The summer holidays are fast approaching, so what better time to get your school organised and ready for the next academic year? Six weeks is a long time, and many headteachers, maintenance staff, and school caretakers take this opportunity to clean, redecorate, and get prepared while there aren’t any children or teachers in the building.

But what do you do with the classroom furniture when you’re deep cleaning? And what happens to all the confidential documents when there’s no staff around to keep them safe? You’ve guessed it – self-storage is the answer!

Here, we’re exploring how Kangaroo Self Storage helps schools during the summer holidays by acting as the extra space they need to store both bulky items to make room for cleaning and redecorating and confidential items while there’s nobody there to protect them.

Summer Break and the Storage Challenges for Schools

Schools need to remain organised, clean, and an appropriate setting for children to learn and spend this crucial time in their lives. If a school is in disarray, with overflowing stationary drawers, messy stock cupboards, and cluttered classrooms, it becomes impossible for teaching staff to get the right supplies when they need them. This not only leads to chaotic lessons and children not getting the most out of their education, but it can also be a health hazard. With mess comes tripping risks, uncleanliness, and hidden dangers such as rotting, mould, or out-of-date materials that could become toxic, such as art supplies.

There’s not always time to stay on top of cleaning and organising during term time. Whilst cleaning staff will hoover and wipe down surfaces at the end of the day, it would be impossible for them or the teaching staff to keep every inch of the classroom tidy and organised while the children are present. The summer holidays present the perfect time for staff to gut their classrooms, throw away unwanted items, arrange the things they wish to keep, and clean or redecorate ready to start fresh in September.

Classroom Makeovers: Furniture Storage for Renovations

During the summer, children are off having fun and spending a well-deserved break away from school, which gives staff the ideal opportunity to refresh their classrooms. Many teachers and caretakers take this chance to give the space a fresh lick of paint, create new display boards, or switch out the make-believe area for something new. While this is a great idea, classrooms typically aren’t very spacious, and it can be quite challenging trying to re-paint while the chairs and tables are in the way.

Thankfully, our furniture storage is the ideal solution! These self-storage units are clean, spacious, and available to rent for a minimum of just two weeks, meaning you can keep all your classroom tables, chairs, teachers’ desks, and other furniture to make space while you redecorate ready for your new students.

Keeping Confidential Documents Safe with Self-Storage

In term time, someone always has their eyes on the filing cabinets filled with confidential data about the children. Whether it’s home addresses, family issues, or behavioural details, this information must be kept safe as it could be incredibly dangerous if in the wrong hands. While some caretakers and other staff will pop in and out of the school during summer, there will also be long periods of time when the building remains empty. Because of this, it’s much safer for schools to keep these files in suitable archive storage.

There are many benefits of archive storage for educational institutions; for example, even during term time, it helps maximise space in offices where storage space may be limited. Of course, as mentioned, it’s a much more secure alternative to keeping things in an empty school, especially here at Kangaroo, where we have 24/7 CCTV and individual padlocks for each unit.

Managing Supplies and Inventory Control

Another of the main reasons that school staff take advantage of our self-storage units is that it gives them the extra breathing space they need to stay in control of their supplies. It can be difficult to stay on top of inventory, especially because, quite often, teachers tend to order more supplies at the start of each academic year. During the year, things get broken and lost, but there are often still many supplies that remain usable. Because of this, staying organised is essential; otherwise, supplies get forgotten about, and drawers and cupboards end up overflowing with clutter.

Self-storage gives teaching staff some extra space to keep their classroom items sorted and under control. With our wide range of unit sizes, teachers can choose the right fit for their needs, whether they’re storing one classroom’s worth of items or an entire school’s worth of supplies. And, here at Kangaroo, we can even add storage racks to your unit, meaning when you store your items, they remain organised so you can easily find what you need and take them back to the classroom when you need them.

Enabling Thorough Cleaning Operations

Finally, school caretakers and cleaners consider the summer holidays to be the perfect chance to deep clean. As mentioned, there’s usually time for a quick hoover at the end of the school day, but carpet cleaning, scrubbing floors, and wiping down every nook and cranny takes time, which is why it’s always easier to do when the children are away.

Here, self-storage is the best way to keep classroom furniture, computer equipment, and sports apparatus safe and out of the way while this deep clean takes place. These secure, clean, and spacious units are the best places to house school items to give you the space you need to get into every corner and make the school sparkle, ready for September.

Trust Kangaroo for Self-Storage for Schools

Now is the perfect time to start getting ready for the summer holidays, so why wait any longer? Trust Kangaroo for your self-storage and benefit from a cleaner, reorganised, and fresh classroom ready for the new academic year.

We have storage sites across Scotland and North West England with easy access, drive-up units available, and a wide range of sizes to suit all schools. Find your nearest Kangaroo here:

Are you a professional gardener who turned a simple hobby into a thriving gardening and landscaping business? Are you seeking efficient storage solutions for your equipment and tools? We know how important it is to store your precious tools safely and easily; this is why, today, we’re here to spotlight drive-up units as a practical, spacious, and incredibly convenient way to protect your tools. 

