ShedSpace Ltd., a peer-to-peer self-storage marketplace, has launched in England. Similar to other shared-economy networks, the company provides an online platform through which people in need of storage connect with local hosts willing to rent available space in their homes. The business is initially serving Southern England, according to the source.
Those with available space can list it at ShedSpace.com. Offerings can include attics, garages, spare rooms, closets or other areas. Those in need of storage can search by location and size of space. They then can book with a host and pay online. ShedSpace handles the administration work and insurance, the source reported.
“ShedSpace is a new way to store items locally, with someone you can trust, and gives you the flexibility you need,” said Nicole Bean, marketing manager. “The inspiration behind ShedSpace was to help communities come together and support one another through the sharing economy.”
The company was founded by Grant Drummond and Adam Elcock of Christchurch, England. Drummond came up with the idea about a decade ago but said Internet limitations prevented him from moving forward at the time, the source reported.
“Perhaps you have a garage you never really use, or a loft stuffed with items you could place elsewhere, or maybe you’re looking to turn an empty nest into a nest egg. Maybe you have a great space under your stairs or a driveway that’s always free during the week,” Bean told the source. “All of these spaces could be making you money while you sleep, eat or do your day job.”
ShedSpace becomes at least the fourth peer-to-peer storage marketplace to launch in the U.K. Dutch-based Storage Share B.V. kicked off its U.K. service last year, while Stashbee and YesWeStock Ltd. launched service in 2016.
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