Tips To Help You Move Into Your New London Office
Advice to assist your move into new business premises in London. Consider factors such as the importance of your office layout and the purchase of furniture.
Setting up a new office-based business venture in London can be incredibly exhilarating, but it’s important to have a clear plan in place which will ultimately help to save you money in your first year of business and give you a better chance of success in the long run.
After sorting out the initial required steps of drawing up a business plan, arranging finance for your start-up and sorting out the legalities of registering your business with Companies House, the next step is to think about setting up your new office in London.
Once you’ve chosen the desired location for your business and selected a shortlist of commercial premises, be sure to check the legal constraints that come with any lease that you’re signing. You need to be certain that you can use the building for your desired trade. Always check if you are allowed to make structural changes to the building or if planning permission is required. Also familiarise yourself with the Disability Discrimination Act to ensure that there are no barriers to access for those with disabilities.
Once you’ve decided upon the number of employees and the internal organisation of teams in your business, the next step is to plan the physical layout of desks and people in your office.
Think carefully about the work flow of your company. It’s important to pay careful attention to which employees and departments need to communicate and share files with each other.
Contemplate health and safety requirements such as proximity to fire exits and also staff conveniences such as sufficient toilets on each floor, a communal staff room and private meeting rooms.
It would be wise to consult with a London IT firm regarding the distribution and number of telephone and Internet access points that you require for each employee. Think about the growth of your business over the next few years and install extra points in case your head-count increases.
Talk to cabling experts about what they’re able to do for you in terms of installing power supplies and circuits. You may decide to have a locked central server room for additional I.T security.
It is important to plan suitable locations for shared devices such as network printers, fax machines and photocopiers interspersed between the desks.
Purchasing Office Furniture
Your office will require chairs, desks and cabinets for its employees, but the purchase of London office furniture can be an expensive cost for a new business. Consider instead buying good-quality used furniture that has been cleaned and renovated to ensure it still looks new. This will really help to keep your overheads down. Some companies will also choose to keep costs low by taking out a lease financing option for furniture purchases rather than outlaying thousands of pounds in that crucial first business year.
Once you’ve designed your company logo, it’s the perfect time to get some office supplies printed up in the form of stationery and business cards.
You can also think about applying the finishing decorative touches to your new office. Make careful decisions about features of the interior décor such as paint colours and picture styles to ensure that you create an environment that appeals to potential customers and visitors.
Once you’ve signed the lease to the building, set up the infrastructure for your office, hired your initial body of staff and chosen a launch date for your company, it is imperative that you safeguard yourself and your business by ensuring that you’ve taken out adequate security and insurance policies before you move in. Good luck with your new London business!