Here, we’re providing valuable and helpful insights on how our drive-up units here at Kangaroo can be real game changers, revolutionising the way you organise and look after your gardening machinery, whether hedge trimmers, hand trowels, weeding forks, or lawnmowers! From easy access to improving security and efficiency, we’ll explore the main benefits of these units to take your landscaping activity to the next level! 

What Are the Benefits of Spacious Drive-Up Units for the Gardening Industry?  

At Kangaroo, we’re proud to assist companies with our business storage from a wide range of industries, including gardening and landscaping. While any of our storage unit sizes could come in handy for this sector, our spacious drive-up units are specifically designed with this sector in mind. Here are some of the key benefits of choosing this type of storage unit as a gardener or landscaper.

Drive-Up Units to Keep Your Gardening Tools and Machinery Safe 

We pride ourselves on our security, so you can rest assured that whatever you’re storing, we will keep it safe and secure. Gardening machinery can be pretty expensive, and despite being built for the great outdoors, it usually can’t sit around in the elements for long periods of time without getting damaged. Our drive-up storage units provide the 24/7 security and shielding from the weather that they need.

Also, because you can (quite literally) drive up to your storage unit, there’s less need for manual handling. This means that tools and machinery are less likely to be dropped or damaged when navigating corridors and stairs. All you need to do is get them from your vehicle parked outside and into your unit – it’s simple!

Easy Access for Gardeners 

One of the best things about driving straight up to your storage unit is how easy the access is, which is why many gardeners and landscapers choose this type of storage solution. Business owners can easily load up their units or take out their items with ease. Whether you’re storing lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, bags of compost, or other tools and supplies, this easy access saves you time and effort, streamlining your operations.

Also, as you can see pictured above, our drive-up container storage units have wide driveways, meaning you can bring your tractor, truck, van, or car to your storage unit, and it won’t be an issue. Just hold off driving your combine harvester – that one might cause some problems!

Making Gardening Activities Simple and Efficient 

As mentioned, these units are the best choice for those looking for easy accessibility to their storage needs. Alongside this, they help make your job as a gardening or landscaping business owner simple and efficient. Rather than being forced to carry equipment to and from a worksite in a work van, you can just keep everything stored in your unit and take out what you need each day. This way, you won’t ever need to fight for your tools in the chaos of the back of your van; you can just take what you need and leave behind the things you don’t have a use for on that job. Easy, time-saving, and much more efficient!

Hop on Over Kangaroo for Drive-up Storage Units

Are you ready to simplify your operations and find a new way to store your wheelbarrows, gravel, and expensive lawnmowers? We’re all ears! All our spacious drive-up containers are 160 sq ft, meaning you have plenty of room to store your business items. And you can rest assured that our 24/7 CCTV and individual padlock for each unit is the peace of mind you need to leave your gardening equipment for as long as you need to.

Alongside all the benefits above, we make sure our drive-up storage solutions are as cost-effective as possible and never include long-term storage leases or complicated contracts to sign. As part of this, you can expect low rental prices, a range of discounts and offers depending on your location, and no further charges, which means:

Whether you choose Dundee, Widnes, or Wirral, you’ll be pleased to know that our friendly staff are onsite during business hours to answer any questions and welcome you in with a smile. So, what are you waiting for? Find your nearest Kangaroo drive-up storage location below, or get in touch to find out what we can do for you:

As a business owner, you’ll know that no matter the size of the company or the industry it falls into, you’ll accumulate a lot of documents over time. But there’s a simple and safe solution to create a more efficient workspace without all the clutter: archive storage!

Here, we’ll look into how our fantastic archive storage services free up space in your office, reduce clutter, improve the work environment, cut costs, and offer benefits in terms of security and productivity. Read on to understand how archive storage at Kangaroo can help transform your business.

Making Space: How Archive Storage De-clutters the Office

Thanks to our professional storage options, you can save space in your workplace, which you can then use for more office equipment and facilities or even to fit more people into your team, supporting an expansion. On top of that, a cluttered office creates a less inviting work environment and then disturbs the atmosphere. That’s why businesses, big or small, should consider utilising archive storage. If you’re a business owner, take advantage of professional facilities so that you will:

files piling up around person

Cost Savings: The Financial Benefits of Choosing Archive Storage

Choosing archive storage also comes with many advantages in terms of cost savings. It’s a significantly more affordable solution than getting larger office spaces to organise excessive amounts of documents and records. By picking archive storage as a solution for your business, you only spend money on the square footage that you actually need for your archives. It’s the best economical approach that allows you to make the most out of your current office space!

With the improved working environment mentioned earlier, employees’ efficiency rises, too. Staff can spend more time on high-value work rather than navigating through stacks of paper, which translates to potentially better output and profitability for your business. This, in turn, can have a significant impact on your business’s bottom line.

