12 Mar 2018

Premises Checklist

As any start-up knows taking the first step into your commercial premises is a big one and a huge chapter in your business story. So how do you know what’s right for you?

Laura from STEP’s property team has put together this checklist to find the perfect location for your business.

1. Decide on a location
City Centre
City Outskirts
Rural location
Shopping Centre
Retail Park

2. Identify the type of premises

3. Decide on the size you need
1-500 sq ft: 1 – 5 members of staff at a standard workspace (95sq  ft per person)
501 – 1000 sq ft: up to 10 members of staff at a standard workspace
1001 – 1500 sq ft: up 50 15 members of staff at a standard workspace
1501+ sq ft: 16+ members of staff at a standard workspace

4. Will you Rent or Buy

5. Business Use
What is your use category?
Will you need a change of use category?

6. Budgeting
Set a budget you can afford

7. Connectivity
Do you need great Internet?
Do you need multiple phone lines?

8. Drive Time
Will you staff drive or use public transport?
Do you need delivery access?
Will customers visit you?

9. Know your neighbours
Do you want to be near your competitors, your suppliers or your peers?

10. Branding
Do you want a certain look and feel?
Can you decorate your unit?

If you need any advice or would like to view the units we have available please get in touch below.


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