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Renting a Business Property

When renting a property for your business, you have some responsibilities by law - but most will depend on what it says in the lease. Find out which apply to you or your landlord and what happens if you move out.


Working from home
 

Working from home might seem like the dream.  No traffic to battle through, no set hours in the office, no structure of when to take your break and for how long.  But it isn’t always the dream it is made out to be.  It requires serious consideration before committing to working from home.

When you are planning your business it is worth deciding if working from home will be effective for your business type and structure.  It can be more cost effective to work from home and with modern technology it is easier than ever to work from home.  Meaning that you no longer have to have a specific type of business to work from home … but there are still a few businesses that it will suit better than others.

With all that said it is worth looking at the implications working from home can have.  Both on you, your family, your customers and your supplier, you need to decide if your new business can be run from your home or if you need to look at other options.

Face to face meetings become tricky – if your business requires you to meet face to face with others, inviting them into your home isn’t always the most professional or practical option.  This means you could start racking high mileage on your car or catching more public transport to meet customers.

  • You’re always at work – because you live where you work, it can be easy to lose the clear divide between work and home life.  It can be too easy to check your emails late in the evening and you soon find yourself working more hours than you would do working in an office.
  • Friends and Family can be distracting – being at home means people assume you’ve got a flexible working pattern.  They will sometimes see it as an invitation to distract you from your work, maybe they’ve taken the day off their job and want you to go out for lunch with them.  This can be damaging to your workflow and your business, as most people who don’t work from home (your suppliers and customers) will be out of contact after the normal work hours … and if you’ve filled your time with non-business related tasks you miss the opportunity to do business.
  • It takes will power –  it can be hard striking the right balance when working from home.  Battling the natural distractions and working to your optimum proficiency is not a walk in the park.  It might take a while to get the balance right but if you manage it, it can be very rewarding and work in your favour.  Sometimes, to sit in the garden with a cuppa for 10 minutes can help clear your head and provide clarity on something.
  • Planning permission – some types of business run from your home will need planning permission. Read our article on planning permission to find out more.

When deciding if working from home is right for your new business it is advised that you speak to others that you know work from home.  Ask them what advice they would give or if you don’t know anyone, speak to a business mentor or advisor to get an understanding of how effective working from home with your business idea will be.

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Considering business premises
 

Commitment to take on business premises (bought or rented) is a very big decision for a business but especially a start-up.  The considerations required if you decide that business premises are needed are some which should involve thorough research to establish a number of things.

