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Announcement of business relocation

How to Announce the Relocation of Your Business

How to Announce the Relocation of Your Business

Announcement of business relocation

Relocating to greener pastures requires a star-studded announcement, one that gives current and potential customers news about where the business is headed. Let's face it, announcing a relocation of your business can be stressful. There are many things to consider before sending out an official statement, including the effect it will have on your business and clients, employees, vendors, and partners.

Announcing the relocation of the business can be done in several ways, and here are a few that deserve mention. By following these steps, you can reach out to your customers, clients, vendors, and partners in an effective way to let them know about the move and explain any possible changes that may happen.

1. Notify employees

Employees should hear about the relocation first. After all, employees are the backbone of the business, keeping it running and functioning in the most optimal way possible. The staff should ideally hear about the move at the same time, such as at a breakfast or lunch meeting.

Let the staff know the reason behind the move, whether it is to upgrade the facility or be closer to a talent pool. Provide a physical document listing important details about the move: location address, move date, moving company contact person, and instructions for how to prepare.

Engaging employees helps boost morale. Show them how the new location will benefit them; perhaps the new workspace will be closer to their homes, public transportation, or restaurants. If the move is long distance, give the staff details of their relocation package.

2. Inform customers and business contacts

Letting customers know about the new business location can be done in a few ways. An email newsletter can inform them of the new address, reasons for the move, hours of operation, and other pertinent information; however, emails can get lost in spam folders or accidentally deleted.

A surefire way to notify existing customers and business contacts is to mail them a postcard containing all the relevant details, including a note about doing business in the new location. In order to cover all the bases, send both a virtual announcement and a physical one.

Be sure to contact VIP clients directly, before making a public announcement of the business relocation. Personally calling important clients who have made large purchases shows them how much their business is valued and that a continued business relationship is appreciated.

Announcement letters should contain the following: the new business address with a map of the location, hours of operation and phone number (even if they stay the same), the company website and email addresses, and contact information in case clients have questions.

A few business clients may be nervous about the company’s upcoming move. It can be reassuring to them to offer the contact information, such as email and phone number, of a designated move coordinator who will respond to their concerns and answer any questions.

3. Update the company website

All digital properties should be utilized to announce the company relocation. Create an attractive banner announcing the move and position it on the company’s homepage. Include the move date and a positive reason for moving. Keep the banner on the website for at least six months.

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4. Write blogs announcing the move

Well before the move date, post a blog containing details about the upcoming move. In the blog, emphasize how the move will benefit clients instead of writing about what the company is going through. Clients want the security of knowing the business will be there for them after the move.

Rather than post just one blog, write multiple blogs about the upcoming relocation. Use the blogs as an opportunity to drum up excitement about what’s ahead for the business and how the innovations will benefit customers. Blogs can even be utilized to recharge the company brand.

5. Utilize social media

The eye-catching banner announcing the move on the company website should also be posted on the company’s social media sites, which may include Facebook, Twitter, and any other online platforms. As on the website, the banner should remain on the social sites for six months.

6. Advertise

Radio and print ads announcing the relocation should only be utilized if the company has a proven track record for reaching customers through these media outlets. If choosing print media ads, keep them running with information about the new business location for at least six months.

7. Keep communications positive

While the days and weeks surrounding the relocation can be stressful, it’s important that all announcements regarding the move be kept positive. An optimistic tone is essential even if the move is unexpected, undesired, or is prompted by less than lackluster circumstances.

Take the opportunity to add to the announcements how customers will benefit. Advantages that can come with a relocation include upgraded facilities or new service offerings. Consider offering special promotions either before the move occurs or after it is complete.

Following the above checklist ensures that everyone involved with the business, from employees to clients and partners, are well aware of the upcoming move and fully prepared. Relocating companies can be assured they will not lose their valued existing customers.

Moving to a New Office?

