Moving Office – The Technology Crunch Point
Moving office is a critical business decision. Often it is a result of success – the company expands, takes on more people, and needs to find a bigger space.
In London this is a particularly difficult decision. Office space is expensive, and moving too far from your original location to save on costs may not be convenient for existing staff. Most companies consider “Location, location, location” to be of prime importance when moving office. However there is another major consideration these days, “Technology, technology, technology.”
KSBC have relocated many companies and the largest issue we face is an underestimation of the time required to prepare an office for use, and the dangers of leaving it all to the last minute. Here is our COO Jamie O’Donnell doing a walk around in a potential office with Sally Matthews, CEO of an imaginary Media company looking to move premises.
Sally “This is a lovely office space, enough desks for everyone and a meeting room.”
Jamie “Plenty of parking spaces at the back. The tube station is only a short distance away. ”
Sally “That’s good. The landlord says that there is more space on the floor above if we need it. We could move in next month.”
Jamie “One month? Have you thought about the 13 week lead time to get a fibre internet connection? And that’s if you don’t need a Wayleave Agreement with the landlord to do the works, which can be tricky.”
Sally “What? We won’t have the internet till October, is that what you are saying?”
Jamie “We can help to speed that process up, but officially that’s how long it takes, regardless of which provider you use. Let’s have a look in the basement and check what equipment is already there.”
They go downstairs to the lower level of the building.
Jamie “That’s good, we have existing fibre and copper connectivity down here, from multiple providers. There’s a good chance that you will be able to connect from here without having to dig up the road outside.
Sally “Is there anything else I should consider?”
Jamie “This building has good access to the risers, that’s what we call vertical shafts for cables and the like, and an excellent mobile signal during peak times – you really need that when you are very busy.”
Sally “I like this space. What do you recommend?”
Jamie “I’ll write my report, investigate the serial numbers on the fibre box, and if it’s all good news, then we can get the connection sorted within 6 weeks. We’d best get started now”