Location, location, locationChoosing the right business premises involves many factors. Good connections and easy commuting options will help ensure skilled staff are attracted and retained, while quick access for customers and visitors might also be an important issue. For some enterprises, being part of a business cluster, with your suppliers close-by, may dictate location. Consulting widely with employees and considering the needs of customers and suppliers well in advance of committing to a space will make it more likely that the best choice is made. Once a shortlist of ideal locations has been compiled then the type of space and its facilities and costs can be considered. During the staff consultation process, it also saves time to draw up a list of facilities that your business requires, ranking them in terms of priority. For example, for some workers, having a staffed reception area, car parking and with the growing popularity of cycling secure cycle storage, might be important, while for others, a workshop with a three-phase power supply might feature higher up on the list.
What sort of space?A variety of flexible workspace options is available, able to accommodate very short-term requirements as well as those looking to rent an entire building on a medium to long-term basis. Licences are available to provide businesses with a couple of desks in a co-working environment, an entire floor or building, as well as workshops, studios and even storage pods.
These are five of the world’s best co-working spaces and you can sleep in them too When live-work spaces around the world cost significantly less than a rented flat in the UK capital, there’s no reason not to give your micro firm a productivity boost with a change of scenery __________________________________________________________________________________ Many business owners find it difficult to predict what type of space they will need in six months? time, making traditional leases, which require a business to commit to three, five or even ten years, unattractive. To avoid this issue, flexible workspace providers can offer business premises with the option of paying a monthly fee inclusive of running costs, which can include heating, lighting and additional services, such as a staffed reception and WiFi. A popular option and a step-up from working from home for many startups comprising one or two entrepreneurs is co-working, which offers small businesses the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. In addition to the flexibility that these types of business premises provide, customers are also attracted to their hassle-free environments. Issues such as utility cost administration, fitting-out and repairs and maintenance are handled by dedicated building managers, leaving the startups and small businesses to focus on launching and developing their business, making their day-to-day life as simple as possible.