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Small Businesses run from home utilising self storage

What are the advantages of using self storage for Business?
Whether established or you have just set up your business and know that storing your stock, tools and equipment at home will simply require too much space. Perhaps your business was doing well, based from home, but is now growing and taking over too much of your home then self storage is the low cost solution

If either of these scenarios applies to you, you may be looking at alternative premises for your business stock and paraphernalia. Renting commercial property can be costly though, and doesn’t take account of the fact that income can fluctuate massively from month to month for small businesses and come whatever happens, you’ll have to pay rent and bills on premises that might, in any given month, be larger than you really need.

Let’s say you sell clothing on eBay — you know that some months (typically at the beginning of a new season) are busier than others. During those busy periods, you need a lot more space and have the extra income to pay your bills. During lulls, though, you may end up paying for empty storage space you don’t really need. Need A Space offer flexible self storage units and may be the ideal solution for your business storage needs.

Benefits of basing your business in a storage unit:
Choosing to base your business from a storage unit allows you to be flexible: you can increase or decrease the size of your unit so that you’ll only pay for what you need, and you can keep your unit for just a month or for as long as you need — there are no lengthy tie-in contracts involved and no business rates to pay. All with just one month’s notice, scale up or down or move out.

Need A Space self storage conveniently located between Canterbury and Faversham just off the A2 have a wide choice of storage units, from containers, to individual crates to storage rooms.

Popular small businesses using self storage:
The following small Businesses are popular users of self storage, helping to keep fixed overheads and growth options unrestrained.

1. eBay and Amazon Vendors – Online marketplace sellers free up home space using Self Storage at Need A Space. From second hand to new stocks, books, sporting goods, toys and games can all be stored perfectly safely in your self storage unit ready to pack up and deliver to your customers.

2. Online retailers – if you’re an independent online retailer, Need A Space Self Storage have space to get your orders ready and post them out to your customers without delay.

3. Etsy Traders – maybe your craft hobby has attracted a lot of attention and you’re ready to mass-produce your products. A storage unit will give you somewhere to store your equipment and the components for your craft.

4. Vintage clothing/furniture sales – if you take your products to fairs, car boot sales and auctions to sell, keep your stock in your storage unit rather than trying to find space for everything at home.

5. Catalogue sellers – whether you sell Tupperware, beauty products, health supplements or household cleaning products, keep your samples and deliveries safe in one of our storage units ready to deliver to your customers.

6. Charities – store donated stock to be sold in your stores and keep records there to monitor stock flow, Gift Aid receipts and turnover, safe and secure for GDPR purposes..

7. Fundraisers – store marketing equipment, raffle prizes and donations, and have a professional address from which to communicate with potential sponsors.

8. Mobile Engineers – keep your spare parts for boilers and ovens somewhere easily accessible. Our storage is just off the main A2 so you can collect any parts you don’t have in your van with our convenient access.

9. Machinery and Parts Retailers – you’ll need somewhere dry to keep your goods, and plenty of room for larger spares. As long as there’s no fuel or flammable materials, you can store your machinery in one of our container units and increase or decrease the size of your unit as stock levels fluctuate.

10. School Uniform Exchange Shop – use it to store, sell and swap pre owned uniforms. Fit it out with some clothes rails and racking for an instant access. You can keep your unit for a month or however long you need, so you can keep it going as an ongoing resource for your school, or just at the end of the holidays to help people get organised for the new term.

11. Fashion designers – your storage unit will have plenty of space to store your materials. You could set up a cutting table and mannequins for when you’re ready to assemble your designs.

12. Gift card & craft makers – keep everything you need to make them in your clean, dry storage unit.

13. Event organisers – if you organise events nationwide, you can keep all your advertising equipment and props etc in one convenient location.

14. Market stall holders – keep your stock safe in your storage unit, keep on top of your paperwork by keeping records of your sales, purchases and turnover in your unit as well using our archive boxes available.

15. Sports club organisers – if you run after-school or breakfast sports clubs, use a storage unit in an easy access location to store your equipment. You’ll be able to retrieve your sports gear early enough to get to school on time without searching lofts or over stuffed garages!

