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The numbers of people starting business from a bedroom at home are increasing as every year goes by, facilitated by home communication and developed IT products.  In Yorkshire, this tradition goes back to the Industrial Revolution where the wool industry was powered by home workers in weavers cottages – so the heritage is strong.

The effective use of a home office and the management of family and work commitments does require thought to make it work properly.  All family members need to be part of setting the rules and sticking to them to allow the business to flourish.

Taking on employees, customer meetings, storage needs, simple business growth and access for the public are all circumstances that drive business owners towards commercial premises.  Once this decision is made, the issues of leases, contracts, communications, signage, IT infrastructure, security, and more, all come into play.

In this section, we will provide some information on the different options available to you.  From working from home to considering commercial premises and the implications that follow.

In all these areas the adage of sign in haste, repent in leisure is so true.


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.

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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.

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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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Huddersfield Aesthetics Clinic Relocates to Meet Demand

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Huddersfield businesswoman and registered nurse prescriber, Jen Vittanuova has relocated her town-centre based clinic, Pretty Machine Aesthetics, to support demand for results-based non-surgical aesthetic treatments. The exclusive clinic which has relocated to Heritage Exchange in Lindley has undergone extensive renovation to meet the standards suited to treatments available, in terms of medical safety and any aesthetic risks associated with the procedure, as well as client comfort and confidentiality. The clinic specialises in a range of non-surgical treatments such as wrinkle smoothing, dermal fillers, lip augmentations, skin needling and chemical peels. It also stocks a range of clinician led skincare. With the addition of two further therapists the clinic will also offer internationally reknowned Deluxe Brows Microblading, and the latest innovation in tattoo and permanent make up removal, known as Pigment Off; the treatment has no requirement for the use of lasers and is ideal for all skin types. Laser hair removal using the Aesthetic Industry Award winning Soprano Ice machine will also be available.. A Registered Nurse Prescriber with more than eighteen years’ experience working for both the NHS and some of the UK’s most prestigious private clinics and hospitals, Jen is a strong supporter of the Safety in Beauty campaign, which raises awareness of malpractice in the beauty and aesthetics industry. She is also a member of the BACN (British Academy of Aesthetic Nurses) which operate a strict code of conduct to ensure safety within the industry. Commenting on the relocation, Jen Vittanuova said: “Having run private clinics across the UK, the time was right to grow the clinic in my home town. In recent years demand for services has increased dramatically and it is important that people opting to undergo non-surgical treatments have somewhere safe that they can go. We believe that providing a luxury environment for our clients is important. We are aiming for the highest standards, reflected in our treatments and our staff within the clinic. The clinic has great transport links and is easily accessible via the M62.compressed Pretty Machine Aesthetics also run clinics in Leeds, Birmingham, and Harley Street in London.
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Tech Scale-Up Appoints KC Communications to Support Growth

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yboo, the mobile app firm, has appointed Huddersfield based agency, KC Communications to handle their PR requirements following a successful pitch to support yboo’s ambitious growth plans. yboo, which stands for ‘you’re better off on’ is a mobile app available on iPhone and Android which monitors consumer mobile phone usage and recommends the best SIM only deals, based on price and signal strength. It also allows users to gain access to exclusive discounts, offers and codes. The app enables UK consumers to save, on average, £156 per year on their mobile phone bill. yboo also provide a second unique product which allows Mobile Operators to understand more about Consumer behaviour via Big Data profiling. KC Communications will be responsible for developing both yboo’s traditional and stunt-PR strategy and implementing it to raise the profile of the money-saving app in both the UK and overseas markets. Commenting on the appointment, KC Communications founder, Katrina Cliffe said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have been appointed by yboo and having the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of our capabilities. yboo is an exciting business and has the potential to be one of the world’s leading apps.’ Martyn Gould founder and CEO of yboo, added, “We’re really pleased to be working with KC Communications to deliver our Consumer and Big Data growth plans in the UK and Internationally. We chose KC due to their proven capability but also due to their positive attitude and values/ambition which align with our own”
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Avalon Mae Social Media Marketing were personally invited by The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust to take part in their #RowingForResearch charity event at The Pugneys Dragon Boat Race on Saturday 7th July as part of the team ‘The Scientists’. The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is the only UK charity funding medical research specifically into cancer affecting teenagers and young adults. The Trust also funds measures to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients, both during and in the aftermath of their illnesses. The Scientists team included members from other local businesses, students, friends and scientists from The Georgopoulos research group at Huddersfield University who are working on pioneering research which could lead to a new form of cancer treatment free from the harmful side-effects often experienced with treatments such as radiotherapy and Chemotherapy. Avalon Mae are members of The Laura Cranes ‘Fight Club’. A club where companies support the charity through sponsorship, donations, fundraising and more. The day went off to a flying start with The Scientists placing 1st in their first 2 heats. The 3rd heat was one not to be missed as team ‘Chappers Raiders’ capsized on the finished line next to The Scientists and still took 2nd place leaving The Scientists 3rd place in the 3rd heat. There was still a fighting chance for The Scientists as they qualified for the final of the women’s event. After all the heats were complete The Scientists were joint top for fastest women boat so the sweat was on for the final. 6 teams qualified for the final, however, only 2 teams stayed so it was The Scientists rowing for The LCYCT against the Mighty Mac’s rowing for Macmillan! Who would take the trophy and gold medals home? After a team talk and the motto ‘Failure isn’t an option’ The Scientists used their successful method of shouting ‘Lean! Back!’ and paddled like they had never paddled before! It was a very close race all the way through to the last stretch. The Scientists pulled out in front and, as the air horn sounded, a roar came from the boat and they were victorious. The Scientists took home the trophy for The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust and each member was awarded their gold medal by Gwen Lowe, Mayor of Kirklees. Well done to everyone who took part in The Dragon Boat Race at Pugneys Country Park for such amazing causes. Special thank you to Gable Events for hosting the event and to members of Chappers Legends, Chappers Raiders and RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford District for becoming members of our boat for the final rounds. We shall be there next year defending our title on Saturday 6th July. See you then! Facebook - @avalonmaesmm Instagram - @avalonmaesmm Twitter - @avalonmaesmm Website - www.avalonmaesmm.co.uk
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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.”
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