How Storman Cloud helped 1st Self Access Storage increase connectivity and transparency between five sites.

In 2005, the old chocolate factory in Marston Green, Birmingham got a new lease on life, opening its doors for the first time as the brand new 1st Self Access Storage facility – offering local residents a broad range of options to suit their space and self-storage needs. 1st Self Access Storage pride themselves on offering hassle-free self storage without time limits or contracts – coupled with exceptional customer service, simple unit pricing, and modern and secure facilities. This combination has been a recipe for success: from their beginnings in 2005, the self-storage facility has gone from strength to strength – now operating two sites in Birmingham, two sites in Salisbury, and a fifth site in Cardiff.

 With this growth, 1st Self Access Storage made the decision to implement Storman Cloud at the start of 2021. We recently spoke with Matthew Willis, manager of the Woodford Centre branch in Salisbury, about what the move to the web-based management software has meant for them!

“With the increased size and volume of the business, we needed our invoicing to be streamlined, and we needed it to connect to our accounting software – Sage,” Matthew recalls. “We also needed each of our branches to be more openly viewable by the other branches, to better connect the five sites.”. Storman Cloud, which exports to a variety of major accounting packages and caters to both single and multi-site storage facilities, was the natural choice – and 1st Self Access Storage hasn’t looked back since.

“The daily tasks, the processing – they’re super simple. The layout and user interface as a whole are simple to use, clean and modern,” Matthew says. With five sites to manage, each with its own team of staff, it was crucial to the team at 1st Self Access that their chosen management software was quick for people to pick up and easily understood and used. But in the event the team do need a hand with Storman Cloud, help is never far away – the local support team, based in Ipswich, are only ever a phone call or support ticket away! “The support for Storman Cloud is peerless,” Matthew tells us.

Not only has the software proved easy to navigate (and the interface easy on the eye!), but it has also helped 1st Self Access Storage save time – and as anyone in business knows, time is money. “It’s certainly made things a lot quicker day to day, which is a money saver for us in the long run,” explains Matthew. “Being truly cloud-based and web accessible, everyone can view Storman Cloud from any platform they need to now – and look at any of our branches, which is great!”. 

At Storman, we’re proud to provide self storage facilities all across the UK – just like 1st Self Access Storage – with software designed to make management simple. Storman Cloud can offer simple payments, seamless move-ins, and so much more – all at your fingertips on one clean, crisp and beautifully designed web-based platform. Our software is quick to learn and easy to use, with local support and online training.

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