Why use Need A Space Self Storage:
A Family run team who have many years of experience arranging storage and logistics options for small businesses. Lowest rates around are assured as well as friendly, professional service. By arrangement we can accept deliveries on your behalf so no more waiting around at home for that delivery. We also offer mailing address and package collection services, please just ask. Call or email Need A Space to find out more, convenient easy access between Canterbury and Faversham just off the A2.

As we come out of Covid 19 lockdowns many are predicting a mini boom, make sure your business is prepared with the space requirements you may well need. Call or email Need A Space to find out more….

Self Storage to help you sell your home, reduce stress and support calm.

Self Storage offers so many solutions, not just for Business Users as we have detailed, but for the Personal, Home user and Students. Need A space Self Storage near Faversham have always provided an easy as possible, friendly service for all Self Storage needs.

For the Homeowner, one increasing use of self storage is the ability to declutter your home. 2020 has been such a difficult year for most of us, with lots of time stuck at home and many considering selling and moving on.

DECLUTTER TO SELL YOUR HOME: Research has shown that when people are viewing new home online not only will cluttered home and rooms look smaller but will actually make the home much less appealing and mean that potential buyers keep scrolling

Buyers may be concerned that areas stuffed with clutter also need repairs or renovation that they cannot see. Clearing these spaces will put their minds at rest, give the impression that your home is bigger and add value to it.’ So, take heed and get a quicker sale at the best price possible.SELF STORAGE DECLUTTER YOUR HOME TO SELL YOUR HOME.

Buy utilising Self Storage you are able to hang on to all your possession with easy access as and when needed from Need A Space. Not only will this likely aid the sale of your property but when the time comes to move, it will be so much easier as all your non essential items will already be in storage.

Need A Space make this whole process as easy as possible, not just easy access, a wide choice of sizes and moving equipment. We also offer a free Move In Van for longer bookings and work with transport companies to arrange removals should you require. A Wide choice of storage unit sizes also ensures we have the right options for you.

DECLUTTER TO REDUCE STRESS, SUPPORT CALM AND MENTAL HEALTH:  Well researched in the Mental Health field is not only the requirement we have for order in our lives, but the need for a certain amount of space and order in our homes.

In the UK we already have the smallest new homes in Europe, as we acquire more items from gifts to gizmos we slowly but surely run our of minimum space standards. Self Storage solves this issue without the huge costs of moving home if you prefer to stay put. Easy access also means you can quickly return those items home that you find you are missing.

Clutter will affect your every waking mood and Lockdown time at home has only intensified this. Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too.

At least that’s what researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) discovered when they explored in real time the relationship between 32 families and the objects in their homes. This research resulted in a book, a rare look at how families use the space in their homes and interact with the things they accumulate over a lifetime.

Our over-worked cupboards, lofts, garages are overflowing with things we rarely touch. It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our mood and self-esteem. CELF’s anthropologists, social scientists, and archaeologists found:

  • A link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in female home owners and a high density of household objects. The more stuff, the more stress women feel. Men, on the other hand, don’t seem bothered by mess, which accounts for tensions between tidy wives and their clutter bug hubbies.
  • Women associate a tidy home with a happy and successful family. The more dishes that pile up in the sink, the more anxious women feel.
  • Even families that want to reduce clutter often are emotionally paralyzed when it comes to sorting and pitching objects. They either can’t break sentimental attachments to objects or believe their things have hidden monetary value.

But there are easy solutions available. If you are in East Kent, take the first step and contact Need A Space and see how Self Storage can help. We are experts in our field, with a professional, friendly family run service. Our low rates and high tech security make it all the more worthwhile.

How Need A space can offer a smooth move with student storage

studentsIf you are a student in Kent (especially the Canterbury, Faversham and Whitstable areas) then Need A Space self-storage could solve a lot of problems for you.  With the intrinsic seasonal nature of student life and the inevitable requirement to pack up all your stuff at the end of the year, you are likely to have pack up your belongings – only to have to take them all back again for your next term.


You could leave stuff at your temporary address but is this really a safe option? Can you really take that risk of hoping your valuables are going to be there when you come back?


