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Everybody knows that an office is key to any business. It’s the centre of activity for everything to do with your business. But some businesses feel like it’s an unnecessary extra, that’s only needed for more corporate companies or that’s a fancy extra. Small businesses settle into their perfect office environment every year and more of the office based businesses flourish than those who choose to stay at home. 
 
Here’s our list of 9 reasons every single small business needs office space. 
 
1. Professional Image 
As much as it may not be right, it’s still a fact. Businesses that operate from a professional, branded office space, look much more professional than those operating from home, or, as we’ve seen in some cases, coffee shops & hotel lobby’s! For any business to succeed, your customers need to trust you. There’s no doubt that a professional appearance can help you achieve this. After all, would you want to work with a client who operates out of a cafe? I thought not… 
 
2. A Better Location 
This is another fairly obvious factor with any businesses office space. As a small business you’ll need to be accessible to your customers or clients. The right office can help you be at the centre of their world. If you’re operating in a city/town, and your office is on the doorstop of thousands of potential clients, you’ll have much better luck setting up meetings or creating a meaningful connection. If you’re far removed from them in some remote location they’ve never heard of, they might be less inclined to interact with you at all. People love to support other local businesses! 
There’s also the cost of travel for any members of your team. If they have to come miles away to your garage to work, there’s a chance they’ll get bored pretty quickly and decide all those miles and miles of commuting simply aren’t worth it. However, if you offer them a productive environment a short bus ride / cycle / drive from their house, you’ll find it’s a great asset in retaining your best staff! 
 
3. Office Infrastructure 
Once again, this is a fairly simple point. If you’ve got an office, you’ve got access to business level infrastructure. Small businesses thrive when they can be efficient at all times. If you’re at a home office, and your connection is slow, or your phone line isn’t great, or you have to take time out of your day to clean up the office, you’ll find that you and your clients become incredibly frustrated. You can give yourself the infrastructure you need to grow by moving into a serviced office, fully leased office or even a shared workspace. 
You’ll have dedicated post services, (normally) super fast business standard internet connections, cleaning services, dedicated phone lines and sometimes a receptionist! All of these things help your image as a professional business to be taken seriously. Just like we mentioned in the first point in this article. If you’re in a home office at present, it also means you’ll ‘declog’ everything at home. Trust us when we say your family or roommates will appreciate it! 
 
4. Increased Capital 
If your business has a sudden influx of cash, an office could be a very wise thing to invest in. As I’ve said a few times already, it gives your business the ability to grow. The physical space will mean you’ll be able to do bigger brainstorms, have more effective team meetings, recruit more staff and lots more. Plus, with the improved infrastructure you’ll be able to work faster when you’re connected to the internet and take more client calls. 
Add all of this together and you’ll come full circle. That money you invested in your new office has paid off and you’ve now got a regular influx of cash from all the new work you’ve got. A number of businesses have been almost reborn after moving into an office. As soon as they were in an office they felt they had to take things a little more seriously. This, in turn, took their productivity through the roof! 
 
5. Increased Numbers of Staff 
If you’re increasing the number of staff at your company, you’ll need to have the space to do it. There’s nothing less conducive to productivity and morale than a stuffy, overcrowded, overburdened working environment. 
 
6. Home Office Horrors 
In reality it can be a nightmare, people always interrupting you, the dog barking outside, the constant desire to head to the kitchen …All of these can lead to not only a strained home relationship but also strained work relationships. It’s such a difficult balancing act. Sometimes the best idea is just to avoid these difficult issues all together and move to a dedicated office. 
This is especially important as your small business begins to grow more rapidly. You’ll find that these little distractions suddenly become monstrous when you’re trying desperately to land more clients or have conference calls. A small business office takes you out of the house and puts you in a productive, professional environment. Without meaning to sound like a broken record, this is conducive to growth! 
 
7. Long Term Planning 
Every business starts small. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for a successful future! 
This is really an extension of a few of the previous points. The professional appearance, the increased staff, the better productivity and nearly all the factors we’ve mentioned will help your business grow! That’s what most small business owners are after. 
If an office space can help your small business grow then it’s clearly an essential part of your plan. You’ll need to estimate how many staff you’ll expect to have in 12 months, 18 months, even 3 years down the line. Choosing the right office space means you’ll futureproof yourself for the success of your business. It also shows clients, potential investors and staff members that you’re driven to succeed and your beautiful, well lit, centrally located office space is a barometer of just how far you’re going to take the business. 
 
8. Increasing Client Interaction 
Without a doubt there’s something special about real face to face business. Doing deals on the phone is one thing. Convincing a client that you’re the person for the job when you’re stood in a meeting room is a different ball game. 
The most productive relationships we’ve seen formed in a commercial environment have come in offices. Coworking spaces can throw up some real success stories and there are some massive advantages to them. 
There’s nothing quite like inviting a client to your office for a meeting. Once again I’ll come back to mentioning professionalism. The more professional you present your business, the more seriously others will take it. Having the opportunity to meet clients ‘on your turf’ for want of a better phrase, gives you the opportunity to show off your prowess and ask the tough questions that often don’t get raised in conference calls. 
 
