Business is booming for UK SMEs, with Business Population estimating that there were a record 5.4 million private sector companies trading at the start of 2015. The buoyant mood is set to continue in 2016, with new opportunities for expansion, market penetration and more.
Whether you’re thinking about upgrading from your current premises or taking the plunge from kitchen table to official office, finding the right premises is a critical part of any SME venture. We’re here to help with an insider’s guide to tracking down the perfect property for your enterprise.
Make it attractive for commuters
Whatever sector you operate in appealing to commuters is an absolute must. Your premises must be easily accessible, which means choosing property that’s close to public transport links, or ensuring there’s ample parking. As one of the UK’s most attractive up and coming commuter hotspots Kent is a mecca for SMEs in search of affordable premises. Prices are significantly lower than the space strapped capital, yet you’ll still enjoy the buzz of being near the big city. Public transport links to London are extremely efficient, which means you’ll be able to attract the hordes of talented professionals living in Kent for its proximity to the capital.
Leave room for scope
While it isn’t necessary to have a multi-level office block at your disposal, a little scope is always ideal. You never know when business might start to boom and when it does, you won’t want to be held back due to lack of space.
Enlist the help of the experts
Finding the perfect premises can be a drag, especially if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for. CDS exists to take the headache out of the property hunt with bespoke services backed by strong connections with a multitude of property developers and investors. Put simply, the in-house team will do all the heavy lifting so clients can focus on running their business.
Be where the action is
Before signing on the dotted line it’s important to do a little research into what locations are best for your business needs. For example, SMEs wanting to tap into one of the most up and coming local UK economies should consider setting up shop in Kent. The latest research from chartered accountancy group UHY Hacker Young revealed that in the five years following the credit crunch Kent’s contribution to the UK economy grew by 10.6%, putting it significantly ahead of the national average.
Ready to start the hunt? Give us a call today to chat about how we can help.