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  1. 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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  2. 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.

    Book now

    Self storage units at blue self storage - Cardiff and Tyneside


    #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 🎁


    Book breezybox – easy student storage in time for Christmas

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

    029 20 361 361


    07756 021187

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  3. Customer spotlight: A 5-star removals company reinventing house surveys

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    As we near the festive season, it’s a time for sharing the love and lifting each other up – so in our latest blog series, we’re shining a spotlight on companies doing fantastic work who deserve to be recognised for it.

    For this interview, we speak to Alex Ghimpu, Operations Manager & Adrian Stan, Director, of Red Lion Removals – a blue self storage customer since early 2020.

    They’re a family-owned business, founded from a desire to create a moving company that keeps its word and delivers an amazing customer experience.

    Hi guys. What does Red Lion Removals do?

    As the name suggests, we provide removal services all around Europe – but we also provide packing, dismantling and assembling services; making it easier for our customers to get from A to B!

    We’re relatively new, having formed in March 2020, and although we’re based in Cardiff, we serve customers all across the UK and EU.

    We’re very proud to have fantastic reviews from our customers so far, and we’re always trying to beat our own standards of service!

    The Red Lion Removals team at our Llanishen storage facility

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

    During lockdown we followed all the guidelines that the government put in place for us, including face masks, social distancing, sanitising and more.

    We also implemented our new ‘video survey’ service, where a customer can walk through the property and show us around via video chat – whether on a tablet, phone or laptop – before we estimate a price.

    It means we completely reduce unnecessary contact and our customers can stay 100% safe – very handy as we’ve had lots of people moving house during lockdown!

    Branded face masks by Red Lion Removals

    Why do you use blue self storage?

    We love the flexibility, location and customer service provided by blue self storage for removal companies – having originally used the Wentloog storage site, we moved to the Llanishen facility once it had opened as it’s so convenient for where a lot of our customers are.

    But also a huge factor is definitely the security. When storing customers’ treasured items, top-level security is an absolute must, and we feel super safe with you guys.

    In general, how does self storage help your business?

    Using self storage is helpful for our customers who have delays between moving out and moving in, for sure, but it also means we can be flexible and offer different options.

    So, what projects are Red Lion Removals working on at the moment?

    We’re always busy with our general removals but our hard-working team is also looking at having a new office in the near future!

    Plus, we’re hoping to open a new branch in a different location, which is exciting. We already serve a wide geographical area with both the UK and EU, so a new base would be ideal.

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

    Our favourite stories are definitely of neighbours and people looking after each other, like this sweet friendship between 77-year-old Andy and 31-year-old volunteer Alex in Glasgow.

    Closer to home, lots of Cardiff companies offered help, support and free food to organisations like the NHS, which was incredible to see.

    Introducing our ‘customer spotlight’ series

    It’s been a hard year 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 Adrian, Alex & Red Lion Removals for the interview – good luck with your next batch of removals!

    Read our other ‘customer spotlight’ interviews:

    Want your business featured in the next ‘customer spotlight’? Get in touch…

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  4. Watch a mini preview of our Llanishen storage facility, now open! [video]

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    Pack it up, pack it in – our Llanishen storage facility is now open!

    Step inside our site with Dean (Operations Manager) for a sneak preview of how it looks in our brand new video ↓



    We’ll be releasing a full video tour of our Llanishen storage facility soon, so keep an eye out… 🔎

    Sign up at Llanishen, contact-free

    For brand new storage customers, we’re currently operating a remote sign-up service.

    1. Get in touch via our social media, email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk, phone us on 02920 361 361 or message us via our contact form to book your unit
    2. We’ll take you through our booking process & take card payments over the phone
    3. You can provide any of your ID documentation by scanning & sending via email, to info@blueselfstorage.co.uk
    4. We’ll leave your keys, unit number and any ID pass you may need with our trusted security team at the gates

    Book your spot at our Llanishen storage facility

    Choose from 4 unit sizes (48 / 64 / 80 / 160 Sqft) starting from just £17.30* per week! *includes VAT.

    Our Llanishen site has 24/7 monitored CCTV surveillance and automated security barriers using fob entry/exit, so your belongings are safe and secure.

    Find out more / book now

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  5. *2020 update* We’re nearing the completion of our new facility for Llanishen storage in Cardiff

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    📣 2020 update

    Our Llanishen storage facility is nearly ready and will be officially opening in early 2020! We’ll be hosting a launch event to mark the occasion, so keep an eye out for one of our special Golden Tickets…

    In the meantime, you can pre-book a unit at our Llanishen storage facility & nab one before anyone else – sign up now!*

    Secure your unit Our new Llanishen storage

    *Spots are filling fast, so be quick!

    We are pleased to announce that we have been granted planning permission for a new self storage site in Llanishen.

    We’ve had to wait for what seems like forever to give you more information on our plans but the cat is finally out of the bag.

    When and where is blue self storage going in Llanishen?

    Why is blue self storage heading to Llanishen?

    Chris Bryan, our Commercial Manager: “We are really excited to have secured planning permission for what is hopefully the first of many additional sites.

    Cardiff Business Park is a perfect location for us to begin our expansion; the demographic mix of business and domestic customers within the area will ensure that we can continue to offer our excellent customer service and affordable commercial storage and self storage to both new and existing customers.”

    Are there any more blue self storage sites planned?

    Plenty! We are currently working hard behind the scenes to secure two further sites. Our aim is to have 4 operational sites by the end of March 2020. We can’t tell you any more yet but will announce further details as soon as we can! 

    Any questions?

    We’d love to hear them, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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    Keep checking back or follow us on the socials to be the first to know more on this exciting new chapter in our history!