5 Things to Consider Before Opening a Shop

There is always an element of risk with starting any new business. With high street commerce forever changed by the shift to online shopping and the impact of the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, this is certainly true of the retail sector.

Like any new enterprise, asking the right questions beforehand can go a long way towards avoiding (or, at least, mitigating) some of those risks. These are just some of the things you should consider:

Designing an Open Plan Office Space

Open plan office spaces can provide many benefits for a business, from cutting rent costs to optimising the use of larger rooms. Additionally, an open floor plan builds a sense of community and team work between employees by encouraging collaborative working.

The layout of an open plan office depends on the type of work you do. In general, it will consist of multiple tables and chairs in close proximity to each other, allowing the team to communicate instantly, preventing project holdups and wasted time. 

How Much Office Space Do I Need?

Finding the ideal space to run your business can be challenging. For cities in the UK like Liverpool, commercial space availability varies between location and demand. Due to price and availability constraints, it’s essential to have an accurate idea of how much space you’ll need.

When you’re looking to rent an office space for your business, you want to ensure that there’s enough square footage to accommodate your employees, meetings, equipment, furniture, and have extra free space for potential expansion. To get you started, here is Centaur Properties' helpful guide on calculating your office space requirements.

Downsizing Your Office Space in Liverpool

During the Covid 19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, many businesses had to adapt to allow their employees to work remotely. As restrictions continue to ease, almost half of the businesses in the Liverpool City region have continued to roll out new agile working models, with many medium-sized businesses now allowing their staff to permanently work from home for at least 3 days a week.

Top 5 Locations in Liverpool for your Industrial Business

Similar to retail, commercial, and residential properties, location is crucial for an industrial business to succeed. Industrial properties in Liverpool have always been in high demand with businesses of all sizes. Due to its convenient location in the North West, Liverpool has had its fair share of history in trade, making it one of the most important port cities in the UK. 

Enhance Your Employee's Work Skills With Free Training

At the start of 2021, the UK government invested £2.5 billion in the National Skills Fund, giving many employees, adults, and students to improve their work skills, gain valuable skills and enhance their job prospects with free training. Such courses and qualifications range from accounting, construction, public service, teaching, engineering, conservation, agriculture, and much more.