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Top tips for reopening your business after lockdown

It’s safe to say that most businesses, large or small, have been affected by lockdown in one way or another. Whether you’ve had to take your business online, work remotely or adjust your business strategy, hopefully, it’s also given you a chance to reflect on what has worked well for your company and plan for the better days ahead. 

With an end in sight and some sort of normality coming back soon, we wanted to provide you with some helpful tips on reopening your business once lockdown has ended. 

Keep in mind your customers

Whilst you will be keen to get back to the ‘normal’ that we were used to over a year ago, many individuals may be apprehensive, and you must keep that in mind. 

If you own a physical shop for example, don’t neglect your online presence, as this is what you’ve likely been working hard on over the last 12 months. Some people may not be ready to head out straight away, and it may be slow going whilst people adapt to the changes. 

Have COVID-19 practices in place 

Something you may not have considered pre-covid was the various ways you can make your clients or customers’ lives a little easier when they interact with you. Some of these include: 

  • Offering contactless payment options 
  • Making bookings online easy (or click and collect options) 
  • Having dedicated spaces set out to continue social distancing when necessary
  • Provide hand sanitiser at the front door and around your premises
  • Place screens in front of tills 
  • Asking customers and employees to wear masks 
  • More regular cleaning and disinfecting 
  • Limit the number of people who come in at one time (let’s be honest, we’ve all enjoyed the slightly emptier shops!) 

Hopefully, you had these in place during the period you were open last year, so it shouldn’t be too hard to refresh everything again.

Don’t neglect your employees

It’s not just your customers you need to think about when reopening your business after lockdown. Some of your employees may have been remote working for over a year now and whether they’ve loved it or loathed it, they might not be aware of the big changes that have happened.

  • Make sure you make them feel safe in the workplace (such as the use of hand sanitiser, larger spaces between desks and screens) 
  • Consider flexible working hours if possible
  • Stagger the return of your employees 
  • Offer remote working to those that want it 
  • Provide PPE and cleaning equipment
  • Allow extra ventilation (it should be getting warmer soon, so you can swing open those windows) 

Get organised 

Whilst it’s important you have everything ready to re-open, you may find that this brings you extra physical stock that you are struggling to keep tidy and organised. 

Consider hiring a business storage unit whilst you get your ducks in a row… this will allow you to:

Keep on top of paperwork and documents – Hiring a business storage unit is a much safer and secure way of keeping everything organised. 

Store excess stock – With the likelihood of everyone flooding to the shops after the lockdown, you will want to be prepared. Keeping extra stock in a business storage unit allows you to come back and forth when you need it, rather than having to re-order and await lengthy delivery times. 

Be cost effective – Maybe the lockdown has prompted you to solely go online and operate from home and it’s working for you. Well, if that’s the case, save the cost of an office to hold your business equipment and opt for a business storage unit. With various sizes available, it doesn’t need to cost lots of money. 

Plan for the future 

One thing that the last year has taught us all is that we never know what’s around the corner, but if you can have a plan in place for your business’s future you’ll be able to establish some goals. 

Whether this is to expand your physical location, be more savvy online or ramp up your productivity, having a strategy in place is a good place to start. 

Follow Hogleaze Storage for more tips 

We hope that this article on reopening your business after lockdown will help you. We work with many local businesses in and around Dorchester and Weymouth that require business storage for one reason or another. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook for more news, tips, and advice or if you are interested in hiring a business storage unit, get in touch today for a free quote. Call us at Dorchester 01305 889777 or Weymouth on 01305 830000

Our Top Tips on How to Create a Home Office

It’s no surprise that now more than ever, most people you talk to will be doing some kind of working from home, whether that’s to homeschool the children, part time or full time to keep out of the office. For many businesses, there are plans to make this a more permanent fixture as stats are showing that those who work from home tend to be more productive.

In fact, a study by Employment Hero shows that a whopping 55% of people would look for another job if the remote working option was taken away! 

With this in mind, the team at Hogleaze Storage are here to help you work out how to create a home office. Whether this is something you’ve been planning to do for a while but you’re still sitting on your sofa getting a sore neck, or you’ve only recently been introduced to the ‘WFH’ life, Hogleaze Storage has got your back.  

