For all organisations involved in the self-storage industry, the FEDESSA Conference & Trade Show is a must-attend event.

The annual awards show is open to SSA UK members as well as members of other European self-storage trade groups that are members of the FEDESSA European Federation.

Attending events like this for us is always a great opportunity to keep up-to-date with industry changes, meet vendors, and network at the conference. It provides an all-round great experience, to learn and to share with other people within the industry.

This year was particularly special for the team at Squab Storage. Here’s why.


Why we love this event

The European Independent Self Storage Operator of The Year Awards are a terrific opportunity to network with a brilliant line-up of well-known business and industry speakers, including Geoff Ram, Nicholas Wheeler OBE, and Richard Mullender.

And, of course, the FEDESSA Conference is also the world’s largest self-storage trade event outside of the United States.

The event really does have everything you’d ever need for your self-storage business in one location!

For the team at Squab, it’s always great to meet other like-minded individuals and, after the last 18 months we’ve all had to endure, to be able to do so in person was an added bonus.

It really is self-storage heaven, and also a great place to mingle. Getting the opportunity to hear people speak so passionately about the industry provides great insight for us and leaves the Squab Storage team full of new knowledge that can be applied to the business.

That’s why the new Container Breakout Stream was such a great addition to the conference. It was a brilliant opportunity to meet the other container operators, separate from the main conference, and to discuss mutual areas of interest.


Squab gets nominated… and wins!

The last night of the conference is always fun and we had the added excitement of being nominated for not one but two awards.

As you can imagine, we all had our fingers crossed, waiting for confirmation that we’d hopefully win at least one of them.

We were therefore ecstatic when we were nominated for the store of the year award. To us, that’s an achievement in itself. But not only did we make the top six… we also won!

Yes, that’s right – our Evesham store won European Store of the Year! And, while we don’t do what we do for the recognition, there’s no doubting that it’s a wonderful feeling when you receive acknowledgement of this kind.

The competition was fierce, and we congratulate Emma on coming in second place for Store Manager of the Year. That is a fantastic feat in itself!

Lastly, we just want to say a huge congratulations to all the other winners!  Thank you also to all the trades and speakers that made it such an informative yet fun event.

We can’t wait to go again next year and, if we’re lucky enough, maybe grab ourselves another award! Getting more awards for our Leamington Spa self storage and Rubery self storage facilities is naturally high on our agenda.