A NORTH-EAST storage company is expanding after experiencing a sudden increase in demand for its services.
Box Clever has invested £60,000 in a state-of-the-art security system at its premises in Billingham.
It has also appointed a new business manager to grow its portfolio of services which include caravan storage, van hire and the rental of storage units.
Bosses say the upturn reflects increased confidence in the housing market with homeowners looking to move house or create more space in their homes.
Michael Heaton, who has joined Box Clever after previous jobs as a lorry driver and manager of a youth charity, said: “There has been a significant increase in storage rentals since March. People seem to be on the move again and need storage when they are moving house or even down-sizing.”
The increase in demand has prompted Box Clever to improve security at the four hectare facility including automated gate access operated by key fobs; an enhanced CCTV system; and additional lighting.
The improvements mean that customers have 24-hour access to the site, something which is a particular benefit to those who store caravans.
Michael added: “There have been incidents when storage facilities have been broken into and we wanted to ensure Box Clever is as secure as it can be to bring confidence and peace of mind to our customers.
“We are entering the busy period for caravan storage as people change contracts on their static sites so there’s a lot of movement at the moment. We have capacity for 500 caravans and having enhanced security brings means they can come and go when they wish.”
Box Clever, which rents storage units with capacity of 7ft, 10ft or 20ft, is also expanding its van hire fleet.