Business development · 3 January 2020

Does your business need a storage unit this new year?

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There is an internal hoarder in each of us. And while we don’t exactly fall into the same bracket as participants on reality television shows, within that chaos, there is an element of relatability. And it’s the same with small business owners.

When trying to run a successful business, the last thing you need is an overload of anything cluttering up your office space. In fact, there is an expected 85% increase in collaboration and innovation in agile workspaces! But sometimes clearing out space just doesn’t seem like an option.

However, there is a simple, safe and inexpensive solution to your problems: a storage unit. This near-effortless addition to your workspace is likely to boost productivity, and give you the opportunity to keep your space consistently clutter-free.

1. Employee satisfaction

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Everyone has heard the term ‘tidy room, tidy mind’; probably said to them as a child. It thought us the values of cleaning our room. But, despite the childish connotations of the phrase, there is a lot of worth to it.

Having the luxury of working in a tidy and clutter-free office will increase employees productivity substantially. By simply having the freedom of space to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise at work, the overall job performance of each employee will improve.

Opening up your workspace with the assistance of a storage unit holds more delights than just improved mobility; there is also the potential to fill the space with anything else your office might need.

Perhaps a new copier or a variety of indoor plants to heighten your employee’s morale. A clear-out may also offer the opportunity to reorganise the layout of the workspace for the benefit of the workers. There is a boundless supply of options available to those with a clutter-free office, but the first step is having somewhere to put the clutter.

2. Appropriate archiving

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File it up: Business owners require seven years of document storage.

The current law requires up to seven years of document storage from every business. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how that might pile up. The likelihood is that the majority of these files won’t be flicked through once between being archived and being shredded seven years later. The idea of using up so much space on something that gets such little use is maddening, but many businesses assume it’s their only option.

A storage unit is a perfect archive for any inessential documents that find themselves gathering dust around the office. By clearing out these superfluous documents, you open up the shelves and cabinets around your office for more important functions, and also make it a lot easier to locate any significant paperwork that’s required. If it so happens that something in storage is needed, it should be easily accessible and you can be sure that it’s been kept safe.

3. Increased security

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Safe space: a storage unit can keep private documents secured and guarded.

As mentioned above, you can be certain that anything in storage will be kept safe and secure. In many cases, these stored items will be safer than what remains in the workplace. Offices can often be a target for theft and burglary. This will almost exclusively happen outside of business hours to buildings without 24/7 security. 

The price of attaining a storage unit for your business will be much less than the combined costs of additional security to your building. The price of security, including CCTV, security alarm systems and a night watch, are a huge dent in the finances of small, and even medium-sized, businesses; whereas, a storage unit is affordable and will have multiple security measures included in the cost.  

4. Cost-effective

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The right move: A storage unit can free up some much-needed space in the office.

An overly cluttered workspace may easily be mistaken for the need to update your office. It might seem like you have little to no space amongst all the other essential documents and items strewn about the place, and the only logical solution, for both your storage needs and your employee’s wellbeing, is to upgrade to a larger office space. If it’s hard to tell whether this is because your business has grown in size and you need to relocate, or because you have too much junk, the odds are it’s probably the latter.

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ABOUT THE EXPERT

Richard Enright is the owner and manager of Store That, a Canary Wharf self-storage company that has evolved from a family-run business founded in 1949. Still running the original factory for textile and plastic raw materials, Richard put his own 40 years knowledge of warehousing, handling and shipping all sorts of goods worldwide, into the upcoming industry of self-storage and developed high-end storage units in line with other professional players on the market. Each year, Store That is expanding this side of the operation as London Docklands continues to be the hub of development and their ethos of high-level service at a competitive price proves successful. Richard says ‘family-run businesses offer something the corporates can’t and the level of personal attention is high here, whatever your reason for making contact; it simply comes from the heart and nothing else’.

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