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Living in the city is now more expensive than in a raft of other European destinations, economists have revealed.

Daily living expenses in Manchester outstrip Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, Milan, Munich, Reykjavik, Rome and Stockholm.

A survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit puts the city 26th in a list of 133 cities ranked by the price of 160 goods - ranging from utility bills to groceries.

It is one of the world’s fastest risers, according to the index.

Manchester has moved up 13 places since last year’s Worldwide Cost of Living Report - and has now been named Europe’s 11th most expensive city.

It also ranks higher than major cities worldwide, including San Francisco, Washington DC and Wellington.

Despite Manchester’s decade-high ranking, the city is still 15pc cheaper than London, according to the survey.

The capital is now sixth in the global list - and is the fourth most expensive European city behind Zurich, Geneva and Paris.

Boffins say prices in Manchester haven’t changed drastically in the past few years, but living costs elsewhere have plummeted - meaning the city has become relatively more expensive.

An Economist spokesman said: “Manchester’s rise up the rankings came as a result of a stronger pound compared to other European currencies.

“Price levels in Manchester won’t have changed that much but compared to its global peers it has become more expensive.”

The worldwide list was topped by Singapore. Zurich in Switzerland came second and Hong Kong third.

Currency fluctuations were a major factor in the survey, according to economists.

The rankings were compiled by looking at the price of a ‘basket’ goods, including food and drink, clothing, rent, transport, bills and leisure costs.

One of the report’s editors, Jon Copestake, said: “In nearly 17 years of working on this survey I can’t recall a year as volatile as 2015. Falling commodity prices have created deflationary pressures in some countries, but in others currency weakness caused by these falls has led to spiralling inflation.”


Our Mobile Self-Storage Referral Schemes

We love customer referrals here at Space and Time Storage. In fact, we love them so much that we’ll always reward those who recommend a friend or business to us. Let’s not forget that our simple system of ‘mobile self-storage’ shouldn’t need any recommendation. However, it takes a little more time than just overnight for residents throughout Stockport to find out about us. That’s where you come in…

So what’s the deal? We run two referral schemes aimed at family & friends and another one aimed towards businesses. Read on to find out more.

Refer Friends & Family

There’s nothing more satisfying than being in the ‘services’ industry and receiving an enquiry from word of mouth. Many of our customers, past and present, are constantly recommending our services to their loved ones. These customers are our bread and butter (so to speak) and following a fantastic level of service from us, they’ll go on to shout about us and what we do. To say thank you, upon a referral booking a Mobile Self-Storage Unit with us, the referring customer will receive £25 worth of gift vouchers from either John Lewis, Amazon or iTunes. It really is that simple. And the best bit? You don’t have to be an existing (or past) customer to benefit from this scheme. So what are you waiting for? Get recommending and we’ll get sending…!

Refer a Business 

Okay, this is the big one. This is where you can get anything up to £500 worth of John Lewis, Amazon or iTunes vouchers. There are so many businesses out there, big and small, wasting valuable office, warehouse and retail space which could be put to better use. Whether this means storing stock, office furniture or files, there is a huge reward in it for you. Our Business Mobile Self-Storage Units are ideal for any of the above. Therefore, if the business you work for could benefit from our ‘Business Mobile Self-Storage Units’ service then send the decision-maker our way. Once the company has been in store for an initial 3 months, we’ll release to you vouchers equal to the first month’s storage invoice. It’s that simple. 


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South Manchester Mobile Self Storage Centre now open...

We're delighted to announce our 2nd store is now open! Our South Manchester storage company, Space & Time Mobile Self Storage, is based in Cheadle and serving all businesses and households in neighbouring towns and villages. In addition, we’ve recently teamed up with Manchester Removals & Storage offering a professional and premium removal service throughout the UK. So between, and we’ve got it covered!!


New Mobile Self-Storage Centre in South Manchester opening soon...

We are delighted to announce we are weeks away from opening our new store in South Manchester. Our Mobile Self Storage service will remove all hassle you usually encounter when using traditional self storage. 

We deliver a mobile self-storage unit to your home or business for you to load. Once you have loaded, you will have the option of us either delivering an additional Mobile Self-Storage Units for you to load, or we can simply collect the existing Mobile Self-Storage Units and take it into storage.

We will be offering our mobile self-storage service to business and domestic customers in Cheadle, Cheadle-Hulme, Didsbury, Stockport, Heaton Moor, Heaton Norris, Heaton Chapel, Wilmslow, Bramhall, Poynton and surrounding areas.

If you would like to find out more, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .