Moving From overseas
Despite the complex technological landscape in the United Kingdom, the World Bank reports that the UK is the easiest place to set up and run a business in Europe. However, one of the most critical aspects of setting up a UK office is connectivity with the rest of the world. Connectivity and communications are the lifeblood of most organisations and if your IT systems are not working, it can grind your operations to a halt or at best, make your business ineffective.
Before choosing a commercial property for office use, suitability of the location, taking account of the space, facilities, budget, productivity, legal requirements, but most importantly –– IT infrastructure is critical.
Finding and moving into a new office can be equally complex, stressful and time consuming. It requires months of planning and preparation but most importantly, knowledge of UK’s commercial property terrain, including the IT infrastructure is a factor in the success of your business. An area that often gets overlooked during the relocation process.
A key factor most overseas companies are unaware of during the process of setting up an office in the UK, especially in London is TIME!
- Find a suitable office property, negotiate the leases and payment terms. Leasing practices are based on UK land law, so it is always best to seek advice from professionals
- Install and equip ICT related systems and infrastructure. This includes wayleave agreements, in some cases, up to 3 months to obtain! Early engagement of professionals in this area is critical.
Never assume that service costs will be the same as what you are used to in your home country. , and in the long-run, it may be wiser to go with a professional fit-out company that has experience of setting up overseas company offices in London.
KSBC is set up to offer a helping hand to overseas companies looking to operate in the UK market and provides services aimed at making your UK relocation seamless. The key to any successful set up is careful planning. Early engagement with KSBC means that you will get clarity on when each of your systems will be up and running. At KSBC, we manage the entire office set up for you, from identifying and choosing a suitable office location to setting your office up for work purposes. Whilst KSBC takes care of your IT and communications requirements, we also connect you with a professional network of commercial property agents, lawyers, technology vendors and workplace planning consultants who can assist you in every aspect of the process, ensuring that your office move runs smoothly.
For more information about our services, please get in touch with KSBC for expert advice and guidance in moving from overseas.