  1. Establish where in your house your home office will be 

This is a really important first step, you need to consider the following: 

  • Is it a busy part of the house? – Will you get the peace and quiet you need? 
  • Are there too many distractions? – If you’re setting up your home office in the lounge for example, will you be tempted to switch on daytime TV? 
  • Is there plenty of natural light? – If you can avoid it, you don’t want to be stuck in a room with very little natural light or ventilation. Especially when spring and summer arrive, a bit of sunlight and fresh air can do wonders for your mental health whilst working from home.  

Don’t forget, you will likely be spending 8 hours a day in that one spot… so you need it to be right. Once you’ve decided your new office space, make sure everyone in the home knows it too… You don’t want your kids putting all their homework over your newly acquired desk space!

  1. Declutter the space

A clean desk is a clear mind… right? Whether you have a 1m x 1m space to call your home office or a whole room, you’ll more likely work much more productively if you declutter some of that unnecessary furniture or rubbish.

If you’re repurposing a spare room as your new office then you will probably have lots of ‘stuff’ that you don’t need in there… This is where Hogleaze Storage comes in! 

With business storage spaces from as small as 20 sq ft you can utilise them to hold extra beds you may not need at the moment, sofas that will be replaced by desks or wardrobes that will be substituted for filing systems. 

Alternatively, if your business has had to close due to COVID-19 and you’ve suddenly had to move everything online, you may have a lot of stock that needs moving around. With storage sites in both Weymouth and Dorchester, we look after many local businesses in this way too! 

All of a sudden, once you’ve stored your bits and bobs in one of our storage units, you’ll have one less thing to worry about and can easily get motivated to complete your work.

  1. Buy a new organisation system  

As well as your office space looking super organised and ‘Pinterest-ready’, your new organisation system can help you to separate work and home life, and get that right balance that everyone is looking for right now. Whether you treat yourself to some new stationery, boxes or go all out with new filing systems you’ll feel much better for it!

If paperwork and to-do lists are just left on the side in full view you won’t be able to get work out of your head! 

  1. Get yourself some (home) office plants… 

Ok, so this may not seem like a priority but honestly, a bit of greenery can do a world of good! Many studies have shown that house plants can make you feel more relaxed, reduce stress and anxiety and make you more productive. Plus, indoor plants actually make for cleaner air! It’s all quite scientific but believe us when we say plants help in more ways than you may think! 

  1. See if you can get some extra pennies in your pocket 

Lastly, did you know that the government is offering tax relief for employees that are having to work from home? You can find out more about this here >> https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at-home 

It’s also worth checking with your employer as to whether they offer any scheme for home workers to cover certain costs such as phone bills, electricity and heating. You may also be able to reimburse you for new furniture costs such as office chairs and desks if they’re required (this way you’ll have extra money to put towards your business storage unit!) 

Contact Hogleaze Storage today for storage for businesses 

Hopefully this article has inspired you about how to create a home office, we would be happy to help you! If you’re looking for document or business storage solutions get in touch today for your self storage quote. We offer a range of units to suit your needs both short and long term. Don’t worry, we won’t tie you into long term contracts, so once it’s time to get back in the office, you can get your spare room back to normal again. 

Learn more about storage for businesses here and call us at Dorchester on 01305 889777 or Weymouth on 01305 830000. For more top tips follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Reasons to rent a short term storage unit

Are you looking for some extra space for your belongings? Whether you are decluttering your home, moving business premises, having family stay or looking to start your own business, short term storage units can be the ideal solution. 

There are many benefits of renting self storage units and the biggest one is getting some extra space! This guide highlights the most popular reasons why people rent short term storage solutions, as well as how the expert team at Hogleaze Storage can help. 

Moving house / business premises

Moving into a new home or office can always seem like a huge task, with lots of things to consider. Having a short term storage unit allows you to make the transition easier and more seamless. By renting a self storage unit, you can take your time packing and unpacking your belongings, thus relieving you from stress and pressure of having to move fast.

Even better, Hogleaze Storage offers an all in one removal and storage solution as a one-stop-shop service for your home or business move!

Home renovations

Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can also be quite stressful. Whether you’re replacing flooring or painting the walls, you’ll need to remove all your furniture so you’ve got a clear space to work in. If you don’t have the extra space to store your furniture for that time, where would you put it? That’s where short term storage comes in! Simply store your things in an affordable, secure, short term storage unit, and bring them back when the renovations are complete.

