by Ean Parsons
We had a great time at the Farm Innovation Show at Olympia in London. See our web site at www.containercontainer.com
We aim to give the best service we can and we think our prices are pretty good too. We do things a little different to others, for example we'll supply you with a container any size you like up to 40ft, We’re up front with prices too, as we want to give you a fair deal.
A blog all about shipping container sales in the UK from a professional shipping container sales company owner.
by Ean Parsons
See ContainerContainer on the Parsons Containers stand at the Farm innovation show at London’s Olympia 28th & 29th November http://www.thefarmingshow.co.uk/exhibitors/parsons-containers-ltd/
by Ean Parsons
06 Aug 2013 by Ean ParsonsU Hold The Key: Storage - an economic indicator?:
Every February between 2000 (when we started U Hold The Key) and 2007, regular as the seasons people would start moving house and booking container storage and our occupancies would go up. Then 2008 it didn’t happen; we didn’t get the usual annual peak and we knew something was wrong. By June they…
06 Aug 2013 by Ean Parsons
We were sitting enjoying a pint of good ale in our local pub the Nags Head the other evening when the subject came around to shipping containers - like it does! We are all runners and at our parkrun on Saturday (check out parkrun at www.parkrun.org - it’s an amazing phenomena) a couple of shipping containers had mysteriously appeared heralding some work to be done on footpaths and things. So the conversation moved to what we do with shipping containers. Now this is where people fall into three categories - those who don’t have the foggiest what a shipping container is (getting fewer), those that think they are only used for shipping, and those who realise they are used for lots of things. Now it just so happened that there was also a micro-brewery ale called ‘Bespoke’ that we were sampling at the time and we mentioned that it was fitting because we use the word bespoke in advertising what we do. How come Containers can be bespoke? That did it; we had carte blanche to describe how we cut out sides, roofs and doors, change around floors, ass bits, weld bits and finally apply paint. We convert them for all sorts of uses; off-shore, power regeneration, construction, sports clubs, schools, accommodation - you name it. We were riveted and we were sure everyone else was too until we noticed that the name of the ale now being consumed was ‘Dry Up’.
17 Jun 2013 by Ean Parsons
Our market research took us recently to North Uist in the Outer Hebrides off the North West coast of Scotland. Whilst some of our party
seemed more interested in sightings of Corncraikes or Golden Eagles others took our work seriously and scoured the landscape for new
and used 20ft containers, and they weren’t disappointed. Wherever we turned we saw a container tucked behind a cottage or out in the dramatic landscape. Whilst security is always and issue - losing a valuable piece of equipment in these parts is much more a pain than usual because of the difficulty of sourcing a replacement - protection against the elements is a serious priority and what could be better than a shipping container. Evidence of how severe the Atlantic winds can be lies in the fact that many containers are secured to the ground by ropes and wires to prevent them blowing away in storms. The desire to conserve the unique culture and heritage of these remote islands is supported by the EU and it is apparent grants are available for buildings and projects. This has brought converted containers from 30ft and 40ft units as well as 20fts into play for uses such as shop extensions and art galleries.
North Uist is a harsh environment which requires practical solutions and the shipping container fits the bill very well. Our container spotters soon became converted to peering through binoculars for a glimpse of a white tailed eagle or corn bunting but our birders were also seen noting the finer points of the somewhat less rare humble 20ft container!
10 Jun 2013 by Ean Parsons
The shipping container continues to be king of on-site storage solutions providing secure and straight forward secure storage for construction, retail, schools, sports clubs, universities and many other industries like off-shore, oil and gas, manufacturing and off course local government. Nothing has improved on the versatility and design of the container. Not surprisingly ContainerContainer has recently extended its operations into hires to provide the same level of customer support and flexible service that it currently provides in container sales. ContainerContainer Hires will be supported by the same level of knowledge and experience in the container supply business that is currently given to sales customers. For container sales ask for Stephen and for container hires ask for Louise on 0844 561 7975 .
by Ean Parsons
As 2012 draws to a close we can reflect that it’s been a very interesting year in the container business – or at ContainerContainer at least. Like others we have had to be flexible in purchasing, finding new suppliers and meeting the demands of a growing customer base. In 2012 we consolidated our national sales of 20ft and 40ft new and used containers and one aim for 2013 is to expand our business of selling conversions and bespoke container projects nationally. We joked at our Christmas bash the other night about ‘ContainerContainer International’. Well maybe that’s not such a pipe dream. It loks like 2013 is going to be interesting!
by Ean Parsons
Supplying containers to sports clubs and school, college and university sports departments across the country is something we do regularly. In the North East where we started we have supplied football, rugby, cricket, archery, canoe, sailing, golf, tennis, rowing, athletics, running, hockey, bowls, gymnastics and trampolining clubs among others and even Homing pigeon and allotment societies.
We haven’t actually supplied a snooker club but we have stored snooker tables. Lately we supplied Sedgefield Harriers with a store for their athletic equipment for junior athletics, throws, jumps and strength and conditioning as well as hurdles and sprint equipment for runners. Pretty soon the new 20ft container was full. The club wouldn’t be able to offer the range of activities it does without having the space to store the equipment so now senior and junior athletes alike can benefit from a better range of equipment for training and competition and allows coaches to deliver higher added value sessions. We feel sure they’ll soon be back for another.
04 Oct 2012 by Ean Parsons
20ft Bi-Fold Door Side Opening Container (2)
04 Oct 2012 by Ean Parsons
20ft Bi-Fold Door Container(1)
04 Oct 2012 by Ean Parsons
The innovation of folks never ceases to amaze and sometimes something comes along which makes you feel that you’re getting more for your money than you expected. And so it is I feel with B-Fold door 20ft new shipping containers. A little more expensive than your average 20ft but a perfect solution for many jobs. Those old curtain siders which were a danger to everyone who came close are mostly long gone. Now if you want a complete side access you don’t need to wrestle with a stiff curtain (why’s it always cold when you have to do that?), a quick flick of the door handles and the side opens right up. Now I know we’re container enthusiasts but you’ve got to agree, there’s just something aesthetic about a 20ft bi-fold door container, it just looks neat.
19 Sep 2012 by Ean Parsons
Buying a shipping container for storage is not as straight forward as first appears. 20ft or 40ft? New or used? Painted or not painted? Locked or not locked? Some people are very familiar with containers and how good they are for secure storage, for others it is a bright idea that needs converting into action. If you buy a contanier you are going to have it for a long time so it is important to get the best you can for your cash. A 40ft is far better value foot-for-foot than a 20ft but it depends if you can fit it in. A 40ft costs a little more than a 20ft - but not twice as much but the transport costs are usually higher. But once a 40ft is in place it offers a lot more space. A 20ft is very versatile and can fit in a lot of places a 40ft can’t. A 20ft can also be fairly unobtrusive. A new container costs a little more than a used one but you are likely talking about a lifespan of over twice as long for your investment. A new container used for storage is also much less likely to develop problems as the years go by. The roof of a used container will eventually corrode as water lies in the dents that were suffered during handling between ship and shore and the doors may become stiff or the seals fail. If you have th cash a new container offers great value. The choice is yours but is well worth getting the decision right.
22 Aug 2012 by Ean Parsons
Time was that trading in shipping containers was straight forward. Like many, we came into the business from the freight industry, knowing our way around containers and where we could buy the from when the shipping lines were finished with them. It was all nice and straight forward. Shipping lines bought lots of containers every year to use for cargo and they depreciated them every year until they had a low book value then when they arrived somewhere where there was a demand - they sold them. There was a small market for secure site storage. Then of course, people started making things with them, like anti-vandal cabins and later on self-storage using shipping containers came along. In the meantime, the quality of containers increased dramatically and the storage and site services users demanded higher quality and the Chinese were only too happy to oblige and manufactured containers just o make one trip from the Far East to Europe and then be sold for storage etc. To feed sales of new containers the Chinese scrapped old ones and the re-sale market changed completely.
The upshot is that there is a real mix of containers in the storage and site ervices market and those in the container resale business have to keep a sharp eye on how things are changing.
We now buy containers from shipping lines and manufacturers as well as buying them back from customers and also buying from auction sites like ebay. Types of containers have changed and expanded too. As well as the ubiqutous 20ft we can get 40fts, reefers, half-heights, open tops, refrigerated, flatracks and others.
It all makes for an interesting life. Gone are the days of ‘you can any size as long as its 20ft’!
15 Aug 2012 by Ean Parsons
The camera panned around and up at the end of the weather report to look up from ground level to where Gary Lineker and company were holding fort for the Olympic Games. Coming into shot were a series of doors of 20ft new shipping containers stacked to create an innovative platform on top of which was located the studio.
The shot shows how the containers were used to create walls and spaces in an ideal solution to be used for the limited period of the Olympic Games. Day after day and night after night Team GB’s medal winning hero’s appeared on the balcony above while excited crowds gathered to cheer. This use of containers is not untypical. More and more companies are finding that temporary buildings made from shipping containers provide an inexpensive solution to their needs while building in innovation and style. Recycling is not a problem as, just with lego blocks once the job is done the containers are unstacked and reused. For many years we have fitted doors and windows to containers and often internally lined them for office use and fitted plumbing, electrics, communications cabling etc. Forming a building for office space or accommodation is simply an extension of this using modular units. The BBC have highlighted the versatility of this method of building.
