Commercial premises

Once you have decided you need premises for your new business, you need to think about what type - office, retail, industrial unit, garage, other or mixed? 

Premises size and appearance 

Size matters, so think about layout and how much space you need. Obviously, you should minimise costs, but better to have slightly too much space than not enough. You don't want to be hindered by cramped conditions, plus, there are health and safety rules to observe. 

So think carefully about how much space you'll need or what storage facilities you'll require.  Also think about appearance, because this will affect perceptions of your business. 

If customers won't be visiting your premises, this is less of an issue. However, if they will be and your premises look unclean, untidy, unsafe or old-fashioned, customers could be put off and that's without considering the negative effect it can have on staff morale.