Learn more about our house storage, or furniture storage solutions.

Seasonal equipment

Patio furniture, lawnmowers, and other garden tools are only really required during the summer months. The same could be said for your Christmas decorations, which are only used for a limited time throughout the year. Instead of storing your seasonal items and equipment in the garage, loft or backyard, why not use a self storage unit? You won’t have to worry about metal components rusting or corroding, and you don’t have to take up more space on your property or in your house!

Looking for a place to store your decorations after Christmas? Discover our tips for Dorset storage after the festive period.

Student storage

Being a student should be all fun and excitement (with a bit of work thrown in, of course). The last thing you’ll want is to waste too much time finding a suitable storage solution for all your belongings for when you need to come home during the holidays. Not to worry, Hogleaze Storage is on hand with practical and secure short term storage units that are perfect for those at university. We offer small and large storage units, along with flexible contracts and timeframes to suit your busy schedules.

Learn more about our dedicated student storage units.

Starting a business

Have you decided to leap into entrepreneurship? Perhaps you’re finally making that good idea you had a reality. Often, new businesses take up more space than the owner predicted, especially if they are stock-based. You’ll soon have boxes of inventory, tools, and documents that need a new home. Unless your home office is equipped to handle this amount of inventory, renting a short term business storage unit could bring some relief. 

It’ll buy you some time if you’re looking at moving into a real office that has the space to accommodate your growth.

Want to learn more about our business storage options? Our business storage FAQs should have all the answers you’re looking for!

Let Hogleaze Storage help!

Our short term storage units are cost-effective, easily accessible and can cater to your needs, whatever they may be! We don’t have a maximum length of stay, meaning that you can continue storing your possessions for as long as you like and be confident that your belongings are in safe hands. 

Self storage costs are from as little as £33.00 + VAT per month.

Get in contact with our storage experts to book your Dorset storage. Just call our Weymouth facility on 01305 830000 or email info@weymouthselfstorage.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact our Dorchester storage team on 01305 889777 or info@hogleazestorage.co.uk

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Tips for moving into a new office space

The need for business self storage is becoming more prevalent due to more people working from home, redecorating, changing location or downsizing the office space. For many businesses, it has been proven to be more cost-effective to rent a smaller office or work from home and pay to store excess documents, stock or large equipment and furniture.

Moving offices can be a particularly stressful time with the upheaval for staff, possible downtime and the logistics of moving everything from one place to another. You may also be moving to smaller premises and you’re not sure how everything will fit! 

Using a storage facility during an office move ensures that your goods are in safe hands and by keeping them out of the way, it lessens the risk of damage. Read on for all the ways that a business storage unit from Hogleaze Storage can help. 

Planning & budgeting for your office move

Office relocations can start out exciting but the panic can soon set in when you have to plan the move and the logistical challenges this can cause. Having a central list of what needs to be done can provide some structure to the move.

Here are some tips and things to consider:

  1. Set a timeframe and move date.
  2. Ensure your employees are aware of what the plan is and consider offering them a visit to the new premises so they know what to expect.
  3. Establish your budget and sign off-procedure for expenditure.
  4. Sort out the utilities for the new office and plan on cancelling them for the old premises.
  5. Make a list of what furniture and equipment you will need / not need at the new office.
  6. Organise key documents and label all your boxes.
  7. Book your packing / removal company and storage facility.
  8. Sort out what will happen on move day and who are the team of helpers.
  9. Decide who will be responsible for setting up the new office, furniture, IT equipment etc.
  10. Have a plan B in case the move doesn’t go quite as expected!

What is the best size storage space to go for?

This will depend on what you want to store. At Hogleaze Storage, we can help advise you with this as we have years of experience with business self storage

If you end up needing a bigger or smaller space than you’ve booked, we would be happy to accommodate and move you to a more appropriately sized unit. 

At Hogleaze Storage we offer various sizes of business self storage units ranging:

  • From 25 square ft floor area (225 cu.ft.)
  • Up to 190 square ft floor area (1520 cu.ft.)

What can you store in your business storage unit?

If you’re a business doing an office relocation, you’re likely to need a space to store general items including office furniture, IT equipment, documents, kitchen items etc. 