Precious learning materials and recreational possessions

Your belongings are precious and it is sometimes awe-inspiring how much a student can accumulate over a year or even a short period of a term. Being in a place of learning you will no doubt have loads of text books and course materials to hang onto. That’s before you even start thinking about new clothes, house utensils, white goods and recreational paraphernalia such as CD’s DVD’s and vinyl (yes vinyl is coming back apparently!)

Is there still space at home?

To add to the problem you have got your home environment to think about. You have been away sometime and your parents may not welcome you bringing everything but the kitchen sink back into the house. There may not even be the room.

Transport can be a problem

There is also the problems of transporting what you have back home.  Students tend to live quite a distance from their birth home while at college or University so there is an extra cost here. The logistics of it all could be quite stressful too.  If you have your own car you are lucky but can you pack it all in? If you are getting a train you almost seem to be beaten at the first hurdle.

Self-storage in Canterbury could be the solution 

Need A Space is a self-storage facility based in Canterbury which offers secure storage for students.  You can use our Space estimator so you can get a clear idea as to how much space you will need. Let’s start as we mean to go on by saving money! We can help with transport by providing free van hire and you will be welcomed by our friendly staff. CCTV and high security infra-red beams makes sure that your valuables are absolutely safe. We can provide packaging tools and to help cut costs further, groups of students can easily store their valuables in one place together.

To learn more about how Need A Space self-storage can help students in the Canterbury area click here









Financial help for small UK businesses during the pandemic

How can small businesses survive the onslaught of Coronavirus? The future certainly looked bleak when the UK government first made clear the restrictions involved in lockdown. Unable to trade and receive funds just to cover daily costs is leading to forecasts that not only small businesses will collapse – products and services will become unavailable to the general public and the UK economy will plummet into recession.

But the government has introduced various measures to ease financial distress and unemployment.

Loan aid

The UK government under the leadership of Boris Johnson has been criticised for not acting fast enough on many factors concerning the Coronavirus outbreak, but the introduction of the Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), could offer a great helping hand to employers in these difficult times.

Launched on 23rd March 2020  to allow small to medium-sized businesses access loans and overdrafts from the British Business Bank (BBB), the scheme is aimed squarely at those businesses who have been hit by the pandemic and have a turnover of less than £45 million a year,

By becoming a member of the Financial Stability Board, an interested party can check their eligibility with a range of accredited financial providers. The full list of accredited lenders is available on the BBB website. The Development Bank of Wales is currently offering customers a 3 month capital repayment holiday.

Help with Tax?

As well as CBILS there is also a HMRC helpline for businesses who are looking for a deferral period on their tax liabilities. A comprehensive link to the measure that the government have put in place can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Claiming furlough

The government has also recognised the importance of enabling small businesses to hold onto employees. The Job Retention Scheme was launched on the 20th March. The scheme will enable eligible employers to pay 80% of their monthly salary. This outlet is now live and if you are an employer and wish to make a claim you need to go to the HMRC website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#what-youll-need-to-make-a-claim

The three main factors for eligibility are (1) you will need to have created a payroll scheme before the 20th March, (2) you will need to be enrolled for PAYE online and (3) you will need a UK bank account. You can only claim for employees who were on your payroll on or before the 19th March 2020. Employees can be full-time or part-time and you can claim for apprentices and people on zero-hour contracts.

Need A Space self-storage is currently closed due to the pandemic. We look forward to offering the same-high quality services to our customers when lock down is eased.

                                  From all the staff at Need A Space: Take care. Keep safe,

Need A Space will lockdown as from 24th March 2020

In line with government guidance re the Coronavirus, Need A Space will be on lockdown as from 24th March. That means none of our usual services will be available until we are all out of these difficult times. We believe this is the most effective way to ensure we are playing our part in stopping the spread of the virus, helping the NHS in its delivery of critical cases and – ultimately helping save lives.

It is a strange paradox that at a time when we are all staying as far apart from each other as possible individual communities are coming together to help each other and beat this terrible virus.

