Stash-It – From Rags to Fresh Air
Early in 2006 Tony Balaban, the Managing Director of Salford based Mini-Roller Textiles faced a dilemma. Many years of decline in this key market, the textile machinery industry, once a world leader, meant that the company found itself rich in space, but short on business or commercial activities to fill them.
Studying the business press, and observing for himself the rapid changes in the way both the public and companies were resolving short term small storage needs, he hit on the idea of putting all this space to use as the recently opened Stash-It self store facility. The new facilities offer customers a secure and safe place to store goods on a short-term and long-term basis without paying sky-high prices.
Tonys only dilemma was who could he trust to turn his dream into reality? Without the huge expense of architects, highly paid consultants and the like, who could he rely on to design his new facility in a way that maximised what he was now in the business of – selling empty space?
Help came from a local source, following a quick search in yellow pages. Tony called Leyland company NSI Projects, who, Tony Said, provided extensive free advice prior to construction of what is now a well specified and thoughtfully laid out facility. Working closely with NSI’s John Roocroft, plans were honed, the inevitable liaisons and negotiations with Building Control conducted to ensure the maze that is the Building Control legislation was fully complied to within the final design.
NSI Projects then proceeded to design and install a mezzanine platform to almost double Tonys floor space, which in effect was now to be his new stock. The areas above and below the floor were compartmentalised by steel partitioning , chosen for creating secure enclosed units for the piece of mind of Stash-Its future clients. Said Tony: “It was a real team effort. I had the vision of what I wanted to achieve, and NSI Projects turned out to be the ideal partner to turn this into reality”.
Stash-It was up and running in September right on time and with highly competitive pricing, and many units were occupied on the very day. “I guess you could say it is quite a career change selling fresh air rather than textile machinery”, said Tony. “This has been an enormous but necessary change of direction for my business, and as you can imagine not without it’s stresses in making it all happen. For anyone undergoing a similar process of change that relies on getting the very best use out of building space, I’d strongly recommend calling in NSI Projects”.