Before announcing the move, company leaders must hire a reputable mover to handle the relocation from start to finish. One commercial mover that business leaders count on is Chicago Office Movers. We are equipped with skilled movers and protective equipment to ensure a seamless move.

Our licensed and background-checked moving crews are experienced in handling all aspects of a corporate relocation. We will plan the move as well as pack, load, and unpack all company goods safely and efficiently. Boxes and crates are provided to protect fragile items.

Chicago Office Movers’ trucks are climate controlled and feature lift gates and air-ride suspensions to fully safeguard all company property. Our trucks are equipped with tracking equipment, so customers can track the move throughout the process. Rest assured that your items will be handled with care.

Our long list of satisfied clients, like Northwestern University and Alcatel Lucent, speak to our commitment to excellence. Leaders of companies both large and small find our budget-friendly and efficient office relocation services to be exactly what they are looking for.

Whether your upcoming relocation is local, long distance or international, choose Chicago Office Movers. We offer comprehensive moving services, from storage options to insurance and service contracts. Call our Chicago, Illinois, office for a free estimate and take your business to greener pastures.

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Tips for Renting Your First Office Space

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Business is booming, and a quaint office in a bustling business community is in the works. While seemingly straightforward, renting an office requires more than picking a prime location and signing on the dotted line. Rather, first-time office renters are encouraged to consider these important tips.

Renting an office space adds legitimacy to the business. The ideal office space is one that gives the business plenty of room to grow. The right office space also promotes the brand to potential visitors, customers, and partners. Employees feel proud and productive working in an accommodating space.

By the time the decision to rent an office is made, it’s clear that the space is necessary. A home office, virtual office, or coworking space do not meet business demands. Rather, a physical location gives the business a verified Google listing and increases visibility in local search results.

Tip 1: Create a budget

Every business investment begins with a budget and renting an office space is no different. Be flexible when creating a budget for an office space. Compromising the quality of an office space for the sake of staying under budget is not recommended. Overspending is equally important to avoid.

Renting a low-priced office space in a building that is falling apart sends the message to potential customers and visitors that the business is struggling. On the other hand, spending lavishly on a building space leads to unwanted financial stresses. Prepare a flexible budget and stay within it.

Tip 2: Determine space requirements

Companies have different needs when it comes to space requirements. Geographic location, industry, and the company itself play major roles in how much space a business requires. An entrepreneur will find a private office sufficient, while an enterprise company may need large workspaces that accommodate hundreds of employees.

Factors, like future growth, influence the office space requirements. Consider whether or not the business is expected to grow during the course of the lease. A company that is projected to expand must determine how many square feet per person will be necessary in the next few years.

Tip 3: Assess included amenities

An ideal office space caters to not only guests but to the employees working onsite. A fully functional space allows staff members the opportunity to be productive. Examples of amenities include fiber internet, onsite management, copiers and scanners, on-demand conference rooms, and mail service.

A break room or small kitchen will be one to which employees can run to for a cup of coffee or a snack. Expect productivity to increase when staff members are not forced to make trips to the local coffeehouse whenever they need a jolt of caffeine.

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Tip 4: Consider accessibility

When eyeing potential office spaces, consider how far employees will have to commute to work. Or, choose an office that is close to public transportation. An onsite bike rack may be appreciated by staff who bike to work. Employees will be equally grateful for nearby coffee shops and restaurants.

Another important yet often overlooked consideration is access to plentiful parking. Prevent employees from the hassle of hunting for parking each workday. Nearby parking helps staff arrive at the office on time. In fact, a dedicated parking area is a major advantage.

Tip 5: Understand the lease

Understanding the terms of the lease starts with examining it from top to bottom. Be aware of flexibility in the terms, such as discounts for signing a longer lease. A one- or two-year contract can be beneficial to established businesses, while a shorter lease is appealing for evaluating satisfaction levels.

Some landlords may not allow office tenants to perform major renovations, such as tearing down walls or completely changing the appearance of the office. While customizing an office space is desirable, find out what is allowed before signing the lease. Otherwise, the company could be charged for damages.