9. Team Mentality 
So here we are on our final point. Last, and probably most important, is the effect on your staff. 
As a small business, it’s imperative that your staff feel the same passion for your business as you do. Most entrepreneurs will appreciate that the staff are going to be doing as much work as them! 
An office gives your team a second home….If they feel comfortable there, they’re going to be able to drive the business forward, in the same way the owner should. With a smile! Anybody who enters the office should be able to feel the positivity and personalisation. 
If your staff have a space to make their own within the larger office environment, they’ll feel much more comfortable working late or coming in early to help meet those difficult deadlines which all small businesses face. 
 
That’s why, in my opinion, this is the biggest benefit of moving your startup or small business into a dedicated space. 
So there you have it….If you’re serious about taking your small business to the next level, many consider a bright, vibrant office space essential. 
Corby has been named among the first 100 places in the country to benefit from the Government’s Town’s Fund. 
 
The town has qualified for support as a place with a proud industrial and economic heritage that has not benefitted from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas. 
 
It will now be able to bid for up to £25m of the cash. 
 
A total of 30 places across what the government is calling ‘the Midlands Engine’ are among the 100 pioneers of new Town Deals as part of the Government’s commitment to level up all regions by boosting productivity, skills and living standards. 
 
Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, who is also the Government’s ‘Midlands Engine Champion’, said: “Ensuring that prosperity and opportunities are available to everyone in this country, not just those in London or our biggest cities is central to the mission of this government. 
 
“We want to level-up our great towns, raising living standards and ensuring they can thrive with transformative investment in infrastructure, technology, skills and culture. 
 
“I will now work with local people from the 100 communities announced today to agree proposals to invest up to £25m in each place. I hope these deals will provide the investment and the impetus for long-term renewal ensuring each place can look to the future with a new optimism. 
 
“My priority for the people of Northamptonshire, Corby and the whole Midlands Engine is that everyone has the opportunity to thrive no matter where they live – that’s why we are building on the millions already invested in the area through the Local Growth Fund to boost growth and create jobs for local people.” 
 
MP Tom Pursglove said: “Having been pushing for our inclusion for some months since the ‘Towns Fund’ initiative was first announced by the Government, I am absolutely delighted that Corby has been listed to bid for up to £25 million in support of regeneration projects in our town. 
 
“Given our proud industrial heritage and the enormous housing growth that we are seeing, it is absolutely essential that our infrastructure keeps pace and this investment will undoubtedly do much to help with this and boost the local economy and opportunities within our town. 
 
“Having long been calling for a new Enterprise Zone for Corby, in order to help lever in even more new jobs and investment, I very much hope that sort of project can be considered to be included as part of an ambitious local bid, and I look forward to seeing the Government guidance on this in due course.” 
 
The Government will soon publish a prospectus to guide towns through the process and set eligibility criteria for funding. 
 
It says that, once approved, new Town Deals will improve connectivity, provide vital social and cultural infrastructure and boost growth – with communities having a say on how the money is spent. Decisions on funding any proposals will be made in due course. 
 
The DIY SOS team are coming to Corby next month & are looking for help from local tradesmen & women and suppliers....I'm sure we will see the community spirit & kindness of the town coming together for this event. 
 
The first modular eco home which offers residents little or no energy bills has been completed in Priors Hall in Corby. 
 
Four houses in the 47-home project are now up for sale, with the scheme’s showhome the first to be fully decorated and furnished. 
 
The wall panels of the houses are built in a factory then assembled on site. The first 'superstructures' of the three-storey townhouses were completed in 34 days and potential buyers can see what they will look like when they are fully completed with a visit to the showhome. 
 
The project, Etopia Corby, will comprise 31 houses and 16 apartments. A typical three-bed house will go on the market for between £295,000 and £350,000. 
 
The panalised build system is designed to reduce construction time, lowering the cost to homebuyers. The homes produce their own energy and are also equipped with an earth energy bank, which stores heat energy while batteries store electricity. The eco-friendly technology uses hybrid solar panels to generate heat that can then be stored and used by the ground source heat pump for hot water and heating. 
 
Etopia Corby has been chosen as one of five Building for 2050 research projects funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with the aim of demonstrating how villages of the future can be developed quicker and more affordably. 
 
Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia, said: “Opening the doors to the completed house for the first time was an exciting moment for the whole team. It’s the realisation of months of hard work. 
 
“When prospective buyers visit, we expect they will be surprised to learn these homes are all modular. There are no obvious giveaways and they look just like any other modern, spacious property, with a lot of natural light and outside space. The fact they use the latest off-site construction techniques is hard to discern, inside and out. 
 
“The Corby site is currently at different stages of construction and progressing well but we’re now ready to welcome our first prospective buyers into the showhome and we are really looking forward to blowing them away. 
 
“This house is evidence that modular housing delivers desirable homes for everyone in no time at all, with all the cost, labour and time savings that help us keep prices at an affordable level.” 
A new business network to help north Northamptonshire's young entrepreneurs has been launched. 
 
Net Gen Inspired, founded by Kettering Business Network leader Simon Cox, was created to help youngsters discuss business and learn how to take steps forward to help it grow. 
 
Seven youngsters from Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough were joined by Kettering mayor Cllr Keli Watts and businessmen Joe Gill and Mark Brereton. 
 
The plan is for the group to meet monthly and for the young entrepreneurs to learn how to lead and network with each other. 
 
Mr Cox said: “When I was 18 and left school there was nothing for me to learn business skills in the real world. 
 
"There was no support and no-one to turn to. 
 
"By launching Next Gen Inspired, I hope young people will be able to grow their businesses, learn from each other and gain networking skills so they can grow themselves as well as their business ideas.” 
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