Who is Metro Storage …?
Angus Burnett – Co-Founder and Director
Angus started working with his brother and business partner Simon back in 1996. For the first 2 years he helped build a successful car park business (see below) which had at one stage 8 car parks operating in Chelsea / West End / Fitzrovia in Central London. He continued to help with the strategic development of the expanding car park business whilst starting, in 1998, to build a successful self-storage business. Angus was responsible for site finding, deal negotiating, fitting out, marketing and running all aspects of the storage business. With a total of five stores at major sites in Central London and the South East there was also boutique storage locations within our managed car park portfolio which allowed additional revenue generation from underutilised space at these locations. Angus has been an active Member of the SSA (Self-storage Association of UK) having chaired the ‘Smaller Operators Division’ as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for 5 years and holding the role of Association Treasurer for 2 years (now retired). Angus is now fully focused on driving Metro Storage forwards and has great expectations of growing the business in the coming years whilst maintaining its well known very high levels of customer satisfaction.
Simon Burnett – Co-Founder and Director
Simon started his career back in 1992 when the economic climate was tough. Despite this he started on his own in the Central London car park business and between 1992 and today he has been responsible for the overall direction and management of a total of 30+ car parks (both leasehold and management agreements) in central London and across the UK. Simon also managed a high profile petrol filling station business in the heart of Chelsea from 1996 to 2009. He has also worked with his brother and business partner, Angus, during this time in helping with the strategic development of the self-storage business mentioned above. He has years of experience in both the parking and storage markets and has enviable contacts to help move the Metro Storage business model forward.
Both Angus and Simon have over 35 combined years of experience of starting and running businesses in both the self-access storage and parking markets and with Metro Storage they have combined these two skill sets to put self storage into centrally located but under performing car parks in Central London.
Metro Storage is poised for major growth in the coming 12 months with the expansion of its existing successful site in Bayswater and also the potential of opening other sites in Central London – fingers crossed please!
Metro Storage is always on the look out for new opportunities and always rewards any introductions that progress to a deal. If you have any site you think might be of interest, then please contact Angus Burnett on email@example.com or 0800 999 5881.
Brotherly Background …
Angus and Simon have worked together on starting up and running many different businesses. The first seeds were sewn when Simon, being 4 years older, hit upon the idea during University holidays of buying Christmas trees from where they grew up in West Sussex and bringing them up to London and selling them to the large properties in Chelsea, Belgravia and Notting Hill. Both of them could be seen charging around the smarter areas of London in a battered old blue Nissan pick-up they had borrowed delivering and erecting the trees in the build up to Christmas.
The start in car parks was no less enterprising. Having heard about a disused site in Islington and borrowed £10,000 from their mother which was spent putting down a layer of hardcore and renting a kiosk, the doors of the first parking venture were opened … and took a grand total of £8.50 on the first day. Doing a quick bit of mental arithmetic it became clear that at that rate it would take a very long time to pay back the money. Luckily, things improved and the funds were repaid with interest!
In order to make the car parks work as hard as possible for them, the guys teamed up with a designer – Andy Speechley – to work on a means of getting two cars into one space … and came up with this!
From these humble beginnings the business grew to encapsulate 10 car parks on either a long lease or on a management basis, a petrol filling station that shifted over 4 million litres a year, 5 self storage operations … and a scooter shop in Chelsea! The latter was born out of their passion for two wheeled transport around London, allowing them to work very efficiently and cover a lot of ground. Having seen what a positive impact it had on their lives, they become slightly evangelical in ‘spreading the word’ and due to the poor service received decided to open their own shop selling scooters with a mechanics bay to service and maintain them.
The (very) early days in Self Storage – back in 1998!
Whilst still operating in the parking market for clients such as Waitrose, Angus and Simon are both fully committed to working on providing the best possible storage experience in the most centrally located storage locations in Central London.