Lease terms are significant, so it is recommended to have a commercial real estate attorney review it. Also critical, especially to growing businesses, is to lease a space with room to grow. It’s impractical to sign a three-year lease and outgrow it within the first year.

Tip 6: Choose a prime location

Location needs differ among companies. Choosing a location in a prime business district, for instance, can drive immediate recognition and project an image of longstanding success. Find a spot that is near highways and public transportation to make it easier for clients to travel to the business.

Tip 7: Ask about security

Building security is of utmost importance to employees and equipment. Ask how the building is secured. Security measures may include a security guard, manned entryways, or after-hours security. Learn about keycard access, security cameras, and safety procedures enforced during an emergency.

Work with a Commercial Mover

Chicago-Office-Movers-Logo-Larger-3-14-17A final tip for first-time office renters is partnering with a commercial mover that is reputable, affordable and has a stellar reputation for excellence, such as Chicago Office Movers. Given our decades of experience with commercial moves, we will ensure your office relocation runs as smoothly as possible.

Our budget-friendly moves are performed by licensed, background checked and union movers. Corporate clients receive consistent, top-notch and customized services from our dedicated moving crews. We have successfully handled local, long-distance and international relocations of companies both large and small.

Chicago Office Movers’ services are comprehensive. We offer short- and long-term storage, paperwork storage, and add-on services to ensure satisfaction. Our moving trucks feature lift gates, air-ride suspensions and are climate controlled to keep your office goods secure during transport.

Our dedicated crews have safely moved a range of office equipment, from fragile antiques to IT systems and science lab equipment. Packing and unpacking are optional services. Companies that work with us also receive plenty of help with planning their office relocation.

As a first-time office renter, you’ll need an experienced office mover behind you to ensure the most stress-free moving experience possible. You’ll receive this benefit and many more when you work with Chicago Office Movers. Give our Chicago, Illinois, office a call today for a free estimate.

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How to Choose the Right Office Space for Your Company

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Simply choosing the right office space remarkably enhances employee productivity and accurately reflects the company culture. But finding the perfect office environment may not be as simple as it sounds. Numerous factors, like the ones that follow, should be carefully weighed.

A significant portion of an employee’s life is spent in the office, making it essential that the selected space naturally foster collaboration, engagement, and productivity. Today’s offices can be multifaceted, including open floor plans and private rooms. The right office space maximizes employee well-being.

1. Choose a location near the client base

Encouraging productivity in the office starts with choosing the right office space. However, diving right in and accepting the latest trends is impractical, since the unique company culture takes a backseat. What works for one company may not sit well for another.

Approach the relocation task by first considering the relevant demographics. The perfect office space is one that reaches the client base. For example, a tech company would sensibly choose to relocate its headquarters to an area highly concentrated with software manufacturers.

Consider a space located within a business district. Potential clients will take notice when a company is a key participant in networking events held by the local business community. Being in close physical proximity to clients not only provides networking opportunities but convenience.

Other considerations include choosing an office space in accordance with the nature of the business. A spacious reception area may be necessary for companies receiving regular visits from clients. Similarly, a media theater will facilitate large conferences or major company presentations.

2. Choose an accessible space

Boost employee morale by choosing an accessible office space, basically one with ample parking and limited traffic problems. Most office staff prefer a short commute. By choosing an office location that is close to employees’ homes, a company can be assured of happy, productive employees.

In reality, however, less than a third of companies are near employees’ homes; but a space close to public transportation is a preferable alternative. When commuting is not a daily hassle, companies are more likely to attract and retain a pool of qualified workers from a wider geographic area.

Assess the company culture before choosing an office space. A dynamic company culture with happy hour Fridays will ideally be located near restaurants and bars. In fact, 16 percent of polled office staff want to be near restaurants, with 9 percent wanting to be close to coffee shops.

