Storage for Santa

A young business owner recently came to visit us in our Oxford Unit, looking for a storage solution for his stock. 5 years ago he started a business from his bedroom, importing unusual and weird novelty items and selling them online. Initially he was able to do this by supply and demand, but the business soon grew to the level that he was having to keep stock of some of his more popular weird and wonderful purchases.

His bedroom was fast becoming a warehouse and his mum was non too pleased. He wasn’t yet at the stage where he could justify renting a business premises, but the family home was also no longer an option. He needed a stock storage solution and fast, before his mother started to act on her threats of stopping cooking and cleaning for him!

So we helped by renting him a medium sized storage unit where he could easily store his stock or the weird and wonderful at an affordable price, and keep his dear old mum happy at the same time.

We must admit, this is one of our favourite units as it is like Santa’s grotto in there! All of our team now order most of their birthday and Christmas presents from the young entrepreneurs website, and pretty soon he will be able to afford his very own warehouse. Not ideal for us, as it means he will be leaving, but great news for him!

We are just pleased that we could help him with his stock storage issues at the beginning of his blossoming business career and maybe when he becomes the next Richard Branson, he will remember Fortbox fondly!

If you have a stock storage problem, and you are also upsetting your mum, dad, wife, housemate, then we can help. It doesn’t have to be exciting stock either. We don’t mind what you want to store, but we must admit that the more unusual stock items always capture our interest!

LP’s and ex boyfriends!

An ex boyfriend of mine used to collect records and he was obsessed with it! He had boxes and boxes of the things and cherished them so much that he wouldn’t let anyone else touch them. He would spend hours and hours scouring the internet for rare LP’s that had come up for sale, or looking to purchase some poor guys old record collection that he had clearly been forced to part with.

The reason for this was I bet due to his partner nagging him about the amount of space they take up. It’s not like our handy MP3 players these days that can store thousands of records on one tiny hand held device. If you are old enough to remember buying your first LP, they were large dinner plate sized discs and each of them came with beautifully crafted covers. Indeed, some original albums can sell for thousands upon thousands of pounds.

So it is no wonder that some people love their record collections. They are links to our past and a small piece of history that will soon be long forgotten by future generations. I mean, who even owns a record player these days? Old school DJ’s still love their record players, but even these are a dying breed. Mixing decks are becoming a thing of the past, but if you are one of the hard-core faithful, you will no doubt have mixing decks and record players that are some of your most precious belongings.

You will also be familiar with the problem of keeping your records clean and undamaged. The record sleeves can get grubby and torn easily, and the records themselves can scratch and be completely ruined. So it is vital that they are stored safely and out of harms way.

What better solution in that case, than using Fortbox Record Storage solution. Keep your precious records safe from harm, and grubby little fingers in one of our waterproof, secure, clean units, where your records can live happily forever! You can come in and lovingly look at them whenever you want, maybe even bring in your decks and use the space as your own little retro disco!

File Storage

Box files, lever arch files, plastic wallet files, there are so many shapes and sizes of files, that they can be really tricky to store efficiently. And they take up so much room! Everyone has paperwork and absolutely everyone has got the need for storage of some kind.

If you are getting to the point where you think you need extra help with your File Storage then maybe Fortbox can help. For simple file storage, we offer small lockers, or our walk in units start from just 16 square feet.

Our file storage solutions will keep your files clean and secure for as long as you need. We also offer a multitude of packaging materials that can help to get your files into great order before going into storage.

If you want to be super organised why not use printed labelling so that you don’t have to try and interpret your handwriting years later, or someone else doesn’t get confused. Also keeping an archive file will ensure that your files are easily accessible. If you number your boxes and put them in a chronological order, or alphabetically with a clear record of what is contained in each file, you will find that file retrieval is much much easier.

You can use our shelving units so that you can walk down the middle of your storage facility and clearly access all of your files.

If you have decided to use an inventory service we can even deliver your files for you! Simply call us up, tell us the box file you require and we will deliver it to your door.

This service is especially useful for business file storage, and can be a great time saver. Not to mention the stress saved from having employees trying to wade through mountains of unorganised files to find a client record from 10 years ago!

It may take some time to get your files in order, but it is so worth it. There is nothing better than that feeling of knowing exactly where everything is, and how you can access it. So have a think about your file storage at home or in work. Could it do with a New Year overhaul? If Christmas is your quiet period, maybe now is the perfect time to take action and get organised. We promise you, you won’t regret it!

Tool Storage Solutions that might just save your marriage!

We know how difficult it is for you local tradesmen and women to keep your other half happy. If you are a local builder you will no doubt have tools strewn all over your house driving your partner up the wall!

Your garage space is probably full to the brim of different tools and gadgets that are really important to you, but maybe the wife wants to keep her car in the garage, or find space for the kids toys. It is a common dilemma for tradesmen. There is often no room in the work van for passengers, or for transporting anything as it is always full to the brim of all of the tools of your trade.

Even if you have a specific business premises and own a larger trade company, you will no doubt still have storage problems when it comes to keeping all of your tools organised. When was the last time you took an itinerary of all of your tools? Or went to buy a new hammer, only to discover 5 of them lurking at the back of a cupboard in your workshop?

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, then maybe Fortbox can help you. We are used to greeting desperate workmen, looking for a storage solution for their tools. We even think we may be partly responsible for saving a few marriages!

So whether you are a sole trader and need to keep your family happy by storing your tools away from home, or you are a local business looking to get more organised and keep track of tools that go in and out of the workplace, we have a storage solution to suit you.

You can easily access your storage unit 7 days a week, so you never have to be without your precious tools. We even have 24 hour units available if you require access to your tools at unconventional times. We are sympathetic to the needs to late night, or on call plumbers who have to get access to their unit in the early hours! You can even upgrade or downgrade your unit size depending on your exact needs. It’s all easy with our flexible storage plans.

Equipment Storage Solutions

Are you a tradesman looking for somewhere to store your equipment? Or maybe you are a landscape gardener and need some extra space for all of your gardening equipment?

Whatever your equipment storage needs Fortbox can help you. We have secure, affordable long and short-term storage plans to suit and need.

Whether you are looking for a short-term solution or a longer-term solution that can offer you the flexibility you need to run your business efficiently, Fortbox can help. Here are just some of the trades that currently use our storage facilities for their equipment storage needs;

  • Carpenter in Oxford – has a unit to store wood offcuts, kitchens and woodworking equipment.
  • London based IT Recycling business – use our units to securely store computers and other hardware equipment before it is re-homed or refurbished.
  • Hairdressing Salon in Oxford – were getting their salon refurbished and needed a place to securely store their equipment whilst the salon was being re-fitted.
  • Cleaning Franchise in Oxford – use our facilities for long term storage of their cleaning equipment for franchisees.

These are just some of the trades that find our equipment storage facilities useful. We offer clean, accessible and secure storage so that you can be sure that your equipment is in safe hands.