Self storage is the term applied to secure storage facilities that offer do-it-yourself storage space for members of the public and businesses. In essence it’s your own tailored secure space away from home or the business.
There are a number of reasons to use self storage, whether for domestic or commercial use self storage facilities offer a flexible solution:
- If you’re moving house and you need to temporarily store furniture
- When you’re renovating your home and need to keep household possessions safe
- If you’re relocating abroad and want to store your valuables during the move
- Somewhere to put your belongings while you go off travelling
- If you find that your hobby or sports equipment is taking over the house!
- When you just don’t have enough space at home anymore
Many commercial companies use self storage to keep:
- Archives and files freeing up precious space in the office
- Seasonal and excess stock
- Trade supplies and equipment
- Exhibition and event equipment
- Office furniture
According to the latest survey undertaken by FEDESSA, the self storage industry continues to remain resilient despite the economic slowdown while the self storage market in continental Europe has slowed somewhat but is recovering in most countries. There are an estimated 2700 self storage facilities across Europe providing over 7 million square meters of storage space. A clear opportunity remains as penetration levels in Europe are only a fraction of those in mature markets such as the US and Australia. For example in the UK (a market that has 39% of the facilities) there is only 0.05 sq meters of storage per person and across Europe as a whole there is only 0.016 square meters per person. This compares to 0.8 square meters per person in the USA and 0.17 in Australia. Care must be taken however when comparing international self storage markets, as local conditions will significantly affect the viability and size of local markets. For example, in the USA land is cheaper and generally more readily available. This contributes to self storage being sold at much cheaper prices than in Europe. It is highly unlikely that the self storage industry in Europe will ever reach the penetration levels of the U
The Federation of European Self Storage Associations (FEDESSA) was formed in March 2004 to provide a European focus for the growing self storage industry throughout Europe. Its membership is open to any European National Self Storage Association (one per nation). Members of National Associations fund FEDESSA. From 1 January 2013 it has introduced a Direct Affiliate membership for any self storage operator company/organisation established/located in any European country where an association has not yet been established. To find out more contact the Secretary General on firstname.lastname@example.org. FEDESSA provides a common voice for the industry throughout Europe. It also provides advice and support to its National Associations and Co-ordinates action when appropriate with help from its Members. A full list of FEDESSA’s Objectives can be found adjacent. Through its membership FEDESSA now represents over 1150 self storage facilities which equates approximately to over 70% of the self storage facilities in Europe. It is also in close contact with operators or potential operators in Austria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Russia. Its current membership includes the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Representatives from each national association come together twice a year as the General Council.
Self Storage Associations that are members of FEDESSA offer a wealth of experience, know-how and operational advice to its members as well as access to detailed expertise on all aspects of the industry from specialist planning and construction advice through to legal, security, IT systems and merchandise. In addition to advising and supporting members, the Associations provide a fantastic opportunity to network with other members and discuss industry trends and opportunities at its conferences, trade shows and other events. Members are also provided with a full membership list, a copy of the Association’s quarterly magazine for each of their centres, as well as details of local events and publications. Click here if you would like to have more information about the Self Storage Association in your country.