An E.ON survey last year found that moving premises is one of the most stressful tasks small business owners face, second only to hiring staff. Understandably so – all manner of setbacks can occur, from forgetting about redirection costs for your new address to the internet not working on your first day. To make the move as seamless as possible, keep the following in mind before you relocate.
Location, location, location
PR agency CubanEight, has moved office four times in six years and each time the first big decision was choosing the location itself. MD Sian Gaskell says it’s important to think about how it’ll affect your staff. ‘Our new office is only five minutes from our old place and hasn’t affected anyone’s journey too dramatically,’ she points out. ‘And we’re now even closer to the temptation that is Bicester Village!’
James Barnett, co-founder of managed workspace provider WorkPad, agrees. ‘Being in a vibrant, buzzing area with shops and restaurants is far better for staff culture than being based in a business park,’ he says.