As you have taken the time to read this article, the chances are you are either in the early stages of starting a new business, or you are part of a larger company or franchise looking to establish a new regional presence in Staffordshire. In either scenario there are many advantages in choosing a serviced office over a traditional leased office arrangement.
Traditional fixed term rental agreements which tie you in for between 3 and 5 years are an expensive and risky option for an established business; for a fledgling business they are a risk too far.
In contrast to traditional fixed term lease arrangements, serviced offices offer businesses a flexible pay-as-you-go, monthly licence fee. Monthly licence fees are far more flexible than traditional rental leases and are a sensible way of limiting risk and liability. Instead of being tied in to a long-term contract, serviced offices provide you with an easy-in, easy-out solution which dramatically reduces liabilities. The built-in flexibility means that if the business grows rapidly and you need larger premises, you can move out quickly. This flexibility is essential if you are testing the market in a new area. In this scenario, if the market doesn’t respond positively, you need to be able to stop costs quickly. In contrast to a 5-year rental agreement, a serviced office enables you to cease the arrangement by giving just one-month’s notice.
Serviced offices offer an all-in monthly licence fee. Arrangements vary but most include business rates, utility bills (heat, light, electricity), broadband and telephony. In addition, most serviced offices are fully furnished and some offer on-site reception staff who will act like an extension of your team, greeting clients and providing refreshments while they wait.
In comparison to rental agreements, the serviced office all-in monthly licence fee offers businesses a number of advantages. The single fee fixes costs which makes budgeting incredibly simple. It removes the risk of price increases from utility providers and also means that you don’t need to worry about high heating bills during the winter period.
Serviced offices are designed so that you can move in and start working within minutes. This saves time and removes the frustration associated with setting up an office. Traditional rental arrangements mean that you have to arrange broadband, purchase and install telephone systems, liaise with utility providers and purchase furniture. In a serviced office, this is all done for you.
Serviced offices enable businesses to project a professional image by providing a prestigious business address, reception staff to greet your clients and additional services like meeting rooms which are available when required.
If you are looking for a serviced office in Staffordshire, Heath House Conference Centre in Uttoxeter has a suite of serviced offices which can accommodate between 1 and 4 people per office. The conference centre is situated on the Staffordshire – Derbyshire border, making it an ideal setting to choose to locate your business. In easy reach of Burton, Derby, Stoke and Stafford, Heath House offers your business an enviable geographic position which is just 20 minutes from both M1 and M6 motorways.