Security and Confidentiality: How Archive Storage Protects Your Sensitive Documents

Now that we’ve covered space and financial benefits, it’s worth mentioning how archive storage keeps your documents safe. If you choose the right place, your documents will be protected in a securely monitored environment. For that reason, when choosing an appropriate facility for your business, it is important to look for reliable ones, such as the ones we offer:

When you don’t store documents properly, there’s always a risk of misplacing confidential and important information. These situations often happen with on-site storage as more people have access to them, and there’s no dedicated space to keep them organised. In this way, archive storage becomes a safe home for your business records and sensitive information, protecting them and making them accessible only to authorised people.

filing documents

Efficiency and Productivity: Easier Document Retrieval with Organised Archive Storage

Have you ever gone through a pile of documents and not been able to find what you’re looking for? You might be familiar with this struggle, but with organised archive storage, it’s no longer the case! Instead, it boosts efficiency by making document retrieval quick and simple without digging through piles of paper in a cluttered office. Thanks to the structured archive system, you can locate and access needed documents quickly, saving you and your employees time to focus on tasks without unnecessary interruptions.

Also, with everything nicely organised and indexed properly, the risk of losing important documents is minimised. This approach not only speeds up work processes but also improves overall productivity!

Kangaroo's Archive Storage Options

At Kangaroo, we offer archive storage in locations across Scotland and North West England to keep your business documents safe and organised. Whether you need just a little space for a few boxes or a larger area for extensive document archives, we have a solution for you. Contact us today for a quote – we’re always ready and waiting to help you on your storage journey.

filing documents in a filing cabinet

Our services are designed with convenience in mind, so you can access your archived documents seven days a week without any extra retrieval fees. Plus, with no business rates, service charges, or utility bills to worry about and no long-term commitments to tie you down, our all-inclusive pricing makes managing your business costs simpler and more predictable.

Are you ready to declutter your office and secure your important documents? Get in touch with us or request a quote today! We will be happy to answer your questions, whether it’s about archive storage or business storage:

As a fashion or photography business owner, you must face quite a few challenges, including a constant effort to balance improving operational efficiency and cutting down costs. On top of that, you need a space to work that you can design on your own terms, host clients, and get creative. If that sounds like something you've been thinking about, there’s a solution that might not come as obvious at first – self-storage!

So here, we'll explore how our self-storage units have become an unexpected asset for fashion or photography business owners. Let’s explore how you can start benefitting from creating a studio or workspace in the blank canvas of our self-storage units!

Photo Studio on a Budget? Self-Storage Is the Answer!

Are you a small business owner just starting to enter the world of fashion or photography and asking a question: Can I run a photo studio from self-storage spaces? Yes, you KAN! In fact, it's a great opportunity for anyone right at the beginning of the journey, and here's why:

setting up a camera in a photography studio

Setting Up Your Self-Storage Photo Studio

So, once you’ve decided on your unit, it’s time to get creative in building your studio. Of course, first, you need your photography equipment, including cameras, lenses, and lights, and don't forget your backdrops and stands. You might also want some props or furniture, depending on what you're shooting. Whatever you choose to make your creative vision come to life, make sure you have the right storage boxes or shelves to keep things tidy and organised when you're not using them. Remember, the main idea is to make this space yours and make it a comfortable place where you can create great photos or fashion projects. The good thing is, with a self-storage unit, you can leave everything set up, ready to go the next time you have a job!

What Is a Safe Way to Store Fashion Collections?

For anyone working in the fashion industry, storing seasonal clothes safely is a challenge, but there's a simple solution — the same as in the case of photo studios. Self-storage gives you a private space that only you can access, where you can store all the art pieces without worrying about anyone else having access to them.

At Kangaroo Self-Storage, we provide units that are secure, clean and dry, with a constant temperature throughout the year. That means maintaining the quality of your delicate fabrics and protecting them from extreme temperatures, humidity, and mould. As mentioned, they’re also equipped with strong security measures, including cameras, alarm systems, and secure access points so you can be sure your collections are well-protected against theft.

wheeling boxes into a self storage unit

Using Self-Storage as a Workshop Space

Both fashion business owners and photographers face many challenges in their industries. Usually, having a tight budget is one of the most limiting aspects, but that shouldn’t stop you from dreaming big! If you're considering having your own workshop but want to save up some money, using self-storage is an excellent option.

As well as being the perfect place to host fashion shoots, storage units are also the ideal wide and open space to give you everything you need for a workshop. One corner could hold all your sewing tools and fabrics. Another corner has a neatly organised space for your admin tasks, such as a small desk and a computer. You could even hang some of your favourite designs on the wall for inspiration. Also, you may want to set up some comfy seating for when you need to take a break or chat with your team. You’re the one who controls the layout, and you can mix and match to create a space that works just right for you. Many people are turning self-storage units into office spaces, so think of a self-storage space as a blank canvas where you can create your perfect workshop without spending much. It's your business dream come true!

workshop set-up for a fashion business

Self-storage units, like at Kangaroo, are a great help for those in the fashion and photography industries. We offer cost-effective solutions for a range of your needs. From secure, climate-controlled storage for delicate items to flexible spaces for photo studios, the benefits are clear. Ready to simplify your business and save? Contact us today!

Whether you need to store your palletised products for months or just a few weeks, Kangaroo Self Storage can support your logistics operations. We have storage centres with high bay warehousing in several key locations in the North of England and across Scotland.

