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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Brighton, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Brighton, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Brighton, CO, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Brighton, CO

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Brighton, CO

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Brighton, CO

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Brighton, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Brighton, CO

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Brighton, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Brighton, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Brighton, CO?

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Why exported UK plastic waste needs to stop

The world produces a vast amount of plastic. Global plastic production increased from 2 million metric tons in 1950 to 348 million metric tons in 2017. Yet much of this plastic is wasted: 86% of the world’s plastic waste in 2016 was either incinerated, sent to landfill or leaked...

The world produces a vast amount of plastic. Global plastic production increased from 2 million metric tons in 1950 to 348 million metric tons in 2017. Yet much of this plastic is wasted: 86% of the world’s plastic waste in 2016 was either incinerated, sent to landfill or leaked into nature.

Many countries use international trade to manage their plastic waste. The justification for this is that plastic waste can be treated in destinations with better capacity for waste treatment. The UK, lacking capacity itself, exports 60% of its plastic waste abroad. But in a recent report, the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee – the group of MPs responsible for improving and protecting the environment – have called on the government to stop the export of UK plastic waste by the end of 2027.

The movement of hazardous waste is controlled by an international agreement called the Basel Convention. It requires the consent of the receiving country, accurate labelling of waste, and notification when plastic waste has been treated for waste to be exported legally. The Convention has recently increased the range of plastics that fall within its remit.

China has long been the world’s leading plastic waste importer. But in 2017 its government banned plastic waste imports, citing concerns over the low quality of material received. This has displaced vast quantities of plastic waste. The UK now exports most of its plastic waste to Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Netherlands.

Passing the burden

The import of plastic waste is a valuable source of foreign exchange for many countries. But these countries often have limited waste treatment infrastructure.

Uncontrolled imports can therefore lead to the volume of plastic waste received exceeding the capacity of a country to cope with it. It also displaces its ability to treat its own domestic waste. The result is more plastic waste than can be safely handled and high levels of mismanagement.

Once a country has received the waste, monitoring of the treatment process is also scarce. A Greenpeace investigation in 2021 found evidence of plastic waste from the UK and Germany dumped illegally across 10 sites in southwestern Turkey.

But mismanaged plastic waste is one of the main causes of plastic pollution in nature. One report estimates that 56% (239 million metric tonnes) of global annual plastic waste production by 2040 will be subject to mismanagement.

Exporting plastic waste also raises ethical questions. It allows exporting nations to forgo their responsibility to deal with their own plastic waste while claiming to be managing their waste responsibly.

Upstream solutions

A more systemic and responsible way of dealing with plastic waste is to reduce plastic consumption. The Committee’s report recommends measures that focus on reducing plastic waste at source, rather than improving the ability of waste treatment infrastructure to manage a greater capacity of waste.

The key suggestion was to accelerate the introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility schemes. Extended Producer Responsibility is an approach that aims to make companies bear a greater proportion of the cost of disposing the plastic they use for products put on the market. These schemes will apply to all companies in the UK who put at least 1 tonne of plastic packaging on the market each year by 2030, encouraging them to reduce their production of plastic waste. This can be achieved through innovations to “design out” plastics or by transitioning to a circular economy where plastic materials are reused or fully recycled.

The Committee’s report recommends the establishment of a plastic reuse task force, composed of representatives from industry and consumer groups. The group would coordinate strategies including incentives to adopt business models that encourage the reuse of plastic materials, single-use plastic charges, mandatory reporting on a company’s plastic footprint, and public campaigns to raise the profile of reuse schemes.

Deposit-return schemes also help and are already in progress in the UK. In 2023, Scotland will launch a national programme where people will pay a 20p deposit when they buy a drink in a plastic bottle or can, which will be repaid when the empty container is returned.

Plastic waste is a global problem

The recommendations made by the Committee are a positive step forward and would place the UK in a position of international leadership on tackling plastic pollution. But plastic value chains are transnational and waste is generated at each stage. This reduces the effectiveness of isolated national action.

