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Self storage and the boom in online businesses

Written by on July 3, 2019

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Here at McCarthy’s we’ve noticed a definite trend in our self storage centres over recent years.

Obviously all of us have seen a huge shift in our lives because of the internet. We’re streaming whole series at once (gone is that waiting for a week for the next instalment!), we’re able to connect with friends, family and colleagues around the world in an instant, we have computers in our cars telling us how to get to where we need to…it’s touched almost every part of our lives. And that’s also true in the world of business and entrepreneurship, where it’s opened up a whole new world of opportunity.

No longer do you need a physical retail space or an office – a web page might be all the shop front you need. Research shows that the number of online businesses in the UK is on the rise. Together these businesses contribute £243bn in turnover to the economy. They actually account for £1 in every £11 of turnover in the country.

Given the much smaller overheads involved in getting an online business up and running, is it any wonder that so many entrepreneurs are setting up e-businesses from their homes? It’s certainly a trend we’ve spotted at McCarthy’s, as growing online businesses look for extra space which doesn’t break the bank.

Although setting up at home can be a great cost-saving idea, there comes a point when the business can take over – and you have no more space, or you’ve had enough of your kitchen table/spare room/garage being completely overrun!

The facilities and flexibility offered by our self storage centre in Leeds, Harrogate and Wakefield is perfect for online businesses. You can choose exactly the size of unit you need – and even scale up or scale down as needed and as availability allows. We understand that for some businesses stock is seasonal and can have peaks and troughs. All we need is seven days’ notice.

All the units are completely secure – you are the only person who holds the key, we can’t even get in there without you. The centres as a whole have individual pincode entry and are monitored by CCTV and security.

If you have large amounts of stock to move, we provide lifts, pallet trucks, trolleys and equipment to help you get items safely and efficiently to your storage unit. We even have drive up units at some locations, which makes it even easier! Either way, there’s ample parking at all our storage centres and all of them are in easy, central locations, near to major roads.

You don’t need to worry about being able to get hold of your stock when you need it – you can gain access round the clock. We understand everything works in real time, which is why we can provide power, broadband, phone lines, lighting and even heating – all on one straightforward bill, so you know exactly what you’re paying every month.

That’s why we have everything from eBay traders to pick and pack operations running from our self storage centres. And if your business continues to grow we even have the serviced office business centre opposite our Leeds’ self storage site, which can provide you with cost effective office space and additional support including reception staff and meeting rooms.

So, if your business is ready to go to the next level, why not get in touch… the skies the limit!


Your Self Storage Experience

Very very reasonable rates, impeccable storage units, lovely, courteous and prompt service. Would absolutely use them again and recommend them.

5 Stars
Your Self Storage Experience

polite, flexible and helped me save money aswell! will use again!

5 Stars
Your Self Storage Experience

From initial enquiry to securing a unit and then handing back once finished with I could not fault the local team and in particular Wendy for all her help and advice. Would definitely recommend to anyone needing storage facilities. This was the Wakefield branch

5 Stars

Contact Us


The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

Removals: 0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000

Storage: 0113 26 26 500

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00


The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Removals & Storage:
01423 625 000

Van Hire: 01423 625 000

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00


The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00