Much the same as it is when you move home, moving your business to a new premises is a project that can, and usually does, bring with it a range of challenges that you need to overcome. Challenges, in fact, which can all too often seem like mountains too big to climb, leading businesses who have clearly outgrown their existing location to limp on in their under-sized office or factory - intimated into inaction by the seeming size of the task.
But it needn't be this way
These might include:
- Being fully aware of the location to which you're moving. What implications will this new location have for your staff, potential costs attached to things such as transportation and carriage or even changes to the business rates you pay. From a technical, I.T. perspective - is the new location in an area with a robust enough communication link (4G and broadband connections for instance)
- Having a project manager (or project lead team) in place. Having a dedicated project manager to take the lead in your move - ideally someone with experience or qualifications (Prince2 for example) in such events can inordinately improve the overall process and reduce the risk of things being missed through disorganisation.
- Keep Everyone Informed. As with all these practical points, there's a degree of pure common sense to this but worth pointing out. You need to ensure that your staff are all informed of how the move will work and, of course, your clients need to be kept in the picture about where you are moving, how it will impact them and how they can contact you - especially in the move period itself when systems might be down for a time.
Ensuring your I.T. and Telecoms Survive the Move
- De-Commission your equipment at the old premises
- Help with a robust and accessible data storage facility
- Safe transfer of hardware and equipment
- Re-Commissioning equipment at new location.