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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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An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered with links to useful articles and relevant contacts.

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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


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.


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.


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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Surrey Commercial Property

Tim Greenwood & Associates
Tim Greenwood & Associates undertake surveys on an extensive range of properties. Whether you are looking at buying a new home or commercial premises, Tim Greenwood can provide you with detailed advice and more. Visit the website today and get in contact with the friendly team for a free quote.
Forsyth Construction Surrey Ltd
We are an experienced building company with a highly skilled team. We construct both simple and complex extensions, using various methods to best suit each project. ​ Our aim is to have a great relationship with every client and ensure that we make their plans a reality. Initially we conduct a site visit to discuss the project and any technical requirements, such as structural alterations and drainage. We can also advise on interior requirements, including kitchens, bathrooms and flooring. This is followed by a fully itemised quote. With every project a small works contract is issued, which provides protection to both client and builder. We also agree a payment schedule, breaking the total cost into stage payments that are paid on completion of each individual phase of the build. FCS holds £5 million public liability insurance and £10 million personal liability insurance. Once contracted to build your extension, FCS takes full control of the project, from inception through to completion. We ensure that every aspect of the build is to the complete satisfaction of both our client and building control. We have an excellent relationship with many suppliers, so we can often provide savings on list prices.
Surrey Research Park
A major centre of excellence in technology, science and engineering, The Surrey Research Park is widely regarded as the best of its kind in the UK. Owned and developed by The University of Surrey as a 70 acre (28.33 ha) low density, development close to its campus in Guildford, The Surrey Research Park provides a high quality, working environment. Large landscaped areas and water features, provide a serene and tranquil backdrop for over 100 companies engaged in a broad spectrum of research, development and design activities.
Touchstone Lofts
Touchstone Lofts are a specialist loft conversion company that provides a premium bespoke loft conversion at a competitive and fair price and focuses on excellent customer care.

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