National policies often do not have the reach or influence to tackle the global causes of plastic pollution. Research that I co-authored found that isolated policies including national bans on plastic products are ineffective in reducing the generation of plastic waste. Fragmented national policies can also create loopholes in international policy that inadvertently reroutes plastic waste towards the destinations least equipped to deal with it.

But earlier this year, 173 countries formally adopted a UN resolution to start negotiations for a global legally binding agreement to end plastic pollution by the end of 2024. The World Trade Organisation has also launched an initiative to explore how trade policies can be used to reduce plastic pollution. International cooperation over plastic waste policy, along with the legal power of the Basel Convention, offers hope of a coordinated global response to plastic pollution that avoids policy fragmentation.

Environmental groups are critical of the trade in plastic waste. The Committee’s recommendation to ban UK plastic waste exports by 2027 is therefore an ambitious and welcome step forwards in tackling plastic pollution. But without global action, isolated national policies will not deliver change on the scale required to end this controversial trade.

Banksy’s copyright battle with Guess Still

Fresh from providing war-torn Ukraine with a series of murals, Banksy recently used his Instagram account to channel frustrations with a more domestic concern.The ...

Fresh from providing war-torn Ukraine with a series of murals, Banksy recently used his Instagram account to channel frustrations with a more domestic concern.

The elusive artist has accused fashion retailer Guess of exploiting his artwork without consent. He posted a picture of the brand’s flagship store, which showcased clothes incorporating some of his iconic pieces (including the Flower Thrower and Flying Balloon Girl), and invited shoplifters to attack it, saying, “They’ve helped themselves to my artwork without asking, how can it be wrong for you to do the same to their clothes?”

The fashion company has justified the new collection by emphasising that it was “inspired by Banksy’s graffiti” and that they had legally acquired rights over Banksy’s art.

It is very unlikely that Banksy, or his organisation Pest Control, has ever authorised an external company to manage the copyright over his art. This can be inferred from Banksy’s own website, which first claims that “neither Banksy or Pest Control licence the artist’s images to third parties” and then confirms that “Banksy doesn’t do merchandise”.

Some may argue that Banksy’s latest move is hypocritical, emphasising what the artist himself noted in the introductory page to his bestselling 2005 book, Wall and Piece: “Copyright is for losers.”

But a statement made almost 20 years earlier does not deprive the artist of the exclusive rights over his art. To allow otherwise would unduly restrict his freedom of expression.

As explained last year by the EU intellectual property (IP) office in the proceedings which led to the cancellation of one of Banksy’s trademarks, one cannot lose the right to a brand because of anti-copyright statements made in the past.

This was also highlighted by a decision of the same office a few weeks ago, which reversed a previous ruling invalidating Banksy’s trademark of the artwork Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be In Charge. It was noted that anyone is free to express publicly their view and opinions, and that Banksy’s old statement, “Copyright is for losers”, does not mean that copyright should not be enforceable, as it was simply an ironic comment.

A strategic change from team Banksy

Artists can be anti-establishment and still take legal action to protect their intellectual property. And this is exactly what Banksy and Pest Control have started doing.

They have been planning a trademark filing strategy in several jurisdictions and even won a case of unauthorised merchandising in Italy in 2019, while leaving people free “to use Banksy’s images for non-commercial, personal amusement”.

Another issue is anonymity. Some commentators have claimed that Banksy would need to reveal his identity to be able to start a copyright suit, something the mysterious artist understandably wants to avoid.

But the idea that anonymous (or pseudonymous) artists cannot bring legal actions while keeping their real identity confidential is debatable. Many laws around the world, including in the US and UK, and the main international treaty on copyright (the Berne Convention), clearly protect anonymous works.

Also, several copyright offices allow the registration of anonymous works – the US copyright office being one of them. And in many countries it is possible to start legal actions while remaining anonymous or pseudonymous if certain tests are met – the aim being to protect the complainant’s privacy and personal data.

