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When looking for a new business space, it's crucial that you as the employer, meet certain specifications to accommodate your staff. Doing so will help to get the best out of your workforce – not only allowing them to create the best work that keeps your clients on board and interested, but it will also motivate them into wanting to feel more a part of your company too.

As office fitout experts, we have compiled a list of the main factors you should consider when searching for a new office space.

Factors to consider when pondering a new office fit out

What do you and your employees expect from your space?

Is your company predicted to grow? If so, you should plan ahead to make expansion seamless. What are the conditions of the available space? Make sure they are suitable for what you need. What isyour employee's preferred office style? Carefully discuss their ideal work environment.

As well as staff, you should consider enough space for your essential facilities too. For example, printers, copiers,meeting rooms, kitchen spaces, corridors and more.

Should I maximise my current office fit out?

With the prices of electricity rising, why not work strategically by using every sqft of your office space and create an efficient way of working? Although there is a minimum office space requirementin the UK (5 square meters per person) you can still ensure you optimise your space – this is often accomplished by increasing storage space within your office.

What is the cost of office space?

London is the prime location for UK business – for years now, London has had the highest rental value in Europe. In 2022, to rent an office for your company in London you would be looking to pay a higher price per sq. Ft, a month. If your company is set to grow and predicted to expand in sales, perhaps London could be the prime location for your offices.

The surrounding areas of London could be big competitor ideas too. Due to urbanisation, companies have started to establish offices in surrounding areas of London (Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, etc).Urbanisation is a perfect example of thinking cost-efficiently – the closer your office is to London, the more accessible you are to travel and commute to. Thanks to the popular public transport routes into London, you will find office rent will drop to reasonable prices.

Why consider office refurbishment?

Office refurbishments can have an enormous, up-lighting effect on employees' wellbeing – a healthy working environment is key to having happy workers. If your office fit out doesn't reflect you or your company, then it's certainly time to update the space. Knowing your budget allows for a more accurate outcome – search around for better, more competitive prices and ensure that unnecessary payments will not be made. After budgeting, only go ahead if you are 100% content with the final design.

Choosing the best fit out type

Firstly, office fit out is a process that consists of making the internal space suitable for your employees' and work.

Cat A is started from a completely black canvas which means you, as the tenant, have the control to fully characterise the space around and transform it into a Cat B fit-out. Depending on the budget of your potential new office, Cat-A could either be a great decision to completely personalise the space around you and add the company's characteristics to it, or Cat-A could possibly be a hassle high project with many complications.

Another popular option is to move straight into a Cat-B fit out, having facilities and desks already in the office means there may be little to no work disruption and delays for your employees. As well as this, to a certain level, you can slightly customize the space to include your company/brand's standards and or characteristics.

What are your next steps? Get in touch with our office fitout specialists!

Here at Oaktree Interiors, we are a vastly experienced office design and build company, having carried out hundreds of fit out, refurbishment and relocation projects across London and the South East of England.

As a result of our innovative approach, we have established a leading service that has helped many different types and sizes of businesses to better utilise their offices. If you've been thinking about improving your office interiors for the future, feel free to get in touch with us for some leading advice.

On our website, you'll be able to find additional information on our services; our case studies page contains many examples of the bespoke work we have carried out for our myriad of clients (presented in high-definition imagery and in-depth text).

Please take your time, looking around this website to familiarise yourself with our office fit out services. If you would like further information on anything you might have seen, why not consider getting in touch with us directly? You can call our team on 0345 21 86955 or you can send an e-mail to hello@oaktreeoffice.com

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