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Downsizing Your Office Space in Dorset

Posted on 17/09/2020 by Nick Johnson
Downsizing Your Office Space in Dorset

This year has been a tough one for Dorset’s business community, with companies of all sizes and sectors feeling the pain of the harsh lockdown. Many are looking at ways of reducing costs by trimming outgoings and finding new ways of improving things like efficiency. A popular option for SMEs is downsizing to a smaller office and then looking for alternatives to their current storage provisions.

Johnson’s of Shaftesbury has various services which can help any business which needs to tighten its belt to turn things around. We’ll discuss how you can apply them with some examples, which might help improve your company’s finances.

Making a case for Downsizing Your Office Space –

The lockdown was a precarious time for businesses in Dorset, with far too many falling victims to their outgoings. Expenses they previously had no issue covering began to feel burdensome or impossible to cover. A lot of small businesses felt the brunt, and many are still struggling to balance their books today, even with government assistance.

The Johnson’s of Shaftesbury team took on a lot of business removals jobs during the pandemic. It was apparent rent was and still is a massive issue for lots of companies. For many businesses, their running budgets will likely change for good, and restructuring is a must to remain competitive and keep trading.

Survival means adapting, and Johnson’s has done this ourselves over the years. Reducing overheads is a reality all businesses now face as we collectively navigate the new normal of commerce. The good news is there are various options available to business owners in Dorset to lower their costs. And storage is one way of achieving this.

At Johnson’s, we have a lot of business removals experience, from new start-ups to multinational corporations. In this blog, we’ll go into detail about ways of downsizing without affecting how your business operates.

How Storage Helps the Transition –

Most landlords or agents calculate commercial rental charges per square metre as well as the type of area. That’s why a city-centre retail store is likely to have a premium rate in comparison to a property on an industrial estate. Even with this in mind, the general rule is larger buildings are more expensive to rent, which is fine when business is profitable, and money is coming in every month.

The problem begins to shape when something unexpected occurs, and your company’s revenue dries up. Significant rent payments stack up, and cash flow suffers while you juggle paying bills and having money to spend on stock and wages. It can make or break a company, especially ones with less experience.

There is an option for businesses in Dorset to consider if they find themselves in a similar scenario. You can downsize your premises and use self storage as your primary provision for storage. The reason this makes sense is the cost of storage is much cheaper in comparison for size. It might add another step in your supply chain, but we’re looking at this from a cost-saving perspective.

A working example we can highlight is from one of our retail store clients. Their company uses a storage unit for the bulk of their stock. They retain a small amount of goods instore and the rest off-site at our facilities. Johnson’s self storage offers easy loading and unpacking, allowing you to move stock around without any fuss or delay. This makes it possible to free up floor space to increase sales as well.

Using Man & Van for Distribution –

Now that we’re heading towards an easement of lockdown restrictions, many companies in Dorset will be eager to return to normal. The pandemic took everyone by surprise, resulting in uncertain times where everything changed overnight. People had to work from home wherever possible, and most companies went on hiatus. The lockdown saw many the UK’s various business sectors cease any trading.

However, now that things seem to be moving in a more positive direction, many companies in Dorset are looking at ways to restart their businesses. Johnson’s is currently undertaking and managing the storage and distribution for several local businesses with our Man & Van service. This covers everything, from order fulfilment, logistics, managing stock and accepting any inbound work packages.

Johnson’s of Shaftesbury has a fleet of removal’s vehicles at our disposal, making it possible to take on collections and deliveries for companies of any size. We work with experts with decades of experience in removals, storage, distribution, and other trades. And we can liaise with you to take over your distribution process as soon as you need it.

This isn’t a one-size-fits-all distribution arrangement – we work around your requirements to deliver the right service. We have the expertise to provide a white-glove service and can take care of any assembly requirements your goods or equipment might have. We’ll assign a lead person to oversee your storage and distribution needs, so you’ll always be able to contact someone you know directly.

