YSN Educational Session - Containerised Self Storage

Tuesday 29 November 2022

Via Zoom

11am – 12pm

Training Session

Complimentary session for YSN Members on Containerised Self Storage led by YSN Board Members Sarah Manning and Jamie Thomas. 

This educational session focuses on what the product is, and how it differs from traditional self storage. This will be delivered in two parts covering both a supplier and operator’s perspective.

Sarah will deliver part one and cover the following:

  • How are containers made and what makes them suitable for Self Storage?
  • Where do I buy containers from?
  • Is there just one type of container?
  • How much do they cost?

Jamie will deliver part two and cover the following:

  • What type of storage does blue self storage offer?

  • What sizes of units are offered and are they all ground level?

  • Are there any advantages or disadvantages to containerised storage VS traditional storage rooms?

  • What are your top tips for running a successful containerised facility?


Sarah Manning

Sarah Manning

Secure Stores Nationwide Ltd

Sarah Manning is Managing Director of Secure Stores Nationwide, supplier of shipping containers and related accessories.
Sarah has been in the container industry for the past 15 years, starting her career at Mr Box, which she ran and grew in to one of the largest market players.  Mr Box was then acquired by Mobile Mini in 2016, who Sarah continued to work with for a further 4 years. In 2021, Sarah recently launched her own container business, Secure Stores Nationwide. Secure Stores specialist area is Self-Storage, with a strong focus on customer service.

Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas

blue self storage

Jamie is the Technical Manager at blue self storage, an independent, multisite container operator based in South Wales. Since joining the self storage industry in 2014, he has gained an in depth knowledge of all elements of the business by working in various departments, from Accounts to the Operations Team. Following a rebrand and the implementation of an aggressive growth strategy; using his experience, Jamie has helped drive efficiency, a higher quality customer experience and profitability through the implementation of a complete new CRM and Management System. Jamie joined the Board in May 2022 and looks forward to representing container operators whilst contributing to the future of the Association and its members.


If you are not already a member of the group and would like to join and attend this meeting, please contact Hannah Speed at [email protected]