If you are planning an office move, because you’re a growing business or because your current lease is due to expire, it can be a hectic and confusing time. There are many important points you need to consider, so we have prepared this short guide to help your move be as stress-free as possible.
There are many decisions to be made when considering an office move. They include what kind of property you need, where it is, what transport links are available, what facilities you need, what your budget is (you should include on-going costs such as rent, business rates and service charges as well as one-off payments like furniture and IT set up) and such things as scope for future growth.
The right place
Depending on the nature and size of your business, you have many options open to you. You can opt for a city centre office or you can choose to move out of town to a specially-designed business park. Each will appeal to different businesses and will have its plus and minus points, depending on your outlook.
A busy city centre may have a prestigious postcode and be handy for staff to shop at lunchtime, but you need to consider whether clients can park nearby and whether there’s room for expansion. It is also essential to take premium business rates into consideration.
Out-of-town business parks, on the other hand, have been developed to counteract the problems inner-city office space pose. They are easily accessible via road and public transport links, can be expanded, should it be required and generally offer lower rateable values than premises in busy town or city centres.
If you are looking for Office space to rent in Gloucester, for example, you are fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of a wide range of first class purpose-built office accommodation in your local area.
Room to grow
According to The British Council for Offices ( BCO) office workers need between 6-12 square metres per person in which to function well, depending on the nature of the business.
If you run a busy call centre, workers need less space than, for example, those who work in a professional service industry such as advertising or the legal sector. It is an important factor to remember when you are looking for new premises and are being asked to pay rent based on pounds- per-square-metre.
You should also consider whether there is room for additional space in which to hold meetings or presentations or for quiet rooms if staff needs time to concentrate away from the main office. Do you need storage space for stock or large amounts of office supplies, large, specialist IT server rooms and even staff recreation rooms?
Space to expand into is also a key consideration for ambitious businesses. It would be a commercial disaster if, after moving somewhere new, you needed to move on again because you had not factored in expansion space, or it wasn’t available.
Planning ahead for future growth and prosperity is a vital part of any business so make sure that your vision leads you in the right direction.