Scholarship Presentation – Access Programme in Galway

Gerard Hosty (Manager Barons Self Storage) presents Aine Shannon with her scholarship Cheque to attend the Access Programme in Galway. This is an entry level programme that upon successful completion will enable Aine to progress to Third Level education at NUI Galway. Also in the photo is Imelda Byrne from the Access Programme.

Free Move in Service

Gerard Hosty, Manager of Barons Self Storage launched their Free Move in Service on January 3rd 2007. Speaking to the Galway Independent Gerard explained that the new service is aimed primarily at the Residential market when people are moving house.

” We will drive our Truck to our customers house, they will load it we will then drive it back to our facility where they will unload it into their own unit and this is completely Free”

Having identified that more and more customers wanted to do their own removal Gerard explained that it was inevitable that Barons would introduce the service. ” We are alway looking at ways in improving our service and providing our customers with the complete package”, if the customer wants us to organise the full move including packaging we can do that, if they want us to organise just the move we can do that and if they want to do the move for Free they can book our truck and do the labour themselves.

This unique service, the 1st of its kind in Ireland is available to all customers in Galway City.

For more information contact Barons Self Storage at 091 771325.

Barons Self Storage Shortlisted for Allianz Business2Arts Award

Baron’s Self Storage, Tuam Road, Galway, has been shortlisted for a Business2Arts award for its role in facilitating Interim, a large art exhibition held during the Tulca Season of Visual Arts last autumn.

The self storage facility is one of four nominees in the category “Best Collaboration with a Small Business”. Interim, curated by Ben Roosevelt and Emma Houlihan, converted Barons into a “holding station for contemporary art”, exhibiting art throughout the 100,000 sq. foot premises. 17 artists from Ireland, America, and France contributed to the event, which garnered both local and national acclaim.

The Business2Arts prizes will be awarded on the 31st of May in Dublin’s Mansion House. The Minister for Arts, Sport, and Tourism John O’Donoghue will be present to distribute the awards.

The co-curators of Interim will be engaged in Galway in the coming months. Roosevelt, a recent graduate of the Burren College of Art’s Master of Fine Arts programme, will be presenting a solo exhibition in the Ard Bia art space later this summer.
Houlihan, studying fine art at NCAD, will be continuing her piece “Special Offer”, which she began at Interim, throughout this summer. For “Special Offer” Houlihan brought more than 100 personal possessions to Barons Self-Sotrage. She photographed and boxed each item, while compiling a catalogue that described each item?s value her life. Audience members were invited to take home an item on condition they agree to a meeting with Houlihan in the future. Houlihan will be visiting participants in and around Galway in the coming months with the intention of compiling a second catalogue later this year.

Barons Launch Phase 2 of Galway Facility

Barons Self Storage hosted an evening on Thursday July 21st at their premises on the Riverside Industrial

Estate on the Tuam Road to launch Phase 2 development of their facility. ?This phase 2 development will more than double Barons current unit capacity and when complete in August, the facility will have in excess of 1,000 individual storage units spread over 100,000 sq ft? said Gerard Hosty, Barons Manager. This development involves an investment of in excess of ?1,000,000 on top of the ?7,800,000 Barons invested in purchasing the building and developing the first phase of the facility.

Representatives from a number of local charities along with customers, local business representatives and the local media attended the event where food, by Moran?s of the Weir, and refreshments were provided.

As part of the evening Barons Self Storage erected a 25 ft high balloon on their roof in the shape of a lock.

In addition Barons also hosted an event in aid of local Galway charities. This was in the form of a raffle where all in attendance received a balloon which acted as their raffle ticket. Two winning tickets were drawn and the ticket holders got to choose which of eight local charities were to receive the prizes of ?1,000 each. The winning charities were Cancer Care West and Galway Lions Club.

Having achieved 70% occupancy of the first phase of the facility and with the launching of Phase 2 we felt it was an opportune time to give something back to the local community. As a thank you to the people who have made our business a success we felt the best way to do this was to hold an event whereby local charities would benefit? said Fintan Maher, Barons Sales and Marketing Manager.

In conjunction with the evening Barons Self Storage will also be running a major publicity campaign with local media. The campaign will be targeting the public who are moving house or decorating. The campaign will involve competitions on Galway Bay FM, advertising with local media as well as roadside promotions.

