If you have started your own business, then there’s a good chance you may have secured commercial property.
We have covered before what requirements you may need to consider for surviving the first year of business comfortably. However, the challenges of helping your business thrive persist throughout its lifespan, especially when looking after commercial property comes into the equation also. There’re many responsibilities to tend to here, and many checks that need to be carried out to underpin a safely running business.
Below you’ll find a quick list of things you need to know so you can sufficiently safeguard your commercial property.
Manage Stock and Assets Appropriately
Carrying out regular stock and assets chest is a great way to keep tabs on all your business’ belongings. Should anything go missing, it should become glaringly obvious when comparing what’s in front of you against all the data you’ve recorded.
Removing valuable items from any window displays might be for the best too. That way, burglars may be less incentivized to breach your premises in search of costly goods.
You could also reduce the amount of stock you have stored in your commercial property by shifting business strategies. For example, ensuring that home deliveries have greater prominence in your business plan might mean that your company’s stock is kept safe in a variety of locations, rather than sitting idly in your store waiting to be stolen.
Obtain a Passing Electrical Certificate
All electronic appliances may deteriorate overtime, so they need check-ups to ensure they’re being used safely.
Trade Facilities Services can provide you with an Electrical Certificate, ensuring that any electrical installations are functioning properly. They also recommend improvementsyou could make to your electrical appliances too, carefully monitoring the standards you’re upholding here. Fire alarm, emergency light testing, and a host of other related services can be conducted by them on your commercial property also.
Failure to undertake electrical certificate testing can result in £5000 fines, or even six-month sentences of imprisonment. Electrical testing may also be an obligatory measure put in place by any insurance companies you’re dealing with.Additionally, criminal charges may be filed should anyone experience accident, injury, or death on your premises because of faulty electronics. The consequences here are far-ranging yet all extremely damaging to your company’s prospects, so it’s best to test your equipment regularly and on time.
Review Tenant Responsibilities
If you’re renting commercial property, you may be tempted to defer a host of issues to your landlord.
However, you may be responsible for some of the problems you encounter yourself. Therefore, in addition to electric safety, it could be worth reviewing what is expected of you via the official channels, such as government resources.
For example, you may be expected to:• Maintain a reasonable temperature throughout the premises. • Arrange things adequately regarding things like space, ventilation, and lighting. • Provide drinking water. • Upkeep good gas and fire safety practices.• Maintain toilet and washing facilities.
Some of these items may vary in terms of which party is responsible depending on the specific terms outlined in your lease. Therefore, it’s best to review your own legally binding documentation too as well as government websites. That way, you can be more aware of what is expected of you.
Ultimately, it’s probably best not to assume your landlord is the ‘problem solver’ of your arrangement. You will most likely be expected to be proactive in some capacity. If you don’t like what you find, an alternative arrangement at a different property, or even a work from home scheme, may provide worthwhile avenues to explore.