New retail park and self-storage site underlines resilience of Bristol’s economy

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jos Clark, has cut the ribbon on a new mixed-use retail park and 55,000+ sq ft self-storage facility in Brislington, which is being touted as a sign of Bristol’s ongoing economic resilience.

The Storage Giant site is home to more than 800 self-storage rooms as well as more than 2,700 sq ft of office space for start-ups and small businesses. Storage Giant itself is a small business success story, having started life as a single facility site in Newport at the onset of the 2007 recession, and now boasting nine active facilities across the UK (ten including Bristol), with a further seven in the pipeline. The company expects to have at least 20 store locations secured by 2021.The multi-million turnover firm has recently completed expansions of key sites at Swansea, Telford and Cannock.

Company CEO and founder, Simon Williams, said: “We are very excited to cut the ribbon on this flagship development. Not only is this another achievement for Storage Giant, it is, importantly, a sign that the local economy is resilient in the face of recent hardships, and that firms in Bristol are continuing to invest and to grow. The fact that big brands like Starbucks and Greggs have already moved into the Storage Giant retail park illustrates that they are making a continued commitment to the local economy and to providing jobs in the region.

He adds: “We are particularly proud to offer office space, as we do across all of our Storage Giant facilities, to SMEs and to companies that want to set up a satellite offices. SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK economy and we are always pleased to see so many of them grow and prosper under our roof. It is likely that this protracted period of lockdown has prompted many would-be entrepreneurs to resolve to make their business ideas a reality. We have, over the past month, for example, seen a number of sporting professionals turn their hand to setting up training gyms in some of our facilities. We expect to see more innovative new businesses set up at this new site in Brislington too.

“The Storage Giant Story is one of steady, managed growth and it offers, I feel, a lesson for entrepreneurs not to be discouraged from following their instincts during times of uncertainty. With careful business planning, smart use of technology, an agile business approach, and a sharp customer focus, fledgling businesses can thrive.”

Storage Giant offers self-storage for domestic and business clients, as well as low cost office space. Storage Giant sites can be found in Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli, Cwmbran, Newport, Bicester, Cannock, Telford and Leicester, with two sites recently acquired in Kingswinford and Oldbury, set to open soon. The total of Storage Giant space is 366,083sq. ft, as calculated from June 2020.