The top requirements for a business centre and how to find an office space that meets them all.
If your business is growing, there’s a good chance you’re considering looking for a business centre as the next move for your company. It can be difficult, though, to know exactly what to look for in a business centre.
So, take a look at our guide to the top requirements for a business centre, and how to find the perfect office space for your business.
Choosing the perfect office space
One of the primary requirements of a business centre is that it should offer a wide variety of offices in different shapes and sizes. While this offers a great deal of choice, it also poses an issue: There are so many different types of office space within a business centre it can be difficult to pick one that meets the requirements of your business.
For example, if your business is just starting out, it might be beneficial to not have a permanent spot in a business centre right away, as you may not be sure if you want to commit to monthly payments for a space. That’s why many business centre offer co-working spaces, allowing you to get a feel for the business centre by booking time at a hotdesk.
After you’ve decided that a business centre is right for you, you can then begin looking into permanent office space.
How do you manage your hotdesking space effectively? Check out 4 secrets to managing your co-working office space.
So you’ve found the business centre of your dreams, that’s great! But what about the area it’s located in? What amenities do you have available to you?
Consider whether the area surrounding your business centre has good transport links, particularly is your staff members require public transport to get to work. Also consider
VisiPoint is the ideal solution for business centres. Read about our work with Sunderland Software Centre and Washington Business Centre, two of the North East’s most prominent business centres, in our case study.
What should be looking out for in terms of the services and amenities offered by a prospective business centre? Let’s go through some that we think are fairly essential:
Fast, stable networking: You want to be able to rely on the connectivity of your new office so your business can operate at full efficiency. One of the first things you should inquire about with a prospective business centre is whether they have a strong networking infrastructure in place. It’s also vital that your office space has a working internet connection before moving in, so there’s no disruption to your business operations.
Meeting rooms: every business needs to invite guests for meetings from time to time, so access to a meeting space is essential. Most business centres allow you to book space in their meeting rooms or rent out meeting rooms on a permanent basis for businesses with frequent meetings.
Events spaces: Another key requirement for a business centre is the need for space for large meetings and events. Again, these can be rented on a case-by-case basis or rented on a more permanent basis for businesses that hold a large number of events.
Breakout areas: It’s all well and good having a great space do work in, but what about those times where you just need to take a break? Having a nicely decorated, welcoming breakout area is one of the must-have requirements for a business centre, so staff members can feel at home and that their work-life balance is respected.
This might seem like an obvious requirement for a business centre, but so many managed office spaces neglect the need for proper security procedures. Arguably the most important of all requirements for a business centre is a commitment to keeping the premises secure.
Consider whether a prospective business centre utilises technology such as access control, CCTV cameras and visitor management systems. Business centres that use this technology are far more likely to be commited to the security and safety of their tenants.
Looking for a way to make your business centre more secure, efficient and welcoming? VisiPoint visitor management is the ideal solution. Get in touch with a member of our exprt team on +44 (0) 191 341 0016 or using the form below for information on VisiPoint or to book a demonstration.
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