One way to accurately gauge what’s right for the staff is to ask them what location options offer easy routes to work. Bear in mind that a long and expensive commute can lead to employees looking elsewhere for jobs with a convenient commute.

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3. Choose a comfortable office space

An office with ceilings reaching at least ten feet high is one that conveys a sense of freedom, a feeling that improves employee satisfaction and engagement, especially for workers in creative fields. Similarly, plentiful natural and artificial light promote feelings of comfort and ease.

While the majority of today’s office spaces are open plan, implementing this type of layout should be done carefully. Increase employee satisfaction by respecting the need for privacy in the workplace. Include private rooms for taking calls or quiet areas for meditations, for example.

Visual, aesthetic appeal is also significant. An office filled with quality furniture and interior finishes is one that employees will enjoy heading to each workday. A picturesque view, whether from the balcony, windows or rooftop, equally promotes employees’ workplace satisfaction.

4. Choose an ideally sized space

The right office space houses employees comfortably. Choosing a building with extensive square footage will comfortably meet the needs of a large staff. Cramming several employees into a small space will adversely affect productivity. Likewise, avoid choosing too large a space to avoid wasting it.

The rule of thumb is to give each employee 21 square meters. Per this general guideline, a company with 100 employees would require a building of at least 2,100 square meters. Companies aiming to grow should factor in their future growth and choose a larger, more flexible office space.

Startups can expect growth. Scalability and flexibility become important when these companies search for a new office space. The right office environment will accommodate additional desks and staff; infrastructure can be enhanced; and, renovations will be permitted in the building.

Small companies expecting to grow may be unable to finance a bigger space right away. When working with a limited budget, opt for a shorter lease. Include terms in the contract that give the company the first right of negotiation when an adjacent space becomes vacant.  Or, consider the option to stay in a coworking space before committing to something long term.

Hunting for the right office space requires due diligence on the part of company leaders. Leasing an office is recommended, since the company will enjoy the freedom to experiment with new ideas. By carefully selecting the right office environment, employees trust that they are valued.

Work with an Office Mover

At Chicago Office Movers, we also understand value, which is why we offer affordable corporate relocation options that help companies move seamlessly. Our moving services are designed with the business customer in mind and therefore meet the needs of companies both large and small.

Your corporate relocation will receive the undivided attention from our licensed, trained, and background checked moving specialists. We create a moving plan, pack your office goods, and unpack them at the destination. Our secure storage facilities are available for the long or short term.

Office goods are loaded into the climate-controlled spaces of our trucks, which feature lift gates and air-ride suspensions that keep items secure during transport. Additionally, all business customers are kept up to date on the progress of the move via our professional tracking equipment.

Join the ranks of satisfied customers, like Alcatel Lucent and University of Chicago, when you choose Chicago Office Movers for your upcoming corporate relocation. Count on the experience and efficient processes delivered by our qualified crews of office movers. Call our Chicago, Illinois, office for details.

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When you are moving your business, Chicago Office Movers can provide you with the commercial and long-distance moving services that you need. Given our industry experience and excellent reputation, we will help you relocate affordably and on schedule.

Contact us for your upcoming local, long distance or international move at 312-244-2246 (CHI-CAGO).

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How to Prepare Your Employees for an Office Relocation

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Access to a high-quality talent pool, greater workspace, and company expansion are among the top reasons businesses relocate. Hiring professional assistance with this major event offers to relieve many of the stresses associated with a company relocation. Preparing staff for the imminent transition, however, falls upon the shoulders of the business owners.

How to Prepare Your Employees for an Office Relocation

1. Communicate

The decision to relocate, whether to a building across the street or to one out of town, affects employees significantly. Workers will be obligated to consider changes to their commute and re-evaluate childcare situations. Plus, if the new office is significantly further away, your employees will have to deliberate whether or not to relocate. The routine of employees’ everyday lives will be disrupted, making it important to relay the news with sensitivity.

