Suffolk Businesses Home In On Benefits Of Self-Storage
HomeStore, which is located on the Ransomes Europark in Ipswich and on the Anglian Lane Industrial Estate in Bury St Edmunds, has seen a significant increase in the number of customers using its flexible self-storage facilities over the last two years.
Established 14 years ago as part of a removals business to provide storage for home contents between moves, the company has grown steadily as more people have seen the benefits of self-storage.
Domestic customers use the facility to house items they cannot store at home, on a temporary or permanent basis, and increasing numbers of commercial customers are finding that the units are ideal for their business stock.
Martin Tuck, Managing Director of HomeStore said: “This has been our busiest year to date, with the highest percentage of units now rented out. We have seen an increase from 60% to 80% of our capacity now in use.
“Awareness of self-storage facilities and the benefits they can deliver has grown rapidly over the last few years, particularly with people running small businesses where there is a need for a safe and secure place to store stock.
“We have a growing number of people operating mail order businesses, including those trading on E-Bay, who need access 24/7, as well as our reception service to receive deliveries in their absence.”
Tina Parker ran a gift and home accessories shop in Bury St Edmunds until last year. She now runs an online business, Enspire Gifts, using HomeStore as a base for her range of goods. She says: “Going online seemed the way forward, provided I had somewhere to store stock which I could access anytime I wanted. HomeStore seemed the ideal solution for me with its flexible rental agreements, secure units with insurance included and access 24/7. The option for the reception staff to receive goods when I was not there was also attractive.”
Andy Knowles has used HomeStore for the last four years, increasing the size of the units as his business, The Soapery, has expanded. He says: “In the early days, not having to take out a long-term lease was extremely helpful as I didn’t have to commit to a fixed timeframe. I also liked the fact that everything was looked after and I could have the flexibility to expand as my business and stock grew, moving into larger units to accommodate my needs along the way.”
HomeStore began life as part of an established removals company Safepac which is headquartered in Mildenhall and originally specialised in services for the US bases nearby before diversifying into domestic and international removals and haulage.