Is Your Location Harming Business Growth?
Whether you’re an established business searching for a new HQ or are a brand new startup looking to find your feet, the most important thing to remember is location, location, location.
If you don’t find a location that fits your business model, you’re limiting your potential for success. Below, we weigh up whether you’re better off setting up shop in the city or further afield — and why it’s key in helping your business succeed.
The benefits of a city-centre location
More people are likely to pursue careers in well-known cities over smaller towns, as more often than not, cities have more to offer its residents. Whether it’s high-end restaurants, up-and-coming bars, a thriving music scene or a cultural heritage, working and living in a big city offers your employees a fantastic work-life balance.
Deep talent pools
Large cities with established universities are producing fresh graduates every year who are eager and ready to dive into the market. They’re also home to a much higher concentration of businesses from which you can attract game-changing talent.
With a higher concentration of businesses clustered in large cities, networking is a much easier endeavour than it is elsewhere. Working in smaller towns simply doesn’t offer networking on the same scale, meaning a significant amount of travel would be needed to experience what city-centre businesses have on their doorstep.
The benefits of a smaller town location
Business rates, building rent and staff wages are all more cost-effective in smaller towns and can save you a small fortune – essential for small businesses that are just starting out and have limited funding. Business parks, for example, share the cost of communal services such as security, parking and cleaning staff with all the companies within the premises. The cost of living is also much lower than that of city-centre life, helping to attract candidates that are looking to keep their living costs to a minimum.
For most businesses in cities, they’ll find that a dozen other companies are offering the same product or service. In smaller towns, however, a brick and mortar store will be faced with much less competition. This means you’ll position yourself to gain a higher customer base, if not the lion’s share. Unique businesses with a niche product are the ones who will benefit the most from this aspect, as you’re likely to be the first company of your kind in the area.
Although being based in large cities is easier for networking, it’s in smaller towns where you’ll make real connections thanks to a strong community spirit. As a business owner, you’ll form more close-knit relationships with customers and clients, rather than competing in the dog-eat-dog competition of big city business.
Understand what’s right for your business
John Waddicker from Positive Commercial Finance, an award-winning financial broker for businesses, says “Finding the right location can make or break your business venture.
“Make sure you do your research and come up with an in-depth strategy to find the perfect location. Whether you want to put down roots in a bustling city or the close-knit community of a smaller town, make your decision based on what gives your business the best chance at success.”