of e-commerce advertising and marketing is web-based, meaning you don’t have to undertake lengthy meetings and negotiations to get your start-up under way.
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Relocating is a reality many of us have to undertake at least once in our lives, if not several times. The reasons for relocation vary – a new job in a new city or part of London, upgrading from a smaller to a larger property, moving from a rental property to your first house. Moving is a new chapter in our lives, and that can be exciting, but the process of relocating is not for the faint of heart.
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One of the current business improvement trends that a lot of companies in major cities like London are undertaking is the reduction of their company’s carbon footprint. It’s essential that every business understands its role in reducing carbon emissions, as we, as a collective of businesses operating in London, do our part in combatting climate change.
A lot of London’s businesses have already adopted measures to reduce the amount of paper they use, and with a plethora of cloud-storage services, it’s now more efficient to save, store, and share a lot of documents without ever printing them.
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London and business are intrinsically linked – every major heavyweight of business based in the UK has some presence in London, whether that’s an office or a direct link to the city. London is one of the most important cities in the world, especially the financial sector, and wherever money flows, business is the governing force behind it.
To become a successful business person in London, you have to be prepared to take risks, but to also understand that longevity needs a solid foundation, which revolves around available cash flow, and an understanding of a baseline operating cost. You have to be able to roll with the punches, be prepared to scale back certain expenditures, depending on fluctuations on profit and losses.
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London has 40 institutes of higher education, which is one of the highest concentrations in the world, and it boasts some of the world’s best universities and colleges, which all adds to the rich culture attached to the city. And with 40 higher education institutions comes a lot of students, and with a lot of students comes student accommodation, whether that’s halls of residence for first year students, or shared student housing.
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We’re all guilty of it – a suitcase jammed under the bed, plastic storage boxes on top of the wardrobes, several tool boxes in the garage, rarely used electrical items in the loft, kept on the off-chance that we may need them, and sooner or later, it dawns on us that we’ve lost the use of an entire room or part of our house or apartment.
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Everyone at Fort Box knows that our commitment to customer service is our number one goal. Our staff go the extra mile every day to ensure that they’re providing the best service possible to our customers, and as a result, our customers keep coming back because of our excellent customer service. It’s a win-win situation and we aim to continue building relationships with our customers by providing the best self storage service possible.
We currently operate out of two branches: you can find us at our St. John’s Wood branch (NW8) and at our Chelsea branch (SW10). Both branches are ideally located to accommodate customers from all the surroundings areas, there’s great customer parking available, and we offer a range of services to make your self storage experience truly tailor-made for you.
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If you’re considering renovating your home, then you may also be wondering how you are going to create enough space to work in without your valuable items getting damaged.
Depending on the scale of work involved you may require a little or a lot of extra space to store things like furniture and breakables out of harm’s way. For example, if you decide you want to create a combined kitchen and dining room and knock out a dividing wall, you are guaranteed to see a lot of dust and mess.
Knocking out walls is a messy business and while you may be able to move a few items of furniture such as a dining table into another room, this will soon end up cluttering the space.
If you are fitting a kitchen as well then you might also need extra room for all the fixtures fitting and appliances that come along with it. Fitted kitchens generally come flat packed in many different sized boxes making it difficult to store them for any length of time.
The solution to all this is to find somewhere to stop your furniture and other items that might get in the way in self-storage. This will not only make the process less stressful but also protect your items from any damage cause by workers walking in and out or dust.
Self-storage is a cost effective way of providing a safe secure home for your valuable items, but sometimes costs can end up being more than you had anticipated. For example, a temporary relocation abroad may turn into something more long term, or perhaps the move from University into a home of your own hasn’t quite gone to plan.
There can be all sorts of reasons why you may need to look at storage costs and seeking advice from the people managing your self-storage can be a good first step in managing your self-storage in a way that doesn’t end up costing you more than it should.
Self-storage customers are often surprised at the extra space they can free up in their units just with a bit of reorganisation. Advice on stacking and racking can reveal some surprisingly simple ways to better use space.
If you already have your storage space used up to the max, then it may be time to look at what you are storing. If you have some items that you’re not going to use, because they have been replaced with newer items, then there may be little sense in hoarding them.
If your unit is too full and disorganised, then it is likely to forget what you are storing! The key to good self-storage management is to only pay for the storage you need whether it’s for the long or short term.