There’s a lot to consider when moving offices and it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. Whether you’re moving to improve prospects or expand your business, it’s often a necessary but somewhat daunting venture.
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When moving into London, either from a current London-based office or from further afield, there’s a number of factors you need to consider to ensure the smoothest move possible.
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1. Planning your move
- Start planning as early as possible. This ensures you’ve got enough time to assess different options and foresee any potential issues. For a large office, allow at least 6 months to plan and for a smaller office allow at least 3 months.
- Create a timeline for your move. Cover all the key milestones that you need to consider at each stage, including vendor moving dates, insurance quote renewals and delivery of new furniture.
- Start your search with a clear objective. Rank all the features and facilities of a new office, including the office location and facilities that are important to you and your colleagues.
2. The Benefits of a Serviced office sPace
- A serviced office differs from a conventional office space, as it comes fully-furnished with IT and telecoms setup. All you need to do is sign the contract - everything else will be done for you.
- Though a serviced office may seem more expensive than conventional office space, there are no additional costs from the likes of electricity, air conditioning, cleaning, security and maintenance - this is all included as standard.
- More often than not, a serviced office will provide a comprehensive move-in solution Check out our own 'Perfect Move-In' plan.
- A dedicated support team is something a serviced offices provides and they will take care of your IT and telecom requirements, fixtures and suppliers ensuring downtime is kept to a minimum.
3. Your ideal Office Layout
- Firstly, you need to visualise how it’s going to work for you and your team. Consider how much space you may need for storage. Will your team sit open plan or do you need additional internal executive offices? Having a floor plan of the space can help with planning.
- You can then determine your new office layout. Ideally, consult your team about your current layout and find out what works and what doesn’t. If no one ever uses a meeting room, consider what else you could use the space for in the new environment.
4. Your commute to the office
- How are people going to get to and from the new premises? London is massively interconnected through the tube, bus and cycle routes, so chances are, there will be a fairly simple commute for your employees.
- Make sure you let the team know all the possible options and provide advice on the best routes available, especially if you’re relocating to London from somewhere outside the city, as the transport infrastructure can be a little overwhelming at first! Check out our blog on how to choose the right London location for you for more information.