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5 ways to save money with a serviced office

27 Aug 2018 –– News
Serviced office space could save your business money

The way we work is always changing and there are now so many options available to businesses looking for a suitable workplace.

But with so many options, how do you choose the right space for your business?

We've put together five big reasons we think fully serviced offices could really work for you.

1. One simple price

When you rent a fully serviced office space, you can manage your finances easily. Why? Because there tends to be just one simple cost to pay.

When you choose a business centre like Business First, you can be sure that price includes your rent, service charge, electricity and buildings insurance. This can be an excellent way to keep track of your budget and avoid any nasty surprises.

If you choose traditional office space which doesn't offer a serviced option, you'll be responsible for handling your own utilities and insurance. This can create extra work and unexpected expenses.

We can also help tenants to organise office comms and help to source furniture, which can provide extra assistance to businesses during a busy time.

2. Cut costs on unnecessary extras

When you work out of a serviced office, you can save considerable costs on staff. A receptionist may not be required, as you have a centre manager on-site to welcome your guests and provide information.

Cleaning and gardening services could be included in your agreement, removing that cost from your budget.

Even the cost of items like teabags and toilet roll can add up. So, if you find the right serviced office provider, you can clock up some significant savings over the course of the financial year.

3. Flexible leases

Business can be full of uncertainties, right? So, being locked into a lengthy contract can be daunting. After all, who knows what could happen in a couple of years? If you rent your own premises, you may have to sign up to a five or ten-year lease. This could leave you with an unmanageable expense if you need to vacate sooner.

One great thing about serviced offices is that the leases tend to be far more flexible. Short-term leases for office space are common in fully serviced businesses centres.

At Business First, our most flexible product is a hotpod. This offers small businesses or startups a single workstation in a coworking space which can be hired on a daily or monthly basis. This can be amended or cancelled at any time, so it's completely flexible and there are no strings attached.

Standard leases for office space at our business centres in Burnley, Padiham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Liverpool, Preston and Glasgow start from 12 months. Plus, there's always the option to upgrade or downgrade your space as required.

Many businesses start out with just a single desk, and stay as they grow to take over an entire floor. Having the flexibility to upsize at any time is incredibly useful for a fast-growing business. In fact, it's a major bonus of serviced offices. Let us take care of everything!

4. Only use the space you need

When you rent your own business premises, there's bound to be areas which are not used to their full potential. Meeting rooms are a great example. While it's beneficial to have a professional and well-equipped boardroom where you can greet visitors, the chances are the space could be underused the rest of the time.

Choose a fully serviced office suite and you only need to pay for the space you actually need. At Business First, we have boardrooms, training rooms and conference rooms for hire. Use them when you need them - it's free! We operate calendar booking systems to enable our tenants to share these spaces and make the most of this facility when it's required.

All of our meeting rooms are equipped with the latest presentation equipment, as well as free tea, coffee and biscuits for you and your guests.

5. Location, location, location

Location is an essential element when choosing the right place to base your business. However, many small businesses hit an obstacle when they discover the cost of premium office space in their chosen location.

This is where a serviced office can be an extremely cost-effective solution for SMEs looking to place themselves in a commercial hotspot.

Business First fully serviced business centres are all located close to the motorway network and public transport links, offering easy access for staff and visitors.

What's more, our Glasgow and Blackpool business centres provide convenient access to Glasgow Airport and Blackpool Airport. In fact, Blackpool Business First is in the town's prestigious Enterprise Zone, bringing a host of additional perks to companies who choose this location as their business base.

There is parking available on-site at every centre. Plus, all centres are well served by local shops, services and amenities, to ensure staff can find everything they need nearby.

Where can I find fully serviced offices near me?

Business First has office space available to let in key locations across the North West and in Glasgow. We provide a fully serviced office solution to small businesses and large corporations, with a host of extra services and facilities available to tenants.

Find your nearest centre and book a viewing with your friendly centre manager here.