Sector: Self Storage & Removals

Storage and shipping Containers for Self Storage and removals Companies

Containerised self-storage continues to grow as a sector within the UK and is providing a lucrative opportunity for both existing businesses with spare land, as well as entrepreneurs. This low maintenance high return business model is extremely versatile and can be an additional business investment to any portfolio.

Shipping containers are perfect for the task since they were built for moving goods around the world. New 20ft Containers are the most popular for self-storage also they are the most cost-effective, these units are designed specifically for self-storage:

  • Combating condensation with multiple ventilators
  • Environmentally responsible with water-based paint used rather than solvent
  • Be easy to open with high-mounted locking bars which come with a long handle and rubber grip
  • Superior security lock box to shroud and protect a padlock
  • Avoid damage and scuff marks between customers with sealed floor options
  • Stacking capabilities to double the floorspace
Shipping Container with easy opening door

Shipping Container with Easy Opening Door

We also offer other sizes and specifications that may be more suitable for your site layout or customer requirements, 8fts/10fts/40fts/High Cubes/Tunnels/Opensiders.

Here at Portable Space, we are happy to work with you and help you through the process from start to finish. For example, once you have found a site we are happy to create CAD drawings to show you the best possible layout for the containers and how many you can fit onto the site to maximise your investment.

We will discuss and assess your site access suitability with you. We have a wealth of experience within self-storage and can offer you advice, recommendations, services, related accessories and even the chance to view your products prior to placing an order.

We hold the majority of our stock in our yard at Bacton in Suffolk. This way we can ensure you only receive the best products as everything is inspected in-house and delivered to you by our own drivers. We do everything we can to guarantee efficient and effective service.

Drone view of Portable Space yard in Bacton, Stowmarket, England
Self Storage Association Member
We are proud to be a supplier member of the self storage association, who seek to promote best practice and facilitate growth within the industry. Portable Space can support our self storage customers through this relationship with knowledge of industry specific research, advice on standards and procedures followed. For anyone considering starting up and existing operators, we would strongly recommend looking at the SSA annual industry report.
We are pleased to announce that we are also members of the Container Self-Storage & Traders Association. They are dedicated to achieving high standards of service and promoting professionalism in the container trader market. Furthermore they are committed to inspiring container innovation, assisting members with advise on container technical matters.
Container Self-Storage & Traders Association Member

If finance is required, we can introduce you to some partners who might be able to help you with the initial cost of buying. Look out for the asset finance available sign next to our products on the website.

The self-store industry is still in its infancy in the UK but is certainly on the rise and another product we have seen increase in popularity is the flat pack self-storage options. These have the advantage of the price being a fraction of the cost, creates the options of using externally or inside a building and the additional benefit of being collapsible and movable with ease.

Our flat pack storage containers are light enough to be man handled and the components are small enough to fit through small passageways. No need for cranes, forklifts or specialist tools. Just a socket set – and you’re away!

Flatpack storage containers in self-store facility

“We have been working with Portable Space for the past six months. We use their flat pack storage containers to build storage facilities and add to our existing inventory for our storage businesses.

We love the flexibility in terms of having different sizes to choose from. Also, the additional security with two locks on the doors as well as the security bar option.”

Jonathan Wiles, Stop & Store

Our own self storage customers offered this advice to any new start-ups;

  1. Have an eye-catching and easy-to-use website – a large percentage of customers prefer to contact a storage operator online s
  2. Look at your surrounding area – your target customers will be within 5-10 miles of your site understand their requirements and offer a solution
  3. Know who is storing with you – meet your customers and get a contract signed and a copy of their ID this way you can trust your gut reactions
  4. Build your brand – have an identity and decide on your unique selling points early on then shout about them, clever marketing and advertising are a must

If you would like to speak to someone who has been in your position and is now a self-storage operator or visit a functioning site for inspiration, we will happily try and connect you with one of our established containerised or flat pack self storge customers (not local to your site).

If you are an existing self-store operator looking for options to replace your existing containers, we also offer programmes.

Our knowledgeable sales team have 25+ years combined experience within the industry and are happy to assist with all your self storage needs. Call us on 01449 782123 (option 2) or email for further information.

Self Storage & Removals case studies

  • SB Developments

    Quality product meets criteria for self-storage

    Plans for a new self-store facility right in the centre of Clacton-on-Sea led Gary Chisnall, Director of SB Developments, to choose Portable Space to supply 28 one-trip shipping containers.

    View Case Study
  • Gammers

    Shipping containers are proving ideal for self-store facility

    A Stowmarket company looking to expand its portfolio with the addition of industrial units for self-storage has turned to Portable Space for help.

    View Case Study
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