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Key factors to consider when choosing a commercial self-storage unit

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For businesses, commercial self-storage can offer a valuable solution to store excess inventory, equipment, and surplus tech and furniture. Crucial to the success of any business is flexibility and the capacity to store vital but currently unneeded items and, while not business premises offer this kind of fluidity, self-storage can be a great solution.

Selecting the right storage unit for your needs requires careful consideration, so let's explore the key factors to consider when choosing a commercial self-storage unit that meets your exact business requirements.

The key benefits of Vanguard commercial self-storage

At Vanguard, we offer a range of secure storage solutions for commercial clients across Bristol, London and Manchester. From document storage to commercial stock storage units, we can suit everybody’s needs, and we can also accept parcel and courier deliveries for your complete convenience, providing logistical support for businesses.

Security is our top priority, so all our facilities feature 24-hour CCTV throughout, intruder alarm and robust security with individually alarmed units to guarantee your peace of mind when storing your belongings with us. Whether you’re a sole trader or a large multi-national organisation, you can find the perfect solution for your needs at one of our eight Vanguard Storage branches. Our units start from compact 10 sq ft lockers - perfect for a handful of items - and go all the way up to 2000 sq ft units. And if you have specific requirements and demand a bigger space, we are also able to build a bespoke unit that will suit your needs.

The importance of using the right packaging materials

When it comes to packing valuable belongings for storage, only the best packing supplies will do. We have a variety of cardboard boxes for domestic and commercial customers available across all of our locations. All our packing materials and boxes are high quality, far more solid, durable, and capable of carrying more and/or heavier items. They are also eco-friendly and recyclable, however, most customers keep them to reuse or lend them to family and friends. And if you need help moving your items into your storage unit, we also offer a Man and Van service across our storage facilities in Bristol; Marylebone, Victoria, Soho, Ealing, and Canary Wharf in London; and Swinton in Manchester. We'll come at a time that’s convenient for you, and handle your goods with the greatest care so you don't have to worry about transporting your goods into your unit.

So what are the key benefits of choosing Vanguard commercial self-storage?

Unit size

One of the key considerations when choosing a commercial self-storage unit is the size. Assess the number of items you need to store to select a big enough unit. It's always best to choose a slightly larger unit to allow for future growth or additional storage needs, however, if you want to find out the right unit for you, you can use our handy Storage Unit Size Guide.


As already mentioned, security is our top priority here at Vanguard. When looking for the perfect commercial self-storage unit, make sure to carefully assess the overall safety and security of the facilities and unit. All of our branches are equipped with state-of-the-art security measures to keep your belongings safe. This will give you the peace of mind you need to know that your valuable items are protected from theft or unauthorised access.


If you need to access your stored items fairly frequently, opt for a facility that is conveniently located near your business premises.  With eight locations and counting, our Vanguard Storage facilities can be easily accessed by customers in Manchester, Bristol and all the key areas in London.


When choosing a storage unit, make sure to review the rental terms and flexibility offered. Consider factors such as lease duration, payment options, and any penalties for early termination or late payments. At Vanguard Storage, we offer flexible contracts that can be easily amended depending on your needs. This means that you can upsize or downsize your unit whenever needed and can rent this out on both a short-term or long-term basis.

Additional services

This is particularly useful for business customers, as a storage facility that offers additional services can be extremely valuable. At Vanguard, we are proud to offer a comprehensive and secure file storage service through our sister company, Vanguard Filebank. If you’re in need of an outstanding document storage provider, you can expect to find the same high-quality, customer friendly services we offer right here at Vanguard Self Storage. Not only that, but you can also rest assured that your documents will be stored safe and sound in our clean, environmentally stable archive facilities. Examples of paperwork you could store with us include:

  • Tax documents
  • Financial statements
  • Invoices and bills
  • HR and payroll documents

Find the perfect commercial self-storage for your needs

So, choosing a storage unit is crucial for businesses looking to store excess inventory, equipment, or important documents. By considering factors such as storage unit size, flexibility and location, you can make an informed decision and find the perfect commercial self-storage for your needs. Make sure to assess your specific business needs and requirements and, if you're in doubt, speak to our friendly customer service team, who will be able to assist you in the process.

We pride ourselves in providing top-quality storage services, packed with extras you won’t get elsewhere, at an affordable price. We have branches scattered across Bristol, Manchester and London so if you live or work in any of them, you can take advantage of our safe and secure business self-storage units.

Whether you need short-term or long-term storage to store only a couple of boxes or an entire office's worth of items, Vanguard Self Storage are here to help. Contact us today to find out more.

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