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A New Office is a New Start!

Why consider moving your business to an office space, and not continue to use your home as a base for your office? 

Check out some of the reasons here!

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Your business is growing at a rate where you can no longer sustain running it at home. You are now taking on a team of staff…which is great, however, there are many other reasons why you should consider having your business located at an office space away from home.

It’s a huge decision for any business owner to make, but with the right preparation and timing , it can excel your startup into something much, much bigger!

Did you know if you have a home based business that…

Your mortgage company or landlord may not allow you to run a business from home. If you don’t have permission things can quickly get very complicated.

Breaching the terms of your mortgage could risk the loan being terminated and being repayable immediately. This is a big risk, that must be ironed out prior to you starting a home based business!

Your home insurance policy may become invalid should there be any claim from a customer who has visited you on your home business premises. If you have not notified your insurance company of the changes, this will invalidate your home insurance policy, even for a private home claim such as damaged items. Also trying to gain a new insurance policy in future may become a problem for you as many insurance brokers can reject your application on your history. 

If you live in a Leasehold property, you will almost certainly be unable to use your home as a base for a business as your Leasehold agreement will state that you cannot run a business from the property. Check your lease before you consider starting your new business venture!

You have completed a health and safety check of your home office and have found that there are too many hazards to run your business safely from home. If this is the case then there is only one option of moving to a new premises.

You may need planning permission if you are making changes to your home, or if running your business will cause a ‘material change’ in the use of your property. This can be somewhat costly and take many months for this to go through the local authority, with absolutely no guarantee this will be accepted by the legal planning department.

If you work from home, the part of the property used for your business may be liable for business rates while the remainder of the property remains liable to council tax.

You may need to check with neighbours to ensure that they are happy with you stating a business which may disturb them, and you will have to contact your local council’s planning department for advice if:

  • You intend to make alterations – such as building an extension for your business.
  • Your home won’t be mainly used as your private residence
  • Your activities could possibly disturb neighbours, such as increased traffic and visitors, noise and smells.

Benefits of moving to an office space

Get support from your office management including tech support and assistance. This can include many things such as establishing a secure internet connection and phone lines.

Your premises will be fully insured to run your growing business from. This will be included in your monthly rental agreement and you will be fully insured to run your business from scratch. 

You can have as many employees as you are allocated by the size of your office with no concerns of potential risk, as the assessment would have already been completed by the office management.

You also don’t have to worry about Health & Safety assessments as these would of been passed for use of the premises.

A more productive office environment can help you have the right staff levels needed, where a home business is unlikely to help you grow due to the many restrictions you will experience should your business be at a place where you are growing. You will maybe lose out on business without even knowing it!

It gives you a private space so you can have meetings with your customers or team members, or to arrange interviews for new candidates. 

It shows prospective clients and team members that you are a serious and established business owner and that they should work with and for you.

Moving from a home based business to a new office location allows you to bring your business into line with your company branding.

It gives your business a brand new makeover!

It gives a clear distinction of a work, home balance.

It is also a very good indication that your business is growing!

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” 

— James Cash Penney, founder of JCPenney.

Visit us at The Dock Hub

If you are looking to grow your business this year, you can arrange a visit with us here at The Dock Hub so we can show you some of the many facilities we have here for our business Hubbers!

Call our office at 01273 830330 or email us info@thedockhub.co.uk to book an appointment with our office management team, even if we don’t currently have an available office space, as we can add your details to our waiting list so you can be one of the first to know when we have a suitable unit for you and your growing business!


What makes Brighton and Hove the ‘Silicon Beach’ StartUp Capital Of The U.K?

Did you know that LLoyds Bank has named Brighton the most promising startup hotbed in Britain?

So what makes Brighton such a great place to have your growing business located?

Brighton and Hove Silicon Beach Startup Capital of the UK

“Brighton combines proximity to London – where the action is for client work – with an incredible innovation culture and talent pool,” Claire Mason, founder and CEO at Man Bites Dog.

