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Episode two: Real Storage Wars

Updated Wednesday 2nd April 2014

This is the story of how a multi-million pound industry was created to profit from our hoarding habits.

A view of a padlock on a door inside a storage facility Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

About the episode

The second programme in the Business Boomers series discovers why Britain came to have the biggest self-storage industry in Europe, when just three decades ago the industry didn’t even exist in this country. This is the entertaining tale of canny entrepreneurs who grew rich selling empty space, of the garish multi-coloured monster sheds that have sprung up around our towns and cities and – above all – of our national predilection for buying stuff and hoarding it.

Self-storage has also provided a home for a multitude of small business start-ups as firms abandon the high street. With self-storage bosses, compulsive collectors and observers including Danny Dorling.

This episode was first broadcast on BBC Two on 14th April 2014.


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