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Making the decision to move into a new working environment can potentially be the difference in your business being a success, or not. Different surroundings can give a company fresh energy;creating an exciting dynamic among staff as they work towards achieving their goals.

Regardless of whether your business is a start-up that is looking to quickly establish itself within its industry or if you're an established firm in need of a scenery change, finding office space that works for them is the key to building a strong future.

However, the process of finding that right space is often easier said than done. 'Choosing the right office' means considering everything from location, size and amenities, through to selecting the right landlord or leasing agents.

As an experienced office relocation,design and fit out company, we have put together a list of things you need to think about before you press ahead and search for your ideal office.

Finding the right office space

Be realistic

Much time can be wasted in finding the perfect office space; while the idea of an exciting, trendy new-build in the centre of town sounds appealing, is it truly what your business needs? You should stay realistic about what your ideal workspace (and budget) is and stick to it.

If you have to relocate again a year after moving, this means you would have likely over or even underestimated your potential growth by moving into a space that isn't suitable. All this does is cause more human and financial upheaval; never ideal for any business to constantly go through.

Find the right location

When we talk about 'location' we don't just mean the office itself, but the area around it. The location of your business makes a statement; if your business is finance, you will be expected to be operating within a financial district of your city. This goes for any other business; so you should consider the area you're thinking about moving into. Be sure to identify where the hub of your industry is located and search for a suitable space that allows you to get within the mix there.

Think about co-working space

Moving into a co-working space is a great way to build and develop relationships with business partners and other company owners. With co-working spaces designed to operate on small budgets, it means that they will be filled with energetic people who are trying to achieve the same things as you.

A bustling office environment may just be what you need to stay focused on your goals, while you'll also be able to rent a co-working space in a great location on a weekly or monthly basis – providing great flexibility should your situation change quickly.

Don't forget your priorities

As the to-do list of what you want in youri deal office space grows longer, it's easy to forget to focus on what you actually need. If you listed your main essentials for the new space, it should be whittled down to building security, internet connectivity and access to transport and amenities. You will need to establish a line between what's necessary and what isn't – this will guide your business to the right office.

Involving employees in the decision

As a vital part of your business, the views of your employees should be considered before you move. How will the new location affect their daily travel? Is it within a decent commuting distance? Are there enough amenities around (or within) the building?

You should figure out where your employees travel from and try to find an office that is centralised and within a realistic distance for all staff. This consideration is a big help in retaining talent and keeping your team feeling happy and excited about the upcoming move.

Choose the right move partner

Finally, you should ensure that you choose the right move partner for the office relocation. Before talking to anyone,draw up a list of questions about the project, your ideas and what you need.

Look at the move company's previous projects, speak to the firms they have worked with and ask them their impressions. This will give you a rounded view of how the move company works and what they can do for you.

Move into a strong working environment, with Oaktree

Here at Oaktree Interiors, we are experienced office relocation project managers who have the requisite knowhow to ensure the transition into your new office will be as smooth as possible. We deal with every aspect of the relocation; from the impact it may have on your people, all the practical elements, right down to the tiniest of details that may not immediately spring to mind.

Our previous projects have seen us work with an array of business types and sizes; establishing new businesses, breathing new life into old ones and even assisting the growth of others.

For an informal chat about how you can bring your office space ideas to life, feel free to give us a call on 0345 21 86955. Alternatively, you can e-mail any enquiries you have about our office relocation services to hello@oaktreeoffice.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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