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  1. Customer spotlight: A lockdown business that’s always on the Mhoove

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    Right now, it’s important to share the love and lift each other up – in our latest blog series, we’re shining a spotlight on companies doing fantastic work who deserve to be recognised for it.

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    For this interview, we speak to Anthony Redwood, the owner of Mhoove, a blue self storage customer since October 2020. Mhoove is a moving company taking South Wales by storm, powering house and office moves, home clearances, courier deliveries – even airport transfers! If you need something to ‘mhoove’ from A to B, they’ll mhoove it!

    One of many local start-ups borne out of lockdown, the Mhoove team have celebrated successful milestones ever since – with busy schedules packed full of house removals through to securing new commercial contracts with furniture suppliers, they’re constantly on the mhoove 🚚💨

    Hi Anthony! Tell us about Mhoove.

    Mhoove customers

    Mhoove customers

    Mhoove was established in October 2020, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic after I took on another job as a delivery driver to safeguard my family’s future. I could have chosen to stand still but instead I grafted hard, and opportunity knocked; I found myself running extra errands for people in my van. Then I moved someone from a small flat. I found something else I was good at; moving things, being organised, putting in a shift and providing a good service to customers. I used my money and bought a big van. I moved a house. From that moment on, Mhoove was born!

    We decided that we would offer a service that moves things; home removals, office moves, move to storage, single item pick-up/drop-off… Move was the name, we just spelt it differently to make people think!

    It’s been a tough time for businesses – how has Mhoove adapted during lockdown?

    We’ve gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months. As we were born in lockdown, we didn’t really know any different!  Thankfully the housing market has flourished and our personal approach to moving our customers has resulted in great success.

    We like to give a personal touch to all our clients, gifting wine or chocolates as a pick-me-up at the end of a long moving day – and we’re invested in why our customers use us. We love to hear the stories behind their renovations, their big life changes, why they’re selling up and what their future hopes are. It’s all about the people, at the end of the day!

    The Mhoove team with Welsh legend Mathew Pritchard

    The Mhoove team with Welsh legend Mathew Pritchard

    Why do you use blue self storage?

    blue self storage ticks every box for us as a business; the product, availability, pricing, location, flexibility and security are all perfect for our needs. Dean and his staff are always very personable and considerate in catering for our needs, often at very short notice!

    Customers generally want 2 things; security for their belongings, at a good price. blue self storage offers the best of both. The 24 hour access is also a benefit that very few providers are able to offer, and is hugely convenient.

    How does using self storage help your business grow?

    The storage option is becoming ever more popular for our customers, especially in today’s market. Many are getting a good valuation/return for their property – often too good to turn down – but due to the speed of house sales at this current time, they’re not able to really consider their next move.

    Many of our customers have opted for rental accommodation as a stop-gap to give themselves the time to find their next home. In this instance, temporary storage of bulky furniture and belongings makes perfect sense.

    By using blue self storage, we can continue to offer our quick-fire service for customers without any worries of having to turn down a job.

    Mhooving mountains! with the Mhoove team in south Wales

    Mhooving mountains!

    What projects are you currently working on?

    Home removals still remain our primary offering; however in order to grow the business, we have secured 3 contracts working with some of the UK’s leading furniture and kitchen suppliers.

    This helps maximise our activity and, with the expansion of our labour team, should enable us to operate 7 days a week from March 2022.

    Mhoove in action

    Mhoove in action

    What’s next in the pipeline for your business?

    This year we would love to secure a commercial contract, something that really challenges us and a bit different to what we’re used to, i.e. a big office move for a company relocating premises.

    We have some very good, capable and skilled lads working day in, day out on our jobs and they have helped build a very credible reputation for the business; a larger, more complex project would be an exciting challenge for us.

    COVID-19 has led to a lot of local community help & support – what’s been your favourite ‘community kindness’ story you’ve seen?

    The pandemic has caused a lot of travesty throughout the world and our nation, but it’s also brought people together and helped bring out the best in us – blue self storage’s festive food collection being a prime example.

    Mhoove customers after a big move posing next to the van

    Mhoove customers

    We have also done our bit; back in summer 2021, we quoted for a job for a young mum who had suffered greatly throughout lockdown. She had just secured a new home for her and her two children, and agreed to our budget quote although she didn’t really have the means to pay.