For many, everything seems very bleak. Forecasts say that we will be social distancing for sometime, while our leisure facilities (pubs, theatres, sports centres etc.) have been taken away from us. Keeping businesses afloat is also a great worry.  But the government is offering benefits both to employers and employees in an attempt to help businesses cope with the current situation and also bolster the countries economic situation. This is encouraging.

“It may seem as if our lives are going to be put on hold until the time it is safe to go out.  And when that time comes – boy is there’s going to be some great global party!! So that’s something to look forward to! “

Underneath the fear and worry there are good things going on. Many people are finding they are not spending as much money as they would normally, pollution in the environment appears to be reducing, and people have the time to revitalise old hobbies while still keeping in contact with friends and family through the internet and social media. Communities are sparking as volunteers are getting together to help the most vulnerable in our society – people are all working together to help keep the NHS safe and – instead of people bickering with each other playing power games – we are all working together to fight a common enemy

We have been here before and won. For instance, the plague in the 13th and 17th centuries, the Spanish Flu, SARS – we beat them all. This time we have got any even greater chance of beating the virus quickly thanks to past experience, better medical and knowledge, technical knowledge, media and communications.

So hold on! Better times are coming!

Need A Space wishes all our customers safety and health in these difficult times. For further information ring 01227 751673.

Cheaper storage for London business in Kent

self-storageLondon may well arguably be the commercial capital of the world but when it comes to practicing business within London – costs can quickly go through the roof. That is why Need A Space self-storage offer a much cheaper option for self-storage while at the same time offering premium security, quality and accessibility.


Cheaper self-storage in Kent


Situated in the heart of Kent (located on the outskirts of Faversham and Canterbury) Need A Space self-storage facilities are within easy reach of the London catchment area which means we can cut storage costs enormously, saving managers huge amounts on their annual budget. Just take a look at some of our facilities:


  • Over 40,000 feet of self-storage space for start-ups and SME’s, to corporate business and global enterprise
  • Free moving van. We can supply a Luton tail lift van for a whole day to help with large removals and awkward bulky goods.
  • Secure mailbox to filter business communications or create an anonymous business mailing address.
  • Clean dry self-storage units for all your business archives.
  • Flexible working hours means you can access your stored items whenever you wish.
  • Forklift truck services
  • Parking bays and convenient loading bays
  • Friendly staff available for support and advice.
  • Unbeatable security which includes, CCTV, high security infrared beams, state of the art alarm systems and perimeter fencing.

Quality archive storage and cheaper rates

Extra storage is needed only too often in modern business. Documents need to be archived and if this takes place on the main business property it can take up a great deal of useful (and high rental!) property space.

Easy access, flexible opening hours

Businesses which have a seasonal element or use valuable equipment documents and tools for a minimal part of the year will need somewhere to house that paraphernalia somewhere which is secure, and accessible.

Currently we have many business clients who are based in London and have decided to use our storage facilities here in Kent to cut down on overheads such as storage. With all the facilities such as free van hire, forklift truck services and flexible opening hours, our clients know their items will be easy to store and accessible in business hours.


30% discount


For those businesses who already have storage – we offer a 30% off deal.


To learn more about how Need A Space self-storage can help businesses in Kent and the London area click here



How Need A Space beats all self-storage competition in Kent!

Cheap self-storage prices in Kent

We believe we cannot be beaten on price! There is no need for a deposit and no hidden costs. Our experience in the storage industry has told us that it is likely you will need to either increase or decrease the amount of space you have available in your storage unit. At Need a Space, unlike many of our competitors, we offer total flexibility – you can change storage unit size when you like at no penalty.

Great location in Kent for major enterprise and SME

Based in the heart of Kent, and situated on the outskirts of Faversham and Canterbury, Need A Space is conveniently located for both local county and South London clients


Free packing materials


When you use Need A Space for the first time, you can take up the offer of a free box of essential packaging materials to suit your requirements.


Packing materials when you need them


Often find you need those extra few boxes, strong tape or bubble-wrap? No worries, we have loads of supplies at Need A Space. We have found from many years’ experience that where our clients have accessories on tap they do not waste precious time and money.


Free use of Tail lift van


When you sign up for 2 months’ self-storage you will get free use of our tail-lift van.


Vans for hire


Need a van for your removals? We provide van hire at highly competitive prices!