Main areas would be –

  • What are your specific requirements?  Do you need industrial, retail, office or a mix of these?  This helps to immediately narrow your search criteria and saves time looking for, or viewing things that are totally inappropriate.
  • How much space do I need? All aspects of your operation need to be considered from floor space footprints on machinery/equipment to storage areas.  Laying out an ideal floor plan for your business (even office based) will give you a good understanding of the requirements but also the logistics of how your business will work – production flow for example.  Although floor space can be costly, it’s always worth trying to stretch to as much as you can afford.  You may need room for expansion as you become successful and having to relocate later may be prohibitive for various reasons e.g. tied into a long lease or high cost of relocation.
  • Do you have specific Health and Safety needs to consider?  This could revolve around the specific nature of your business but this is something which should never be overlooked and you need to ensure any premises can cater for your needs.
  • Are aesthetics of your business premises important?  Will the appearance of your premises be relevant to the specific venture you are looking to undertake?  Your premises might be the first thing potential customers see and their perception will be influenced by that initial view.  This is more important if clients visit your site but irrespective of this, having a business that projects an outward appearance that inspires confidence is always a good idea.  Equally, keeping the internal appearance clean, tidy and well maintained is important for the well being of staff as well as any customers who might visit.  It’s always nice to show off your business activity in its best light.
  • What will the premises cost?  What is my budget?  Buying and leasing/renting, (unless you can afford to buy outright), immediately add monthly costs to the business, for rent or a commercial mortgage.  In addition to these you need to factor in anything which relates to service charges or utility bills for the premises and either option will invariably incur professional fees for conveyance or lease set up.  Other big considerations on cost are business rates, (check with your local council as these are often subsidised for the first 12 months of occupation and there is also small business rates relief available) and building insurance which can be significant in relation to the overheads your business will have to sustain.
  • Will the business buy or lease?  Buying is sometimes difficult to achieve for a new business unless there is a substantial amount of cash available to allow this.  Typically commercial mortgages will be around 65% loan to value which means a hefty chunk of money is required for the deposit.  Leasing is the most common option and being aware of the terms of the lease is the most important thing.  How many years?  Are you responsible for the maintenance of the property?  Does it include a service charge?  What notice period is required should you decide to relocate?  There are other questions but the main thing is you fully understand your liabilities and obligations around the lease (and your rights) and never sign anything until it has been looked at by your legal professional.  Anything unfairly biased should be walked away from or negotiated out, and you may also be able to agree caveats within the lease that make it more workable e.g. early release from the lease.
  • Do I need planning permission?  Interior work more often than not doesn’t require any planning permission but exterior work often does (depending on size and scale).  Either way it is always wise to check with the local council to ensure you conform to any requirements.  If you are working from home you also need to inform your mortgage provider as well as the local council regulations in regard to planning permission.  In all cases you have a legal responsibility to ensure all work is carried out to conform to building legislation.  In addition, you are also obliged to make reasonable adjustments to the business premises to cater for the safety of staff, customers and visitors.
  • Where do I locate?  Very careful consideration is needed on this point and it very much depends on your specific business and often related to the accessibility required by staff and customers.  Do you need good footfall?  Is it advantageous to be near good road links?  Is it useful to be near my key suppliers?  Will it be accessible for my workforce?  Locations or features normally come at a price and can be commercially advantageous but, alternatively, being more remote may be cheaper and not matter as much as a factor that will drive your success.
  • Does the premises have security or do you need improving?  Security of any property is important and none more so than businesses premises.  Many insurance companies will require a minimum level of security to cover you but it is in your interest to project your property and any valuable business assets you may have.

Once you’ve narrowed down the criteria, you can now consider searching for something that will fit your requirements.  Before you start looking, draw up a list of requirements based on the thoughts above (and anything else you feel is relevant) and, like buying a house, look for something that fits the bill.  It will all help you avoid wasting time spent looking at unsuitable premises.

Content kindly provided by www.yorkshirepowerhouse.com visit them for free business templates & much more. 

Planning permission
 

If you have decided or are seriously considering working from home it is worth noting that some businesses run from home will require you to get planning permission from your local council. There are several reasons as to why your business will need planning permission.

  • No longer prominently a private home – if your home will be used as a workplace for staff, like an events management company where your sales team are based at your home, you will need to check with your local council to see if planning permission is required
  • Traffic or people visiting increase – if running your business from home will increase the level of traffic on your street or the number of people visiting your home, maybe you’re holding meetings with multiple people on a regular basis, then you will need to check with your local council to see if planning permission is required
  • Unusual for your street – if your business an is unusual activity for your street, hair salon for example on a private residential street would be unusual, then you will need to check with your local council to see if planning permission is required
  • Disturbing the neighbourhood – if your business will create disturbances at unreasonable times or create nuisance noises or smells like a building yard or animal farm, you will need to check with your local council to see if planning permission is required

 When it comes to planning advice it is always worth speaking to an expert because you will need to get it right the first time. Don’t let the thought of planning permission put you off investigating your options, in some cases they might advise that planning is not required or alternatively if you don’t think you need planning permission it is still worth asking an expert to have the reassurances.

Content kindly provided by www.yorkshirepowerhouse.com visit them for free business templates & much more. 

Health and safety
 

You must carry out a health and safety risk assessment in the workplace and take action to remove any hazards.

