Location, Location, Location
The working day at BUILD & ENHANCE is fairly relaxed, I arrive at the office about 8.15–8.30 and open up… We work in a lovely old converted school house in the awesome Somerset market town of Frome. If you haven’t been here recently you must. The town is full of interesting independent shops and artists. Not to mention lots of amazing little cafes.
I put the kettle on, open my emails and make us a cup of tea, because who starts their day without a cup of tea? Truth be told this is probably at least my second cup of tea of the day, sometimes my third …..
Here at Forward Space we have a lovely studio, and we are surrounded by other interesting small businesses, there is also an open space where individuals can come in and work for an hour a few hours or a few days.
We have a lovely cafe here called The Refectory and even though I know Faye and Dave who run it personally (and our friendship is in no way based on this) they make the BEST brownies EVER.
We feel very lucky to live and be able to work in such a great environment . We can all appreciate the good life, country living, working hard and playing hard. But it’s becoming more and more apparent, that if you want to have a successful business it doesn’t have to be based in London or a major city. In fact more and more people are choosing to base their offices remotely. Firstly, and most obviously, it’s cheaper. Office space is cheaper and wages are not as high as London as living costs are generally less.
Transport links are so much improved now that we can be in London in under 2 hours from here, quicker if we are prepared to drive just a few miles to a bigger town with more frequent trains. We are also under an hour from Bristol, a huge thriving city, and under 2 hours by car to Swindon, Reading and Newbury.
Of course, London is the capital. There are thousands of incredibly successful companies trading there who would never consider leaving, and maybe, being in the thick of it, will bring opportunities that being in the ‘shires’ wouldn’t. But with the age of social media and internet taking over, so much of how we operate is online, our need to go into a physical office is becoming less and less. thanks to high speed internet everywhere we can work, pretty much anywhere.