Removal services at affordable rates


Moving house and don’t want to be dealing with the complications of working with different companies? At Need A Space we offer a removal service at very reasonable prices.


Mailbox rental

To complement our self-storage facilities, Need A Space offers secure Mailbox Services. You can now have your mail re-directed to a secondary mailing address to give you peace of mind for all your home and business postal communications.


Friendly staff to make moving easy


Our trained friendly staff are always on hand to offer assistance on site when needed. You will find a selection of packaging materials and tools on-site as well as the use of loading bays, free van hire (terms apply) and an assisted fork lift truck service to make that move, whether long-term or short term, as quick and easy as possible.


Unbeatable security for your valuables


From CCTV and high security infrared beams to state of the art alarm systems and perimeter fencing you can be sure your precious valuables will be safe with us!


Looking for storage space in Faversham Canterbury or Herne Bay? To learn more about how Need A Space self-storage can help businesses in Kent and the London area click here






Top storage tips from Need A Space

storage herne bayOften when choosing a new home, we may not give a lot of time to thinking about the amount of storage space we will need. Instead we tend to be seduced by conservatories, plush fitted kitchens, en-suite bedrooms and fashionable dining rooms. It is only when we are trying to fit our old house into the new space that we may get a nasty shock and have to be super-creative in making everything fit. So here are a few simple tips from Need A Space to help you turn that diminishing space into a regular Tardis:

  1. Organise that mass of Scarves and ties

Ties and scarves are funny things. One minute you can’t find one for love nor money – the next they seem to be taking over the house. Organise them so they are all located in one place. Wardrobe too full? All you need is a couple of towel bars and some shower rings. They go nice and easy on the back of a door and you know where they all are!

  1. Buy a bed with storage area underneath

Don’t just think about how comfy that mattress is going to be or whether you should have a TV electronically appearing at the bottom of the bed. Make sure you have space under the bed to store stuff or buy a bed that at least has Draws to put clothes in etc.

  1. Sit and store: ottoman and garden bench

Think about storage whenever you are buying for your new home. For instance, that ottoman can double as a laundry basket and can also be a pretty cool place to sit too. The same goes for that new garden bench which offers a place for your garden tools underneath the seating area.

  1. Wall TV

Here’s an idea. We sit glued to it every night, yet we still forget how much space the TV is likely to be taking up. It probably came with a mounting bracket, so why not take it off the floor and put it on your wall right out the way – but looking even better.

  1. Kids toy chest

When the floor is cluttered the size of the house seems to get smaller and smaller. Kids toys can be a main culprit for the chaos. Why not get them their own Toy chest which they will treasure and hopefully use to tidy up after themselves.

  1. Pot rack or ceiling hooks

Frustration arises when you have a beautiful kitchen but there is just not enough cupboard space. Look to the walls and the ceiling. A pot rack or hooks in the ceiling to hold pots can create more space and give your kitchen character at the same time.

  1. Garden tool rack

All too often sheds start bursting at the seams far too early. The key is to use the walls for garden racks, individual hooks for garden tools and sheds for that cornucopia of stuff you never really use.

  1. Wall mounted shelves for those books and ornaments

You don’t have to splash out on a display cabinet or expensive bookcase to provide a place for your books and ornaments. A handy shelf here and a cute shelf there can show your valuables and priceless books off and make floor space at the same time.

  1. Use that alcove

Architects are forever coming up with new designs. Square rooms are a thing of the past – but now we may find the odd alcove is not being used to its best benefit. The answer is to build a bookcase or set of drawers into the space. And don’t forget under the stairs too!

Need A Space offers self-storage at highly competitive prices in Kent…for the bits that just wont fit but are too good to let go! To learn more, click here








Who uses self-storage?

self-storageIt is no surprise that the self-storage industry in the UK continues to grow. The demand for services thrives. It is a relatively new phenomenon (first making a foothold in the early millennium) which many believe was caused by a shortage in housing and inflation. Many house buyers were prevented from taking the normal route of buying a bigger home when families expanded, or there was just a greater need to store stuff.