The EU IP Office stressed this point during the recent proceedings over Banksy’s trademark, saying: “As to Banksy’s need to stay anonymous, it must be stated that in proceedings a party may request to a certain extent to be treated in a confidential way in order to limit, to the extent that it is possible, the dissemination of his personal data, in case this is justified.”

Banksy’s anti-establishment ethos

Not only is copyright compatible with anti-establishment messages, it could also become the legal tool to maintain those messages. Copyright allows artists to object to and prevent what many of them do not accept: a commercial exploitation of their art which is antithetical to their message. Resorting to copyright laws may protect the reputation of artists who, like Banksy, don’t want to be associated with marketing and profit-oriented activities.

There have recently been several cases where street and graffiti artists brought copyright infringement claims precisely because they didn’t want to be linked to corporate and consumerist messages. This is the case of US artists Dash Snow, Ahol, Revok and Rime, among others.

But can Banksy be accused of selling-out because of his recent IP enforcement strategy?

As copyright regimes are neutral to the messages conveyed by the works, this accusation is weak. Banksy could earn much more money by regularly licensing his copyright and trademarks to commercial entities. He instead chooses to licence his art royalty-free to charity organisations. One of these is the London-based Loves Welcome, a creative social enterprise aiding refugee women.

Also, Banksy often donates proceeds from sales of his canvases to non-profit organisations. This happened in 2021 when the COVID-themed painting Game Changer, depicting a young boy playing with a superhero nurse doll, was sold for £16 million. Proceeds from the sale were used to support the Southampton Hospitals Charity among others.

Banksy’s relationship with intellectual property and copyright in particular has certainly been tumultuous. But denying him the ability to enforce rights over his art would be wrong. Even controversial figures like Banksy should take advantage of the tools the law offers to protect their artistic vision.

Brighton’s Deniz Undav: ‘This isn’t the farmers’ league, it’s the best league in the world’

Deniz Undav was a striker who couldn’t stop scoring goals. Now he isn’t even starting games for Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.Nobody has more to prove to head coach Roberto De Zerbi than Undav as the ...

Deniz Undav was a striker who couldn’t stop scoring goals. Now he isn’t even starting games for Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Nobody has more to prove to head coach Roberto De Zerbi than Undav as the Brighton players — minus the eight members of the squad involved in the World Cup in Qatar — report back to training today after time off since the 2-1 home defeat by Aston Villa on November 13.

Undav made little impact in that match as a 59th-minute replacement for Danny Welbeck, but it was a breakthrough of sorts for the unassuming German.

He had almost as much game time that day as he had had in his four league appearances combined, meaning the sum total of his contribution under De Zerbi since the Italian took over from Graham Potter in September is just 76 minutes of league action.

It was a similar story under Potter in the opening six league games. Undav was on the pitch for just 18 minutes in total in three matches across that period. His only start this season — and only goal — came away to Forest Green Rovers in the Carabao Cup, back in August.

So what’s gone wrong for the attacking spearhead who bagged 27 goals in 41 games for Belgian top-tier side Union Saint-Gilloise last season?

Undav admits: “It’s hard for me, especially when you come from a season in Belgium playing every game.

“But it’s life, that’s football. I’m a little bit disappointed, yes, but I just try to be positive, to work hard, to be there for my team-mates and when I maybe get the chance to start again to be ready.”

Undav’s sudden drought, both in the number of appearances and goals, has mitigating circumstances.

First, Undav’s move from USG, the Brussels-based club co-owned by Brighton’s owner-chairman Tony Bloom, can best be described as a low-cost gamble.

Or rather a calculated gamble, based on Bloom’s data model and feedback from people he knows well at USG.

Undav cost only £6million ($7.25million) when Brighton bought the 26-year-old in January, then loaned him straight back to USG for the rest of the season. That’s loose change for a striker at Premier League level.