You’ll normally be responsible for:

  • fire safety
  • safety of electrical equipment
  • gas safety - you must maintain equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions, which could mean an annual inspection by a registered gas safety engineer to make sure appliances and pipework are safe
  • managing asbestos
You’re also responsible for providing:

  • a reasonable temperature
  • enough space, ventilation and lighting
  • toilets and washing facilities
  • drinking water
  • safe equipment
The Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Workplace health, safety and welfare: a short guide’ has more details.

Download ‘Workplace health, safety and welfare: a short guide’ (PDF, 110KB)

Your landlord is responsible for any aspects of health and safety written in the lease (eg in communal areas). You must take reasonable steps to make sure your landlord fulfils these responsibilities.

If you get into a dispute with your landlord, you need to keep paying rent - otherwise you may be evicted.

Repairs and maintenance
 

Your lease should say who is responsible for repairs and maintenance of the property.

Moving out
 

When you move out, you may have to pay for certain repairs, or return the property to the state it was in when you first rented it. The repairs you’ll need to make are called ‘dilapidations’ and should be written in the lease.

Any responsibility not mentioned in the lease will usually be yours as the tenant.

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We recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Liz Hey from Kirklees TV as part of their series of business programmes. We were delighted to be able to discuss how important using the Objective Management Group sales evaluation and sales candidate assessment tools can help improve sales performance in companies with sales teams. We also had the opportunity to discuss how we use the tools of one of other partners Sales STAR to help develop sales managers into super coaches. Enjoy watching the interview. http://bit.ly/2JlyThB
Posted by Ventas Sales Ltd
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Monday 14 May 2018

FREE learning opportunity! Why not book on to our FREE introductory event on connected mobile technology. Andy Patten will take you through the wonderful world of the connected life with iCloud, iPhone and your desktop. http://goo.gl/ztFp2n
Posted by HAD-IT
Batley based Care firm open own tea and coffee lounge

Monday 14 May 2018

Batley based care firm, The Crescent have recently opened their own tea and coffee lounge to serve the local community. The Crescent tea & coffee lounge has been set up as a social enterprise, it is doing its part to combat loneliness and isolation in the local area. They have signed up to a Pay Forward Scheme, whereby businesses or individuals can pay in advance for a cuppa and a slice of cake for people who may benefit from meeting up with other people and to enjoy having a chat. They are also providing a cake delivery service whereby people can ring up and order a piece a cake for someone special or to simply cheer them up and put a smile on someone’s face, they come beautifully gift wrapped and are hand-delivered by staff from The Crescent. Café Supervisor Jennifer Wilby says: “We want to encourage people of all ages to visit the Tea & Coffee Lounge and have even got a Chatty Café table set up. One of our aims as an overall business is to reduce loneliness and isolation and to bring people together talking, we believe our tea and coffee lounge is a perfect setting for this.” As well as catering to the public, they are dedicated to offering employment to the community. The Crescent is committed to employing young people to gain experience and learn new skills. Managing Director of The Crescent, Paula Chamberlain says: “We have proactively decided to employ young people who are just starting out in their careers, and this may be their first job. Our staff all get to spend time quality time learning with Jennifer, which is great for them. From a business point of view, it demonstrates that we are committed to the local community too.” The Tea and coffee lounge is open Monday – Friday 8.30am-4.30pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm they serve premium hot and cold drinks, cakes, and light snacks. It is located at 32 Station Road, Batley.
Posted by The Crescent
Care Company Invests in Transforming Venue to Create Social Enterprise

