Consumers

Choosing the perfect flexible workspace provider for your business

The Business Centre Association assists businesses, both big and small, find serviced office, coworking space and mailbox services across the UK.

  • 2,500 flexible workspace locations across the UK
  • Accounts for circa 3% of total commercial property
  • 1,000+ BCA member locations

The sector is made up of small independents, regional providers and large national / international operators.

BCA members comply with the BCA Code of Conduct and Consumer Charter. By choosing a BCA member location you have the assurance that the operator is committed to providing professional service and ethical conduct at all times.

Use the BCA office finder and get in touch with serviced office, workspace and mailbox operators today.

The advantages

One thing that’s certain in the current climate of global uncertainty is change. Capital tied up in commercial property can severely restrict a company’s ability to adapt and grow, whereas business centres allow companies to upsize, downsize or even relocate quickly and with no long-term financial commitments other than three months’ rent. They also enable businesses to concentrate their resources on their core business while leaving workspace management to the operators.

Business centres provide immense flexibility in:

  • length of tenure
  • size and style
  • specifications and equipment

This reduces financial risk for SMEs and start-ups, giving such companies an edge over larger corporate competitors tied into inflexible conventional commercial property. Meanwhile, blue chip and international corporations that need a temporary foothold in a particular location can also benefit from serviced offices.

The facilities

Fully equipped and furnished offices, boardrooms, meeting rooms and training rooms are fitted out with a wide range of cutting edge technology, for example:

  • the latest telephony systems and handsets
  • IT networks, underfloor cabling and wifi
  • plasma TV screens, AV equipment and videoconferencing facilities

Centre customers can buy food and refreshments in cyber café areas, where they can also watch TV, surf the internet and network with other centre users. In fact, networking with other businesses is a big attraction for business centre customers.

Meanwhile, reception staff are on hand to welcome visitors, arrange couriers, take messages and ensure that any customer problems or requests are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Many centres also have support staff available to cover for a customer's own staff shortages or to handle heavy workloads.

Better budget control

All costs are transparent and inclusive of all building, heating and lighting, reception, security, maintenance, redecoration, refurbishment and cleaning charges. You get a single monthly invoice for a fixed amount, so there are no unexpected bills for rates, heating or lighting – and you also sidestep all the liabilities normally associated with traditional workspace acquisition methods. Rent is fixed for the life of the contract and there are none of the nasty building refurbishment or dilapidation clauses associated with long-term leases. Some centre operators offer a totally-inclusive package which includes free broadband connection, free unlimited telephone calls and free refreshments for the ultimate in budget control.

Costs for taking space at a business centre vary depending on:

  • location (city centre or out of town business park)
  • size of workspace required and its location within the centre
  • quality of the building and its level of fit out.

Speed to market

CEOs, MDs and FDs will appreciate the speed with which they can view and move into a business centre. Most operators can reconfigure the workspace and handle special technical requirements within a matter of days and many businesses have moved in the same day they viewed the space. Similarly, relocation (especially within a larger business centre operation) is a simple matter. Additionally, occupants of business centres rarely have to give more than three months notice, substantially reducing the risk to a company's bottom line.

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