SPOTLIGHT ON A CAP BUSINESS CLUB MEMBER
Author - Simon Berry-Jones
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SPOTLIGHT ON A CAP BUSINESS CLUB MEMBER.
YOUR NAME? - Simon Berry-Jones
NAME OF YOUR BUSINESS? - Oaklands Business Centre
WEBSITE ADDRESS? – www.oaklandsbc.co.uk
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? – I was a secondary school PE teacher before leaving to join the family business working in portable accommodation and commercial property.
WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? – After helping build up and sell two successful serviced office & self storage businesses, I decided it was time for a break and try something slightly different, namely property renovation. Once I got this midlife crisis out of my system, I came back to what I know and set up Oaklands Business Centre.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? – I ‘enjoy’ running, watching most sports when I have the time and reading. All of the classic answers and unfortunately nothing exciting but I have promised my wife to take up ballroom dancing when the children leave home!!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE? -
Not any particular movie as long as it’s got lots of action, minimum politics and definitely no horror.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL? – I love a good curry with lots of side orders.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE UK HOLIDAY DESTINATION? – Anywhere there’s a beach and warm weather. Lyme Regis & Swansea are just two that’s been a favourite of ours with the children.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION ABROAD? – Majorca because my parents have an apartment there and it’s a 1 minute walk to the beach. With three children, I find the beach a great leveller for the daughter and wife who like to sunbathe and two boys who can’t sit still for 1 minute.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME? – I have watched every episode of NCIS across 18 series so I guess this has to be my favourite. They’re usually repeated on FOX every week so it’s not hard to find.
YOUR FAVOURITE SONG? – I was given Rick Astley’s ‘50’ album for my birthday and have got to admit I love most songs on it. ‘This Old House’ (track 4) is particularly good.
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? – Getting up and going to work for myself.
IF YOU HAD A MAGIC WAND WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? – A full order book.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME? – Sat on a beach drinking a cold beer. Realistically though, having another one or two additional office and self storage centres under the same brand.
DO YOU HAVE ANY USEFUL TIPS OR IDEAS THAT YOU COULD SHARE WITH THE OTHER CAP MEMBERS? – Keep going if you believe in your business. Sometimes it can seem daunting but keep the standards high and look after your customers.
HOW HAS CAP BUSINESS CLUBS HELPED YOU IN YOUR BUSINESS? – I have already rented a small office to another CAP member who I would never have met without an introduction from Paul. I have also met some great suppliers who are looking to save my business money. I like working with local businesses who I can meet ‘face to face’ and CAP Business is a great way of achieving this.
Thank you Simon for spending some time answering these questions
- it's greatly appreciated.
My first contact with Oaklands was a good start, helpful , clear, available, and well priced. We used the external containers, and the deliver to home storage box system (Mobile Self Storage). This is particularly easy to use, a secure, clean box arrives on a special trailer, you load it, it goes safely away. On return, helpful and realistic adjustments to avoid awkward weather, and impeccable on time delivery.
Highly recommended, a good system, well managed, with great friendly staff. Tell your friends, this is a little gem, and a credit to Monmouth.
We had to move out of our house within 3 days or lose the sale. I contacted Simon and arranged to meet him with our items for storage on the evening before we had to move out at the site. We arrived a lot later than anticipated, but Simon could not have been more helpful. We had an outside storage container so we could access our container whenever we needed to…. The prices are very competitive and we used the facility for 5 months.
I have used the storage services here for many months. I find it extremely cost effective and conveniently located with easy access of the A40. The facilities are well organised, clean, secure and access to stored items is never a problem. I have no hesitation in recommending the company and the facility. Thank you!
We used Oakland's storage facility over last summer holidays for the contents of my son's flat and the system worked very well. The storage unit arrived promptly, parked as close as possible to the flat and we filled it with his things. We had two hours to fill it which was fine and it all then went off to be stored until the new academic year began. I phoned as soon as we knew where the next year's flat was going to be and arranged a time to get the things back. Again this worked smoothly and everything was in good order when we got it back. Much better than trying to take it all home and then bring it back again especially as home is in Scotland! I would have no hesitation in recommending the service this company provides. - Celia Marjoribanks. Scotland
Very pleased with the service. I had to store my household items. So convenient and kept all my items in the storage unit to have delivered back to me so no unpacking to put on a van, just brought my stuff to me. Such a nice guy and always helpful. Excellent service very reasonable rates. Will definitely use this service again thank you Simon
“We found Simon and Oaklands outstanding value for money. The team offered exceptional customer service in collecting, storing and delivering our household furniture. I have no hesitation in recommending anyone to use their services”