Friday 04 May 2018

A Grade II listed building in Batley, West Yorkshire which has stood vacant for 5 years has undergone a £25k investment by its tenant, The Crescent Care, to provide the community with an events and community hub. Since acquiring the lease of the Victorian property opposite Batley train station, known as The Crescent in December 2017, Paula Chamberlain, MD and founder of The Crescent Care has facilitated a radical transformation, restoring the building to its former glory to accommodate meetings, training sessions, conferences and social gatherings. Alongside their core activity of looking after a complex range of care needs for children and adults across the Yorkshire region, The Crescent were keen that the building becomes a key part of the community. Already they have hosted a number of events including charity fundraisers, business networking and are hoping to put on regular events which including yoga for the elderly. Paula Chamberlain, MD and Founder said: “It is a pleasure to open our doors to the local community. As well as enabling local groups to utilise the space for coffee mornings, workshops, wellbeing and community needs, we have also seen the wider potential for bigger events at the venue. “We are extremely proud of what has been created at The Crescent and with such a unique offering, we can offer second to none hospitality. By using The Crescent for meetings and events, you will be in turn helping our social enterprise to address isolation and loneliness.” Offering competitive daily delegate rates and room hire by the hour, half or full day, The Crescent can cover business requirements as well as social gatherings for up to 60 people. All three rooms, The Front Room, The Library and The Dining room are individually designed with a luxurious feel. The opening of The Crescent conference and events space sees 2 jobs being created with the potential for more to be created by the end of the year. To find out more about the venue visit https://the-crescent.co.uk/conference-events-space/
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Yorkshire Businesswoman Appointed to the Board of the Chartered Institute of Marketing

Wednesday 25 April 2018

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Huddersfield-based businesswoman Katrina Cliffe, as their SME Ambassador on the Yorkshire Regional Board. Katrina has worked in the marketing industry for almost 20 years working for a variety of businesses across multiple industries before establishing her marketing agency, KC Communications in 2014. Katrina has been a member of the CIM for almost ten years and has completed two CIM Diplomas in marketing communications and digital marketing. Speaking of her appointment, Katrina commented, “I am delighted to have been accepted onto the Board in this new role. Supporting SMEs with the development and implementation of marketing strategies that positively impact on their business and regional growth is something I am truly passionate about. As an SME business owner myself, I understand the challenges faced by SMEs, and I hope to be able to use my range of contacts and the variety of professional activities I already undertake to promote the benefits of both the CIM and how marketing can play a key role in the success of a business”. Diane Earles, Network Manager for CIM, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Katrina to the board and I am sure she will be a real asset to the team.”
Posted by KC Communications
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Thursday 12 April 2018

On the 25th April 2018 Matt Caie, who is Barclays Business Manager in Huddersfield, will be with us in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre on Firth Street, Huddersfield. Matt specialises in Business Banking, seeking to help grow and develop businesses through regular contact and advice and assisting companies in overcoming the challenges faced in meeting goals. Why not pop along to our Business Engagement Centre between 1pm and 4pm to have a chat and get some no obligation, business banking advice for your company! Look out for future dates/times that Barclays and other Business Support Specialists are with us and remember, the Business Engagement Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to help address the bespoke needs of your business and to provide no obligation, impartial advice and solutions or just a general chat about your company and any challenges you face. We look forward to seeing you!
Posted by 3M Buckley Innovation Centre
Huddersfield Business Coach Launches Service for Community Benefit Organisations

Thursday 12 April 2018

Natasha McCreesh, the founder of coaching and mentoring business PIP to Grow Strong, has launched a monthly coaching and mentoring clinic for Kirklees based third sector organisations. The clinic, known as KOKO sessions (Keep On Keeping On), will provide organisations with the insight required to help them grow strong and sustainably enabling them to continue to deliver the work they undertake in the community. Natasha’s commercial industry background, which includes almost 10 years working for Jacuzzi Group in roles such as product development, marketing and purchasing, provides a unique opportunity for interested organisations to benefit from her vast experience and in particular her ability to positively challenge organisations and help them in finding their way forward. Natasha says: “Although I am a trustee for Hoot Creative Arts and a volunteer supporter of the Huddersfield Town Foundation, this alone just didn’t feel like enough! I want to offer a service which positively impacts upon my own community and the KOKO sessions are meant just for that.” Vicky Brennan, Business Development Director at Hoot Creative Arts said: “Natasha has been an incredible support to our organisation giving us so much more than we ever asked for or thought was possible. Natasha offers an untapped amount of energy and positivity and is so refreshing to engage with. She is always keen to learn and understand a whole picture that enables her to tailor her offer and support. We have never felt like one of many clients but really her only client, this approach is driven from a clear values base resulting in an authentic offer. Natasha sees the value in the work our sector does, she sees how it transforms lives and she is truly inspired by our sectors ability to give, therefore you quickly recognise a strong sense of giving within her approach that makes working with her a joy.” To discover more and sign up to the KOKO Sessions, visit http://piptogrowstrong.co.uk/koko-sessions/
Posted by PiP to Grow Strong
Global Branding Agency Announces Launch of Accelerator Hub to Support Yorkshire Creative & Tech Start-Ups