Barons Shortlisted for Chamber of Commerce Award

Barons Self Storage has been shortlisted for a Galway Chamber of Commerce Business Award in the category of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. ” We are delighted to receive such recognition and acknowledgement of our business, particularly as the business only opened 18 months ago” commented Finta Maher, Barons Sales and Marketing Manager. Given that self storage is such a new industry in Ireland Barons Self Storage have had to invest a lot of time and money in educating the public to the benefits of self storage. According to Gerard Hosty, Barons Manager -”Our biggest challenge was to create awareness of this new business and we delighted with the response to date”. Barons face stiff competition in there category with the Glaway Independent Newspaper and City Direct Gallimhe being the other two nominated companies. The Award Winner will be announced at the Chmaber Awards dinner in the Radission on September 30th 2005.

Barons Launch New Business Service

Barons Self Storage in Galway is offering a new business service aimed at companies with document storage problems. An accurate Storage Audit will be carried out by highly trained professionals free of charge. Barons Self Storage will then make a recommendation on which documents should be retained in-house and which are more appropriately transferred to storage.

The announcement was made this week by Fintan Maher, the newly appointed Sales and Marketing Manager at Barons Self Storage. He said that most businesses are aware that they need to organise their record management, but it is very time consuming.

“Our new free service means that Barons will visit a company premises. We will review existing document storage practices and if a storage facility is required, we will deliver any materials such as document boxes to the client’s offices,” he said.

With increasing regulatory requirements for all businesses to retain original documents for at least 6 years and in some cases indefinitely, all companies are facing the problem of where to store these documents.

“We feel this new service will be of particular interest to professionals such as solicitors and accountants,” Mr. Maher added.

“Companies can maintain their own off-site records stored in one of our individually alarmed units. Their confidential records remain secure and confidential. Only client designated staff have 7 day free access to a particular storage unit,” he said.

In addition to this new service Barons Self Storage also offers self storage for residential and commercial customers. With units from 10 to 350 sq ft we have units to suit all needs. Customers have the peace of mind knowing their possessions are stored in a dry, secure facility where only they have access to them.

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For further information contact:

Fintan Maher 091 771325 / 086 6087319

Baron’s Opening

Barons Self Storage have extended an open invitation to the people of Galway to visit their new ?8 million development. The 100,000 sq.ft. Tuam Road complex, which provides self storage space for the commercial and residential market, was officially opened on Monday 8th December 2003.

Barons Self Storage Manager Gerard Hosty said the concept is new in Ireland and he wants to let potential residential and business customers see exactly how a self storage facility works. ” Each Saturday morning in January we will take guests on a special tour of our state of the art facility. Our objective is to spread the good news of Self Storage and we will even provide some hospitality for our New Year guests,” said Mr. Hosty.

Mayor O’Flaherty congratulated Barons Self Storage on bringing a new concept to Galway. “They have transformed the old Bulk Buy Club and carved up a massive space into secure units that I feel sure will appeal to businesses hard pressed for space as well as residential customers whose homes are cluttered.”

The Mayor said the City of Galway prides itself of innovation and promoting positive initiatives that benefit the community. “Not only is this the first self storage facility in Galway, but it is by far the largest in the country. To be at the cutting edge of progress is really important, but providing a useful service that will take some of the strain out of modern business and domestic living must be doubly satisfying,” said Cllr. O’Flaherty.

26 year old Manager Gerard Hosty from Salthill formerly worked with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. “I have borrowed two clear goals from my former employers – to provide a quality product and to achieve excellence in customer service. Our approach is quite simple, if it’s going to be done, it will be done properly or not at all,” he said.

Barons Self Storage provides quick, easy access to over 850 individually built steel storage units on two floors ranging from 10 sq. ft to 335 sq.ft. Each customer will be provided with a pin number that will allow access to the main building. It will also allow the customer to disarm their individually alarmed storage unit.

“We are working,” said Gerard Hosty,” to provide an ideal solution to any storage problem, whether commercial, residential or document self storage.” High tech security will monitor all movements in and out of the building including the opening and closing of each storage unit.

Ennis businessman Desmond Houlihan is the promoter of Barons Self Storage. Mr. Houlihan said that that after thirty years of Self Storage in the United States, a pattern has emerged showing a demand for four sq.ft. of Self Storage space per head of population. “After twenty years in Europe, the demand is one square foot per head of population. The difference is lack of market awareness in Europe,” he said.

Mr. Houlihan added that whereas there were a number of small Self Storage units in the country, there was none in Galway. “Our target market in Galway City and environs is probably of the order of 100,000 people. Ideally, therefore, we needed a premises of 100,000 sq. ft, and here we are.”

Manager Gerard Hosty told the 150 guests that he studied Hotel Management in Shannon and travelled Europe and America working for various Hotel Groups. “People always ask the same question. What are you doing now? I smile when I tell them I’m managing a Self Storage facility on the Tuam Road where we give hotel standard care and attention to our guests in their respective units! ” he said.

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For further information contact:

Gerard Hosty: 091 771325