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UK Self Storage Brief History

The UK Self Storage industry: A brief history

Just three decades ago, there was no self-storage industry in the UK at all. Now the market is bigger than in any of our European neighbours, and has outlived a number of recessions and downturns over the years.

Today, the industry is estimated to be worth nearly £500m.

One of the interesting sociological shifts behind the boom is that, according to Oxford geography professor Daniel Dorling, we all have a whopping six times more belongings than the previous generation.

What’s more, all this stuff – from furniture, tech equipment, ornaments and clothing – must be packed into living space that’s the smallest to be found anywhere in the EU.

Add in people’s natural instinct for hoarding things into the mix and you have the reason why this type of storage has taken off so much in recent years, for those who are moving home, need more office space or just don’t have room in their homes to keep everything they own.

As with many other things, the storage industry got under way the other side of the Atlantic first. The sector got under way in America in the early 1960s, and, today, the scale of the industry on the other side of the pond is nothing short of staggering.
The space is so great, in fact, that if it wanted to, the entire US population could shoehorn itself into the nationally available storage space.

The first chain was founded in the UK in 1979, mostly from warehouse and factories that had fallen into disuse or disrepair.

After the first chain popped up, scores of imitators were to follow.

By the late 1990s, the mainstream business world had caught up, with City backing for some of the firms in the industry, and its full potential being realised.

Some companies are now Stock Exchange listed, and valued at hundreds of millions of pounds.

A concept that may once have been considered slightly unconventional has become mainstream.

Its true that the previously quick rate of expansion is starting to slow down, but self storage sites are now part of our urban landscapes and they are here to stay.


Secure Storage Solutions

Clean, safe and secure storage solution at an affordable price, highly recommend this place, very close to the heart of manchester, easy access in and out. Big thanks to Tricia and her team for sorting out my storage needs, very knowledgeable, professional and more importantly friendly.
Highly recommended.

Marcus Wong

A Quick and Easy Process

Quick and easy to reserve and simple sign up process when I arrived. I had under estimated my load size and needed more space which the guys on site quickly arranged for me. Very helpful and friendly staff. A recommended company

Alex Jones

Same Day Move In

Fantastic experience. Needed storage quickly and the staff were on hand to help get everything sorted as fast as possible – was in the same day. They even helped to make sure I got the right size unit so I didn’t over pay – they could have sold me a far bigger one but wanted to make sure I got the best deal and was happy – that doesn’t happen very often! Well Done!

Ed Green-Moore

Extremely Helpful Staff

Extremely helpful staff, talked me through everything, gave me a tour of the facility, the sign up process was very straight forward, and most important excellent value for money.

John O'neill

Trolleys and Good Lighting

Great storage with lots of trolleys and good lighting. Lots of parking bays so it is easy to park close to the storage unit entrance. A friendly and helpful team (Anthony and Nick) that get back to you quickly by email or phone.

Tanya Grenade

100% Recommended

100% recommend Storage World. The storage lockers are well priced, secure and very clean. The facility is well set up to make loading and unloading very straight forward. Jeni on the desk was so increddibly helpful and went out of her way to make sure we were well set up and happy. Thanks very much to all at Storage World and particularly Jeni!

Tom Daubney

Business Self Storage

Can’t praise the guys enough, Tricia initially found me a unit over year ago and patiently kept me up to date on availability as I was unable to move my business as quickly as I’d hoped. All the staff are friendly and helpful. A safe and clean place to work.

Joanne Beswick