    We ended up doing the job on a weekend, on our own time, for free. It’s not something we make a habit of(!), but it was within our gift to help them get a new start in life. I’ve a mantra in my personal life which I carry with me; “If you have the power to make someone happy, then you should.  The world needs more of that.”

    We finished the day with no money in our pockets, but felt as good as we ever have.

    Introducing our ‘customer spotlight’ series

    It’s been a hard time for businesses in South Wales and across the UK, dealing with projects on hold, staff at home and other pandemic-related difficulties. But through good times or bad, these companies are the backbone of our national economy.

    So that’s why we’re launching our brand new ‘customer spotlight’ series, celebrating our business & commercial storage customers who use us to save space & stay focused in challenging times.

    We’d like to say a huge thanks to Anthony at Mhoove for the interview!

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  2. Year in review: 10 highlights from 2021

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    2021 was full of exciting new challenges and plenty of good stuff – it’s time to reflect!

    We never take our company achievements for granted – that’s why it’s important to stop and look back on a year’s worth of hard work and new opportunities.

    Our team have worked incredibly hard for another year running to make sure we’re delivering the best quality service for customers – whether we’re opening new facilities or rolling out a fresh service, they’re always on hand to give you the best experience possible!

    And it’s thanks to them, and the work we put in last year, that we’ve achieved SO much in 2021! Here’s a little rundown…

     
    Looking a little deeper, in 2021 we:

    We were awarded the prestigious trophy at the FEDESSA awards in Birmingham in autumn 2021, for our Llanishen facility. It was such a fantastic signifier of our team’s hard work getting the site launched and to the high standards our customers enjoy.

    For many of our customers, we’re a local brand embedded in our hometown of Cardiff – but through our family network of businesses, we’ve got close ties with Tyneside. That’s why it made sense to make our next hub in North Shields, Tyneside!

    • Signed up 1,397 customers

    Whether it was a unit (or multiple!), a caravan plot, vehicle storage, warehousing space – lots of you came to us for storage solutions in 2021! We were proud to welcome so many new customers to our 3 facilities.

    • Received 421 5-star reviews

    One thing we can be assured of – our customers like to chat! We were thrilled to receive a whopping 421 reviews giving 5 stars for our staff and service ★★★★★

    Along with The Maltings Document Storage Solutions, we donated £5,000 to a charity close to our hearts. We visited the Penarth hospice to officially donate the sum, which will go towards providing more incredible end-of-life care.

    But that’s not all – our staff, customers and friends were sharing the love and generosity in 2021, so we were able to organise and donate 470kg of food and essential items to a food bank in Llanrumney to help the local community.

    • Trained staff on mental health and well-being

    We’re always looking to improve our service, and that starts with a happy, healthy team. We provided dedicated training for our staff to recognise and understand a wide variety of mental health issues.

    • Achieved 5.0 rating on TrustPilot

    We’re proud to have successfully unlocked a 5.0 rating! Again, it’s made possible by the work and dedication of our lovely team – and we’re pleased our customers are happy with their experience 😊

    • Introduced electric car charging points

    As part of our ongoing commitment to more sustainable ways of working, and reducing our environmental impact, we introduced electric car charging points so e-car owners could rest assured they could visit with no issues.

    • Increased our storage capacity by 31,584 sq ft

    We just needed a little more… space! We’re constantly growing and evolving our facilities to meet demand whilst retaining our high standards. Simply put, that equates to 658 of our smallest units, at 48 sq ft each!

    Our new, dedicated ‘storage by the box’ service for Cardiff gives everyone a fair chance to access high quality storage – even if you don’t drive, or can’t visit our site in person.

    A lot of what happened in 2021 was made possible by our fantastic customers and their continued support, so we’d like to say a huge thanks to you all!

    What will 2022 bring? …watch this space!


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  3. Christmas 2021 opening hours: Customer update

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    Our opening hours for Christmas 2021 🎅

    Cardiff (Wentloog) | Cardiff (Llanishen) | Tyneside

    If you’re one of our customers, you can access your unit at any time over the Christmas period. If you want to put something in storage at 4am on Christmas morning then we’re not judging…!

    Our office opening hours

    New customers can still sign up to get a storage unit until we close for Christmas.

