Kildean Office for Start ups and Small Businesses Stirling | STEP Scotland
12 Mar 2018

Premises Checklist – How to choose a business space

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 Melville 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
Office
Studio
Storage
Workshop
Shop
Showroom
Other

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 & Parking
Will you staff drive or use public transport?
Do you need delivery access?
Will customers visit you
Will you need parking?

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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