So your business is on the move? Once you’ve found your ideal premises, your next step is to find out what connectivity is available at your chosen location.
While it might once have been all about ‘Location, location, location,’ these days it’s very much ‘Connectivity, connectivity, connectivity.’ With so many business systems dependent these days on the Internet and the cloud, this needs to be top of the list. After all, it’s no good getting to your smart, new office and discovering the Internet connection is slow or patchy.
How do you find out what the connectivity is like in your area?
There are a number of free tools. This site will check the broadband availability of your proposed new location. Simply enter the postcode and it will show what services are available.
It’s important to check if you can get a fibre connection by looking for the BT FTTC/BT FTTP acronyms. A fibre connection means that the roadside cabinet close to your building is connected to your local BT exchange - it will be either ‘fibre to the curb’ (FTTC) or ‘fibre to the premise’ (FTTP). If you need a dedicated internet connection (Leased Line), the cost of connecting this service to your building will be significantly reduced with fibre.
If you check the postcode and you only have ADSL2, not fibre, at the new location, this could significantly impact your internet connectivity speed. Not only would it be expensive to connect a dedicated internet connection (Leased Line), it could potentially mean that your business might not be able to operate as effectively as you would like at the new address.
Of course, it’s always worth asking other tenants what the service is like.
There are also a number of free speed checkers available, such as this one from Which which you can use to check you’ll be getting the bandwidth you’re paying for.
How much connectivity do you need for your business?
While you’re thinking about connectivity, consider how much you actually need? How many people do you employ, what do you do as a business? Do you work in the cloud or on premises? Make sure you’re not paying for more than you actually require.
The final decision
No matter how much you like the proposed new premises, you may decide that if the internet connectivity isn’t sufficient for the way your business works, it might not be the right location for you. By all means think about the office furniture and the car parking, but make sure you check out your connectivity first!
If you’ve got any queries about how to check your internet connectivity or other IT issues surrounding your move, do get in touch.