There are many uses for the business storage facilities we offer that suit numerous types of businesses including:

  • Retailers – Store excess stock or use it as a base for shipping your items.
  • Tradesmen – Store large tools and machinery that you don’t use on a day to day basis.
  • Hospitality / event businesses – Store tables, chairs, linen etc used for large functions.
  • Removal firms – Utilise the facilities for temporary storage for moves that can’t be completed in a single day.
  • Sports club organisers – Rent a storage unit in a central location to store your sports equipment.
  • Document storage & archiving – Keep all important documents safe, secure and out of the way. Are you aware HMRC makes it a legal requirement for UK companies to keep their financial records for at least six years?

Along with all the above uses, it’s said that having a clutter-free workplace provides a happier and more productive space for employees, as well as creating a nicer impression for visitors to your premises.

Have more questions that need answering? Phone our team on 01305 830000 for Weymouth or 01305 889777 for Dorchester. Alternatively, check out our blog Business Self Storage FAQ’s

Tips on packing and organising your storage space

You want things to be as easy as possible once you move into your new office, so ensuring you have stored the items in an organised manner is key. At Hogleaze Storage, we can provide you with all of the boxes, tapes and bubble wrap to help you pack things safely and in a logical way.

It’s important to label any boxes for easy access as it will help to identify the items you may need to access while it’s in storage. It’s a good idea to create a master contents list, and plan an organised layout for your storage unit. We’re also able to provide shelving to stack boxes if you require it. 

Packing & removal service

Did you know that Hogleaze Storage provides an all-one removals and storage solution? 

It can be a stressful time for even the most organised person, but by choosing an all-in-one service we can take everything out of your hands and provide a fully managed removals and storage solution in just a few quick steps.

At Hogleaze Storage, we can provide the packing materials, sort your insurance and move your belongings into one of our safe and secure business storage units. When you’re ready, we’ll deliver your stored items to your new address.  

With prices starting from just £395 (subject to T&Cs), you can rest assured that all your removal and storage needs will be met in a timely and cost-effective manner.

What to look for in a storage facility

Easy access to your unit: We will provide you with a key fob that allows you to access your unit whenever you please during our flexible opening times. For those storing their items at our Dorchester site, that means you can access your unit 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!  Our Weymouth self storage site is open 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am – 1:00pm Saturday and Sunday, which still allows for plenty of freedom to access your possessions. 

Security: At Hogleaze Storage we have alarmed sites with CCTV for maximum security, fob entry access, number plate recognition and insurance cover for stored goods.

Get in touch to book your business storage unit

To view any of our available units or to get your hands on a free quote, please call our Weymouth site on 01305 830000, or email info@weymouthselfstorage.co.uk. For our Dorchester site, please call us on 01305 889777 or email info@hogleazestorage.co.uk.

Alternatively, visit our contact page and fill in the form and one of our team will be in touch.

Business Storage Unit FAQs

At Hogleaze Self Storage, we don’t just offer secure indoor and outdoor storage solutions for domestic use.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in demand and usage of our business self storage units in Dorchester and Weymouth.

If you are in need of business storage, read on to find answers to some of our most FAQs related to business storage. Alternatively, contact our team for prices and to arrange a tour of our self storage facilities in Dorchester and Weymouth.

To skip to the FAQs you are most interested in, please click the appropriate link below:

  • What size are our business self storage units?
  • What can you store in a business self storage unit?
  • Will your business documents or stock be safe?
  • How do you access your business storage unit?
  • Do we supply storage and packaging materials?
  • How much is business self storage with Hogleaze Storage?

What size are our business storage units?

We offer indoor business self storage units in a wide range of sizes, starting from smaller cupboard size units with 25 square ft floor areas, right through to large units with a floor area of up to 190 square ft.

What can you store in a business storage unit?

Due to the secure nature of our storage units, they are suitable for storing many different types of business equipment. This may include:

  • Spare non-perishable stock
  • Business documents
  • Office furniture
  • Exhibition stands
  • Seasonal products / equipment

For more ideas, read our article; 5 Uses of Business Storage for SMEs.

Will my business documents, items or stock be safe?

