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A logical look at your business premises

officeMoving house has always been in the top three stressful situations in life, right up there with death and divorce. The packing, the organising, dealing with solicitors, the paperwork… it can feel like an endless list of admin before you actually get the keys and move in. According to Business Matters, moving into a new office can be almost as stressful. Whether you’re choosing a place for the first time or you’re expanding once again, finding the right business premises takes time and effort, and can be difficult to juggle with the day-to-day responsibilities of running your business.

So, as with most things in life, it’s time to make a list. You need to establish just what you’re looking for, what is essential and what is just desirable and, more importantly, what you can afford. Wanting to own a huge place with gorgeous grounds is understandable, but you need to be realistic about your budget. Should you buy or rent? Are you likely to be there for a long time or will you be on the move again soon?

If you’re starting a new business, consider where you want and need your company to be. An office building in London will naturally be a lot more expensive than an office building in Reading.

Getting there
Accessibility is one of the key things you need to consider. Your staff need to be able to get to work easily, and your clients need to be able to find you without a huge amount of fuss. Parking should also be a priority on the agenda, as there’s nothing more frustrating for employees and clients to find they have to park miles away from your office, or even pay for parking.

Space is another key consideration. Sufficient space is an important factor for lots of employees, especially if they need to make phone calls or hold meetings. It can be infuriating all round if you’re trying to speak on the phone but can only hear the person next to you chatting away. It’s also a good idea to find somewhere which has some private space away from the hustle and bustle of the office. You can use this to hold internal and external meetings, as well as personal development and one-to-one mentoring with your staff.

The best of both worlds
More and more companies are looking to business parks to fulfil their criteria. Business parks outside the capital are getting more and more popular. Let’s take Reading as an example. Goodman offices in Reading are offering the advantages of being near a city or town centre, but without the accompanying issues of insufficient parking and increased noise. Reading is a desirable town for business due to its close proximity to London. Goodman’s Arlington Business Park, at the edge of the town, is set in beautiful, tranquil surroundings, and is close to a retail park, shops in the town centre and a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants. Clients and visitors to the park can enjoy the benefits of an out-of-town venue without the usual attendant issues with location and parking.

Getting the right offices for your business may be stressful, but when you get it right, your staff and clients will appreciate the extra effort you’ve made.

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