Our warehouses can accommodate standard pallet (1m x 1.2m) deliveries numbering just a few individual pallets to up to a single shipment of more than 1500 pallets in some of our warehouses. We understand that businesses require extra warehouse space for all kinds of reasons, and that needs can change – so flexibility is key, and this makes pallet storage a cost-effective choice.

The Benefits of Pallet Storage

Flexibility is a key benefit of pallet storage – enabling businesses to respond efficiently to fluctuations in demand and ensure the ability to meet seasonal peaks for stock requirements. Particularly, where the requirement for additional space is only likely to be temporary then pallet storage is a very cost-efficient solution. Further benefits include:

Factors Affecting Pallet Warehousing Costs

Warehousing costs are influenced by a range of factors including the level of warehousing services provided – as well as the duration of storage. Other factors include:

Longer-term storage is often cheaper and will deliver keener pricing options.

Pallet Storage with Kangaroo Self Storage

A leading self-storage company, Kangaroo has been providing pallet storage for over 15 years at sites in Scotland and the North West of England. In Carlisle, our warehouse is particularly well-suited for pallet storage, with a capacity of 24,500 sq ft.

Here, we have two large loading bays with a vehicle access height of 6.1m. We have a minimum eaves height of over 10m, and the warehouse is fully racked – to eight levels. On site, we offer a counterbalance forklift as well as a reach forklift. Whilst our opening hours are 9-5pm Monday to Friday – we offer extended hours access, enabling customers to access 24/7 by arrangement, supporting a flexible operations schedule.

All our sites are located at key arterial junctions, offering easy transport access. And, Carlisle is no exception – within the Kingstown Industrial Estate, Kangaroo Self Storage Carlisle can be found just off the M6 at Junction 44, where the A69 meets the motorway. 

We can store a wide variety of general cargo; however, we don’t hold specialist licences, which precludes the storage of hazardous goods and foodstuff / perishable items and goods requiring temperature-controlled storage.

We offer long and short-term storage agreements that ensure you always remain in control. Whether you’d prefer to sign up for a matter of weeks or enter into a longer service agreement, there’s no restriction – with long-term offers and short-term deals subject to warehouse availability.

Our warehouses are covered by state-of-the-art security systems, including alarms and CCTV monitoring. So, you can be assured that your cargo and deliveries are secure, and our team is onsite 6 or 7 days a week.

Find out More

To find out more about our services, site locations and our prices, or to get a quote, contact Mike Brown at [email protected]. Storage prices are per pallet and special rates are available for longer-term contracts and larger requirements. 

Many small businesses start in the home, at the kitchen table, or in the spare bedroom where there’s no rent to pay and fewer costs than leasing a commercial space. Setting up and running a small business from home has given so many people the kickstart they need to build a successful career and turn their passions into an income. But what happens when your business outgrows the kitchen table, and you run out of places to store stock, organise your inventory and keep track of paperwork?

If your small business has outgrown your home or current space, it’s time to start thinking about giving yourself room to grow. But, finding a suitable space can be tough. Rent on commercial spaces is often out of the question for small businesses, and there are also additional overheads to consider, like utilities and insurance. Luckily, self-storage has the answer, with affordable spaces to help businesses expand – let’s hop into the benefits of Kangaroo’s self-storage for small businesses!

Flexible Approach to Renting Space  

If you have a small online retail business, make products to sell that require materials, or run any company that requires you to hold stock, you need space to hold that stock. Our surplus stock storage units are perfect for that. They offer a clean, secure room to keep and organise your inventory, and unlike a traditional commercial space, there are no business rates, service charges or utility charges. It’s a win-win for your stock and your bank account!

Whatever industry you’re in, we’re sure you’ll agree that the best thing about self-storage for small businesses is the flexibility. At Kangaroo, we understand that your business is constantly growing and changing, so if you choose a unit and find it’s not quite big enough, there’s no need to worry. We won’t make you sign a long-term lease, and you can choose to scale your unit size up or down at any time. We’re here to make your life as a small business owner easier, which includes supporting you in your growth.

storage unit with a desk, boxes, drawers, and a calendar in it

Purpose-Built Office Spaces

So what do you do if you need business storage but also need office space? Somewhere you can officially register as your business address, have your employees work from, and invite clients or customers to visit? Well, some of our facilities have purpose-built office units for rent! Much like traditional office spaces, these units have all the essentials you need to run your business, including:

They can be legally registered as your business address, but best of all, they’re on the same site as your self-storage unit. This means you can organise all your stock in a storage unit on the same site as your office space, which is another great reason to consider relocating your business to self-storage. Find your nearest Kangaroo office space below:

Kangaroo self storage office space

Archiving Services

If your small business creates a lot of paperwork, you probably know how much space this takes up and how time-consuming keeping track of documents is. Believe it or not, self-storage helps with this, too! Our Carlisle, Dundee, Glasgow, and Liverpool locations offer archive storage and services at varying levels tailored to suit your archiving requirements. Whether you have a few boxes of paperwork that need safe storage on a secure site or hundreds of files that require active management, there’s a solution for you. Let’s explore your options:

Each Kangaroo Self Storage store also has a Box Shop that stocks a wide range of boxes that you can use for your paperwork or other business items. Whether you’re a property manager and need to store furniture for staging houses, or your small business is in the art industry and you need plenty of bubble wrap to protect your sculptures, we have the ideal boxes and other packing materials for your use.

