Choosing premises

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Whether you are looking for premises for the first time or looking to relocate, there are a few key areas that need to be considered these include:
  • your budget
  • location
  • type of premises
  • how long you want to stay
  • to buy or lease

Cobra factsheet A guide to choosing commercial premises - BIF057 provides a great overview of these considerations including the benefits and drawbacks of buying and leasing premises.

Searching for property in Leeds
Leeds City Council provides a database of available offices, workshops and factories in the Leeds area. This database collates information from over 70 commercial property agents in the city including the council's database of land and property http://www.leedsandpartners.com/business/2233-2/

Also check Leeds City Council's page Property to Rent for Small Businesses where you will find a property availability list in the document section.

​Industrial Units
Leeds City Council provide workshop style premises specially designed for start-ups and small businesses around the city. Click on the link at the side to access further details
 
Managed and Serviced Workspace 
Managed and serviced workspaces are ideal if you are requiring a fully equipped serviced office. 

Unity Enterprise www.unityenterprise.co.uk
Provide fully serviced offices, semi-serviced offices and traditional unsupported office units.  
 
Leeds Media Centre -  
www.unityenterprise.co.uk/leeds-media-centre/
Chapel Town Enterprise Centre - 
www.unityenterprise.co.uk/chapeltown-enterprise-centre/
Provides affordable business accommodation combined with business support to disadvantaged groups including craft workers, the disabled, ex-offenders, ex-service personnel, the over 50s, the under 30s and the unemployed.
 
Business Incubator
Business incubators provide managed workspace alongside business support and advice, ideal for start-up businesses.
Incubation services can be found at the following
Leeds Beckett University www.qu2leeds.co.uk
Leeds City College www.inc-yorkshire.com
Spark - University of Leeds contact Richard at r.o.doyle@leeds.ac.uk 

 
Virtual Office Space
Tenants Hall provides offices, virtual offices and a business telephone answering service at a purpose built enterprise centre in Middleton, south Leeds 
www.tenants-hall.co.uk​
 
The above provides just a few examples of the types of premises available in the Leeds area. Details of further office space can be found on the Leeds City Council's
Business Start-Up Accommodation and Support page
 
Running a business from home
It may be possible to run your business from home, however before going down this route there are a number of important considerations.
 
These considerations are covered in the Cobra Information sheet - A guide to running a business from home
 
The following page
www.gov.uk/run-business-use-of-your-home
provides useful links to key areas that need to be checked before starting a business from home.
 
 
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