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It's a frustrating roll call for the recession-a list of dead or dead retail outlets that keep them out of breath or disappear from the UK environment forever.
But the tough economic times have given birth to their unique success stories.
Strolling through the common commercial streets of the UK, where there is a large number of charity shops, cash exchange stores and Poundland stores, which not only illustrates the dangerous state of the UK retail industry, it also confirms that in times of economic hardship, the austerity industry will make a profit.
In these anomalies, there is also a business that shows itself surprisingly resilient to the worst impact of the recession-self-storage.
After 20 years of prosperity,of-town space-
In the worst recession, the savings Center continued to show sustained growth and now even helped the economy in an unforeseen way.
With the reduction and reduction of enterprise scale, self-storage facilities are becoming a new generation of lean and lowlevel pop-
Flexible, cheap rent and convenient convenience attract many entrepreneursties agreement. From mini-
The gym and adaptive self-storage units of the conservatory and recycling center are increasingly becoming blank canvases for new businesses.
Last month, the industry body, the Self Storage Association, reported that the annual transfer from domestic customers to commercial customers reached 5 percentage points.
Although it is small, it is an important indicator.
Rodney Walker, CEO of the association, explained: "We see a change in the proportion of business customers to private customers.
This is part of the recession effect.
If you start a business in today's environment, it makes sense to use flexible and cheap facilities. For start-
Ups, self-storage has always been a potential cost more
Effective method of establishment.
"In the UK, the self-storage business has enjoyed 20 years of investment in the garage --style lock-
Arthur Daley's epitome in Mingde is the old ups and has now been replaced by clean, bright, safe units on the multi-person managed staff site
National companies like Big Yellow and Shurgard.
The UK now has as many self-service storage facilities as McDonald's restaurants-about 1,200 square meters, and the UK's self-service storage area totals up to 40 million square feet.
In the United States, where the industry first started (
Providing storage space for military personnel after World War II)
Self-storage is an integral part of the way Americans organize their lives.
There are more than 2 in this country.
3 billion square feet.
Domestic customers account for 65 of all self-service storage use in the UK, a growth driven by social phenomena.
First, houses in Britain are shrinking.
According to statistics, new-
Over the past 30 years, buildings have gradually shrunk and many people have been unable to provide the storage space needed to meet the needs of the owners.
The collapse of real estate and the recession mean that fewer and fewer people are moving, and instead they are transforming the space that was previously used for storage.
The extra room turned into an office and the attic turned into a bedroom.
Because we are on the surface of a country hoarding garbage, the garbage piled up in these garbage is increasingly stored in a unit on a nearby website.
Other factors, such as the rising divorce rate, the increase in the number of people living alone, the decline in income during the recession, also means that we are increasingly looking for places to store our things.
Like the US, self-storage is no longer a temporary solution, but a permanent satellite for many families.
Ordinary customers use a unit for five years to build a friendship with people in adjacent units.
A storage facility owner in Bristol reported that a customer used her unit as a living room with a sofa and invited her friends in for coffee.
Others have reported that customers use their units for illegal sexual contact.
In an industry based on flexibility and adaptability, it may not be surprising that self-storage is going through an unexpected evolution.
Catherine and Philip Edge, Cage Warriors (aged 33 & 27)
Reading "Philip is a professional fighter who teaches martial arts", Safestore's "God of War" mixed martial arts gym.
At the beginning of 2009, we rented a space for a commercial fitness.
We trained a team of fighters, but we found that the facilities of the commercial gym were not set up for the subject of Philip teaching mixed martial arts (MMA).
To do this, you need a specific mat and we would also like to have our own cage as MMA happens in the cage on a competitive level.
The overhead of starting a new business in our own house will be huge, about £ 3,000 per month, which we cannot afford.
So in September 2009 we moved into a storage unit of 880 square feet.
Within six months, we have established enough clients to rent the apartment next door.
We removed the partition wall and made it into a unit.
With the development of business, we rented more space.
We now have 300 students registered with us with 70 to 80 active members at any time.
We recently moved to a larger unit in the same location.
It has the benefit of being close to the manager's office, which has a shower that our members can use.
None of us here are looking forward to the spa-
Type handling of robes and fluffy towels.
In the gym, we built a 15-foot training cage, which is rare in the martial arts gym, not to mention the self-help storage facility.
We also have weights, cardio.
Blood vessel equipment, lockers and studios.
It gets loud, especially when the music rings and there is a busy class hour, however, our rush hour is at night because the rest of the site is quiet, so we won't bother anyone.
The units around us are used by people who store household items.
I have never been interested in expensive commercial gyms and many of our customers use us for the same reason.
The environment is not important to them;
It was a novelty at first, and when people first came, they often called to say that they were lost on the self-help storage facility.
It was a surprise when we explained that we were actually on the site.
It seems strange to have a gym that stores itself, but the benefits are obvious.
We can create our own space, and we can add extra space as the business grows and the cash flow increases.
No commercial price, no water or electricity.
Everything is included in a price, so it's much easier to budget.
The beginning of charity
Up Roy Wright is the media director of Surrey bcare, a charity that helps amputees and distributes used prosthetic limbs at Addlestone "1998" in Surrey I am a demolition engineer, it was knocked down by a 36-ton crane.
My leg was horribly injured, and for the next 11 years I spent most of my time in plaster, doing a series of surgeries in a row, trying to piece together my broken limbs.