Kangaroo's box shop

Help with Your Deliveries

Renting a commercial space in a busy city or town is expensive for small businesses and often presents issues when getting stock delivered. If your office or home is on a busy road or not easily accessible to a delivery van or lorry, you may begin to find that as your business grows, getting larger quantities of stock delivered becomes a logistical nightmare.

When you choose Kangaroo for your business storage, our staff will happily accept deliveries on your behalf – they’ll even call you to let you know the goods have arrived! We have pallet storage for bulky items and high-volume goods, forklift trucks for moving stock around our warehouse storage, and wide loading bays for those big deliveries. Whatever it is you need to make delivery collection simple, we’ll go above and beyond to help.

When you choose business storage in Scotland and the North West, you’re not only getting an affordable, flexible space for your business but a service, too. With staff on site and ready to help during opening hours and 24-7 CCTV, you can run your business safely and securely, with fewer financial risks than committing to a lease on traditional office space. If you’re ready to grow your small business, get a quote from Kangaroo Self Storage or hop over to your nearest business storage location today:

When starting a new business, every penny counts, which is why so many new companies start at home. Working from home can save you money, but you can quickly run out of space, and the lines tend to blur between work and play.

For many, the next step tends to be moving out of the spare room or dining table and renting or outright buying an office space, which is a costly venture. However, it’s not the only option. At Kangaroo Self Storage, we have the perfect solution for those who need a workspace but don’t want the hefty bills of renting or buying an office – self-storage.

Yes, that’s right, here, we’re looking into how you can utilise your self-storage unit as an office, saving you money and getting you out of your WFH set-up.

Why Use a Storage Unit as an Office?

You may be under the impression that our business self-storage units can only be used for, well, storage! That’s far from the truth. In fact, recently, more businesses than ever before have been utilising our units as offices, and we’re here to explain why.

Complete Flexibility

There are many advantages to choosing business storage with Kangaroo and using a storage unit as an office. For starters, you’ll have complete flexibility from day one, which is incredibly important to you as a business owner.

When your business starts to take off, Kangaroo makes it super easy for you to scale up to a bigger storage unit. The same applies to downsizing, whether to cut costs or because it suits your business better. Whatever your needs or reasons, you can switch to a smaller or bigger storage unit size.

Alongside this, we have flexible agreements starting at just seven days, so you can rent for as long as you need and no longer. Whatever you need, we go above and beyond to make happen, so your time with us is simple, easy, and stress-free.

office desk in storage unit

Cost-Effective Option

Another benefit of choosing Kangaroo is that we have no business fees or hidden costs! Whether you’re a start-up or a well-established company, we offer a unique and tailored service to all our customers that provides you with cost-effective self-storage. We don’t charge business rates because we want to help you grow your business instead of spending too much money on storage space. You also won’t have to pay those pesky utility bills, and we don’t charge security fees.

Safe and Secure

The security of your business assets and belongings is our top priority here at Kangaroo, which is why we have 24-hour security systems in all our stores that allow us to monitor the facilities and control access. Each site also has access door entry controls, allowing us to monitor who has access and when, as well as security alarms that are active throughout all stores.

Which Industries Would Benefit from Using a Self-Storage Unit as an Office?

If you’re considering using a self-storage unit as an office but are unsure whether it’d work for your business, we’re here to provide a little more detail. There is a vast range of companies running operations from their units, all from a long list of different sectors. For example, Cheshire Pianos have used our self-storage in Warrington for many years to store, restore, and refurbish their pianos as well as run their admin!

man from cheshire pianos in a storage unit

Of course, this is a unique example, and any office-based business will benefit from using our units as a workspace; let’s take a look:

Regardless of your industry, if all you need is a quiet, secure place to work, then a business self-storage unit will work perfectly for you.

Creating the Perfect Working Environment in Your Storage Unit

At first thought, you may think of a storage unit as a boring, dingey space that couldn’t possibly be used as an office! Well, you’d be wrong! When you switch your mindset and instead think of your storage unit as a blank canvas, that’s where the creativity can begin. Once you’ve selected your perfect unit size, you can look at designing the interior with a detailed floor plan to place your furniture, equipment, and storage shelves efficiently.

We recommend opting for functional and practical furnishings to avoid overcrowding and enhance comfort while you’re working. Remember, the goal is to optimise productivity in a clutter-free, well-organised workspace.

sketching out plan for storage unit office

Why Run Your Business from a Kangaroo Storage Unit?

At Kangaroo Self Storage, we pride ourselves on offering outstanding service to all our customers, which is why we make sure there are many advantages to choosing us. As well as those explored here, we provide additional benefits to our storers and those using their units as an office, such as:

As well as this, you’ll be pleased to know that all our business storage units are conveniently located near to or in city centres with easy access to motorways for those travelling in. Find your nearest Kangaroo below:

kangaroo purpose built offices

Purpose-Built Office Spaces at Kangaroo

Remember, if you’re struggling to manage in your storage unit or you’d like to upgrade to a more professional setting to host meetings and welcome clients, then we also have purpose-built office space to rent at some of our sites. These serviced offices are located within our storage centres, offering a sense of separation, easy access, free parking, and free wi-fi! And, like our storage units, the lease terms are flexible, with a minimal commitment of just four weeks.

Our offices cater to businesses of all sizes, and they come with fantastic facilities designed to make your working day easier, such as kitchen and toilet amenities, 24-hour access, and exceptional security measures. Additional facilities such as storage space and mailbox rental are also available, along with hot-desk options subject to availability. Experience a hassle-free way to rent an office with Kangaroo!

Find your nearest purpose-built Kangaroo offices below:

So, whether you’re interested in utilising a storage unit as an office or you would prefer to use our purpose-built office spaces, we want to hear from you. Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help you run your business!

Using self-storage can make a lot of things easier. It can take that pressure off move-in day during the house-moving process, it can be the place to store items when expanding your office, or it can just provide you with somewhere to put things that you haven’t decided what to do with yet!

Of course, here at Kangaroo, we know the ins and outs of self-storage and are well-equipped with the knowledge that our storage units have plenty of benefits, but we also know that not everyone is aware of the advantages that it can bring into your life. In fact, according to the 2023 Self Storage Association Report, less than 50% of the public has a good understanding of self-storage.

So, without further ado, let’s hop straight into the top seven benefits of using our storage units and help you learn more about our fascinating industry!

1.      Declutter Your Home

It’s easy for a home to become overrun with belongings, especially after a significant life event like a long-distance house move or family bereavement. We live busy lives anyway, so finding time to give everything a “place” can be difficult at the best of times. Too often, we add to already full cupboards, rest things in the spare room, or fill up the garage with things ready to be put away later.

Well, in this scenario, household self-storage makes some breathing space and keeps your home clean and tidy, too. You can move as many of the things that you don’t think you need right now into a self-storage unit, store it there as long as you want, and when you finally have the time to sort through it and decide what to do, it’s safe and secure, waiting for you.

Don’t make a rash decision and throw away something you might regret later. Put it into self-storage so you have the time to clear your home and your mind and tackle it with a fresh perspective.

labelled boxes ready for house move

2.      Security from Theft

If you’re concerned about certain belongings being stolen, whether from your home, business premises, or student accommodation, you should store them safely away in a storage unit to put those worries to bed.

Kangaroo Self Storage has extensive security features designed to keep your belongings safe while they are stored with us, including 24-hour CCTV located inside and outside the building, an alarm system and coded electronic gates. Additionally, your storage unit is secured with your own padlock, so only you have access to the unit and your belongings. You can rest assured that your belongings will be safe with us.

3.      A Base for Your Business

Self-storage units aren’t just for personal belongings; you can also use them to get your business off the ground. Whether it’s to store your stock and merchandise, raw materials, or even to operate the business from within, a self-storage unit is the ideal solution for all your business needs.

You can rent a unit with just enough space to hold all your business assets – or you might want to create a workstation in the unit, too.  The benefits of this in comparison to renting or buying brick-and-mortar are endless. For example, we don’t charge business rates or service and utility charges, and we take deliveries, too, so you don’t have to be onsite waiting for your important packages. Basically, our business storage makes your life easier so you can focus on other areas of running your company – what more could you ask for?

4.      Transition Between Homes

When you move to a new house, the most significant stress can be getting all your belongings from one property into another. There’s a lot to think about, such as uninstalling the big appliances, getting enough hands to help move all the bulky items and making sure that nothing goes missing or breaks during transit.

A self-storage unit can be the ideal middleman between moving into your new home. You can store your belongings in a unit gradually over time before the big moving day, making the whole process much easier and less stressful than trying to move everything in one go. It allows you more time to properly pack and label everything to move it into the unit before you’re ready to move it into your new home.

And, of course, if the moving chain doesn’t quite link up and you need to go into rented accommodation for a while, then moving house storage provides a simple solution for all your belongings and helps you manage the process.

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5.      Store Belongings as a Student

Storage units aren’t just for families or business owners; students can also rent a storage unit to help make their accommodation transitions much smoother! Whether you’re jetting off on a gap year, volunteering abroad in the summer, or don’t have your accommodation available to you over the holidays, a self-storage unit can help you keep your belongings safe and secure.

It also means you don’t have to move everything to your parents’ house only to move it back to your accommodation, making it an especially great choice for international students who will be returning to the UK after the holidays. At Kangaroo, we offer fantastic student storage facilities in close proximity to many universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Liverpool, and UCLan. In fact, our self-storage in Preston is actually just an 8-minute walk from UCLan, making moving your belongings a breeze!

6.      Store Seasonal Items

Not everything is needed all year round; those skis and snow boots certainly aren’t much help in summer, and those deck chairs aren’t going to get used during winter. Rather than cram these seasonal items outdoors or into various spots in your house that could be put to better use, consider putting them in a self-storage unit when you don’t need them.

This way, you keep your home clean and tidy and protect these (often bulky) items from the elements. Your garden equipment and outdoor furniture are at particular risk from the harsh winter conditions, so it makes sense to store these carefully instead of stacking them in the garage or against a wall.

7.      Help Downsize for Retirement

If you’re heading into your retirement years, you may be thinking of downsizing your home as you start to think about your health and the practicalities of where you’re currently living, or maybe you want to be close to your family and friends. Whatever the reason, with a self-storage unit, you can store your belongings during the move or keep some belongings that you may no longer have space for in a smaller home but that you don’t know what to do with just yet.

You could keep some furniture in a unit that you may want to give to your children one day, or store some precious sentimental items so they remain safe and secure. Self-storage can help take the stress out of downsizing your home and provide you with the peace of mind you need during your retirement.

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At Kangaroo Self Storage, our self-storage is incredibly flexible. You can store with us for as long as you like, and there’s no charge for switching to a smaller or bigger unit, should you need to. Find your nearest Kangaroo, or contact us today, and a member of our friendly team would be happy to answer any questions.

It’s no secret that self-storage is a game-changer for businesses, and here at Kangaroo, we’re proud to help countless companies get organised with the help of our storage units. However, it’s not just as straightforward as renting a storage unit and all your organisational issues floating away; it takes a bit of planning and prep to get to that point.

While you might be stressed about where to start and what you need to do to get your business items safe and securely organised in your unit, we’re here to help! Today, we’re providing you with the ultimate to-do list to get you and your belongings ready for storage. From finding the perfect size unit to packing tips to make your life easier, we’re covering everything.

So, grab a paper and pen and take notes as we explore everything you need to know to get organised when storing business items!

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Research the Ideal Storage Facility

Before choosing a storage facility, you must do your research. Take into account its location, as the closer it is to your place of business, the more time and money you will save! At Kangaroo, we have business storage units across Scotland and North West England, each conveniently placed close to motorways and city centres, so you have quick and easy access between your unit and your business location.

As well as the location, you must also research how secure your items will be in their unit. We take this seriously, employing the best security and technology for the safety of your items while you store them with us. We have CCTV cameras in operation 24/7 in each of our stores, as well as an access keypad to enter the facility. You will also have your own padlock to your storage, so only you have access to it – your peace of mind is our priority.

Of course, you should also spend a bit of time researching the price of storing, but with Kangaroo, we make this simple. Our extremely competitive rates for self-storage, as well as a number of special offers and deals, guarantee you get the best possible price for your self-storage needs! Just check with the staff at your chosen location to discover what you can save.

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Which Unit Size is Best for My Business?

Another important consideration when preparing to store business items is the unit size. Too small, and there won’t be enough space for all your belongings, too big, and you’ll be wasting money. We have plenty of sizes to choose from, from lockers to 500ft sq units, and our experienced team will advise you on the right size to choose. And, if you find that you need to up- or down-size while storing, you can! Changing unit sizes is simple and something we encourage with our storers so you get the best out of your time with us.

It’s important to note that we also offer a free pick-up service that you can take advantage of, as well as forklifts, easily accessible car parks, and staff who are always happy to help, making moving your belongings from unit to unit even more hassle-free!

Get Organised in Time

As a business owner, it’s essential to be very organised, which includes how you prepare to move your items into storage. So, we recommend starting with sorting out your furniture and equipment and deciding what to keep in the office and on site and what you’ll need to clear out. As well as this being a great chance to get rid of any items you no longer need, it’ll also help you determine how much bubble wrap and boxes you’re likely to need to protect your items during transit.

Doing this in a timely manner means minimal disruptions to your company, which, of course, is a win-win for yourself as the business owner, your staff, and your customers or clients!

Pack Everything Correctly

When packing everything up for storage, make sure you label every box so everything is easy to locate. Stumbling through boxes and unpacking everything just to find one thing isn’t ideal, and, as a business owner, you’re unlikely to have that kind of time to spare.

Our Box Shop has everything you need to move your items into storage, such as boxes of varying sizes, bubble wrap, tape, padlocks and more. Taking advantage of this means only one thing: your items are secure and ready for storage! Whether you’re moving televisions and computer monitors and need specialised boxes or glassware that needs wrapping tightly in a blanket of bubble wrap, we have what you need to get your business belongings from A to B.

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Streamline Access to the Unit

Another thing to add to your to-list is to plan the layout of your unit. You’ll need to find and access your belongings quickly, so arranging an excellent layout for your unit is essential. We’ve found that creating aisles in the unit is the best way to go about it, as you won’t have to remove boxes to find what you’re looking for. Also, shelves will help keep smaller items within easy reach and free up floor space, so don’t be afraid to ask if we can add these to your unit – whatever we can do to make your time with us easier, we will!

The Kangaroo Self Storage team is available to answer any of your questions over the phone, so give us a call at 0800 012 1528 to find out more about how you can benefit from our business storage today.

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Everything we know about office working has changed over the last few years.

While many people would already work from home, the coffee shop or a bench, they still typically had a permanent office base to go to. However, traditional office requirements have changed significantly in recent years. Many people who thought working from home was impossible due to the nature of their job have discovered that this isn’t the case, and they have been able to work effectively from the comfort of their own homes.

