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For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.

The importance of a well-designed office

Office design impacts your bottom line in a variety of ways. This is why choosing the right facility for your start up or client meeting is essential.

Let’s learn about the impact of a well-designed office, and why it is so important to your organization.

Safeguard the health of your team

Office design can impact your staff’s health and wellbeing. Insufficient airflow contributes to allergies, asthma attacks and respiratory illnesses. Insufficient lighting causes headaches and eye strain, while making it hard to work.

Crowded offices facilitate the spread of disease as well as increasing overall stress levels. They’re difficult to clean, and they’re hard to keep clean, which increases the odds of foodborne and respiratory illnesses spreading.

Furthermore, the stress of crowding increases the odds of people getting ill when they’re exposed to something. On the other hand, people become more likely to take sick days just to get away from the office.

Boost productivity

Office design affects productivity in a number of ways. If your office has luxurious little touches like a break room that offers complementary drinks and snacks, your team will feel like you care about them. They’re also less likely to waste time going out to get food, and will eat at the office instead.

Give them relaxing break rooms and breakout areas where they can hold impromptu meetings, and they won’t need to linger outside at lunchtimes to get away from the office. If the environment is relaxing an enjoyable, they’re more likely to stay engaged and work until the job is done, instead of fleeing as soon as their shift is finished.

Engagement results in greater productivity, lower attrition rates, less sick time due to illness and fewer sick days just to escape from work.

Protect your reputation

A well-designed office will impress clients, potential new hires and contractors. You don’t have to make your lobby look like that of a world-class hotel or give them first-class treatment in the main meeting room.

However, bringing them into a cramped cubicle to discuss project details will make them wonder about your capabilities. If you can’t manage to arrange to meet all of the stakeholders in a single large meeting room that has comfortable chairs and plenty of space for everyone, why would they think you have the resources to handle a large project?

Don’t try to save money by choosing the cheapest facilities. If you don’t have the right facilities, rent space at a managed office. This could be for a single meeting, the duration of a project or as part of your business expansion.

Get more for your money

A well-designed office allows your team to get their work done for relatively little money. A good workspace gives everyone high-speed internet, proper light levels and a decent desk. All of this maximizes their productivity.

A haphazardly designed office creates trip hazards, with wires hidden under protective covers and poorly laid-out cubicles. This makes maintenance more difficult, while contributing to service failures and outages.

Serviced offices are cost-effective in other ways, too. You’re sharing the cost of custodial services, IT infrastructure and security with other clients in the building. This reduces the cost of these services, compared to what you’d pay if you contracted them yourself.

Finally, it may also result in higher-quality services, since serviced offices can take advantage of bulk discounts.

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