Whatever you place in storage with us, you can be assured the items will be secure and protected. This is because our business self storage units in Dorchester and Weymouth benefit from state of the art security installations such as:

  • 24/7 CCTV
  • Alarm system
  • Access to your unit using a key fob at our Dorchester site

Our indoor business storage units are also damp proofed and insulated, clean and secure, giving your valuables complete protection from the elements.

How do I access my business storage unit?

Accessing your business unit when it’s convenient to you is simple. We will provide you with a key fob that allows you to access your unit whenever you please during our flexible opening times.

At our Dorchester self storage site, that means you can access your unit 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!.

Our Weymouth self storage site is open 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am – 1:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Do we supply storage and packaging materials?

To help make moving and storing your business items, surplus stock and documents easier, we can supply packaging materials, boxes and tape. You’re also more than welcome to borrow any of our trolleys on site and off course we have lifts to make the process even easier.

If transporting your goods to us is a challenge, we can also offer you discounted van hire rates thanks to our partnership with a local moving company.

How much is business storage with Hogleaze Storage?

Hire rates vary due to the size of the business self storage unit required and the length of the hire period. However, we pride ourselves in offering prices that are very competitive, with storage costs starting from as little as £33.00+VAT per calendar month.

To view any of our available units, get the answers to more FAQs, or for a free quote, please call our Weymouth site on 01305 830000 or our Dorchester site on 01305 889777. Alternatively, visit our contact page and fill in the form.

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5 Uses of Business Storage for SMEs

Finding space for your belongings can be difficult at the best of times but for business owners, the added surplus of documents, excess merchandise or equipment can be overwhelming. With space at a premium, more and more businesses are looking for off-site solutions to their storage needs.

Let’s look at the facts…

According to FSB, 99.9% of UK businesses are classed as SME (small to medium enterprises), the total business population grew by a staggering 200,000 (3.5%) between 2018 and 2019. Unsurprisingly, with a growth in the number of UK businesses, the evolution of space-saving office alternatives such as hot-desking, flexible working and co-working spaces has evolved.

But what does this mean for all your work belongings and paperwork? Cloud storage solutions provide an online alternative for some document storage issues but did you know there are certain documents that need to be kept in their original paper format? For example:

  • VAT receipts and paperwork need to be held for 6 years
  • PAYE records should be kept for 3 years
  • Inland Revenue and taxation documents need to be kept for 6 years

Failure to produce certain documents within a set timeframe may be punishable by charges or a tax penalty for negligence. HMRC, for example, will fine £3,000 pounds and remove an individual from the position of Company Director if they are found to be negligent with documents.

So, what can business owners do?

Ensuring you comply with accounting or recording standards is important for small business owners, especially if you don’t have the luxury of an in-house accountant. So, what can you do? The solution is simple: consider an off-site document storage solution. Below we uncover the 5 ways in which small business self storage can not only save you time and money but how Hogleaze Storage can help deliver peace of mind for business owners.

1. Security

Keeping your business documents on-site, in a locked filing cabinet, not only leaves you at risk should there be a fire, theft or flood but what about human error? Offices often have several employees who access business documents at any given time, meaning that misplaced papers are an inevitable occurrence.

If you have private client or customer data stored in your records, choosing to store your documents at a storage unit with secure access may give not only you, as a business owner, but your clients and customers peace of mind.

2. Space Saving

As well as making your workplace look chaotic, filing cabinets and storage units take up valuable office space. With space in high demand, you can utilise every square foot of your office or home office and store bulky boxes of paperwork in a reliable document storage unit.

We understand that business storage is not a ‘one size fits all’ predicament and that’s why at Hogleaze Storage we have a range of different sized business storage units available to fit your particular needs and budget.

Maintaining a clear physical space also allows you to concentrate on your time and objectives more efficiently. Read our article on the benefits of becoming a minimalist.

3. Accessibility

Are you finding it hard to locate 2019’s tax papers? Perhaps you have an in-house or unexpected audit and need to provide documentation at the drop of a hat? Keeping business documents in a secure business self storage unit not only covers you against business risks and costly legislation, but it allows business owners to access and locate their documents efficiently.

It’s important to have access to your records at a moments notice and so, as well as providing 24/7 access to our units at Dorchester and flexible access at Weymouth, Hogleaze offer:

• Key fob entry access

• Trolleys to make moving your goods easy

• No need to book an appointment, just drop in during our business hours to speak with a member of our team

Are you looking for ways to get your documents in order? Read our article on storage ideas for 2020.