Rethink Your Office Requirements

With the changes to the way we approach office working, it's essential to consider the various aspects of successfully managing the workplace. Many companies have started to adopt remote working, leading to the introduction of hybrid workweeks, where employees split their time between working from home and the office.

This shift in working style has encouraged companies to be more flexible with their requirements for office spaces, prompting a re-evaluation of how facilities should be utilised. In response to these changes, we not only provide business storage across the UK,  but we also provide office spaces for more adaptable working environments in prime locations:

By rethinking traditional office requirements, we aim to create more dynamic spaces that promote collaboration and productivity in the changing world of work.

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The Impact of Remote Work on Traditional Office Spaces

With the only requirements being a computer and internet connection, the traditional office space as we know it has likely changed forever. Many people don't have to commute anymore, and others do their jobs from where they find it most convenient. Let's look at some potential downsides of working remotely and how we can help resolve them.

Potential Downfalls of Remote Work and Prospective Solutions

While remote work comes with numerous benefits, it has its challenges. Here, we explore some potential downsides of remote work and how we at Kangaroo Self Storage can assist in finding solutions:

Companies have the option to lease office space in a more cost-effective location or change their office size as their requirements evolve. Some business owners have even chosen to create their own office space here at one of our locations throughout England and Scotland. Our units are perfect for both business storage and office space. They are equipped with everything you might need to run a business, including powerful Wi-fi.

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Kangaroo Self Storage Can Help with Your Storage Needs

Creating a remote office at home can bring its own unique challenges, such as a lack of space or noise disturbances from family members or neighbours; that’s where Kangaroo Self Storage can help. We offer flexible leases across our storage units, including a lowest price guarantee. We also provide a range of business-specific services. There’s free Wi-fi, and we can accept deliveries on your behalf, so you won’t need to wait around. We have a shredding service and can provide you with pallet storage, archive storage and warehouse storage.

If you lean towards the conventional office setup but consider downsizing for cost savings, you have the option to lease a smaller office space. This allows for a flexible arrangement where some staff members can work remotely while others follow a rotational schedule, ensuring that only a portion of the team is present in the office each day.

So are you interested in changing your office space? Don’t forget we offer office space in Preston, Edinburgh,  Liverpool, and Altrincham. For further information on our office space, get in touch with our team today.

Ever heard of archive storage? Wondering what it’s all about and what it can do for your business, whether big or small? Well, if not, it may be the secret you need for complete control over your business documents.

At Kangaroo Self Storage, our archive storage across Scotland and North West England is designed to store your invaluable business paperwork safely, providing easy access at a cost-effective price. From law firms to educational institutions, we’ve got you covered regardless of the industry your company falls into. So, get ready to free up your valuable workspace, streamline your document management, and secure easy access to all your records as we explore archive storage and how it can help your business.

Understanding Archive Storage and Its Purpose

Archive storage is a smart, fuss-free solution offered at several of our self-storage sites, designed to keep your invaluable business documents safe and easily accessible whenever you need them. Ideal for businesses in Scotland and North West England, it offers a cost-effective way to take care of your important paperwork.

Whether you’re a small business needing to store a few boxes or a large corporation with hundreds of files, our archive storage offers peace of mind that your records are safe and ready to be retrieved whenever required.

It’s perfect for all business types, such as:

Regardless of your industry, with Kangaroo’s archive storage, not only can you create more space in your workplace, but you’ll also streamline your document management and ensure easy access to your records when needed.

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The Benefits of Archive Storage for Businesses

From managing space to ensuring security, our archive storage brings you numerous advantages. Here are five key benefits that truly make managing your business documents hassle-free:

Opt for archive storage and give your business the freedom to focus on growth while we handle the space-consuming paperwork. After all, efficient storage solutions are simply a hop away with Kangaroo!

Organising and Categorising Archived Items for Efficient Retrieval

Each type of business storage needs proper organisation to ensure efficiency. However, organising and categorising your archived items is especially crucial to your business’ success as paperwork can be so easily lost when unorganised. No matter the nature of your industry, efficient document management enables you to retrieve important paperwork, simplifying your business processes. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to get started:

Taking the time to prepare your items for self-storage properly will save you time and effort in the long run. You can be confident that your records will be well-maintained and easy to access when needed, giving you the chance to focus on other important aspects of your business.

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Security Measures for Confidential and Valuable Documents

When it comes to storing confidential or valuable documents at Kangaroo, security is our topmost priority. Like our other storage units, our archive facilities are equipped with 24-hour CCTV monitoring for round-the-clock surveillance. To prevent unauthorised access, we use advanced security systems that include burglar alarms and secure locking mechanisms. Alongside this, all the facilities have smoke detectors to safeguard your documents from fire hazards. Whether it’s for your business or personal files, you can have peace of mind knowing your valuable documents are stored with utmost security and can be accessed whenever needed, making us a trusted choice for archive storage.

However, as the person storing the items, you also have a responsibility to ensure confidentiality when dealing with valuable documents. We ask that all storers bring their own padlock (available at buy at our Box Shop), which ensures they are responsible for who has access to the unit.

So, are you interested in taking the next step toward total control over your paperwork? Let Kangaroo do the heavy lifting for you and store it in one of our archive storage units today:

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