The rapid nature of Undav’s rise also needs to be taken into account. It’s only three seasons ago that he was playing for SV Meppen in Germany’s third tier, and, prior to that, for Havelse in the part-time fourth tier in his homeland.

“It’s now my third season as a professional, really,” Undav says. “I thought it would be hard, but it’s even harder than I thought.

“(The mid-season break) is an opportunity for me to be even more ready than before and, if I get the chance, to play. It’s not the farmers’ league, it’s the best league in the world. I have to give everything now I know the league and maybe be even more ready than I was.”

Those remarks reflect other major adjustments that Undav has struggled with since scoring 37 goals in 72 games for Havelse, 24 goals in 73 matches for Meppen and 45 goals over 70 appearances for USG — 18 of which helped fire USG to promotion from the second tier in his first season with the club.

It’s a whole different ball game in the Premier League. Training is much more competitive, opposition defenders are much more astute.

“In training, everyone’s aggressive, really, really good,” Undav says. “There’s no time to relax in training or take the foot off the gas, so that’s hard. The intensity is really, really hard.

“You have to get used to it at some point. Even when I’ve come on for a few minutes, it’s always hard against the defenders. When you come on, you think you are ready, but they don’t care.

“They are 100 per cent ready. I may have to change my head, to work even harder. I think, so far, I’m disappointed, but I don’t give up just because I’m not playing that much.

“I’ll try to give everything for the team, so that if the coach picks me, I’ll be ready.”

Undav’s past numbers demonstrate that he has the instincts of a goal scorer, but does he have the technique and the personality to make the leap, or is the Premier League a step too far?

“The Belgian League was hard for me in the beginning too, because it was my second year as a professional,” Undav says. “Now it’s the Premier League. That’s why I took the challenge.

“If I’m not playing from the start in six months or the first year, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I’m trying to do something that’s really hard. From Belgium to the Premier League is like five, six levels higher.

“I want to stay positive, work hard, not think about this kind of stuff.”

De Zerbi, like Potter before him, has stated that Brighton don’t need to sign a striker in the January transfer window.

When the Italian made those comments, he talked about Danny Welbeck and Leandro Trossard. Wide men Kaoru Mitoma and Solly March were also referenced as players capable of scoring goals. Undav wasn’t mentioned.

He may have slipped De Zerbi’s mind, which at the very least suggests Undav hasn’t shown enough yet for the head coach to be conscious that he is pushing hard for a starting role.

These are still early days for Undav, whose contract runs until June 2026. He’s in a new country, trying to make headway in a new and superior league.

Undav has been speculatively linked with Turkish giants Galatasaray — he has Turkish and Kurdish heritage. The possibility of returning to USG to rediscover his goal touch and restore confidence is also bound to be mooted in the weeks leading up to the January transfer window.

He may get an immediate opportunity to make a mark when Brighton return to action on December 21 away to third-tier Charlton Athletic in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

A warm weather training camp for a week in Dubai from Friday — including at least one friendly expected to be against Premier League opposition — also provides an early opportunity for Undav to stake a claim, especially with Trossard otherwise engaged with Belgium at the World Cup.

With regard to going out on loan, Undav says: “I’ll just try to fight for my spot, I don’t want to give up. But, in football, you never know. The first choice is, of course, to stay here and fight for my spot.

“That’s why I came here. After six months, to go out, for example to another team on loan, it’s not like giving everything. So, the first year for me is to see how it goes, to see how the Premier League goes, and then we will see. Maybe it will be better in six months, one month — you never know.”

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Understanding Pensions for Brighton Residents

The economic forecast seems certain that tough times are ahead. As household budgets are being squeezed, it can be hard to look to the future. Yet making sure you plan for retirement becomes even more important.While the government’s triple lock on pensions has been upheld, it is vital you put extra away to enjoy your later years. Below, we give a brief guide on pensions for Brighton residents.UK State PensionThe UK state pension is given to those who have paid the necessary National Insurance contribution...

The economic forecast seems certain that tough times are ahead. As household budgets are being squeezed, it can be hard to look to the future. Yet making sure you plan for retirement becomes even more important.

