Blox Mobile Storage has launched service in Preston, England. The startup offers a portable solution in which it delivers a storage container to a business or residence to be packed by the customer before transporting it to a warehouse. The company will store the container until the customer requests delivery back to its starting point or a new address, according to the source. The company launched in July with service to Preston as well as the nearby communities of Blackburn and Chorley.
Blox containers offer 35 square feet of floor space and 250 cubic feet of volume. They’re transported to and from their destinations via custom trailers, the source reported.
Though containers can be stored indefinitely, customers who wish to access items while they’re in the Blox warehouse can only do so during “certain times,” according to the company website. “Blox isn’t suitable for anybody needing constant daily access to their goods.”
“I was helping somebody move home a couple of years ago, and I thought how good it would be if there was a service that delivered and collected large storage containers directly to the customer,” founder Craig Wilson told the source. “I did a lot of research and found that similar services held large shares of the market overseas in the likes of the U.S. and Australia, but nobody offered quite the same thing here in the U.K. The idea turned into a bit of an obsession and developed over the next two to three years until I eventually came up with my current vision of Blox.”
In May, Wilson’s business idea won the Cotton Court Start Up Competition, an annual contest for Lancashire, England-based entrepreneurs. The winner receives a package including mentorship, marketing and design support, call-center service, and other business assistance to help launch a company.
“Myself and the rest of the panel recognized a lot of entrepreneurial qualities in Craig, which are crucial when launching a business that is offering a game-changing product,” said Robert Binns, managing director of the Cotton Court Business Centre. “We are excited about being part of Craig’s journey as Blox Storage launches and looking forward to another Cotton Court client success story!”
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