SIZE DOES MATTER
By hrbrsd | Friday, October 19, 2012, 12:58
A new online tool to help take the guess work out of finding the right office accommodation in the city is being piloted in Bristol.
The Office Space Calculator is being trialled in Bristol by national website www.PropertyDNA.com aimed at small business and start-ups.
PropertyDNA director Alice Edwards said: "People launching new enterprises often struggle to evaluate their office requirements. They have difficulty quantifying roughly how many square feet they would need to accommodate the number of desks required for their workforce.
"Our space calculator allows firms to input how many employees they need to accommodate."
Alice says the website is targeting Bristol because of its vibrant mix of small business enterprises.
"We've already had lots of positive feedback on how useful the new tool is to businesses and would welcome any additional comment."
The calculator is one of a range of services available on the PropertyDNA website, which showcases commercial properties across the UK.
"As a rough guide we advise businesses to allocate approximately 125 sq. ft. per person but the space calculator can be configured to allow for efficient or generous use of space as required.
"It can also calculate other considerations such as the proportion of space required for meeting rooms and reception areas as well as management offices."
Alice said the downturn had obliged many firms to look at sub-letting their office space to other companies in a bid to reduce costs. It had also prompted increased demand for flexible space on short-term leases.
"Some firms underestimate the amount of space they require with obvious knock on effects for employees. As businesses emerge from the recession leaner and meaner they may need to re-calculate the amount of space they will require going forward."
The PropertyDNA website showcases Bristol commercial properties to the whole country with the majority of the city's leading property agencies listing details of the offices, shops and warehousing units they have to let on the site.