Respecting your employees’ time and contributions means giving them appropriate notice of the relocation. Use an empathetic approach to notify your employees well in advance—at least two to six months—of the move. Loyal workers will be motivated to change gears to better suit the new work arrangements.

Provide a concrete moving date, the new business location and how employees can best prepare for the new office. In addition, give all workers the new office address, phone number, parking amenities and public transportation options.

Keep all employees regularly updated on the move. Frequently sending emails and placing signs regarding the office move helps ensure workers stay in the know. Employees tend to lose trust in the company or experience resentment when managers fail to provide adequate information about the relocation process. Keep communication lines open, making yourself available to answer emails or discuss the move in group meetings.

2. Boost Morale

Along with communicating the relocation plan, give your employees a good reason for the move. Will the new location allow the company to reach a larger number of customers? Can the employees expect better access to technology and other workplace infrastructure improvements?

Involving those who strive every day to deliver optimum service offers a boost in morale, so that they can continue giving their best even in the new office environment. Ask workers for input on the new office layout and ways their new workspaces can help them achieve their finest work. Employees who feel included tend to demonstrate positive feelings toward the company.

Business owners might create transition teams, assigning groups of employees to take charge of certain aspects of the move. Involvement gives workers the opportunity to ask questions, address concerns, and be an integral part of this important milestone in the company’s history.

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Starting fresh in a new town, city or state provides ample opportunity to declutter and reorganize. Prepping for a new office is the apt time to discard unnecessary paperwork and files. Instruct your employees to pack essential files, paperwork and any small equipment. Provide sturdy packing boxes, labels and plenty of shipping tape to streamline the process.

4. Assign Teams

Relocating an office requires the effort and abilities of everyone in the company. Delegate important tasks to employees to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

For instance, establish a committee to be responsible for double checking the lease dates of the new building. This team should also ensure the utilities (gas, water and electricity) as well as janitorial services and security systems are set up to operate upon the arrival date. This committee could also be given the task of obtaining keys to the new building and receiving necessary parking details.

A second liaison may be instructed to get ahold of the map to the new building. Having employees who are familiar with the new layout is extremely beneficial on moving day. These workers can instruct moving personnel where to place office furniture, including desks, shelving, equipment and other property. If your office features specialized equipment, permission from the vendor may need to be acquired. This second committee can request and obtain necessary authorizations.

5. Work with a Mover

You may even wish to delegate to a third committee the job of hiring a professional moving company. This third team could be tasked with the additional responsibility of bringing on furniture installers, design firms and necessary contractors to ensure an easeful transition.

The committee should seek a professional office mover who is experienced in office relocations and offers valuation coverage. This group of employees can also be in charge of getting moving quotes and determining whether or not the mover offers fixed rates.

Shifting offices is a team effort. Ensuring success starts and ends with a constant flow of communication among employees and between business owners and their staff. Upon the move, a company’s culture has plentiful chances to reinvigorate. While relocating an office is a taxing burden, the results are well worth the financial investment, time, and energy.

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If you plan to hire or designate staff to handle hiring an office mover, turn to Chicago Office Movers. As a professional office moving company with licensed and union movers, Chicago Office Movers takes the hassle out of moving day.

Chicago Office Movers are experts in office moves of all sizes. Our numerous awards, years of experience, and five-star reviews are validation of our professionalism and skill. Area customers include Northwestern University and Alcatel Lucent, among many other small, large and well-established businesses.

Included in Chicago Office Movers’ comprehensive list of services are paperwork storage, the option for short- or long-term storage, availability to move locally, long distance, or internationally and insurance contracts. Our professional movers have the manpower and equipment to shift all types of office goods, such as IT systems, lab equipment, electronics and cubicles. We also handle packing and unpacking, alleviating business owners of this time-consuming task.

At Chicago Office Movers, we take pride in our professional team of movers, years of experience, and essential equipment.

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