London-based Access Self Storage has launched an awards program to recognize the achievements of the more than 6,000 business customers who rent space from any of the company’s 53 U.K. locations. Honors will be presented in several categories, with one commercial tenant receiving a grand-prize business package worth £4,000, according to a company press release.
“We have worked with incredible companies and traders over the years, and it’s time we recognized them for their innovation and success, whilst showing more entrepreneurs the potential of running or launching businesses from storage facilities,” said Kevin Pratt, marketing manager.
Only businesses that rent from Access are eligible to enter. Entries may be made in multiple categories but must be submitted by Dec. 31. Categories include Home-Grown Business of the Year, Tradeperson of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Access Business of the Year. The grand prize includes a customized publicity campaign from an award-winning agency, according to the release.
A panel of judges, including Alon Shulman, CEO and founder of Entrepreneurs Universe, a forum that helps entrepreneurs find investors and network with industry leaders, will select the winners. Submissions will be judged on business excellence and initiative, according to Pratt. “We’re looking for resourceful sole traders and companies that have prospered, whilst keeping operating costs down,” he said.
In the last few years, Access has experienced a surge in rentals from start-up companies and small businesses looking for managed office space within self-storage facilities, according to company officials. In addition to storage services, Access offers post-box addresses, phone-answering services, IP telephony and shipping services from DHL.
Among the commercial tenants that use Access storage facilities for business purposes is Gibbs Bookshop in Manchester, England, which set up a successful virtual bookshop; Saturday Sewing Session in Chelsea, England, which runs sewing classes from inside a unit; and Elite Sports Nutrition, which uses its storage space as an office for meetings and storing inventory, according to the release.
A reception announcing the award winners will be held on Feb. 5, 2015, at the Grand Royale Hotel in London. Entries may be submitted online or completed at any Access location, officials said.
Access Self Storage facilities are concentrated in Greater London, with additional locations in the Birmingham, England, metro area and the English counties of Berkshire and Hampshire.
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