Once the self-storage services were available on the market it became quickly apparent that it had more uses than simply for those homeowners who could not afford to up-size. Fundamentally, it has become a service which offers extra space, and the consumer uses that space exactly how they choose. In this way, it is useful for people in all walks of life – homeowners; people moving home; students, businessmen; internet businesses needing to store products and travelling salesmen, to name but a few.

Let’s take a look at who uses self-storage:

  1. Homeowners use self-storage in order to gain more space when buying new and bigger accommodation is not possible.
  2. People moving home may use self-storage on a more temporary basis. They may find it useful to store valuables which, during the time of the move, they do not have room for.
  3. Students living away from home often find self-storage is an aid to a transient lifestyle. For instance, accommodation by the college or university may only be needed during term time. In order to return home, a central location is needed to keep valuables in one place.
  4. Businessmen want to take advantage of that tiny window when their businesses can grow. However, the physical space to allow that to happen may not always be available due to company budgets. Self-storage allows businesses to remove “impractical assets” from the organisational base so the location can be used more fruitfully. A good example of this is archiving.
  5. As companies grow, demand for their products increases. Hence businesses need to have more of their products available to sell. Consequently, there is a need for extra storage space. Self-storage offers that extra space at reduced costs (i.e cheaper than renting new premises).
  6. Companies with large product lines or those businesses which offer seasonal products will need expansive storage places at cheap rates.
  7. Internet companies which are very much becoming the norm in the 21st century can only offer a wide variety of product if they have the space to store the products which meet the demand. Self-storage offers a cheaper option for the smaller businesses – especially in the start-up days.
  8. A travelling salesman may have various products he needs at hand but does not wish to take on every trip. Self-storage can offer a safe central location for all equipment and presentation accessories.

These are just a few of the types of people who are likely to use self-storage – but at the end of the day, it is space that is on sale here and space is probably something we can all do with a lot more of! If you would like to know more about the facilities available at Need A Space in Canterbury Kent please do not hesitate to contact us on 01227 751673



Top uses for self-storage in business and residential

self storageStorage space in your home

Make this a priority factor for your new home. I recently made the decision to move to a new home in Anglesey. The move was a great success but there was one disappointment with our new-build house: no storage space. How could I have missed this essential asset? Probably because space is pretty boring. The kind of things which attract us to a new home are the amount of rooms, the location, how high the council tax will be, does it have double glazing, what fixtures and fittings will remain etc. Because storage space is all about those things that stay out of sight, its only when there is nowhere to put the unsightly-rarely used stuff that they really become a great problem!

Moving home

Always a stressful and longwinded activity, self-storage can offer that extra solution when there is either an overflow of furniture in your new home or, if you need to keep some of your furniture from your previous home temporarily – self-storage is flexible enough.

Business self-storage

As a business owner, your greatest investment is likely to be in stocking your product. You will also perhaps need a store for office equipment when it is needed. If your business is thriving and growing but not yet ready for new premises you need to free up space to make room for your expansion. If your business is seasonal or if you are a salesman travelling with a large itinerary, a place to keep all your assets is essential.

The travellers’ piece of mind

If you are the kind of person who loves travelling, then you need to know that your valuables will be safe when you get back. A great benefit of the self-storage route is you know your precious assets will be secure under more than just a front door key.

Security and flexibility while learning

Students (and sometimes teachers) have to deal with terms, half-terms and holidays. While they may rent their accommodation when studying away from home, they are likely to be needing to store their valuables when they return home.

Time to de-clutter!

And what better than a spring clean? As the family grows and there are more hungry mouths at the table it often seems like space is at a premium.  We have all been in that frustrating situation where you can’t open a cupboard door without everything falling out of it – and half of the stuff in there you never use anyway! Time to move the useless stuff out so you can start functioning again.


Downsizing has become the trend – especially later on in life – so self-storage is the perfect solution to ensuring that you can still hang on to those most precious things you hold most dear.

The list is endless. Whatever the reason you need that little bit of extra space – self -storage can provide the answer and at a price you can afford. It is flexible to allow access at any time and offers the kind of security that gives you peace of mind. To learn more about Need A Space based in Faversham in Kent click here


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Archive business documents safely

archiveStoring documents that need to be archived in your busy office can often lead to chaos and inefficient business processes. At the same time, they can prevent your business growing. For instance, using rented business space in order to store archive material can be a poor way to make the most use of your assets – high rent on business assets, such as buildings, can sometimes be better used for the active business processes.