    OPEN: Wednesday 22nd December, 8.30am – 5pm
    OPEN: Thursday 23rd December, 8.30am – 2pm
    CLOSED: Friday 24th December
    CLOSED: Saturday 25th December
    CLOSED: Sunday 26th December
    CLOSED: Monday 27th December
    CLOSED: Tuesday 28th December
    CLOSED: Wednesday 29th December
    CLOSED: Thursday 30th December
    CLOSED: Friday 31st December
    CLOSED: Saturday 1st January
    CLOSED: Sunday 2nd January
    CLOSED: Monday 3rd January
    OPEN: Tuesday 4th January, 8.30am – 5pm

    New bookings

    To sign up for storage, get in touch before 2pm on Thursday 23rd December and we’ll make sure you’re sorted smoothly.

    With our completely digital sign-up system, we’ve minimised unnecessary contact to keep you safe while you store.

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    Father Christmas taking advantage of sleigh storage at our Wentloog facility

    Get Christmas ready 🎄

    Already put your stuff into storage? Or about to declutter? Use our helpful guides to turn your home into a festive, fuss-free zone…

    Short-term storage ideas for Cardiff students this Christmas

    Short-term student storage ideas for Christmas

    We’re sharing some ho-ho-helpful ideas for short-term storage in Cardiff this Christmas – here’s how to and how NOT to do storage safely this festive season!

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    'Does it spark joy?' How to get rid of sentimental possessions - photo of old vintage packaging

    ‘Does it spark joy?’ How to get rid of sentimental possessions

    Are you wondering how to get rid of sentimental possessions? Can’t quite let an item go? Or have possessions in your home that are loaded with memories but no longer spark joy?

    Welcome to blue self storage’s self-help guide to divesting yourself of emotional baggage and items of sentimental value. Yep, this is a big one!

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    Snowy Caravan scene

    5 super quick tips on winter caravan storage

    Make sure your beloved ‘van of dreams’ is kept well maintained during winter months – check out our tips for keeping yours pristine.

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    Decluttering: How to help your loved one 'let go' of items - featured image

    Decluttering: How to help your loved one let go of treasured items

    If you’re downsizing, decluttering, redecorating or just ready to embrace minimalism, you’ll be unearthing items and ‘stuff’ that just has to go.

    So use this guide – written with plenty of personal experience, we have to admit – to help you help your loved one ‘let go’ of treasured items, sensitively.

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  4. blue self storage staff & customers help to donate 470kg of food to Cardiff charities at Christmas

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    This year, we decided to scrap Secret Santa and opt for something a bit more charitable and meaningful.

    We asked our colleagues and customers to put their money towards helping other people by collecting food for local charities – and the response was staggering!

    On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December, we were able to visit Cardiff Foodbank and Llanrumney Hall Community Trust respectively to donate boxes upon boxes of food, toiletries, cleaning products and other critical things so desperately needed by local families. The total weight donated was approx 470kg spread across boxes, crates and bags.

    Our staff, customers, clients and friends spent weeks helping us to build our pile of donations – and we were finally able to drop them off last week. Together with our storage customers CMB Engineering, the company who took on the Llamrumney Hall project and restored the site to its former glory, we delivered the boxes to the impressive manor house.

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    Sharon and the team carried the boxes in…

    The CMB Engineering team helped cart in all the stuff!

    The donated food and essentials will help to reduce food poverty in Cardiff East

    L-R: Dean, Sharon, Steven, Bertie, Rhiannon

    The blue self storage and CMB Engineering teams with the hard-working Pantry staff in the middle

    Dean with Bertie and Steven Borley from CMB Engineering

    The Llanrumney Hall pantry ‘is a community facility that aims to reduce food poverty in Cardiff East and provide affordable and accessible food and household essentials to the local community’.

    “Due to Covid, we’re seeing a lot more people stuck in food poverty traps but the work that people like Marcus Rashford have done has really helped to raise awareness of the issue,” said Dean Daly, Operations Manager of blue self storage. “We have a huge and incredibly generous customer base, and with everyone giving a little, we’ve been able to give a lot.”

    Steven Borley, CMB Engineering

    “It’s fantastic to have companies like blue self storage pitch in and help as well. It’s a great charity that really does a lot for the people of east Cardiff,” Bertie added.

    On the Llanrumney Hall Community Trust itself, Steven Borley said: “This is a family project for us as we grew up locally and employ a lot of people from around here. Before we took it on, it was ripe for being burned down and destroyed; now we’ve invested approximately 2 million pounds into the projects with the help of the council, the lottery and other funders. We’ve turned it back into a country house full of myth and mystery, as it should be.”

