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How a Manchester dad built a self storage empire selling empty space..

Meet the man who built a successful self storage business from nothing.

“Self storage isn’t exactly rock and roll,” admits Tom Ash, one of the founders of The MCR Self Storage Company Ltd.

He’s not wrong. But it’s a booming industry that’s weathered several UK recessions. It’s also one that not many people know that much about.

As Tom explains, “until you need self storage, you don’t really want it. It’s not like a commodity that you can sell or you want for. That’s the difficult thing: unless you need it, it’s not on people’s radar.”

Perhaps the lack of awareness is unsurprising, given that thirty years ago the UK didn’t even have a self-storage industry.