A fire or flood can prove crippling for a small business, so you should have a plan of action in place, should you fall victim to such a disaster at your business premises.
Failing to do so could prove to be an extremely costly, or potentially fatal, oversight. So here are some practical tips to help you get things right, should you need to make an insurance claim on your business premises; (more…)
Co-working spaces have grown in popularity over the last few years, and it is no surprise that many companies are now exploring the option of moving their business into the hub of a buzzing co-working environment.
But what exactly is co-working, how does it differ from a typical office environment, and could it be a good choice for your business? (more…)
A new study examining 18 major UK cities reveals;
- Edinburgh is the most popular city for co-working spaces
- Leeds and Bristol are the next best.
- Brighton & Hove named as least favourable city.
- London near the bottom of the rankings.
In recent years, co-working space or a small office in a serviced office environment has been where many young businesses establish themselves. But for those who are outgrowing space with new staff and new capital, it may be time to look towards a permanent office address.
So where do you start? What do you look for in an office, and how can you make it the best home for your brand? We asked Morgan Lovell to provide some practical tips and advice to anyone thinking of looking for new business premises. (more…)
It is vitally important for business owners and managers to understand their duty to comply with UK fire safety regulations, as the consequences are potentially very serious.
All legislation regarding fire safety in business (non-domestic) premises in England and Wales are incorporated in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005. It provides clear guidance for those responsible for implementing safety precautions and procedures, including fire risk assessments and fire safety equipment.
Here, we look at who is ultimately responsible for fire safety on business premises, and lay out the steps that a ‘responsible person’ is obliged to take by law. (more…)
Your new venture might have first spread its wings in the comfort of your own home, but most start-ups need to fly the nest at some point.
Whilst sending emails from your sofa in your onesie undeniably has its charms, there comes a time when moving your business forward requires giving it its own four walls.
Moving into a proper office can make what you do seem a whole lot more real – but it’s a daunting move to make, and with more options available than ever before, it’s unsurprising that many small business owners make the wrong decisions, or delay the move from home entirely.
To help you choose the best route for your business, we compare the more traditional option of renting an office on a commercial lease and the serviced office option. We look at what each one gives you and highlight the benefits and drawbacks of both, so you can come to the right decision.
If your new business needs staff straight away, then you may find choosing the right office space difficult.
In this guide, we look at the benefits a serviced office could provide and give some tips on things to watch out for when you’re trying to find a serviced office.
Of all the things you need to deal with when you start your business, two areas are particularly scary and will give you most hassle: recruitment and finding premises.
Get either of these wrong and you are facing big bills and a load of work to overcome early in the life of your new venture. Get them right, and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about!
If you’re about to launch your new business and need premises, or have started up successfully at home and now need space to expand, this is an exciting time!
Moving into an office or retail premises for the first time says something about a business. It can make your operation seem more “real”, meaning your dreams are actually happening.
But getting business premises brings a whole new set of pitfalls that you have to watch out for. You shouldn’t allow these to put you off; but you do need to be aware of these potential dangers so that they don’t sour the experience and hamper the growth of your new venture. (more…)
As a start-up or small business, you may feel that you don’t have the necessary funds to create a luxury office environment that fuels employee creativity and impresses your clients.
However, instead of thinking from an interior design perspective, you should be working from a psychology angle to ensure you get the most from your office design.
The look and feel of your office can have a direct impact on the output of your employees, so here’s how to create a workspace that boosts efficiency and productivity without costing huge amounts of money. (more…)
One of the main attractions of starting your own business is the freedom it offers. Nothing is more liberating than being able to plan your own work routine – when and where you plan the meteoric rise of your fledgling enterprise.
When you take on a commercial property, you probably have a lot of things to worry about that don’t directly relate to the property itself – business plans, securing funding, and so on.
However, that does not mean you should become complacent about your new premises as signing a long-term commercial lease is a major undertaking that could ultimately decide the success or failure of your entire enterprise. (more…)
Finding the right premises is one of the most crucial decisions when starting or growing your business.
Many firms are successfully started from home – that’s certainly the most cost effective place to base your business in the early years. But as you grow, or if you have a business which needs a lot of space early on, you will need to find premises.
Here are the main points to consider while weighing up the pros and cons of renting versus buying: