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Relocating your Business

There are many opportunities and/or threats to consider when planning to relocate your business. 

Recruitment of Talent

Businesses rely on being able to recruit the right people into the right roles in order to facilitate growth. Where does your talent come from? Is a good question to ask yourself when relocating your business. 
Through matching your talent or skill requirements with those of other organisations, education institutes and programs, there is the opportunity to form talent pipelines and freelancer networks. 
For further information on human resources, click here

 

Employee Relocation Rights

If you employ members of staff you need to check if your employment contracts include a mobility clause. This will usually set out reasonable expectations and limits of how far an employee is expected to relocate or travel to attend work.

As soon as it is practical, employees should be consulted on your plans to relocate your business. Through discussion the impacts of the relocation can be considered and relocation or compensation packages may need to be agreed. In circumstances of dispute or where a compromise can not be found, redundancy may need to be considered. 

For further information on employee relocation rights visit: https://www.gov.uk/employer-relocation-your-rights



New to the Community

 

Whether you are relocating your business to a new town, city or country; it is important to get out there and explore your new business community. Are there any industry ‘hubs’ meeting or collaborating nearby? Are there any founders or business owners groups? Networking is a key tool for establishing your business and making connections. Click here for more information.

Think of ways to get your business and brand out there, examples could include: taking part in trade shows, banner campaigns, TV or radio, press releases and open days.


Premises

 

PR - Telling your customers you are here!

Creating a communication plan is a great idea when relocating, it ensures that you inform all your existing customers, suppliers and followers where you will be and when. 

Remember to plan for any periods where disruptions to normal trading may occur such as telephone and internet connection changes or equipment moves.
Documenting your relocation and sharing it with your stakeholders is a good way to create interest and help them to buy into the transition journey. 
For more information on Marketing, Communications and PR, click here. 

 

Practical Operational Planning

As with most things, planning is key to the success of any relocation project, and project management is a key tool to deploy.

By creating a project plan you will be able to explore the relocation journey from start to finish considering:

  • What needs to be included?
  • What actions need to happen, by when?
  • How long will it take?
  • What resources are needed?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Who needs to know what, by when?
  • What could go wrong? What action needs to be taken?