How very exciting this morning to wake up to this! Self-storage revolution fervour is clearly spreading beyond Bristol and Bath… to the national press! We have been featured in the business section of the Sunday Times in an article about collaborative consumption. And it’s not a bad picture either – I think Zoe Deas is going to be OK with that one (unlike the Bath Chronicle where there is a slight Miss Havisham feel about the whole thing… )
Space: not just the final frontier
What can be shared can be turned into a moneyspinner
A boat, a baby and a business conference inspired Rosie Bennett, Dan Hilton and Dom Moorhouse to start Storenextdoor, a venture that rents out spare storage space.
“Rosie had inherited a sailing dinghy, Dan needed to clear out a bedroom to create a nursery, and I had heard a talk about sharing under-used resources,” said Moorhouse, a project manager who sold his consultancy to BT in 2008.
The trio, who met at Bath University’s Innovation Centre, have just launched the online business, which matches de-clutterers with neighbours who have empty lofts or garages. Homeowners decide how much they want to charge for their space, list it for free and receive rent from customers, who also pay Storenextdoor a small service fee.