THE HARDER YOU WORK THE LUCKIER YOU GET
Storage & the Self-Storage industry has been my life for all of the 29 years of my working life. In fact I have now been running my own business, Active Supply and Design, for half of my life! Anything you want to know about self storage & storage then
THE HARDER YOU WORK THE LUCKIER YOU GET
Storage & the Self-Storage industry has been my life for all of the 29 years of my working life. In fact I have now been running my own business, Active Supply and Design, for half of my life! Anything you want to know about self storage & storage then I'm your man. I'm respected in the industry as one of the leading self-storage entrepreneurs in the UK.
All time favourite quote, Prince Charles, "Andrew Donaldson is a prime example of the virtuous circle I had always hoped the Prince's Trust would create."
I am proud to have won 21 business awards in my 24 years of business trading, 6 of which have been won by BiG Storage.
I am celebrating my 24th year in business this year since I set-up Active Supply and Design with a £2000 loan from the Prince's Trust - Active have sold over £200million of product since those humble beginnings!
I am a great believer in putting something back in to society and work tirelessly by investing my business expertise and intellectual capital in to making things happen in the sub-region of Cheshire & Warrington and by also helping as many local good causes as possible.
My latest community focus after stepping down from The Cheshire Phoenix Professional Basketball team is Young Enterprise which helps young people learn by doing, by setting up and running a business
Self-Storage & Storage
Business start-up support and advice
Cheshire & Warrington sub-region
Winning Business Awards (21)
Founding Director @ New Self-Storage and Business Generation Centre venture. Opening in Liverpool in Autumn 2015 and in Shrewsbury Summer 2016. From June 2015 to Present (5 months) Liverpool, United KingdomCo Owner @ Family Run Boatyard at the end of Abersoch beach From June 2015 to Present (5 months) Abersoch BeachChairman & Chief Executive @ Founder of Active Supply and Design, self-storage fit-out company - market leader in the UK - we build self storage rooms for self-storage operators in the UK and Europe - anything to do with storage or self-storage then Active Supply and Design can fulfill your self storage or storage requirements. From a £2000 Prince's Trust loan to £200million total turnover! Prince Charles quote "Andrew Donaldson is a prime example of the virtuous circle I had always hoped The Prince's Trust would create". I have now been in business for half of my life! From July 1991 to Present (24 years 4 months) Crewe, United KingdomSocial Entrepreneur @ I support and work with the Prince's Trust, Livewire, Enterprise in schools, Cheshire Business Leaders, Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Cheshire West & Chester Council, High Sheriff of Cheshire, University of Chester, Cheshire East, Chester FC, Warrington Wolves Foundation, Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Save the Family, Cancer Research, Scouts, CAFT, Claire House From January 2000 to Present (15 years 10 months) Chairman @ I am proud to have helped rescue what was the Cheshire Jets from extinction in October 2012. It was my ultimate responsibility to rebuild the club as a not for profit venture with solid financial foundations to secure its long term future for the benefit of the local community and I am extremely proud to have achieved this. Although I am no longer a director of the club I am happy to be able to offer my support and expertise to Mike Burton the new Chairman and the rest of the board. From November 2012 to May 2015 (2 years 7 months) Chester, United KingdomFounding Partner & Chairman @ Self storage company in Cheshire & Lancashire & North West England providing self-storage rooms for domestic house movers and self storage lock-ups and business units for business customers who need extra space. This business was recently acquired by Big Yellow PLC. From September 2005 to January 2015 (9 years 5 months) Chester, United KingdomChairman @ Private Sector Chairman of the Celebrate Cheshire event of 2011 on behalf of the Marketing Cheshire & Cheshire Business Leaders. Also chairing Celebrate Cheshire on tour events in 2012 From January 2011 to January 2012 (1 year 1 month) Chester, United KingdomFounding Partner, Shareholder & Director @ The 2nd chain of self-storage warehouses developed the superstore concept in the industry and was sold to Safestore PLC in August 2005. Our Trafford, Manchester store opened in November 2002 and our Reddish, Stockport store opened in 2004. From November 2002 to August 2005 (2 years 10 months) Founding Partner, Shareholder & Director @ Our first ever chain of self-storage warehouses was sold to Mentmore Abbey PLC in September 2002. Bolton, our first store was acquired from Booker PLC in 1999, with a second site opened in Warrington in 2000 and a third site in Oldham as a joint venture with Bruntwood the following year. Mentmore was subsequently acquired by Safestore PLC. From March 1999 to September 2002 (3 years 7 months) National Sales Manager @ UK National Sales Manager From September 1989 to December 1990 (1 year 4 months) Regional Sales Manager @ Mobile shelving manufacturer From September 1988 to September 1989 (1 year 1 month) Sales Office Manager, Production Manager, Regional Sales Manager @ At the age of 21 I ran the factory with 60 employees and doubled output in 3 months! Set up and ran the Distributor Sales Office. Developed the South East market as Regional Sales Manager From October 1986 to September 1988 (2 years) Estimator, Sales Co-ordinator, Sales Representative @ First ever job and ended up selling mobile shelving in central London (EC1-4, WC1-2) at the age of 19! From September 1984 to October 1986 (2 years 2 months)
Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School From 1978 to 1984 Andrew Donaldson is skilled in: Built chain of self..., Disposed of chain of..., Designed over 200 self..., Fitted out over 100..., Turning a £2000..., Former Director of the..., Self Storage, Loans, Association, Turnover, Start-ups, Business Strategy, Customer Service, Chain, Small Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, New Business Development, Sales, Real Estate Development, Strategy, Contract Negotiation, Community Outreach, Real Estate, Business Planning, Sales Management, Investments, Operations Management, Negotiation, Budgets, Management, Marketing Strategy, Strategic Planning, Business Development