Consider Office Sharing and Alternative Options –

There are a few different ways you can ease your expenses to make sure you can still run your business. The first one is to consider office sharing with another company or companies in your area of Dorset. This will help you reduce costs and landlords are more likely to accommodate sub-letting at the moment, with many struggling to find paying clients.

Choose a company which is in a similar situation to you and possibly have a similar set-up. By sharing a workspace, you’ll be able to split all rental and utility costs, giving you a more manageable budget. While this isn’t ideal, it’s an option to get you over this difficult period.

Alternatively, it’s possible to use a storage unit as an affordable workspace or makeshift office. Several of Johnson’s customers run their entire company from our self storage units. It might be very basic but has everything you need to store and do your admin duties. Plus, it’s worth remembering this is possible to take on as a temporary measure.

Johnson’s of Shaftesbury has a range of storage packages and unit sizes to choose from. It’s simple to pack and offload goods in and out of your storage unit. We have excellent security measures in place, which includes twenty-four-hour CCTV coverage throughout our branch. There’s no lease or minimum storage period to worry about. You can keep your unit as long as you need it.

Finding the Best Office Removals Provider –

Regardless of how big or small your company is, our Office Removals service relies on the same process. It’s all about undertaking a thorough assessment which we base on the specifications of your business. From there, we’ll know exactly how many employees you have, and what sort of furniture and equipment is relevant. Then, it’s all down to how your new office or workplace arrangement will look.

At Johnson’s of Shaftesbury, we use this assessment to create a strategy by aiming to reduce downtime and promote efficiency. We’ll assign an experienced business move manager to oversee the entire relocation. They’ll work with you and your employees to create the perfect office relocation for your needs. And you’ll have a direct line of contact with them throughout your move.

Once you confirm your office removals job with us, we’ll timetable and schedule every stage in advance. Your office move manager will keep everyone in the loop with updates. We’ll look after all the health and safety issues and prepare briefing documents so that everything runs smoothly. It’s possible to relocate you over the weekend or overnight to help reduce downtime and have your systems up and running straight away.

Our IT experts have the latest training and all the newest handling equipment. Their decommissioning and recommissioning techniques ensure that everything works the way it should when you arrive at your new office. Furthermore, we offer support once the move is over to ensure that everything is working correctly. This aftercare service can provide you with assistance, as well as tips on best practice going forward.

Using Online Reviews for Better Customer Service –

If you’re considering moving to a different office, it’s crucial you use a company with a credible reputation. Moreover, they should be able to combine excellent customer service with inclusive pricing. At Johnson’s of Shaftesbury, we have this in abundance, and we provide the highest standard of service delivery at prices all companies in Dorset can budget for.

Rating platforms like Google Live and Trustpilot provide online users with information from previous customers. It’s possible to see their rating and comments to weigh up if a company is genuine and reliable. It’s also possible to work out whether you’ll receive a high standard of service from these previous customer write-ups. You can see why our customers rate us as a five-star company here.

After you have a few companies that seem reliable, the next step is to make the first contact. You can do this by phone or email, the aim here is to see how each company handles your initial query. A reputable company like Johnson’s will leave you feeling at ease, even from your first communication. We’re confident that our friendly staff will provide the necessary information to help you make the decision to book with us.

Johnson’s of Shaftesbury – Dorset’s Business Removals and Storage Experts –

The Johnson’s of Shaftesbury ethos is to provide excellent customer service that treats every person and company on an individual basis. We assess every removals and storage inquiry thoroughly to ensure we understand your requirements in full. And if we need to clarify anything, we will send out one of our team members to go through any specific details.

Johnson’s of Shaftesbury operates all over Dorset, and we regularly make trips to neighbouring counties and larger cities like London. Our team always go the extra mile for our clients, which often means heading into the surrounding areas to complete a job. Furthermore, our rates are affordable, and we always strive to provide the best value for money on all our services.

If you would like more information on our range of business services, please contact us today. We’re confident that our removals and storage packages will help you reduce your running costs.