Offices in storage a lifeline for businesses battling the recession

Office space is one of the biggest costs for any sized business. Access Self Storage has experienced twice the volume of enquiries for office space over the last few years.

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We have doubled the number of business clients in the past few years alone and the majority are start-ups. It’s an exciting but daunting time for them – they have an idea and they have raised some funding, but they’ve got to keep their overheads low.

London (PRWEB UK) 30 July 2013

Office space is one of the biggest costs for any sized business. In the current economic climate, start-ups and SMEs are continually under pressure to manage costs and office space is one of the biggest startup costs.

But when rent is sky high and leases are too long, there is another solution. For many small businesses across the UK, the answer is to look at fully managed office space within self- storage facilities. Access Self Storage has experienced twice the volume of enquiries for office space over the last few years – with clients including a menswear retailer, a printing company and a removals business all utilising the affordable business solution that they provide.

These businesses are not simply storing products. They are using post box addresses provided by Access, phone answering services and IP telephony, as well as on-site storage and a DHL Service Point.

Kevin Pratt, Marketing Manager at Access Self Storage, explained:

“We have doubled the number of business clients in the past few years alone and the majority is start-ups. It’s an exciting but daunting time for them – they have an idea and they have raised some funding, but they’ve got to keep their overheads low.

“In many cases, business owners are sceptical about setting up physical or even virtual offices in storage facilities. They think they will find themselves in one of our metal-lined, windowless lockers! In fact, our offices are light and airy and a really cost effective approach for small businesses that need more space. We have a range of units that can be rented for any length of time for a minimum of one month, with business rates, heating, lighting and service charges all included. We don’t even require a big deposit.”

Compared with the costs of taking traditional office space, it is no wonder that storage facilities are becoming so sought-after by businesses.

Patrick Clarke - who founded Clarke and Co removals 6 years ago and is based at Access Self Storage in Mitcham - said:

“Finding an office and storage space for a removals company is not an easy task. We were not in the position to buy our own premises and did not want a very costly lease that would tie us in for years. I used to drive past our local Access store as it is local to where I live so one day just decided to go in and have a chat with the manager.”

From this initial conversation, Patrick was so impressed by the services and flexibility offered by Access that he now has an office and storage in Access Self Storage Mitcham and storage at the one in Guildford.

Another fledgling business that has launched and grown in storage is The Chapar, a new online menswear retailer, which stores at the Access Self Storage on Lotts Road, Chelsea. Lotts Road is unique as almost all of its occupancy is businesses and only seven per cent storage, with companies ranging from a luxury flooring showroom to a sewing company.

Sam explained:

“The Chapar is a new menswear retail concept. The concept works by sending a trunk of clothes out to members who join our club. The demands of our daily work required us to try and find the impossible! Although we have all of our stock in a warehouse off site, at times we do need the ability to store deliveries for short periods of up to a month and Access Self Storage was the only place where we would be able to do this alongside our office space.”

The benefits that Access Self Storage can provide its business clients works on a national level too.

PDC UK is a printing and delivery company with an extensive network of stores across the UK.
Simon Raine, Managing Director of PDC UK said: “We needed to be able to deliver across the UK and provide a timely and cost-effective service. To achieve this we knew we needed a solution that would allow us to keep the stock nearby to its delivery area. Through Access Self Storage we have been able to become a company that is truly nation-wide. What’s more, the flexibility Access offers is so important.”

Access Self Storage receives numerous enquiries each week from companies considering storage as an office solution. To find out more visit http://www.accessstorage.com/Business-Services.

For further information please contact:

Larissa Khatchik larissa(at)goldengoosepr(dot)com or 44 (0) 207 734 2002

Access Self Storage is one of the UK’s leading self storage businesses with a focus on best value and hassle-free storage solutions. It is widely known for its safe, friendly and personal approach when it comes to storing possessions. Whether individuals, families or businesses wishing to store their keepsakes, excess goods or products with Access, they can be assured that their possessions are secure and that they are paying the best prices in the market.

As well as self storage, Access also rent offices and car parking spaces, has a specialist document management centre, provides a complete service package for small businesses and start-ups and is a one-stop-shop for storage accessories. Many Access stores also offer free 24-hour access, providing total flexibility to customers.

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