If there is insufficient storage within your organisation, you may want to consider self-storage facilities in your area. Here at Need A Space in Canterbury Kent we offer storage space for both business and domestic needs. But what is the best way to store those infuriating but precious pieces of paper?

Top tips for archiving your documents

  • Store for easy access: Some documents will need to be kept simply for legislative reasons (I.e. for tax purposes you need to hold on to business account information for 5 years) but there will be some documents that you may need to find for current activities. Load these boxes last so they are stored at the front and easy for access.
  • Protect against long term damage: Mould can grow quickly and cause damage. Keeping things dry from the start is the best way to avoid damage so whichever self-storage provider you use, ensure the unit will be dry.
  • Security: Check with your self-storage provider to find out what security provisions are in place. Many business documents and records are confidential and need to be private. Need A Space offer CCTV, a perimeter fence, high-security infra-red beams and state of the art alarm systems.
  • Label boxes.As well as easy access you need to know where each and every document is. So however short of time you may be, have a clear labelling system.
  • Office filing system: It is often useful to use an office filing system twinned with the labelling system you use at the self – storage outlet. For instance, labelling a box by a number and then put the relevant details on an excel sheet which is easily accessible in the office.
  • Be cost effective: Always find a self-storage unit close to your office for obvious reasons, but in some cases (especially with documents which need to be archived for long periods and do not necessarily need frequent access) consider storing outside of your location. For instance, London prices are high, but by storing down here in Kent you could make quite a saving.


Based in the heart of Kent, and situated on the outskirts of Faversham and Canterbury, Need A Space is conveniently located for both local county and South London clients. Looking for storage space in Faversham Canterbury or Herne Bay? To learn more about how Need A Space self-storage can help businesses in Kent and the London area click here






Save space - enhance work processes

spaceWorking in a cluttered atmosphere not only hampers work processes it can also be psychologically demotivating for your staff as well. When you find yourself wasting precious time looking for important documents while tripping over obsolete equipment you know there is something wrong. And any good manager knows that unless you deal with bad practices it will not be long before profits and brand suffer.

Space can come at a premium cost for a thriving company and if that asset is not dealt with appropriately, that tiny window where the company can take advantage of quick growth and higher revenue, can unfortunately be lost forever. Here at Need A Space in Kent we like to think we have the perfect solution for small to medium businesses who need that extra bit of space to keep processes up to standard and make room for a better future.

Self-storage is a cost-effective way to store business items safely, so they are always accessible. We pride ourselves on the amount of businesses we have helped take themselves up to that next level. It’s very rewarding. However, we are also aware that our customers and clients need to be using their workspace efficiently before putting out extra money for storage. So, with that in mind, let’s lookout some top tips for maximising space in the office.

1. Get everyone on board: You need to set time aside for both you and the staff to brainstorm the best way to declutter and look at new ways to store. The message needs to be clear that this is not just a nice break from usual processes but essential activity to allow the company to continue at current levels.

2. Consider multi-storage furniture: This really maximises office space. Desks with built in draws and shelves can also be used for stationery and storage.

3. Are you using those blank walls? Walls tend to go unnoticed in the grand scheme of things. They are just there. But can they be used for storage? Adding shelves to unused wall space can be a great idea.

4. Attack that cupboard! Time to find out exactly what is in that cupboard that everyone struggles with and spends far too much time messing with. Get rid of the obsolete stuff, find a new home for the stuff that shouldn’t be in there, get new ideas for storing and replenish with the stuff that should really be in there.

5. Colours can be inspiring: working in chaos can lead to demotivated staff, bad practices and poor outcomes. Choosing light and neutral colours for floors and walls can make an office seem open and plentiful. Stay away from dark colours!

Need self-storage in Kent to enhance work processes, store little used equipment and essential documents at highly competitive rates? We would love to hear from you! Give us a call on 01227 751673 for a quote.

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