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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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Interested in Finding Out What Business Banking Can Do To Help Grow & Develop Your Business

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
Harrogate to Host Digital Knowledge Conference

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
Posted by Sheards Accounts
Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Tuesday 06 February 2018

Following on from the huge success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March. The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow. Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day. This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme. Running alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones. Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said: ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.” Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress. Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment. For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter. To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.
Posted by Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Inspiration for Greenhead College business class from ex student entrepreneur

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Business students at Greenhead College were handed some sound advice from two local entrepreneurs. Harley Cooper and Ellie Gilbert showed the A-level students what can be achieved with a bit of self-belief, resilience and risk taking. The duo set up Avalon Mae Social Media Marketing, which has found a gap in the market for providing social media marketing services to small firms and self employed individuals such as hairdressers who want to maximise their online presence. Ellie, an ex-Greenhead student who took part in the Real World Economics event and the annual New York trip, spoke to more than 80 students and explained that young people had a lot to offer in their line of marketing as they have grown up with social media. Mark Mitchell, head of business and economics at Greenhead College, said: “Having young entrepreneurs from our alumni visiting like this is highly inspirational and helps show students that there is an alternative to the traditional educational route after Greenhead. “If you have a great business idea – just go for it!”
Posted by Avalon Mae Social Media Marketing
Around Town In the Huddersfield Live Hygge Tipi

Wednesday 15 November 2017

What better time to get together than Christmas? Around Town believe that connecting the business community of Huddersfield in its iconic locations and organisations is a brilliant way to share ideas, hear inspirational stories and have some FUN. Organised by Oli Smith, Michelle Crowther and Chris Buckley Around Town create memorable events every 3 months. 2018 plans are already underway; “as well as meeting at some amazing businesses we are walking Around Town in Spring - a fantastic way to get to know each other whilst experiencing some award winning locations and scenery in Huddersfield “ says Michelle And with Huddersfield Live December promises to be a memorable Around Town event. Hosted in the Hygge Tipi in St Georges Square, hear Sam Watt and Poppy Stahelin tell of the fabulous work the team at Huddersfield Live are doing and some of the stunning events planned for next year. Laura Drury sets the backdrop of how she formed the The Hygge Tipi and how it creates a convivial atmosphere for Huddersfield folk to mingle, drink mulled wine, and keep the winter night out in front of the log fire. All In the heart of Huddersfield. Tickets are limited and can be reserved FREE here. Chamber members old and new are very welcome. Around Town Events for 2018 confirmed. March 1st - Valli Opticians May 17th - Owen Scott Tailors May 25th - (Walk) Around Town - 15miles (approx) Breakfast Sarnies, The Kirklees Way, Finish in a Brewery!
Posted by The Alternative Board
Social Progress at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

Monday 23 October 2017

Social Progress, a Social Media & Digital Marketing Agency from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, has been crowned one of the winners in the Yorkshire and Humber heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy. The Best Use of Social Media award winner, Social Progress will now go forward to represent the Yorkshire and the Humber region in the national finals, which take place in London in November. Janet Bebb, Owner & DM of Social Progress said: “The announcement took us completely by surprise. We entered but never thought we’d be selected as Regional Winners. “The entry showcased the interactive social media software we’ve developed called Big Screen Social that can be used at events. It’s a highly visual Twitter & Instagram Wall which, because of the unique visual presentation, is designed to encourage delegates, sponsors and exhibitors to post throughout the day or evening using the event’s specific hashtag. This gives added media exposure to the event. “Big Screen Social is going down a storm at conferences, award evenings, etc. Mid Yorkshire Chamber have used the software at two of their events this year, the Kirklees Business Conference and the Wakefield Business Conference. Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “Businesses are the backbone and driving force of the UK economy. Even in the face of uncertain times, they continue to show their resilience and strength – creating opportunities for employment, investment and growth. “Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions, and the calibre of entries this year was no different. The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard-work. “The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our business communities’ achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of UK businesses over the past year, and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.” Social Progress is a Yorkshire based Social Media Agency specialising in social media strategy, social media training and social media content management on behalf of clients. Our client base stretches from micro-businesses to large corporations and all training and services are tailored to suit their requirements. We ensure training is suitable for the individuals involved and tailor the teaching to suit their skill-level and learning pace to ensure they make the most of the training and feel confident enough to go away and have a go themselves. We offer Content Managed Packages for clients who wish to out-source their social media management ranging from low-level to detailed social media strategy and support. All packages can also have additional training bolted onto them to ensure the client is confident to manage their own social media after a time. Social Media Strategy Packages help to focus business owners and marketing department on the what, why, how and when of using social media for business. We help give them a purpose to using social media and help them to use if more efficiently and effectively. We also strive to encourage authenticity and to show their personality through their social media channels/activity. We’ve also developed a highly interactive and visual Twitter & Instagram Wall called Big Screen Social which is designed to enhance any event. Be that conferences, exhibition stands, award evening, charity functions, festivals, music concerts, weddings & parties. Big Screen Social can be purchased to use for a day or on an ongoing basis by event planners, social media agencies, PR agencies, advertising and marketing agencies and AV technicians. The display posts using a given hashtag. It can be moderated and customised to suit the branding of the event.
Posted by Social Progress
A Cure for Cabin Fever!

Monday 02 October 2017

As a Sole Trader, Freelancer, Consultant, Nomadic or Home Worker we all know how challenging it can be to work on your own, by your own. As an answer to the lack of social connection, creative thinking, strategic brainstorming, professional critique or just a chinwag with other professionals, Co Up is launching Sole Trader Social. A quarterly meetup that turns the 'standard networking event' on its head. First and foremost it is a social event that encourages individuals to get out more and meet with other like-minded professionals in a relaxed environment. Danny Bulmer, Founder of Co up says... "We've all been there - either when starting up a new business, being a sole trader or working remotely or in your kitchen. Whilst we have some luxuries to hand, we as human beings lack the social connections and the serendipitous moments of working with others. These moments are often where new discoveries, developments and ideas flourish. Some of the best ideas, business concepts and conversations are often had down the pub, in a cafe or around the kettle. These are places where people can feel more at home and open to new ideas and are possibly more comfortable in expressing themselves. Sole Trader Social is a space where professionals and entrepreneurs will hopefully feel part of a community of like-minded individuals. The social aspect is important but these meetups definitely help to develop oneself, your wider network and your businesses in very a natural, unforced and productive way" The Sole Trader Social kicks off on Thursday 8th October at 5:45pm-7:45pm at Co Up in Slaithwaite and will run quarterly from thereon in. Find out more on their website: www.co-up.co or on the Co Up Facebook page.
Posted by Co Up.
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