“Brighton provides talent, culture and fun in equal measure and is a fantastic place to grow a digital business.” Matt Barker – CEO, mpb.com.

“Brighton’s scene has large numbers of small businesses that apply a very high level of creative and critical thinking to tech to generate commercial value.”

Phil Jones – Managing Director, Wired Sussex.

If you’re considering a new startup venture and are looking for a great location away from London, you will be hard pressed to find a better place than Brighton and Hove! Check out some of the reasons why!

Facts:

Brighton topped the chart of the best performing businesses in the UK with a success rate of 88% with Birmingham and Belfast had 84% and 82% respectively. Comparatively, London only had a business success rate of 69%!

According to a recent report from The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, high property costs coupled with skyrocketing business rate have resulted in many London-based business and SMEs having relocated outside the capital or are considering doing so.

There were a total of 7,635 new businesses incorporated in the BN postcode area in 2018, up on 6,006 in 2017.

There are about 370 SMEs & 66.4 startups per 100,000 of the local population in Brighton, with 80% of Brighton business owners said there is enough local talent with the right digital skills in the city to sustain their growth. 

Brighton is only an hour and a half away from London and only a 30 minute train journey to Gatwick Airport.

Small businesses in Brighton and Hove created 490 jobs in the city in 2018.

Brighton has an 87% survival rate of small businesses, which is considerably higher than many other areas of the U.K..

Brighton has up to 10 times faster local economic growth versus the national average.

Support for local businesses in Brighton & Hove.

Business support and links for startup businesses from Brighton & Hove City Council.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/business-and-trade/support-businesses/business-support-and-links

Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce: 

The Chamber is keen to develop new businesses and does so by offering training and networking opportunities.

https://www.businessinbrighton.org.uk/

Sussex Chamber of Commerce: 

The Chamber of Commerce for Sussex provides a host of professional services to its members including help with HR, legal queries, and training.

https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

MD Hub:

Provides support to managing directors and offers a range of monthly seminars led by leading business names, and workgroup advice sessions.

The Funding Room:

Book meaningful conversations with investors in your local area, to pitch your idea and potentially get the start-up funding your business needs, or the scale up finance to get you to the next level.

If you are currently looking for an office space for your growing business, call 01273 830330 or email us at  info@thedockhub.co.uk to arrange a no obligation viewing of The Dock Hub and to find out what makes it THE place to have your business in Brighton and Hove!

If we have no office space units available, we can put your details onto our waiting list, so you will be one of the first to know when we have a suitable unit available for you and your business!

Sources:

Startups.co.uk

Cbronline

Elite Business

Tech Nation

6 Unexpected Things to Consider When Moving Offices

6 Unexpected Things to Consider When Moving Offices

Moving into your first office space? Needing to downsize or upsize your office space?  Whatever your reason, there are so many things to consider when moving offices. Once you find your perfect office space, like our office space for rent in Brighton & Hove, there is so much to do.

5 common things to consider when moving offices

  1. Signing the lease
  2. Getting insurance
  3. Buying new office equipment and furniture
  4. Hiring and planning with your removals company / IT professionals
  5. Plenty of planning and scheduling to make sure that your first day in your office goes smoothly

When moving offices, it’s easy to get caught up in shopping for new office furniture and equipment and endlessly liaising with suppliers to lineup schedules for your big moving day. Before you fully immerse yourself in the minutiae of your move, here are a few less obvious tasks to add to your to do list.

5 unexpected things to consider when moving offices

1. Recycle unwanted office equipment and furniture

When Brighton & Hove City Council moved from 100,000 square feet of office space to their new office space, they were recognised with a national award for their City Re-use project.  ‘The project used Freegle, the free online reuse app, and led to more than 150 tonnes of unwanted office furniture and equipment, from desks and chairs to plastic in-trays to ring binders, being reused and given a new lease of life.‘ 

  As you prepare for your office move, you’ll inevitably have items you no longer need. Plan ahead and identify items that won’t be moved to the new office early. Not only will your unwanted items benefit another small business or charity, but you’ll also reduce the cost of your move.  