03 Aug 2012 by Ean Parsons
I heard an interview on BBC’s Today programme recently about the British withdrawal from Afghanistan which will happen in the next couple of years. If I heard right it was stated that the British forces have £4B of equipment deployed and - as you can imagine - managing the repatriation of that equipment will be a very significant logistical challenge. In all military withdrawals a lot of equipment is left behind but the challenge is to minimise this. In modern military campaigns the shipping container plays a significant part. Camp Bastion is the size of Reading and the number of shipping containers stuffed with stores and used as accommodation at that location and throughout Afghanistan will be mind boggling - lets guess - 10,000(?) for the UK forces alone. Many will be left in situ and will not only be a monument and legacy of the campaign but will also prove extremely useful to the local population. Many will return to the UK and be ‘demobbed’ and find their way back into the used container market. The military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan impacted on the availability of shipping containers in the UK and when they return there will also be an impact.
As a footnote, it is interesting to reflect that the rise of the shipping container in modern shipping and transportation began with their use for deploying equipment for the Viet Nam war in the 1960’s when Sealand and Matson were the pathfinders of what became a global revolution in freight transportation.
17 Jul 2012 by Ean Parsons
It’s not so long ago that the vast majority of people had no idea what a shipping container was. When the pint-with-a-stranger question ‘what do you do?’ moment arrived it was accompanied by an intake of breath and the knowledge that the answer would leave the questioner blank and vacant. But all that has changed. Now, not only do folks know what wonderful things containers are for storage and secure anti-vandal cabin conversions and they’ve realised that the steel shed they have down their local sports club or full of school equipment was designed to spend its days on the high seas full of plastic toys from China or trainers from Taiwan, but also containers have appeared in the public consciousness in main-stream media. Your latest detective drama isn’t cool unless it involves a dockside scene on a container park like Felixstowe or Southampton but also the tough, street-wise scene of stacked 20fts is a regular in ads these days. Just the other day while watching the latest programme on Usain Bolt and the 2012 London Olympics up popped a commercial for a well-known paint company (the one with the dog I think) which features a stack of containers and people living in them and working in them while different shades of paint are applied to the adaptable chameleons of the shipping world. Long may it continue, after all as we said in our own advertising in 2001, the container is a masterpiece of modern design.
06 Jul 2012 by Ean Parsons
We were very honoured that the Managing Director of Containex, the Austrian based container and cabin manfacturer paid us a visit this week. I’m always very impressed with Containex’s products, their cabins are well designed and look good. We have bought containers - mainly new 20fts and new 10fts - from them on many occasions and they are always good but like the quality company Containex are they are always looking at ways to improve. Franz accompanied us to our U Hold The Key Self Storage site at Birtley where the latest units we purchased from them are to be put into our fleet. We have our own locking system using Mul T Locks and therefore we always attach a hasp to each container in the fleet. Unfortunately for Franz this means we need to grind off some of the paint on the edge of the doors so that the hasp can be welded on. Franz’s face was a picture. He has obviously spent many years discussing paint systems and improving quality. To find our welder grinding away at the paint was almost too much. Credit to Containex, I imagine the effect would be something similar if the MD of Audi saw someone sticking Go-Faster stripes down the side of a brand new A6! Well almost - at least the Mul T Lock adds something to our stores.
26 Jun 2012 by Ean Parsons
Everyone you talk to who is in the throes of emigrating gives you the impression that eveyone is doing it and that living in the UK is terrible. Recently we had a call from someone who is heading for New Zealand. Quite ironic really as he was having to empty a perfectly good container he was using for storage of equipment for his secuirty business and then use one from a shipping line to put his stuff in to take with him. Its funny where we pick stock up from. This one had shelving and electrics and it won’t hang around with us very long before being snapped up by someone wanting space.
Personally I don’t mind the rain in June - at least its warm. Mind you I hope we get some good weather for the Olympics in a few weeks time. We also know a couple who are heading off for a new life in Australia and are getting rid of a load of stuff. The thing is, a lot of people come back again - even if only for a short while before deciding they really didn’t like the rain in the first place. Either way a container is a handy thing, it’ll either get your stuff there for you or you can store your stuff until you really are sure you don’t need it. You know, in our U Hold The Key business we even have stuff in store from people who went abroad ten years ago - now that really is hedging your bets!