20 May 2019
Let’s be honest with each other, finding a ‘perfectly sized’ industrial unit for your business isn’t exactly fun. It’s time-consuming, it’s boring and your time is much better spent running your business or finding a new television show to binge watch.
Fortunately, the team here at BizSpace are always ready to help you out, so we thought we’d put together a quick guide to help you find the small unit to rent that suits your business. Keep these details in mind and you shouldn’t have a problem with your journey.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of it all, let’s make sure we’re on the same page.
The word ‘small’ is a little vague so let’s clarify it a little bit. A small, start-up business is likely to have between one and ten members of staff, so we count a small industrial unit as a space that can cater to this many people.
According to fire safety requirements, the maximum occupancy for an industrial space or workshop (not office) is around 55sqft per person. With this in mind, a small industrial unit would be between 55sqft and 550sqft. Saying that, though, we’re talking about industrial space here, which means your employees aren’t just going to be sitting at a desk, you need extra space for the machinery they will be operating. With this in mind, we would say that if you want to rent a ‘small’ industrial unit, you’ll be looking at anything from 100sqft to 800sqft.
Now onto the big question – how much rent should you be looking at for your small unit? As with all property, there are all sorts of variables that will affect how much your dream space costs. Anything from how many water coolers it has to the local restaurants can affect pricing, so take our estimations with a pinch of salt.
Despite this, you can expect to be paying £25-£200 per week depending on the size, location and facilities of the unit. Usually, this cost will only cover you actually occupying the property, but every lease is different so it’s important to check the legal details (as you always should).
As well as the standard renting fees, unfortunately, you’re going to have to deal with some other fees too. The majority of leases and licences will leave you to manage your own utility fees, waste disposal fees and security costs, so if you find a lease offering more than the basics, leap on that golden egg.
Besides these additional costs, you will also need to think about insurance and business rates. Fortunately, our offering of small industrial units to rent comes complete with buildings insurance and business rates, depending on your local council and area.
Also, remember to think about specialist needs like three-phase electricity. Always ask about whether you have to pay for any extra details.
This is an easy one. Here at BizSpace, we’ve spent almost two decades blowing minds and helping small businesses grow and develop through affordable rented spaces tailored to SMEs. We have a vast range of small units to rent in over 100 locations across the country, making us perfect for you and your business.
Bored of working out the garage? Fed up of sharing your shed with creepy crawlies or simply run out of room on the dining table? Sounds like you could benefit from having a space to call your own! Somewhere warm, somewhere secure... somewhere like one of our BizSpace small workshops to rent.
At BizSpace, we have an entire network of workshops available. Some have big double doors that you can throw open for plenty of space and natural light, while others have rolling shutter doors to save on space and offer peace of mind security. No matter your preferences, all of our workshops come with satisfaction guaranteed.
Our workshops are where you need to be. We can place you where the action is - in the city centre or better placed for your industry, on specialist industrial estates. With rates starting from only £20 in some of our dedicated business centres, can you afford not to consider a BizSpace workshop?
There are no official guidelines as to what classes as a small workshop to let. However, based on a small business of 1-10 employees and occupancy densities for fire regulations, a small workshop is classed as anything below 550 sq ft of floor space. Obviously, the number of employees that can be accommodated in the space will depend on the amount of equipment you need to ensure your business hits the ground running.
If your business calls for big machinery or lots of free-standing mechanical tools, you’ll likely want to look at workshops with more space to prevent any health and safety concerns.
When you are preparing to rent a location of your own, we've got a few tips to help everything go smoothly. In fact, the only bumps we expect you to experience are the ones you feel in the moving truck on the road to your new workspace!
When you move into your own space, consider whether you need to upgrade your equipment or simply need a more comfortable workspace. After all, battling the cat for a turn on the keyboard is hardly conducive to a productive working environment!
Will you be welcoming clients or customers to your workshop? If so, you will need to consider parking arrangements and ease of access to main roads and public transport links. Keeping these points in mind will score you bonus points further down the line.
Businesses work best together and can support each other, especially when working within the same sector. You never know when you might discover a future business partner!
Expanding from the garage into a small workshop to let is one thing, but having to keep moving premises as your business expands is an unnecessary hassle that no-one really wants. Try to make sure you have some freedom to update and change the workshop according to your needs - both now and in the future.
We understand that trying to find a new place of work can be a stressful affair with plenty of things to check over, process and understand. At BizSpace, we have small workshops in ideal locations up and down the country, available from as little as £20 per month.
If you’d like to see our current availability when it comes to small workshops to let, head on over and check out our workshops and storage page where you can search and take a look at your leisure.
We look forward to welcoming you to your new BizSpace workshop!