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Moving business premises

23 May 2016
This article is part of our Business Premises Guide
Providing information to support business owners with some of the more common decisions and considerations that you would need to take into account when moving business premises, from taking a commercial lease or buying a property to tips on who you should seek help from at each stage.

Although the process of deciding to relocate your business is difficult, making the physical move can be even more so. Moving your business from one place to another will take months of forward planning and preparations.

Marc Benger is the co-founder and managing director of online commercial removals business, comparemymove.com. He decided to move business premises last year and found that getting advice is the best way that you can determine whether you are ready to move, “I would always suggest speaking to other business owners that have been in a similar position, before making the big decision. Personally, before comparemymove.com moved its team to our current office, we considered the move for 12 months before deciding the time was right.”

“You should ideally start preparing for the move at least a month or two in advance of your move, to ensure things run like clockwork. Planning is something that you need to think about a lot. Failure to do so could end up costing the business a lot of money.”

Not only do you need to move every physical asset of your business but there are also a number of people and companies who will need to know about the move in the weeks before and after you walk over the threshold.

Tip: Book a removals company in plenty of time and check that the removers have the correct equipment to carry out the move. You should also check that they are properly insured for moving your business assets.

Download the moving checklist here.

Make sure all your business’s stakeholders are given plenty of warning about your new location, moving in date and any other information they may need to know about your business move. However, please note this checklist is only a guide – you will need to contact the organisations concerned directly to find out how much notice they will need.

The sort of information your stakeholders might benefit from knowing are:

  • The full address with postcode
  • Any changes to your telephone numbers
  • Your moving date
  • Any anticipated interruptions to business as usual
  • The names of someone to contact if they have any questions  
It is important to make sure that you have the right insurance in place to protect the business that you have built. Every business is different and has its own business insurance needs, which is why we work with some of the UK’s most well-known insurers to ensure that you are getting the right insurance cover for your business.
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