Office Relocation Strategy
An Office Relocation Strategy should include your reasons for wanting to relocate your business, a review of your overall business objectives to see if the timing is right to relocate, and an Office Relocation Brief so that you understand what your new office requirements are.
Having a clear and well thought-out Office Relocation Strategy will influence your choice of office space, help to settle on a realistic Moving Office Budget, and will help you to determine the right timescales for the office relocation.
Every business considering an office relocation should start by asking themselves the following: -
- What are the main reasons for relocating the business? More/less space, location, change in working methods, costs
- What are the implications for moving the business?
- Will it be better for both your staff and customers?
- Could an office refurbishment be a credible option?
- Is this the right time to relocate the business?
You will need to discuss these issues with Senior Management and consult at length with internal teams (including HR, Marketing, Finance etc) to make sure that all issues have been considered.
Think about how the office relocation might influence your Business Strategy over the next 3-5 years and whether it will help to achieve your business goals more effectively. Remember that an office relocation takes anywhere between 6-18 months to complete so remember to factor this into your office relocation planning.
Setting the right timescale for your office relocation needs to be coordinated with your Business Strategy to ensure it does not have any negative impact on new product launches, staff training, or fiscal business targets you have already set.
It is also important to bear in mind that an office relocation takes painstaking coordination and will need the dedication and commitment of a Project Leader to manage the entire office relocation project and ensure key objectives are met.
If you decide that it's a good time to relocate your business, don't forget to use the Office Relocation Checklist to help manage and prepare your business for relocation.
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