Size of the Industry

It is always hard to accurately measure the exact number of self storage sites, as they are not officially registered anywhere and small facilities can be opened in rural areas with limited marketing or online presence. The SSA UK estimates that there are now over 1430 self storage sites in the UK, of which 317 facilities offer predominately container storage.

In total, there is approximately 42.2 million sq ft of self storage space in the UK, and we estimate that the total turnover of the industry in 2016 was £540 million.

Around a third of UK self storage facilities are owned or managed by large operators (operators managing 10 or more sites) however, since these operators tend to have larger sites, and many are located in higher rent locations, in terms of total space available and total revenue, their share of the market is likely to be close to 50%.