Your premises are, arguably, the second most important asset your business has (after your workers). Customers and visitors will get an initial impression from the exterior and surroundings, plus it will house essential equipment, materials and stock so you need to be able to rely upon it. Use our 'Business impact assessment' tool to get an idea of just how vital your premises are to your operations. You’ll also find guidance relating to planning for events that cause the premises to become inaccessible.
Most of the time, you’ll be purchasing or leasing a site that is already constructed, and so you need to look out for features that might not be suitable for your business activities, or, on the other hand, that are necessary for safe operations. Additionally, you’ll want to check for environmental dangers in the form of flooding, subsidence, heave, exposure, pollution, noise, crime rates and other potential threats to health, safety and security.
Once you’ve found the site that best suits your needs, you’ll need to assess what features or enhancements must be added to make it as safe and secure as possible and get them installed by competent people.