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How to decide where to base your new business and some local options for start-ups.

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Business Premises? Office? Shop? Industrial Unit? Serviced Offices? Warehouse Unit? Factory? Restaurant? Workshop? Or Start from Home?

Whether you choose to work from home or are looking to rent or buy a business premises, you may like to read our commercial property articles which cover the various options for small business or new business start ups. (We also have a section dedicated to working from home.)

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Location, location, location! Deciding where to run your business could be determined by the nature of your work, running a restaurant from home is probably not a good idea and a window cleaning business is unlikely to need swanky offices! This selection of articles should help you decide whether to work from home, lease or buy a property, or use a virtual facility.
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Home or Away

Deciding where to run your business could be determined by the nature of your work, running a restaurant from home is probably not a good idea and a window cleaning business is unlikely to need swanky offices!

Work from home

Working from home is definitely the cheapest option, but not always the best. You will need to ensure that you can separate home and work life. Will you be able to motivate yourself and concentrate, or possibly even moretempting—avoid the temptation to work all the time Advantages: Cost, convenience, easy to set up, the kettle is close by! Disadvantages: Domestic distractions, possibly lone working, holiday cover, the kettle is close by!

Top tip! Check to make sure that your lease/house deeds do not prevent you from operating from home. If required, obtain permission from your landlord or building society.

Office or workspace

Starting in an office or workshop will involve higher set up costs than working from home but may be more appropriate particularly if you are planning to employ staff or if your customers come to you. There are important health &safety issues that you will need to be aware of if you are planning to work from any premises. The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) offer free explanatory leaflets at http://www.hse.gov.uk

Lease

A lease is a contractual agreement to rent a property. But do you rent or buy Your financial situation could decide this for you, but if you chose to lease/rent, think extremely carefully about the implications. Lord Forte is famously quoted as saying three most important considerations are LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! However, the better the location the higher the rent!

Who is responsible for repairs

Take legal advice. You want security, but do you want the legal obligation and for how long Business success or failure may mean that you need smaller/larger premises in the future. Ask about a ‘break clause’ which could present an ‘escape route’ at a defined point.

Purchase

Purchasing your property could prove to be an attractive long-term proposition. You will be giving yourself security of tenure, possibly an asset that will rise in value, and any repayments will be reducing your loan rather than simply paying rent to somebody else. You will need to use a solicitor to conduct the purchase, and definitely pay for a full structural survey.

License

With a license, the property owner is effectively saying “OK, you can occupy my property for a while, but I can interrupt at any time and ask you to leave.” The advantage to the owner is obvious, but it can also be a flexible and inexpensive way for a new start to move into premises. Licences are usually relatively short term.

Serviced Offices

Working from your garage or garden shed can appear amateur to prospective clients and lack the kudos of an official business address. But there is an alternative that will keep you sane without bankrupting your business before it’s even off the ground. Renting a desk in a shared office offers the best of both worlds. You’re still your own boss, but you’ll have the business support services, such as internet connection, a receptionist, meeting rooms and technical support, all available on site. You’ll have total autonomy, but feel like you are part of a community.

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London-Central Commercial Property

Workthere
Workthere is a Savills venture introduced to help businesses find flexible, co-working and serviced office space across Europe, America and Asia. Workthere is an entirely new brokerage service and website listing platform - workthere.com - combining tech with an expert human touch. Workthere is a completely free service for occupiers and covers the entire flexible work space market as well as covering more specialist space such as laboratories. The concept was formed by Cal Lee, a former graduate and development surveyor at Savills, who saw the opportunity to offer a new platform for growing co-working and flexible work space providers to market their space.
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Hudsons Property
Hudsons are a specialist sales and lettings agency in Central London and the West End for residential property and office premises. Whether you are looking for your next home in one of the capitals most desirable neighbourhoods, considering taking office space in London or have a property to rent, we have 20 years experience to put at your disposal. Take a look at our website and get in touch.
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Office Space In Town Ltd
We provide serviced office space on flexible terms to businesses and individuals. Our offices are always located in the business district of the town or city close to train stations, shops and amenities.
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Business Atrium
Business Atrium is a dynamic group of professional accountants, bookkeepers, systems analysts and business advisers with a wide range of skills. As a group, we understand the needs of small and medium sized businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups and the special requirements needed to make these business types successful. The firm offers unrivalled support in bookkeeping; VAT, IT and financial reporting and we aim to bring our clients up to the latest levels of competency, while achieving the all-important profit improvements. As a London firm of accountants, bookkeepers and business advisers, Business Atrium is committed to being at the forefront of the latest technological advances in the financial sector. We recognise that choosing the right financial and bookkeeping system is critical to business success, and as such, we offer best packages designed to take into account the needs of individual business types. We are Certified Xero Advisers, one of the best online accounting system for small and medium business and providing migration to Xero from older bookkeeping packages like Sage and QuickBooks and comprehensive training and support. We take our role as a provider of excellent financial control services seriously and as such have tested many of the existing accounting, CRM, stock control and tour operators systems currently available to ensure they meet the needs of our clients. We constantly strive to stay ahead of our competition by improving our range of used and tested systems on a regular basis. We are proud to have a team with a diverse range of skills and attributes including specialists in Accounting, VAT, Bookkeeping, IT, Mathematics, business and even Science
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Co Work Hub
We offer affordable, spacious workstations, super fast fibre-optic Wi-Fi, as well as a manned reception (9am-5pm). There’s no deposit required and no minimum contract, almost everything is inclusive (fixed landline and car parking are the only extras for members). Dedicated desk users get 20 hours of free usage per month of meeting rooms and hot deskers get 25% off too. Our membership packages allow you to access all this as well as gym and shower facilities, excellent freshly-ground coffee and tea. It also includes free tickets for events organised by Cowork Hub.
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GreenWorks
GreenWorks provides a sustainable solution to large commercial organizations that need to dispose of redundant office furniture. Our service helps them to meet their Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental agendas by diverting this furniture away from landfill and we then make it available to the Third Sector and also to start up and expanding businesses. Our operation also allows us to provide employment, placement and training opportunities for long term unemployed people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Official Space
Official Space is one of the UKs leading office space websites, allowing people to search all kinds of office space around the country, and register interest in getting prices and arranging viewings.
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Pall Mall Estates
Pall Mall Estates is a commercial property provider, supplying offices, industrial units and workshops in the UK. Established for three decades, Pall Mall Estates has over 380 properties totaling over 5 millions sq. ft. valued in excess of
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Plaza Estates Agency Ltd
By concentrating exclusively on central London property, Plaza Estates has become one of the capitals leading independent specialist Estate Agents. Updated throughout the day our website displays properties with photographs, floorplans and location maps. Use the simple search fields on the right to find that special house or flat you have been looking for.
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Rodic Davidson Architects
The architectural practice was established in Mayfair, London in August 2006 by Ben Davidson RIBA. The practice has since undertaken architectural work across a variety of sectors - with particular expertise on high quality central London residential refurbishment and conservation projects.
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Rodic Davidson Architects
The architectural practice was established in Mayfair, London in August 2006 by Ben Davidson RIBA. The practice has since undertaken architectural work across a variety of sectors - with particular expertise on high quality central London residential refurbishment and conservation projects.
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Temple Property Services
A full service property and facilities management consultancy.
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