    We would like to thank everyone who contributed towards our festive food collection; the donations were gratefully received by both Cardiff Foodbank and Llanrumney Hall Community Trust pantry.

    Hopefully this small act of kindness will go a long way towards helping those less fortunate this Christmas.

    Special thanks to the following for their generous donations – together we made it happen!

    • Maltings Document Storage Solutions
    • Amitech IT Ltd
    • A-Team Security – UK
    • Commercial Transfer
    • SET
    • M4 Freight
    • Complete Office Moves
    • Vanza_uk
    • Tony Costello
    • Wal Islam
    • A1 Bodyshop
    • PA Promotions
    • Asad Qadeer

    Why we’re focused on charity & community

    Our commitment to helping local charities is led by the people in our team. All of us will and have been affected by various issues at times, and all of us know what it’s like to see friends, family and loved ones struggle with different matters.

    Whether it’s losing a friend to cancer, watching a parent struggle with an illness, or feeling inspired by a friend battling a mental health issue, the endless reasons to support hard-working charities are all around us.

    How we’ve helped local causes during Covid-19…

     

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  5. Short-term student storage ideas in Cardiff (Christmas edition) 🎄

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    It’s that time of year again! Bells are ringing, children are singing, and boxes are starting to take over your student bedroom… yikes! 🎅

    As we know, Father Christmas twinkles kindly upon those of us who tidy and sort away our clutter, keeping boxes and bags to a minimum over the festive period. It helps keep corridors clear for his crucial visit on Christmas Eve!

    So, Santa’s asked us to ‘do a collab’ (whatever that means) and release this blog on his behalf, full of ho-ho-helpful ideas for short-term storage in Cardiff this Christmas, so all the lovely students can stay on his ‘nice list’…

     

    #1 – Use breezybox for cheap, short-term student storage from just £5.95

    The perfect short-term student storage at Christmas! Our low price, flexible storage by the box service does it all.

    It means you don’t have to drag all your bulky stuff & prized possessions miles down the motorway back to your parents. No need to fill the car when you could fill our van instead!

    How it works:

    • Order your breezybox service & choose what you want to store
    • We deliver your boxes, marker pen, bubble wrap & tape
    • We’ll come back on your chosen date to collect your boxes
    • Hey presto! Your storage is magically disappeared to our safe & secure site 😁

    Prices start at £5.95 for 1 x medium box and we’re collecting up until Christmas Eve morning for the ultimate convenience.

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    #2 – Club together with your mates to fill a whole unit 🚫

    This is certainly an option. Booking a unit together keeps the costs down but it does mean you have to sort transport, packaging and logistics yourself.

    A bit like a group uni project, no one wants to get lumped with all the responsibility – so maybe sorting your own personal storage is key!

     

    Student house

     

    #3 – Leave your stuff in your student halls (or house) over Christmas 🚫

    Whatever type of digs you live in, it’s been found that ‘almost 70% of student accommodation is empty during the holidays making it the perfect time for criminals to strike’*.

    The houses in student zones (like Cathays in Cardiff) become empty overnight, so every house is an easy target for burglaries and there aren’t any neighbours to ward them off either!

    So, while you could fit a lock on your door, it’d have to be a high grade, professional quality lock – and even a great lock can’t keep a room safe if the door is weak or easy to batter in.

    It’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t risk leaving hundreds of pounds of precious items unsecured this Christmas!

    *Burglary Safety For Students This Christmas, safe.co.uk

     

    Messy bedroom full of student storage at Christmas

     

    #4 – Bring it all home to your parents’ house 🚫

    For some of us, our parents would struggle to come get us and our stuff – perhaps the car’s too small or cluttered already… and then it’s about finding a place to put it all!

    But you can’t avoid the fact that whether it’s musical instruments and electric amps, or photography equipment and power tools – whatever unusual societies you’ve joined this year, you’ll have high value stuff that burglars want to get their hands on.

    So it has to be safe and secure somewhere! Even if you do manage to lug it all down the M4, you definitely won’t want to clutter up your childhood room for weeks on end – so keeping it safe in storage is the way to go.

    And by using breezybox, the only thing YOU have to do is pack the boxes! Leaving more free time for festive nights out and panic buying presents on the 22nd December 🎁

     

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    We’re collecting boxes up ’til Christmas Eve morning!


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