Finding the right office space for your company can make a huge difference, as we spoke of in our last blog. Here we continue with some tips on what to look for in office space.
Firstly ‘location, location, location’ is the cry of many estate agents and house buyers, the same goes for business premises. Not only do you need to consider your customers, if they visit your premises, but suppliers, your key staff and deliveries. A city-centre postcode might seem prestigious, however, be totally impractical if you get a lot of large deliveries. These days accessibility is also important, especially if you are public-facing. We also make the point of ensuring vehicular accessibility and public transport availability for your workers.
Looking at the actual office space you need, one aspect is how many employees you have. Do they all need desk space or separate offices? Do you need a workspace for large projects? Or storage for equipment or supplies? Training companies or businesses offering services to the public will need space for them.
Nowadays the infrastructure extends beyond the usual services. Heating and lighting are expected. Though car parking and broadband are now vital to business. Here at Sheaf Bank Business Park, we have offices with toilets and or kitchens within them, and some with shared facilities. High-speed broadband can cope with all your telephony requirements too. Some units have access to running water for commercial use, always good to check if this is a requirement.
In large cities, you often find businesses cluster in certain areas. Checking who you will be sharing a building with can provide dividends, as you may find businesses which you could collaborate with. You may find you can provide services to your fellow tenants, and vice versa.
Some office buildings provide secretarial services, these can be an add-on and expensive. However, also look for janitorial, maintenance and security services in your contracts, as although you may have one service you may not get them all.
As your business grows, you may want to upgrade your office space to a larger unit, or maybe downsize as you streamline your operations. Check for easy in / easy out options and the availability of multiple sized units, so you don’t need to ‘move’ address.