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Self-storage offers low input, high value diversification

As farmers look for more ways to diversify their disused land and buildings, self-storage could offer a low cost option

With the phase-out of direct payments and rising costs, making the best use of resources and diversifying to bring in extra revenue has never been more important. In light of this, a growing number of farmers are making use of spare buildings or land to offer self-storage and small commercial units to local people and businesses.

Cheshire-based AIE Construction has been seeing an increase in the number of farmers seeking its services to help them cash in on this burgeoning industry – worth £766 million in 2019 – by developing and converting their unused land and buildings into rental units.

Over the years, AIE Construction has assisted many of its customers in completing full commercial projects. This includes creating site concepts, securing planning permission and liaising with building control. As well as supplying, erecting and completing ground works on the buildings themselves. AIE Construction prides itself in offering a turnkey service to customers, with a dedicated and enthusiastic team to ensure concepts are made into a reality, on time and on budget.

As a relatively low investment, low maintenance, but lucrative business, self-storage and commercial development is an attractive prospect for farmers who are actively seeking diversification options.

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