On 2009, I just had my last surgery.
Life almost returned to normal.
I am riding my bike again, working, walking and swimming with the children.
I walked into a supermarket in July 5 and bought a chicken for dinner on Sunday.
The fridge was leaking all the time and the water slowly turned into a hole I fell.
My internal bleeding caused gangrene.
My leg was amputated in August 5.
I have had so many surgeries, I have inserted the bone into my leg from both live and dead donors, it has implanted a lot of titanium, I just got my partner Jill's tattoo tattooed on it.
When I woke up from my amputee, I pulled the blanket open and saw the space where my legs were and didn't want to talk to anyone.
I am in a very dark place.
I was introduced to the amputee rehabilitation center at Queen Mary's Hospital in honor, where I met someone named Ray Edwards.
He made four amputees and pulled me aside and said, "you think it's bad, but it's not the end of the world.
Looking at me, I had no arms and legs and I managed to do it.
He made me realize there was life after my amputee.
At 2010, we built Limbcare together.
We visited the amputee in the hospital, 24 hours.
The one-hour support line delivers used prosthetic limbs to Africa.
The amputee will have several limbs in his life.
As children grow older, children often grow up from artificial limbs, and adults often need new artificial limbs because stumps change over time.
The cost of each limb is between £ 6,000 and £ 20,000, and they are burned when they are no longer needed.
I always hate waste when I work on a construction site and it doesn't change.
We now collect unwanted limbs from 43 rehabilitation centers in the UK and send them to an organization in Tanzania.
We have more than 500 people waiting to ship and everyone tells a tragic story.
The self-service storage facility is ideal due to its convenient use.
The company generously lets us use it for free and it's on the first floor so we don't have to climb stairs and push carts.
"30-year-old rock music academy musician Paul Bowe runs Stockport Conservatory of Music from the safstore in Stockport," If you walk past my unit, you won't know that there is a full-featured Conservatory of Music with a studio.
Looks completely anonymous, like running away.
But I now have square feet of commercial space and hired six people.
Every morning, when I walk into the door, I walk into this magical place full of music.
This is my dream job.
The atmosphere is very good and the people who came here to study music have been here for a long time.
I saw the growth of many young people.
I had a class with a young man this morning and he didn't play notes when he came, but now singing with a band.
It has always been my dream to pass on my passion and passion for music, and the college allowed me to do so.
I have been playing guitar for 20 years and started teaching eight years ago.
I 've been touring the band since I was 16 and it's fun but there's no money in it.
I was doing private lessons before but needed to develop the business and checked many websites.
It's too expensive.
Then one day I walked through the self-storage site and saw a sign that was advertised for small businesses.
I walked in and the price they offered was too low and I realized I could make it work financially.
The first six months are free, which means I can start a business without worrying about it.
Because we are in a self-storage facility, the cost savings are huge.
My insurance is cheap because the website is secure and I don't pay the rate, I can turn on the AMP all day and still pay the same electricity bill.
Just a blank spot when I first moved in, which means I can adjust it to meet my requirements.
I found some experts.
Proved the space and improved the acoustics with wood, polystyrene and filler, and I also built a recording studio.
About 150 to 200 people use the college.
There are four guitar instructors, drum teachers and vocal coaches.
Drummers from Verve teach here on Sunday and actors from Hollyoaks come in and use the studio.
We have established a partnership with the Stockport committee for low-Income families.
Music lessons are expensive and in the recession the proportion of music courses in priorities is very low, however, due to our low overhead, we can give a chance to children from a disadvantaged background, let them do something that they can't usually do. " The eco-
A few years ago, fashion designers Trish Richards and Brad Cheng Ran fashion brand Wear Chemistry at the Shurgard Self-storage facility in London's Kennington, and my partner Brad and I were on vacation, use a storage unit to store our things while we are away.
We have always had the idea of creating an eco-friendly fashion brand, but we have to be realistic given the retail environment.
It is impossible for us to sign a long-term lease on a store.
We realized that the storage facilities we used were running out of business and when we came back in 2010 it made a lot of sense to build the business there.
We started wearing chemistry last year.
This is a casual clothing brand with the idea of making more casual choices for consumers in a sustainable way.
We're getting rid of that hippie stereotype.
Dyed, hemp, itchy top.
We think we are more of a brand like Super Dry, bench or diesel.
There should be a credible ecology.
Alternative to street clothing.
At present, there are many interesting things happening at the top level.
From an ecological point of view, fashion is over, but casual wear seems to be overlooked.
That's the gap we're trying to fill.
All of our costumes are from Turkey and are through one
So environmental DNA extends all the way to the back of the production chain.
The fabric we use is made of bamboo and mixed with 30% organic cotton.
We also stocked a waist coat made of 100 eucalyptus.
Unlike cotton, bamboo and eucalyptus produce normally from the average rainfall, so our materials are sustainable.
The farms where our fabrics come from are specialized textile farms, so there is no pressure on the local animal population, and the process in which the plants we use are broken down also meets the global organic standards for textile production.
We mainly sell online and in London markets and festivals and plan to launch pop musicup shop.
Our unit is 100 square feet, which is great for our needs and for the moment.
We can expand when we are ready.
We have our sales stock in units and point of sale.
We can go there and pack all the orders.
It's all done in the same space.
Since the post office is right next door, all the distribution is also processed from there.