Document Storage for Business

racks of document storageSafe and accessible storage of important documents is an essential part of every business and with increasing amounts of red tape and regulations it’s all too easy to be totally focussed on the latest files and documents. However, you never know when the Inland Revenue, customer, client or your own accountant may need some information from old or historical documents. That’s why it’s essential to have some sort of organised, accessible document storage system in place.

If you’re asked to produce a copy of a document from a particular time period you need to know exactly where it is and if you can’t produce a readable copy of that document when an official from the VAT office or Inland Revenue come calling, you may be subject to fines. It could even be old personnel files or HR records that are needed. Whatever record is requested, you as a business are required to provide a readable copy. Continue reading

The solution for your seasonal stock storage needs

seasonal_stock_stroageFor smaller retailer, car booters and market traders the need for flexible storage solutions is essential. For all retailers, each change in season brings with it a challenge in respect of seasonal stock storage needs, but unlike larger retailers who have great warehouses with ample space, smaller traders have to think carefully about the impact of increasing the stock they hold.

For many, experience from previous years will dictate the amount and variety of additional stock orders, but if you’re a start up no matter how much research you do there will be an element of guesswork involved. And once you’ve decided you need more stock, you then have to work out where to store it. Continue reading

Tips for organising your self storage unit

self storage unit shelvingThere are many reasons for people using self storage, but whatever the reason, if you’re going to keep your belongings in tip top condition, organising your self storage unit is essential. Business stock, household storage or paper filing all needs to be packed and stored properly if you are to

  1. Use the space in your unit effectively
  2. Keep your items in good repair

Using the space effectively may not seem high on your list of priorities when you decide to use self storage but it should be. Stacking and storing things properly can have an impact on your pocket; when done correctly you can often reduce the size of the unit you need and so reduce your costs! Continue reading

Using self storage for business

self storage for business unitsThere are increasing numbers of stories about using self storage for business; how it can save you money or how entrepreneurs are operating from self storage units. But beware, there’s a clear distinction to be made between operating or running your business from a self storage unit and using self storage to help run your business.

One is perfectly alright and the other can get you into deep water and could even result in legal action if the facility is not set up for it.

So what is the difference?

Most self storage facilities in the UK are set up for storing things. Continue reading

A tradesman needs secure storage

tradesman toolsAre you a tradesman with an ever expanding array of tools? Modern developments mean a wider range of equipment is needed; one simple bag of basic tools just doesn’t cover things anymore.

Whether you’re a plumber, carpenter, electrician or gardener, your tools are your livelihood and need to be kept safe and secure when you’re not using them. The shed or garage may seem like a good easy solution allowing you to pop home and pick up or drop off whatever you need or don’t need for your jobs, or you can just load your van up for the day and take everything with you each time. But that means every time you’re on a job, your van is left unattended with all your equipment inside, or there’s equipment sitting at home. Whilst we’d like to think we all live in safe neighbourhoods, the reality is, you just don’t know who is around when you’re not and theft of vehicles for what is inside them is an increasing problem. Continue reading