Watch this short video to inspire your big move to be a green one

https://youtu.be/usAWsgsOfrA  

2. Purchase headphones for your employees

Your employees may need to have a video conference with a client or supplier. Using headphones during online meetings is one of the best ways to prevent audio problems.   Another good reason for purchasing headphones is that some employees find it difficult to concentrate with the background noise in an office. Give them permission to be their most productive selves.  

Earbud style headphones can be inexpensive, and you can really wow your employees when they sit at their new desk with a gift of earbuds in a case with your logo.  

3. Give your employees Focus At Will

To go along with your employees’ new headphones, the day after you move in, activate your a 28 day free trial of Focus at Will for your team. There will be a lot of extra noise as the team settles into your new office. Your team can put in their headphones and tune out distractions. Make sure all of your team try it. One week before the free trial ends, get their feedback on whether it made them more productive and decide whether it’s worth purchasing to improve your team’s productivity. 

According to Focus at Will,  ‘Scientists have discovered that depending on your personality type, there is a specific type of “music” that when engineered just right, puts your brain into a “flow state” making you hyper-focused and exponentially more productive.’ Focus at Will has been proven to 4x your focus and optimize your productivity.    

4. Get a standing desk with a communal use laptop

If you have a small team and the computers you provide for your employees don’t have inbuilt cameras, make the laptop at the standing desk the designated place for having online video meetings.

By having a communal laptop, you give your employees a chance to change up their work day. One employee might welcome a break from listening to her colleague crunch his  crisps for his elevenses. If you have an employee struggling with a temporary back problem, being able to spend part of the day standing may help them concentrate by relieving some of their discomfort when sitting.

According to the Office of National Statistics , ‘musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems) resulted in at 30.8 million days being lost by British workers in 2016.‘  A standing desk alone won’t prevent these kinds of problems, but there is certainly no harm in encouraging your employees to sit less.  

5. Go paperless

Do you have a dusty filing cabinet by the photocopier with contents that nobody needs? Unnecessary and unwanted documents in lever arch files lurk in every office.

With OCR scanning, you don’t have to hoard old documents that take up space, ‘just in case’. OCR technology makes the text in your scanned documents you scan searchable. There are even companies that can take care of your scanning for you and help you to index documents.

Scanning your documents may also make it easier for you to comply with the ‘right to be forgotten’ part of GDPR. Imagine if one of your old clients exercises their right to be forgotten, and you’ve continued to store their data against their will in that dusty old filing cabinet everyone forgot about.

Digital records make it easier to assess the data you store and purge what you don’t need. A local Brighton business, Lollipop Print  has CRB checked staff who can, ‘sort, prepare, scan and index your documents. Bar code reading, OCR, ICR, match & merge, look-up tables and other world class technology is employed to eliminate manual processing, maximize throughput speeds and reduce costs to a minimum.’

Before you move, have a good clear out of your documents. Scan what you need and get the rest securely shredded. You’ll save money on your office move and enjoy the clutter free new office space that your team deserves.  

6. Choose an office that accommodates cyclists

Make sure you select an office that works well for employees who choose to cycle into work. The exercise is good for their health and better for the environment, too. Look for an office space with bike racks and shower facilities. The Dock Hub has both and a cafe so your employees can start the day with a healthy breakfast.

Look after your cyclists. They may inspire colleagues to cycle into work, helping to create healthier, more productive employees.  The Dock Hub offered it’s Hubbers a FREE bicycle service by Bike for Life, courtesy of Brighton & Hove City Council that was funded by the Department for Transport’s Access Fund for Sustainable Travel.

Even if you don’t have a programme like this in your area, you can have an annual bike service event as a perk for your employees. 

 

Check out The Dock Hub’s meeting room for hire and our available office space in Brighton and Hove.