After all the uncertainty of the last couple of years, it’s no wonder that many business owners are trying to find more flexible accommodation for their office spaces.
Serviced offices are a great idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, they offer potentially low start-up costs. Secondly, there’s usually a quick turnaround on securing leases for business owners – particularly those that need space in a hurry. Thirdly, they are often offered on rolling monthly contracts, which means that in the event a space doesn’t suit, it can be vacated very quickly.
Here are some of the best tips to consider when looking for a serviced office in the UK.
Choose a company with provenance
A key consideration when finding a UK serviced office space is seeking out a reputable company to lease from. It may seem obvious, but one of the best ways forward is sticking to rental businesses with a proven track record and those that know their market inside out.
Don’t just pick one provider and go with them – view a range of office spaces with different companies to see who will offer the best value for money and great quality service.
Check to see what extra costs there may be
Whilst many serviced office companies offer ‘all-inclusive’ packages, be careful to check the small print as there can often be hidden costs. Typically a monthly licence price will include furniture, business rates, rent, a service charge, plus cleaning and utilities.
However, different providers will have other related costs associated with their leases. For instance, some may offer only a basic internet service, which means paying extra for faster connections. There may also be hidden charges associated with the use of meeting rooms – some companies even charge an extra fee for every hour it’s rented out!
How much space are you getting?
The amount of space you get for the price is something to watch out for with different providers. Serviced office spaces are generally rented out by the number of desks they provide, rather than the size of the floorplan itself.
Different providers will therefore put alternative meanings on this. This makes it tricky to compare prices to what, on paper, looks like the same amount of office space – but in reality, is something else. Always check with the provider the exact metrics of floor space being provided, alongside desk space too.
Cheap doesn’t mean cheerful (or good quality)
Always consider a variety of providers and look at what space they offer for the price paid monthly. Don’t view the cheapest office and take it at face value, make sure you read all the small print on the lease and view the offices meticulously and attentively.
Cheaper office spaces may only offer a paltry workstation allowance and there may also be less communal space, meaning fewer places to relax and socialise with colleagues during breaks. Lacking these types of spaces is not ideal for most businesses in this day and age.
Finding a serviced office to rent in the UK can be made simple with a few key pointers to hand. Knowing what to look out for can make the difference between renting an office space that suits the needs of both client and business long term, or constantly having to move employees time and time again – which we all know can be detrimental to morale.