Whether you’ve now outgrown your current office space, or have growth plans on the horizon in 2o17, we’ve put together quick checklist to help inform your decision when you next consider renting a new office space. Remember, this period of change doesn’t need to be a stressful one, this is a hugely exciting time for you and your business, marking successful growth. Find the right space that will work with you as you continue to go from strength to strength in 2017.
1. Room to Grow
Whilst the current space might be at the forefront of your mind, it’s always important to pre-empt future growth plans, and ensure that your new workspace can accommodate you. Maybe there is room to extend the new space should you need it, maybe you could knock through to neighbouring spaces, or maybe there are larger suites within the same complex. You want to know that should all go well, and expansion takes place, that you are going to be accommodated for, rather than plagued by yet another big move. Speak to your landlords, discuss your growth ambitions and plan for tomorrow as well as today. Any good landlord will have the vision to grow with their businesses.
2. Commute & Location
There are a number of factors that come into play when it comes to evaluating a new location for your office move. Firstly, how easy will it be for your team to commute to the new space? Are there good transport links, is it easily accessible? One of the biggest motivations that we’ve seen over the past year is the amount of businesses looking to relocate from city centre locations plagued by parking restrictions, high rental fees, parking charges and rush hour traffic, to nearby but far more accessible spaces. That city centre office that you’re considering, though it might be convenient when you finally get to the office, what is it going to take every morning to actually get you and your team there. Compromises are available that still ensure that you are part of the business hub, and accessible for clients, whilst being affordable, convenient and accessible for your team.
3. First Impressions Count
Do you plan to have clients/customers visit your office space? The importance of the right space extends beyond the four walls that you and your team sit within. Do your new landlords offer a reception service? Will your clients be greeted with a smile? Alongside this there are many administrative tasks that can be taken off your hands to free up more time – call answering, mail collection, postal services, cleaning, maintenance etc. Remember to find out how much can be catered for at the new space, it can often be far more cost effective when offered as part of your package, than as something you have to manage and account for internally.
4. Your New Neighbours
When you next visit the office space, why not ask to be introduced to a couple of neighbouring businesses. Regardless of the industry that you operate within, its always beneficial to be surrounded by like minded, innovative individuals. Who knows what business opportunities lie in a quick coffee with the business across the hallway, who knows what doors may be opened by new connections that you make. Talk to your prospective landlords about the types of businesses within the hub, and start making your introductions.
5. Local Amenities
Take a walk away from the office, find out what’s on your doorstep. That cafe down the road could solve your coffee run issues, that sandwich shop within walking distance could be something that your staff really value, sometimes not having to drive to grab lunch can be a real bonus, so get out and see what’s on your doorstep.
6. Access & Opening Hours
Not every business operates 9-5, we all know what it’s like when you need to get to the office early, or that deadline that causes you to stay later. Though we have set opening hours here at Brymau Estates, many businesses choose to utilise our 24 hour access codes to benefit from out of hours access. Ensure that your new office has the right, and secure procedures in place to enable you to gain access when and as you need it.
If you are currently looking for a new space in which to grow your business then why not drop us a call or email. We offer flexible and affordable business accommodation for all business types and sizes across Cheshire and North Wales. Changing offices does not to be a challenge, so let us help guide your next steps to a stree-free, seamless move!
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