Tuesday 03 April 2018

Elmwood, the world’s most effective brand design consultancy, is set to launch its first accelerator programme in June 2018. Elmwood LaunchPod is a unique project bringing creative and technology start-ups together into a thriving creative community, collaborating with them over a 12-week programme designed to take their businesses to the next level. Initial details about Elmwood LaunchPod, which will be hosted at Elmwood’s studio in Leeds (United Kingdom), have been released today, with the official launch of the accelerator programme taking applications from Monday 16th April until Friday 8th May. The inaugural accelerator programme is aimed at promoting the development of innovative consumer health start-ups, with Elmwood inviting both technology and creative (STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) businesses who are innovating how people manage their health to improve their quality of life. As a global brand design consultancy, Elmwood is uniquely placed to o?er start-ups the guidance and support they need to ensure sustainable business growth beyond the 12-week programme. By bringing emerging technology and creative businesses into their community, they hope to discover how technological innovation can enhance brand experiences for both clients and consumers. Elmwood anticipates working with 5 start-ups when the 12-week accelerator programme commences, helping to support the next generation of entrepreneurs who are already hard at work to bring emerging ideas to market that will shape the future of consumer health. Throughout the 12-week programme, successful applicants will receive specialist insight from a world-class community of marketers and creative designers and free workspace at Elmwood’s creative and dynamic studio. Participating start-ups will also have access to expertise across Elmwood’s industry-leading global clients as mentors, as well as access to investors. Sarah Dear, managing partner at Elmwood and managing director of Elmwood LaunchPod, commented: “This is a unique project bringing together businesses with breakthrough ideas propelled by the power of design. “The future inevitably starts with an idea and some of the most innovative ideas are found among start-up businesses. Elmwood prides itself on being at the intersection of creativity and innovation and we’re looking forward to supporting the aspirations of health-focused entrepreneurs who are eager to develop the next generation of consumer health experiences into successful businesses that help improve people’s lives.”
Posted by KC Communications
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Tuesday 06 March 2018

Harrogate Convention Centre is set to host the “Go Digital – Live” conference on the 23rd March. The conference, which is organised by the Digital Knowledge Exchange, part of the Digital Enterprise programme in partnership with BQ Live and Stray FM, is open to all SME’s in the Leeds City Region who are looking to boost the digital knowledge enabling them to upskill and grow their businesses through advances in technology The one-day conference which opens with a keynote speech from Deputy Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, Cllr. Graham Swift will also provide delegates with access to a range of industry experts including Becky Boyd from the Google Digital Garage who will be giving insight on digital advertising, Leeds Beckett University will be discussing the rise of chatbots and how to implement them into your business successfully, while Pascal Fintoni of Arclight marketing and Media will be offering advice on how to launch your own live video show. In advance of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit will also be advising on advances in cybercrime and how to mitigate the impact cybercrime has on companies and their customers. With up to 150 delegates anticipated to attend the conference, they will have the opportunity to register in advance to “Meet a Mentor” providing the ability to obtain on the day one to one support. To end the conference, there will be a Q & A Panel Session hosted by leading digital and tech specialists. A range of exhibitors will also make up the conference, providing delegates with the ability to discover some of the region’s most successful digital technology-related businesses.   To register for the event, visit https://www.godigitallive.co.uk/
Posted by KC Communications
GDPR

Friday 23 February 2018

Our GDPR event March 1st is sold out! However, we do have a waiting list, so if you haven't got a place, please message or call and speak with Lucy 01484 541155
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