Top tips for choosing your first business premises
The matter of which type of premises would be best for your business cannot be addressed in an entirely straightforward manner. This is because what space you should choose will completely depend on what kind of business you will be running in it. Here is some advice for discerning your company’s needs and what premises would best help your firm to meet those ends.
Assessing what size you should settle for
How much space will you need? If a phone connection and a small desk are the only equipment your company relies on, you obviously won’t require a lot of space for accommodating these and the staff who use them. However, you might run a business which often wants or needs to meet face-to-face with customers and clients. In that instance, the space will need to accommodate a shop floor, too.
Startups.co.uk cites some “rough industry standards” for what size would be suitable for what kind of operations. These standards include that, while roughly 6-7 square metres per head could be sufficient for a “densely packed call centre”, a “professional services firm” should aim instead for something like 10-12, as it would need space in which it would consult with clients.
How much of a building’s space can actually be used?
So, you’ve spotted a building that looks just big enough for your needs. You wouldn’t necessarily want one much bigger, as it could come with a more expensive rent bill. Your considerations about space can now end here, right? Not quite. Perhaps the building is like the opposite of Doctor Who’s TARDIS: smaller on the inside than it looks on the outside.
To be clearer, we mean that the building could have surprisingly little space that would actually be usable. Ann Clarke, Claremont Group Interiors design director, has cautioned about “lots of things that impact the efficiency of a space,” including: “The shape of a building, where the lifts and stairs are, and the amount of circulation space”.
She says that the ideal office’s usable space/circulation space ratio is 85:15, adding: “Once it falls below 85% it can get difficult and you won’t be able to use the space efficiently.”
Consider how the building will be maintained
Doing everything you need to do in order to transfer your business from one building to another can drain a lot of your time and energy. Therefore, once you have settled on a particular building, you can benefit if your business stays there for a while before a change of premises is made.
However, to make such a lengthy stay a practical possibility, you should think carefully about how the premises will be maintained. If a building you are considering has some particularly high windows, you will need to think about how they will be regularly cleaned. Thankfully, the rope access contractor SAS Rope and Rail can use rope access to safely clean windows at height. You can view their website and contact them to learn various other useful details about this service.