Top Tips for Finding Office Space in London
Whether you are a sole trader, a small business or are looking for space for a large company in the capital, one thing is sure - searching for office space in London can be costly. Our tips will help you quickly find the right commercial property, for any commercial use and for businesses of most sizes and structures.
1. Your location is the corner stone of your business: You can avoid wasting time by simply focusing on exactly where the property lies and how that will affect your business. London underground, rail and bus networks help people and commerce flow through the city but you can easily end up in a location that's 20 minutes from the nearest transport link, so look carefully. Transport for London (TFL) has a great website, so check them out for details on the nearby public transport. Also focus on which resources you'll need to have close by - is it going to be important for you to be near to local facilities for meals, sundries, and corporate entertainment?
2. Is it likely you will host any event lasting more than one day? If so, you will need to be close to suitable hotels.
3. Your Office needs to make an impression: In London you are at a distinct advantage in that you can choose between different architectural styles. Each style will convey a very different impression, for example, 'traditional professions' may prefer a period property to set the correct tone. Businesses operating in a more contemporary, modern sphere may want to occupy a newer more modern office block.
4. Thoroughly research any new area: Each of London's boroughs and neighbourhoods has a very distinct character, arguably much more so than in some other UK cities. Weigh up the impression the local neighbourhood creates as well as the local amenities and access. Our knowledgeable staff will supply comprehensive information about the neighbourhood around each property.
5. Will you need storage and if so, how many square feet? Above all else, any storage in or around London needs good security and if you are not able to store on site, transport links are the next priority.
6. Access affects operations: Should you require 'out of hours' access, find out which personnel are on site after 5.30pm. Since London has a well-established culture of longer working hours, this needn't be an unusual request.
7. Do the other businesses in the building and area reflect well on yours? For example, antiques businesses may want to have a shop in London's trendy Ladbroke Grove; a trade jewellery business may want to be based near Hatton Garden and so on. Again, the right neighbours will only enhance first impressions.
To speak to one of our commercial property experts, call us today on 020 7843 3753; and we will be pleased to help you find the right premises that is suitable for you.