Up Sticks To Raise The Stakes: Relocating Your Business

It’s a great sign that your business is going in the right direction. Relocating to a larger premises or moving to a more lucrative part of the country means that you have the finances to increase your business capabilities, and it means that your small business isn’t so small anymore. Your efforts in upscaling have worked tremendously, so now the process begins. Where do you begin to keep the business intact while making the move, and also, what happens to the staff?

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The whole process begins with finding the right location. Your business type can generally dictate the best areas, as there are out of town industrial estates suitable for larger, more physical operations, like factories, but if your business is an IT startup, then there are premises that are built for these purposes. There are office space companies that charge rent for space and are generally a good half-way house before finding your own permanent space. The locations for these types of spaces are usually in the middle of cities and are easily accessible by staff. But before you get the office removals company in to put the whole company in the back of a van, you need to make sure that everything is secure in the technological sense. The problems in moving a business are much like when you move house, but imagine that everything is made of fine bone china. The equipment cannot be damaged, and even having the systems out on display means that they could easily be a target for thieves, and if your information is not properly backed up or made secure via data encryption, you could have a problem on your hands.  

The workers are the other most important thing to think about, especially if you are completely relocating your company. Upscaling a company from startup to one with clearly defined roles can have some teething issues, especially when everyone was used to having many different roles, such as one person doing IT but now IT has been broken down into many smaller roles. But as the roles become more defined, you need to remember that this is just part and parcel of the whole process. It means that a lot more staff come on board, which may make people question if the company is the same now as it was before the change. And people will view the change as a negative thing, and some will view it positively, it is just a situation which people have to get used to. As well as the change in the company structure, there will be new staff, which can alter the personality of the business somewhat. To avoid too much drastic change, you need to ask yourself if the business is still sticking to its core values. If not, then you need to reevaluate what you think it is that has got away from you and try to get back to how it was, either through reverting back to your business plan or by starting afresh. And that is the whole reason you moved. In essence, you are starting all over again.

 

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