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Your startup is growing rapidly and it’s time to rent an office. But which type of office space does a London startup business need?

As a startup business, it’s hard to know exactly what type of office space you need when you’re just starting out. You’re still evolving, so flexibility is crucial. When it comes to signing the contract, agreeing to the term, and renting a space, you should look for an office space that gives you the freedom to grow, at your pace.
Entrepreneurs move to London to expand their connections and grasp new opportunities which the capital provides. You will find various startup hubs emerging, from technology to fashion and finance. Discover the benefits of securing startup office space in London, and how DeVono can help you on your startup journey so you can focus your time and attention on your work.

To make things easier for you, we’ve put together this brief guide with three key considerations to help you find the perfect office space for your start-up business.

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Start Small and Stay Flexible

Try to plan and avoid signing up for leases with limiting lengths, deposits or notice periods. There are plenty of flexible options out there, such as hot desking and coworking spaces, that may be best to start with. These types of working lounges have become highly popular among the startup community, as well as corporate industries, for their flexibility and varied amenities that can create a positive work environment for you and your team. Choosing a serviced office may be the right fit for you and your team – read about the benefits of serviced offices here.

Many of our office spaces in London allow monthly rolling contracts, with little to no deposit, so there is less risk and more flexibility. Choosing an office space in London as a startup can give you and your business the support and networking opportunities that are vital for your startup journey. With the plenty of flexible workspaces available in London, you can test the water and keep costs low this way without having to launch with a private office.

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Find the right location

Old Street, also known as Silicon Roundabout, and Shoreditch seem to be popular office locations among tech startups due to their brilliant transport links, amenities and access to talent.
Securing office space in or near Old Street will ensure your brand is linked to the tech hub if that is what you’re after. There are some firms that are exploring other areas like Southbank and Hackney as the rents are lower than Old Street, but still have crucial access to talent.

Soho is home to the creative industries, whilst Mayfair is the central hub for high-end retail brands, and Canary Wharf is the financial district. Have a look at our portfolio of available office spaces in London to see if there are any that meet your needs. With our easy multi-booking option you can select your top favourite spaces and choose your preferred date and time to view these all in one day.

There are plenty of thriving communities of like-minded businesses in London, so you may want your startup office space to be more central to make it easier for your team to commute to and from work.
If you are unsure where to start, we are here to help you find your business a home. Get in touch with one of our property advisors today and we can help you identify your unique office space requirements and perfect location for your needs.

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Choose an agile office layout and design

If you don’t want to go down the traditional office leasing route, there are plenty of reasonably priced flexible workspaces for your London startup business. Having the right working environment is essential when you’re trying to establish a positive and welcoming culture for your team. Read our blog on our top 7 ways to create a positive organisational culture. Having the right working areas and amenities to match your specific office space requirements such as taking private calls, hosting meetings, brainstorming with your team, and spending time at a desk, will significantly impact your productivity. As a startup, having working areas that facilitate collaboration and teamwork is so important, so also having a breakout area or kitchen where you can go to socialise will help you strengthen those connections.

We strongly recommend choosing a workspace with an agile office design since you can utilise different working areas to achieve your best work. It will make it easier for your team to move around and choose different areas for meetings and focused work. When looking for your office space, consider which areas will help optimise your team’s different working styles.

Decorating your startup office space to reflect your brand and identity is a great way of letting your employees and clients know who you are and what you do. Adding plants and artwork can really help to brighten up any space and bring in pops of colour for added personality whilst encouraging employee productivity. If you’re not planning on renting a serviced office space where all office furniture is included, then there is some great workplace furniture you can start with, such as ergonomic desks and chairs to provide comfort and safety.

Are you a startup looking for flexible office space? Call us today and we will talk through your workspace requirements.


Available office spaces in London: Old Street, Shoreditch, Holborn, Hammersmith, Camden, Farringdon

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