4. Efficiency

Filing, sorting and locating paperwork not only takes up valuable company time but it’s also a drain on resources when you need to employ staff to manage those documents.

Storing your business documents off-site allows your staff to perform their actual job rather than constantly filing or searching for documents. For extra efficiency, Hogleaze Storage offers storage racks which allow you to make the best use of the space and access your documents and boxes much more easily as they are not stacked on top of each other.

5. Compliance

We are all faced with an ever-increasing volume of records, including emails and traditional paper documents. Legislation and regulation covering records management is so complex and far-reaching that compliance can become a major challenge.

Business storage units are an indispensable solution for minimising business risks and non-compliance when it comes to the destruction of information before the end of its legally required retention period.

Is business storage the solution for you?

To sum up, business self storage can not only save you time, money and energy but also give peace of mind that you are legally covered and compliant with UK regulations and legislation. As specialists in document storage, Hogleaze offers the best quality and affordability in Dorset.

To find out how Hogleaze Storage can help with your business storage needs today, please call our helpful and friendly team on 01305 830000 (Weymouth) or 01305 889777 (Dorchester), or fill in our online form. We are now offering zero deposits at both our Dorchester and Weymouth sites.

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Why Small Business Self Storage is Needed More Than Ever

There’s nothing more distracting at work than a messy desk or filing system, and with the current rise in people working from home (WFH), there is now the additional need to keep your working area from encroaching on your personal space. In this article, we give 5 tips on how to WFH effectively and we explore how small business self storage could help you.

As a small to medium business owner operating during the current coronavirus epidemic, it can be hard to achieve that all-important work/life balance. Perhaps you have a business that usually sells products in-store but all of a sudden you’re selling more online and needing to send your customers their products. Are the towers of boxes and shipping supplies currently overtaking your living room? Or, perhaps you normally work out of a small office space but now that you’re working from home, you need to store excess paperwork and files closer to home and out of the reach of little hands!

Here at Hogleaze self storage in Dorchester and Weymouth, we’re all about making space for the things you love and safely storing the things you need. So what do you do when you no longer have the luxury of an office space or a physical storefront? Read our top tips on how to make your new home office space work for you, whatever the size.

  1. Find the perfect space

Whether you already have an at-home office, a spare bedroom or a segment of the living room in which to work, having a dedicated workspace is essential. Staying focused on work whilst you are at home can be difficult. You need a place to go to, but equally, a space to leave once you have finished your working day. If you have excess furniture in your new home office, consider storing it safely in a self-storage unit until it is needed once more. Take a look at our Dorset storage solutions here >>

2. Clear your space

Think hard about what you really need on a day to day basis, and what items you can either live without or can be stored elsewhere. The stricter you are during this process, the better the result. Consider filing old paperwork away, boxing up excess stationery supplies and printer paper or treating yourself to some new desk accessories, which you can buy online. For tips on document storage read our article here >>

3. Make things accessible

Now you’ve sorted through what things you need access to more regularly, consider where to locate them in your workspace. Placing your most-used items such as pens, paper, post-it notes etc. within easy reach helps in your mission to work more efficiently. Consider placing these items neatly on your desktop or in your top drawer for easy access.

4. Say NO to procrastination

When you’re WFH it’s easy to get distracted from the task at hand. Is the latest Netflix series or garden project calling out to you? Perhaps your mounting pile of washing up is in the corner of your eye? Try these techniques from Harvard Business Review to stay focused whilst you’re working from home.

5. Keep up the good work

After all the effort to get your space working for you, it would be a shame to not keep it up. At the end of each day, organise things as they should be so that when you come ‘into the office’ the next day, you can get straight to work and start off on the right foot.

With these 5 easy tips, you should be able to achieve the work/life balance that we all need right now. If you require help with your domestic or business self storage or you find you need more space the longer you work from home, contact Hogleaze Storage today to find out how we can help. Our business storage units come in different sizes and we offer a zero deposit policy at both our Dorchester and Weymouth sites.

Get your documents in order… Why choose document storage units in 2020?

