None of us want to think about it but October is almost here and next on the calendar is Christmas. Can you believe it? Halloween is also still to come and if you’re a retail business, seasonal stock storage must be on your mind. Black Friday is another potential headache in-between so be sure you have enough space for all your business storage needs. By now many have ordered stock for the Christmas rush but there’s still time for final preparations. If you’re only just starting the process, here are some handy tips. Continue reading
We’re only just heading in to Spring, but if you’ve got a garden it’s time to start thinking about preparing for the finer weather. Even though it’s still a bit nippy out there, and probably quite wet, there are lots of things you could and should be doing. So, it’s time to think about getting those garden tools out of their winter storage home and preparing them for some work.
Exactly how much work is to be done right now will depend upon how avid a gardener you are. But, even if your garden consists of a patio and a few pots, there are things you can be doing to prepare for summer. Here’s a list of the things that we should all be thinking about. Continue reading
Business is good, products or services are selling and you may even be considering taking on a staff member or two. But at the moment you’re working from your kitchen table at home. So, what do you do? Take on business premises with all those overheads? See if your new staff member is happy to work from your kitchen table too? You need more stock and the paperwork is piling up – where is it all going to go?
Whether you’re a new start up or an existing business with business premises, if you’re a growing business you’ll have to come up with some answers to these questions at some point and there is no right or wrong answer; it will depend on the type of business you have and your business model. You will need to decide which is the best way forward for you. If you’re not sure of the best way to manage your growing business, there’s lots of help out there, both free and paid for. Continue reading
Self storage is a cost effective way of providing extra business storage for all sorts of companies. Documents, stock, tools and equipment, furniture and event show stands are just some of the things businesses are storing. The flexibility of increasing or decreasing the space needed combined with no business rates or electricity bills is the reason many existing businesses are moving away from taking on bigger premises as they expand.
The digital world we live in is allowing more and more people to work from home, and start up businesses are realising that there isn’t always a need to take on a long term premises lease if they can find a suitable self storage facility nearby.
However, finding the right facility that works for your business is essential. If you need to move heavy tools and machinery or multiple boxes of stock you don’t want to have to negotiate tight corners and flights of stairs. Continue reading
Safe 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