Outgrown Your Business Premises? Here’s What To Do Next

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Are you one of the fortunate ones that have seen a boom in business in 2020? Maybe the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t affected your business in any negative way. Maybe you have been one of the businesses that have been able to – or has had no choice – adapt by switching up their manufacturing process and producing something new to help with the fight against the virus. This is how many manufacturing businesses stayed afloat during the height of the pandemic, buy turning their hand to making PPE or ventilators.

Whatever the reason for your growth, if you are have outgrown your existing business premises, here are some things that you need to take into consideration.

Are there any production processes that can be done off-site?

Have a look at your production process and see if any of it can be outsourced to a third party and done off-site. While having something such as Plasma Spraying done elsewhere will obviously cost you, it will be a lot less expensive than moving premises or extending. It also gives you the chance to focus on other aspects of your process. 

Sometimes moving to a whole new site is necessary or can be the cheapest option, but it can also be a huge upheaval. You have to look for somewhere new that is big enough, that is suitable and in the right location, and finding something that does all of those and is within your budget can be a challenge. If this is the case, why not look at expanding your existing premises? Of course, there are other things that need to be thought about – can your business cope with the disruption that an extension and building work can bring? Is the cost of the work going to weigh up positively in the long term against the cost of moving?

Is the location suitable?

For this point, we are going to assume that you have made the decision to move rather than outsource or expand. One of the most important things to think about when moving is the location. 

Location is important for many businesses. It may be that you need to be highly visible., so need to be right next to a busy highway or in the center of a major city. Maybe you don’t, and you can take advantage of more space and lower rates on an out of town space. However, consider whether potential customers, vendors, and deliveries/pickups can get to you easily – access via major transport routes is a necessity. Also, consider your existing staff. If you are thinking of moving, you need to think about whether it is still in reasonable traveling distance for them and if they can access the site easily via public transport if necessary. If you don’t think about this, you could find yourself hit with the additional costs of hiring a new workforce and training them all up.

Making the decision to expand or move can be an exciting one –  it usually means business is going well and that’s a great thing. However, weigh up the pros and cons of all options before settling on something.

How Safe Are Your Business Premises?

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As a business owner, the last thing you want is a lawsuit on your hand. If somebody has an accident on your business premises, or if they fall ill because of them, you could be held legally responsible, and as well as suffering the expense of compensation claims, you could also suffer the loss of your good reputation.

If you’re working from home, the same applies. A client coming to your house for a meeting could also file a claim against you if injured in or around your house. 

So, ask yourself: How safe are my business premises?

Here are a few of the things you should watch out for.

A poorly-lit outside area

If your employees are expected to leave work late of an evening, they could injure themselves if they cannot see very well as they exit your business premises. It’s in your best interest to incorporate lighting, perhaps on a timer switch so as to reduce your energy bills, as visibility will then be increased.

Loose handrails

When navigating the inside of your building, some employees and customers may be reliant on handrails for mobility purposes. But if these handrails have become worn over time, an accident could take place if there are structural issues. It is in your best interest to replace these and any other loose fixtures, perhaps by using the services of a company such as Eckstrom who have what it takes to manufacture something of use for you.

Areas with little ventilation

Ventilation is a must, especially in areas of your business where toxic chemicals and other hazardous substances may be used. However, all areas of your business should be ventilated well, as clean air is a necessity for all of the people who use your premises. For those rooms that have windows, you should open them partway, and for those that don’t, you should look into getting a decent ventilation system to protect your business users.

A cluttered office space

If your office space is small, clutter might be a problem. From boxes placed on the floor to trailing wires and cables, your office area could be a hazard waiting to happen, as trips and falls are likely if there are obstacles in your employees’ way. To protect your staff, you should invest in more storage for your office and tiebacks for your cables. It might be that you also remove surplus items from your office space, as the less there is, the reduced chances of somebody having an accident. 

Faulty equipment

If the electrical appliances your business uses haven’t been PAT tested, there is the risk of an electrical shock or a fire breaking out. And if the machinery you use is faulty in any way, then the chances of your employees having a nasty accident are high. Despite the investment, you need to make sure your equipment is tested regularly, and you should replace any item if they are no longer fit for use. 

How safe are your business premises? 

We haven’t covered every danger here, but we hope you get the point. You need to check your business premises for any problem areas. Commit to a risk-assessment then, and protect the people who use your premises while also protecting the name and finances of your business.