In a world striving to be paperless, businesses are only too aware of the amount of paperwork that is still required to operate. Whether it’s accounting documents, physical records, or even stock, Hogleaze Storage solutions can provide a business storage unit perfect for archiving all business assets. Leading the way with document self storage facilities, Hogleaze Storage ensures that businesses in Dorchester and Weymouth keep offices and warehouses as paperless as possible

In this article, we explain the steps you can take to get your paperwork in order… 

Step 1 – Know what you need to keep 

With all the legislation around GDPR that came in last year, do you even know what details of your customers or clients you are meant to keep? A lot of this information is likely to be stored on a computer, but here are some documents you may need to keep hold of: 

  • VAT receipts and paperwork need to be held for 6 years
  • PAYE records should be kept for 3 years
  • Inland Revenue and taxation documents need to be kept for 6 years 
  • Company Records such as corporation tax self-assessment and accounting records must be retained for 6 years
  • Documents containing information that refers to a staff member should be kept for 20 years. 

Step 2 – Ditch some of your documents and recycle

You may not realise it, but you probably have a lot of paperwork that can simply be recycled or destroyed if it contains sensitive information. Do you really need those ticked off to-do lists from 2019 that are piling up on your desk?

Once you’ve got rid of the unnecessary paperwork, you can start to work out if you have enough space to store it yourself, or if you need to look into renting a document storage unit. 

Step 3 – Get your documents organised

So you’ve established what’s important and have come to the realisation that you simply don’t have space in your office, this is where we come in! 

Get yourself some large archive boxes and start to organise your paperwork into piles which you can label with the year it relates to or the type of documents that are within the box. 

Step 4 – Arrange your document storage 

Once you’ve got all your ducks in a row, we can help you to arrange the best unit size for your archive boxes. Our document storage unit sizes range from 20 sq ft up to 200 sq ft, so we will be able to meet your needs. 

Step 5 – Get a quote for your storage unit 

We appreciate how many outgoings you will have as a business. If important paperwork and documents have taken over the staff room, or a hallway that is lined with archived files is commonplace then you will want to make sure you get the best value for money. Fear not… we price all our units competitively.

Whether temporary or long-term, Hogleaze Storage are leading by example compared with other document storage companies. Offering flexible access times at both our Weymouth and Dorchester sites, the well-kept and spacious business storage units boast onsite parking so that you can transport your business assets with convenience and ease door to door.

Hogleaze Storage has found by helping businesses free up space, companies have benefited from efficiently managing information growth, experienced increases in stock, staff and asset capacity and have even enabled quick recovery at point of disaster. By organising document storage so that it is outside of the workplace, the whole business can benefit from the additional space. 

To get you started, you can view our storage costs here >>

Contact Hogleaze Storage today

If you have an unloved office corner stocked high with documents and paperwork, or if you have had to resort to boxes under desks, free up your office space by speaking to Hogleaze about document storage units today. For even more information, be sure to check out our article about why you should choose Hogleaze Storage here >>

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Looking for local business self storage? Why you should choose Hogleaze Storage

Often when people think of self storage they assume it is mainly for personal use, to store unwanted household items, or your furniture whilst you move. However, businesses of all types and sizes are now opting to use self storage for various reasons. 

In this article, we cover what business storage is, why you might need it, and how Hogleaze Storage can help you find the best storage solution for your needs. 

What is business storage?

Business self storage is a system where owners rent units to store their goods remotely, typically when they do not have the space to do so in their own premises. These can be rented long or short term and can be due to a number of reasons. 

Why would businesses need self storage?

As mentioned above, there are many reasons why a business might consider self storage. These may include: 

  • Saving office space – employees might find it hard to concentrate at work if the office is crowded and untidy. It might be sensible to have a clear-out and store goods or paperwork that you don’t need on a regular basis in a storage unit. 
  • Storing stock – business self storage is particularly useful if you have excess stock. This could be anything from slow-moving or bulky stock, to exhibition and trade show stands. 
  • Keeping items safe – although your work premise might be secure, self storage units offer state-of-the-art security, with CCTV cameras. Insurance is also available, which will help ensure your items are protected.
  • Cutting costs – space can be expensive to rent, especially if you’re renting somewhere large enough to home all your stock and paperwork. Business storage could free up more space for you to downsize your office, warehouse or retail space, saving you money in the long-run. 
  • Convenience – some storage facilities will be open 24/7 which means you can access your storage unit whenever your business requires. Self storage can also be very flexible in allowing you to rent short or long term. 
  • Document storage – with so many regulations around keeping personal data safe and secure, documents can take up a lot of space in an office. We have dedicated units for document storage which include racks to make it easy to see your paperwork. Learn more here.
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Benefits of business self storage from Hogleaze Storage

If you’ve decided that your business could benefit from self storage, why don’t you let Hogleaze Storage help you? 

Established in 2000, we have grown into a fully-fledged provider of high quality self storage units, which are perfect for business or personal use. Some of the benefits we offer our clients include: 

  • Alarmed sites with CCTV and ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) for maximum security
  • Purpose-built, insulated buildings that are clean and well lit
  • Easy access to your unit
  • Racks suitable for document storage
  • Insurance cover for stored goods to keep your items fully protected
  • Trolleys to make moving your goods easy
  • Storage boxes and packing materials to help you pack your items safely
  • All in one storage and removal option
  • We are a member of the Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK)
  • There’s no need to book an appointment with us, just drop in during our business hours for advice

“I can’t recommend Hogleaze Storage enough, I’ve rented units twice for a total of over a year. You can visit your unit at any time, no appointment needed. I’ve often needed access to my belongings urgently and have visited Hogleaze at 10pm and even 2am with no problem at all. Very clean and secure, good prices, and very pleasant staff. A+”

Customer

How much is business storage? 

Our prices will depend on the length of time and the size of the storage unit needed. Our units vary in size from 25 square ft to 190 square ft floor area. Because of this, it’s best to give us a call so we can give you a free, no-obligation quote. Contact us here >>

Book business self storage today 

Booking business storage is easy with Hogleaze Storage, simply fill in the form on the right outlining your storage requirements, and one of our team will be in touch with a quote. Or give us a call on 01305 889777

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We are emailing you to inform you that we have sold our motorhome and will no longer require the pitch. Should we buy another van, we will of course come back if you have availability.

You provide excellent facilities and service.

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I was really impressed with the service and customer-focused attention I received dealing with you both. Prompt replies to my enquiries and professional standards throughout mean that my first thoughts on needing storage will be towards Hogleaze. Also, as I mentioned when meeting you, my work involves motor homes, camper vans and the occasional ‘shed’ and I have and will continue to recommend you. I took several of your cards for this purpose!

Unfortunately, our house move failed as the buyers pulled out on Christmas Eve (nice) so I’ve put my MX5 back in our double garage but I was happy knowing it was safe and snug at yours!

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Fantastic value, easy and secure. Would not hesitate to use again if needed.

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Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years I have seen great improvements made to the facilities. It is a really good storage area offering very secure facilities for whatever your storage needs.
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My second time of using Hogleaze for storage. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Easy access and secure. Everything you need. Thank you.

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Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. Clean, bright and modern storage with easy access at any time. Trolleys provided for moving your items. Very reasonable costs.
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Found the facility to be safe and secure

I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.
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Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Having never used self storage before your help was much appreciated. I would certainly use your facility again when there is a need. I would also recommend your company to others.

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It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the Caravan in to secure storage. I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have. I received your welcome letter yesterday and have set up the standing order for the 1st July and then to continue at the begin of each month thereafter.

Thank you once again.

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It has been a most enjoyable experience entrusting Hogleaze Storage Ltd with my furniture, household and personal possessions, since August 2012.

It was good to meet Shelley, her helpful and friendly demeanor, nothing was too much – she even brought along bolt cutters in case I could not open the padlock on the shutter doors. She was happy to show Gentleman Removals and myself the way.

The service has been excellent throughout the seven years, with up-to-date monthly invoices and security information – thoughtful and caring – all my possessions including the ones I did not know I had stored in the unit, were intact and working.

I would recommend Hogleaze Storage Ltd to anyone thinking of storing their household, office and personal possessions, whether short or long-term. The location is worth a visit on its own, the site is safe and secure, clean and accessible 24/7.

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The storage facilities are amazing!

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Find Us

Dorchester

Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 9ET

phone 01305 889777

Weymouth

Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate
Weymouth
Dorset
DT4 9TJ

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport