If you run a small business and are starting to run out of space, looking to relocate can seem a daunting prospect. Perhaps you’ve so far been working from your own home, out of your garage or in a small rented unit, but thanks to sufficient growth of your business are now starting to be challenged for space. Growth is good, so don’t stifle your business opportunities. Here are some top tips for simple relocation of a small business.
Plan carefully: Moving your business is not a decision to be taken lightly. Larger premises mean larger bills, so make sure you have done your homework and have weighed up all the costs involved with moving against your potential for greater earnings. Your business needs to be in good health before you decide to go ahead and move.
Where to go: Relocating a business is about more than just finding premises that suits your needs and budget. Finding somewhere to go means finding a place where your services will be in demand, as well as being able to access the resources, people and facilities you need. Do your homework on different areas of the UK, considering access to suppliers and rental costs of premises so that you can make an informed, well thought out decision.
How to pay: Get to grips with the cost of moving as well as costs of setting up a new business in different premises. Consider things like the cost of moving IT equipment, furnishing your new premises as well as reprinting marketing materials to contain the new address and contact details. Ensure you have the funds in place before you start looking, or if you are intending to apply for grants or loans remember these can take a long time to sort out, so give yourself plenty of space in the timescales to organize this.
Who will help: For removals in London or any major UK city, you’ll need experts on board to help physically relocate your office and equipment. Make sure your chosen removals company is specialists in office moves, and understand the need for meticulous planning, labeling and organization that a successful move requires.
When to tell people: As soon as you know a move is on the cards, talk to your employees and discuss the plans in a positive manner. If you are a small business with only a few employees, it can help staff to feel happier about the move if you involve them in the decision making process. If your team is larger, you can still involve them in the consultation process by letting them help with floor plans, inventories and organization of the move.
If you decide to go ahead and make the move, remember this is a joyous occasion for any small business. Let your customers and stakeholders know about your changes in a positive manner through newsletters, email signatures and website announcements, and give yourself and your team a big pat on the back for all the achievements that have led up to this point.