Why Choose Serviced Offices?
Demand for serviced offices in the UK skyrocketed in the first half of 2017, with take-up rising by 176% to 1.07 million square feet compared with the first half of 2016, according to estate agency Savills. *
Serviced offices offer many advantages for both start-ups and more well-established businesses. Here are some reasons to choose a serviced office.
A Prestigious, Professional Building in a Convenient Location
Serviced offices are often based in central locations, where offices are usually more expensive to rent. This gives you a prestigious business address that will impress potential clients.
The building will be well-maintained, both outside and inside, with clean common areas. This also conveys a positive impression of your business to visitors.
On days when you’re giving a presentation, holding a training course or meeting with a group of people, you can hire a professionally equipped conference room in the building. Conference rooms are a good option even for short meetings because they can usually be hired on an hourly basis.
On a more practical level, it’s easy to pop out to pick up your dry cleaning, buy stationery or run other errands during the day if your serviced office is close to the town or city centre.
A Collaborative Environment
When renting a serviced office, you’ll meet the owners and employees of a variety of different businesses every day. This makes networking and collaboration easy.
A conversation may lead to a collaboration with a business offering complementary services or an idea for a service you could provide for other businesses.
Simply chatting with other business owners and discussing ideas can help you take your business to the next level. You might gain an important insight or find the solution to a challenge you’ve been facing.
Furnished or Unfurnished
Choose between a furnished or unfurnished serviced office. You can easily move into a furnished office straight away.
On the other hand, if you decide to rent an unfurnished office, you can take some time to create an office that truly reflects your business and its branding by selecting furniture, artwork and finishing touches.
Shared Infrastructure and Services
Businesses renting serviced offices share infrastructure and services with other businesses in the building. This means that you don’t have to commit yourself to long-term contracts with providers of broadband, telecommunications and other services.
You won’t even receive a utility bill because heating and lighting, as well as electricity and water use, are all included in the monthly rent.
A wide range of support services are also included, such as a fully staffed reception, office cleaning, building maintenance and security. It would be expensive to provide all these services for your business.
It can also be costly to invest in such equipment as photocopiers or laser jet printers – and it is uneconomic if you only use this equipment on an occasional basis. If you rent a serviced office, you can use the copying and printing services provided in the building, but only when you need to – and you only pay for what you use.
Tenants of serviced offices can use the services of helpful, efficient and friendly reception staff without the costs of employing anyone. The reception staff will:
- answer your calls and take messages if you are out of the office or don’t want to be disturbed.
- receive your post and parcels at the front desk, whether you are in or out of the office.
- frank and post your outgoing mail in return for a small fee.
- make your clients and visitors feel at ease, greeting them when they arrive and ensuring they are comfortable until you’re able to come and meet them.
- prevent unsolicited callers from knocking on your office door.
In an uncertain business environment, flexibility is essential.
It’s possible to move into a serviced office at very short notice. This can be advantageous in certain circumstances, such as if you need to expand your business quickly after landing a major new client.
Conversely, if you need to move out of a serviced office for any reason whatsoever, you can usually do so by giving one month’s notice.
If at some point in the future, your business is ready to expand, you may be able to rent a larger office in the same building, subject to availability, again with just one month’s notice.
Even if you, unfortunately, need to downsize, the flexibility will be there for you to move into a smaller office.
Break out Areas
Take a break from your work by having a coffee or eating lunch in the on-site cafe or canteen, where you can catch up with other people who work in the building.
Make your own tea and coffee in the shared kitchen, where you can wash up your mug at the end of the day. Bring in fresh milk, snacks and light meals and store them in the fridge. Use the microwave to heat up a quick lunch.
Choosing a serviced office allows you to focus on building your business without the hassle and expense of hiring support staff, engaging outside suppliers and buying equipment you don’t use regularly. You’ll just pay one monthly bill for a wide range of useful services. In addition, you’ll be working in a professional, collaborative environment in a well-maintained building close to local amenities.