The Self Storage Association of the United Kingdom (SSA-UK) announced the winners of its 2020 industry awards this week. The annual program highlights the achievements of self-storage individuals and companies, according to a press release.
Shannon Duncan, manager of MyStore Self Storage in Oxfordshire, England, was named “Manager of the Year.” In addition to her role as a property manager, Duncan oversees the facility’s digital marketing and developed an in-house staff-training program. “My main goal as MyStore’s store manager is to make sure the team and customers are happy and well looked after. This ultimately is how the business will grow and develop,” she said. The award was sponsored by DeSeM Lifts.
The “Independent Operator Facility” award, sponsored by Universal Storage Containers, was also given to MyStore Self Storage. The purpose-built facility has garnered a 23 percent year-over-year increase in revenue performance and continued occupancy growth, the release stated.
Shurgard - City Airport received the “Major Operator Facility,” award, sponsored by Rooks Rider Solicitors LLP. Opened in 2007, the facility doubled in size last year to 80,000 square feet. During the addition, Shurgard improved the site’s green credentials under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, a sustainability-assessment method. The company was able to return store occupancy to more than 80 percent in 12 months.
Twenty4 Secure Storage won the “Container Operator Facility” award, sponsored by Portable Space. The facility offers 24-hour manned security, new containers on concrete roads, an attractive entrance, and a welcoming professional and modern reception.
The SSA-UK is the principal trade association representing self-storage operators and industry supplier members’ interests in the U.K. It has approximately 440 members.
Self Storage Association of the United Kingdom, FEDESSA & SSA UK Awards