The below post was written by Aindrea White writing on behalf of Easistore, a South East based self storage facility. Should you be considering relocating into Kent, don’t forget Locate in Kent is Kent and Medway's investment agency providing a free, professional and confidential service helping your business to expand or relocate; We’re always happy to help your business in any way we can.
It’s necessary for businesses to change location for a variety of reasons. You may need to find an area with more affordable rent or even somewhere with enough space to allow for manufacturing facilities. Hopefully, you’re relocating because your company is growing rapidly and your existing offices just aren’t large enough anymore.
Whatever the reason, changing your business location can be a complicated project and there are endless tasks to undertake as you begin the process. Here are 3 things to keep in mind if you’re considering making the big move:
You already know what rent you can afford in your new space, and you probably have a good idea of what the council tax and contents insurance (and any others your business might require) will cost you. But there are so many more fees associated with relocating a business, and it’s not just paying the removal company.
Think about the size of the new space, and what the changes in electricity, heating and cooling costs will be. Size will also affect the cost of commercial cleaning services and maintenance. In addition, you’ll want to conduct some research on whether you’ll need to pay for access to parking spaces or security services.
Do you need to install shelving and displays for your shop floor? What about extra meeting rooms or toilets? The costs of renovating an office space can rack up quickly, so it’s crucial that you find the best match possible when deciding on your location so that minimal changes are required. If you can’t find a space that offers everything you need without renovating, bear in mind that you may need to complete surveys or apply for special planning permission which can incur costs of their own.
2. Location, Location, Location
Location isn’t just the prime factor when it comes to looking for a new home – it’s also vital when looking for a new business premise.
To start with, location must be considered from both a customer and employee perspective. For instance, is there enough available parking for visiting clients, customers and your employees whose preferred method of transport is driving? And for those that don’t, is it near convenient public transport links? How will the new location fit in with your existing employees’ commutes? As a business owner, you want to make the transition as smooth as possible for those you depend on.
If your business is retail or hospitality focused, location is even more important. You must make sure your new location is going to allow for easy access from customers. Areas like high streets, malls and large shopping estates are ideal, while industrial estates or office blocks may prove rather difficult.
It’s also important to think about the feel or theme of your business, and whether that fits in with the area and other local businesses. For example, a company specialising in the sale of high end travel packages or custom made fine jewellery may not attract the correct demographic in an area targeted towards bargain shopping.
Also, depending on your industry, you may need conduct research on matters like zoning or noise regulations if your new location is near a residential area.
Finally, think about the space itself. Is there room for further growth or expansion? Are you able to modify the space to suit your needs as they evolve? The last thing you want is to find yourself looking for another space in two years because you didn’t plan for the long haul.
You’ve calculated your costs and decided on the perfect location. Now comes the difficult part – the actual move. Relocating an existing office can be extremely complex and laborious, so it’s important to make the process as easy as possible.
When it comes to logistics, timing is everything. Draft a plan scheduling each step of the move and everything that needs to be ready for the big day, from packing up the desk drawers to loading the removals van and handing in the old keys. You can even delegate responsibilities to trusted members of your team for further ease and support.
Storing items in a self storage unit before the move can save you a great deal of time and hassle, especially if you’re going to be modifying the space to start with, or if you have documentation or stock overflow you want to keep out of your new commercial space.
To make your transition seamless, make sure broadband and other utilities will be up and running from day one and ensure all IT matters can be quickly resolved. The aim is to make sure that business as usual is affected as little as possible during a move – this way you can get back to doing what you do best straight away and steer your business towards continued success.
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