Businesses have been using steel storage containers to help their daily running for years. The benefits are endless, and the versatility of these units means they are great for businesses of all kinds. There are four benefits of containers that stand out for every business, though, and they are what we will talk about today.
Running your own business can come with many costs; one of the main costs is ground rent. If you want a prominent place on the high street to sell your stock or provide your storage, it will cost more than a shop on the outskirts of town. Therefore you may have to compromise on space. If this is the case, a steel container may allow you to make the most of the space you have by using most of it for the customer-facing aspects of your business and keeping the paperwork and additional stock off-site in your container. For pop-up shops and online e-commerce or mobile companies such as landscaping, painting and decorating and building contractors, you have a secure storage facility for your tools and stock without the need for taking over your home.
We have vast experience in providing steel containers in London and beyond, and we can vouch for the security that these units offer.
You can find some of the most effective security methods built into your unit, with additional security modifications available should you wish to make your container even more secure.
The units are built using industrial-strength steel, which is robust and challenging to break through. The sides are welded and sealed, meaning they cannot be separated using standard tools, and the heavy-duty padlocks we recommend will be tough to break.
Additional security features you can install include alarms, CCTV cameras and physical barriers around the location where you store your container, such as barbed wire fencing with coded access gates.
Shipping containers have an excellent reputation for keeping out the unwanted. They are used as anti-vandal units in London, other major cities and remote working areas to protect business assets regularly.
As mentioned, the industrial-strength steel used to manufacture steel cabins means that they are extra secure and very durable.
Your stock, paperwork, tools or office will be well protected from the elements. So long as you maintain your unit, it should not rust and can be painted to match your branding. With regular maintenance, your steel container should last around 20 years.
Compared to wood, fibreglass or plastic, you will benefit from this corrosion and combustion resistant option for storage or business location. They will not crack, split or warp over time and can be stacked to make more extensive storage solutions without incorporating additional support into the bottom row of containers.
Thanks to the heavy-duty material used for shipping containers, you are likely to find that pests and rodents will also find it very difficult to get into the containers.
Portable Business Solutions
Steel containers are portable, meaning you can move your business location or storage solution whenever needed. If you want to branch out to another town and feel that your stock needs to be kept closer to the new location, you can simply move the unit.
You can also use a shipping container to open a pop-up shop at a festival or market, so you have a second store location without finding a permanent structure to rent or buy.
No Planning Permission Required
In most cases, you won’t require planning permission to use a temporary structure for your business. You will need to double-check this with the local council. Still, in most cases, you will be able to move your unit around to open a pop-up shop or use the tools for a set amount of time without permission, widening your range of customers and your offering.
Another fantastic option for a storage container is a temporary setup for your office, restaurant, or workshop while refitting your existing business location. This means you don’t have to stop trading entirely while the refit happens.
Buying or Renting?
At Flintham Cabins, we offer site cabins for hire and new and used site cabins for sale, thereby giving your business the flexibility it needs. When starting out, it isn’t easy to know if you will require the container for a long time or if it’s a temporary solution.
There are many advantages of buying a container, such as having the ability to make more modifications and using it as a permanent solution to your business needs.
However, renting a container means you have more flexibility to upgrade it in the future or hand it back if you no longer require it. Leasing can provide a much more cost-effective solution if you only need the unit for a short period.
If you are unsure about buying or renting, contact our team today, who can help you determine what will offer the best solution for your business.