A change is as good as a rest, so that proverb goes – and, indeed, if you are currently weighing up a shift of location for your business, the prospect could already be generating a lot of excitement for you. However, whether it is just a short trip across the road or a new start in a foreign country that you are mulling over for your company, there are several things that are vital to account for.
How far should your company journey?
This will depend strongly on your company’s specific requirements. You might not want a move any more ambitious than taking up an office that is slightly larger than your current one on the opposite side of the road. After all, your firm might only need more physical space for additional employees.
However, moving to a completely different town, city or possibly even country could be the better decision. In January 2013, Crowdfunder UK made the initially peculiar-looking decision to relocate from London to the much more remote South West England coastal county Cornwall.
However, the firm’s managing director Phil Geraghty explained to The Guardian that, in this setting, employees could “move their lunch breaks around with the tide so that they can go surfing.” He added that these people would return to the workplace “refreshed and ready to go”, which “beats sitting at your desk and eating a sandwich, which is what I was doing in London for many years.”
Consider how accessible your resources will be
By resources, I am referring not only to money, though that is obviously a vital one; I also mean employees, not to mention specialist equipment and services that you might need. Your access to all of these is unlikely to be seriously disrupted if your move will be within the same town or city. However, matters could get complicated if you move much further than that.
For instance, your current workers might struggle to adjust their commuting routines in reaction to the relocation. Transport links to the new location could be impractical for them to use. Also consider that, if your company heavily relies on regularly attracting customers through the doors of bricks and mortar premises, those people obviously won’t stay with you if you move too far.
It’s a different situation if much, or all, of your company’s customer base deals with your staff online. You might even make a previously impossible-looking move more palatable by shifting more operations online. Plus, while on the subject of technology, make sure that your new place will enable your business to draw upon relevant technology when necessary, as realbusiness advises.
If you currently rely on the regular use of externally provided services, you might find that these services will remain available at your new location. The rope access contractor SAS Rope and Rail, for example, can provide its services anywhere in the UK. Thus, wherever you would like them to repair or clean difficult-to-reach high-level spaces in that country, you will be covered.
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