While the government’s triple lock on pensions has been upheld, it is vital you put extra away to enjoy your later years. Below, we give a brief guide on pensions for Brighton residents.

UK State Pension

The UK state pension is given to those who have paid the necessary National Insurance contributions. It currently stands at £185.13 per week. You may get more than this if you defer receiving your pension or if you have paid more than the necessary amount.

The state pension age is no longer 65 years as it was in the past. The age at which you can receive this depends upon the year you were born. Previously around 66 years for people, it is now increasing. You can find more information on the UK Government website. For many, this means getting a private pension earlier is a sound option.

Private Pensions

Private pensions are ones that you pay into yourself. They work by giving a certain amount of funds to a company, which then uses it for investments. When the time comes, you can then receive your money back as instalments, or a lump sum, usually with added interest. However, they all tend to work in different ways. The most popular are below.

A self-invested personal pension, also known as a SIPP, gives you a lot of autonomy over how the money you pay is invested. You save money, invest it, and built a pot with the guidance of a financial advisor. For example, you may choose to only invest in companies that have sound ecological principles, or decide to invest in tech.

A range of SIPP providers is available, some better than others. You should choose one based on its fees, customer service and range of products for investment. For example, as this super detailed Hargreaves Lansdown review shows, their ratings for excellence go above and beyond. Also scoring highly for account opening and their trading platform, they are one of the top providers in the country.

These types of pensions are usually arranged by employers. They approach a company that offers a service, where a small percentage of a worker’s payroll is placed into the pensions fund. This is optional and contributions can also be made by the company. While they seldom offer autonomy they are a good way to build up a small pension pot with very little work on your part. As an example, Marks and Spencers have its own quite in-depth one set up for employers with websites and log-in portals. They fall under the umbrella of defined contribution pensions.

Another type of pension you may be offered by an employer is a defined benefit pension. These have declined in recent years and are also known as final salary or carer average pensions. They give a definite guaranteed amount at the end of your career. This depends on how much longer you worked for them and how much you earned.

The Snowman: Howard Blake says he 'owes a lot' to Brighton

It has been 40 years since the release of the much-loved Christmas film, The Snowman.Howard Blake, who grew up in Brighton, composed the soundtrack including the famous theme tune, Walking in the Air.He said: "I wrote the tune of Walking in the Air on a beach in Cornwall, 50 years ago, in 1972."He said he had looked for somewhere to place the song and never found it, until he saw a picture of the boy and the snowman."I thought that tune would work marvellously," he told BBC South East....

It has been 40 years since the release of the much-loved Christmas film, The Snowman.

Howard Blake, who grew up in Brighton, composed the soundtrack including the famous theme tune, Walking in the Air.

He said: "I wrote the tune of Walking in the Air on a beach in Cornwall, 50 years ago, in 1972."

He said he had looked for somewhere to place the song and never found it, until he saw a picture of the boy and the snowman.

"I thought that tune would work marvellously," he told BBC South East.

The 1982 animated film was based on Raymond Briggs' picture book of the same name which was published in 1978.

Mr Blake moved from London to Brighton after World War Two.

He says he "owes a lot" to the city that had plenty of theatres, cinemas and art schools, and was "really coming to life" following the war.

After winning a scholarship to Brighton Grammar School, Mr Blake said he got the lead part in the annual school opera after singing a scale up to a top C, which was "unheard of".

For the next four years, he played the lead soprano part in the school's productions.

Peter Auty performed the original Walking in the Air as a 13-year-old choirboy at St Paul's Cathedral. The song was later recorded by Aled Jones.

Mr Auty recalls watching the film for the first time at the studio. He remembers not knowing it was going to be.

"I got the feeling then it might actually be a bit bigger than just another recording session," he said.

Peter Auty is now regarded as one of Britain's leading tenors. He has worked with a number of major opera companies and went on to sing at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in East Sussex.

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