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How to decide where to base your new business and some local options for start-ups.

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Business Premises? Office? Shop? Industrial Unit? Serviced Offices? Warehouse Unit? Factory? Restaurant? Workshop? Or Start from Home?

Whether you choose to work from home or are looking to rent or buy a business premises, you may like to read our commercial property articles which cover the various options for small business or new business start ups. (We also have a section dedicated to working from home.)

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Home or Away

Deciding where to run your business could be determined by the nature of your work, running a restaurant from home is probably not a good idea and a window cleaning business is unlikely to need swanky offices!

Work from home

Working from home is definitely the cheapest option, but not always the best. You will need to ensure that you can separate home and work life. Will you be able to motivate yourself and concentrate, or possibly even moretempting—avoid the temptation to work all the time Advantages: Cost, convenience, easy to set up, the kettle is close by! Disadvantages: Domestic distractions, possibly lone working, holiday cover, the kettle is close by!

Top tip! Check to make sure that your lease/house deeds do not prevent you from operating from home. If required, obtain permission from your landlord or building society.

Office or workspace

Starting in an office or workshop will involve higher set up costs than working from home but may be more appropriate particularly if you are planning to employ staff or if your customers come to you. There are important health &safety issues that you will need to be aware of if you are planning to work from any premises. The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) offer free explanatory leaflets at


A lease is a contractual agreement to rent a property. But do you rent or buy Your financial situation could decide this for you, but if you chose to lease/rent, think extremely carefully about the implications. Lord Forte is famously quoted as saying three most important considerations are LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! However, the better the location the higher the rent!

Who is responsible for repairs

Take legal advice. You want security, but do you want the legal obligation and for how long Business success or failure may mean that you need smaller/larger premises in the future. Ask about a ‘break clause’ which could present an ‘escape route’ at a defined point.


Purchasing your property could prove to be an attractive long-term proposition. You will be giving yourself security of tenure, possibly an asset that will rise in value, and any repayments will be reducing your loan rather than simply paying rent to somebody else. You will need to use a solicitor to conduct the purchase, and definitely pay for a full structural survey.


With a license, the property owner is effectively saying “OK, you can occupy my property for a while, but I can interrupt at any time and ask you to leave.” The advantage to the owner is obvious, but it can also be a flexible and inexpensive way for a new start to move into premises. Licences are usually relatively short term.

Serviced Offices

Working from your garage or garden shed can appear amateur to prospective clients and lack the kudos of an official business address. But there is an alternative that will keep you sane without bankrupting your business before it’s even off the ground. Renting a desk in a shared office offers the best of both worlds. You’re still your own boss, but you’ll have the business support services, such as internet connection, a receptionist, meeting rooms and technical support, all available on site. You’ll have total autonomy, but feel like you are part of a community.

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Able Surveyors Limited
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ZFN Chartered Surveyors
Established in 2009, ZFN Chartered Surveyors are a firm of Chartered Building Surveyors, fully Regulated by RICS. As Chartered Building Surveyors covering London, we undertake Building Surveys, Structural Surveys & Fire Risk Assessments. When working with us you will see that we deliver traditional values of customer care with a high level of dedication and commitment.
Ashwell Rogers
Ashwell Rogers is a multi-disciplined commercial property advisory service that prides itself on providing a long standing high quality professional service to its clients, achieved by giving every client direct access to our well established and market leading Partners.
Barr Gazetas Architects and Masterplanners
Office designers Barr Gazetas-Office Architects and Interior Designers with office design experience which encompasses office design and build, retail design and build, Restaurant interior design and architecture while also employing a number of new construction concepts within their leisure, retail, commercial and domestic projects Architect Design Services
Brinkworth Design
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Copping Joyce Chartered Surveyors LLP
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Easyshift Removals and Storage
London removals firm and north london removals EasyShift removals are a experienced quality north london removals company skilled in household removals, domestic removals, business removals, storage and packaging
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Chartered Architects, Development Consultants and Surveyors specialising in healthcare, residential, social housing, affordable housing, private luxury housing, conservation work and work to Listed Buildings, Commercial and Education work.
Supastorage Ltd
Modern self storage facility in South Wimbledon. We offer 247 access and the latest in security. We are currently offering a one month free trial of our facility. Take advantage of our generosity and free up space in your premises by using ours, Free!
W1 Virtual Office
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