Industry sector: Consumer services

Aerial installer: Rent

Your premises requirements will depend on the type of business you intend to start. It may be the case that you don't need any premises at all and intend to run the business from home. However, depending on the nature of the business, you might need space for some or all of the following:

  • storing securely your stocks of aerials, dishes and other television equipment - as well as your tools
  • storing your business vehicles securely
  • doing office jobs - you might need a business base where someone answers the phone and looks after the administrative side of the business

If you decide to sell things like digiboxes, satellite dishes and perhaps other electrical and electronic goods to retail customers then you'll probably need some sort of shop-front or showroom. Bear in mind that a shop or showroom should be accessible to customers and staff who are disabled.

If you're going to have any premises, enter in your cash flow forecast the amount of rent you'll have to pay in the months when you'll have to pay it.

If you think you'll need premises, but you haven't yet decided on a particular site, you could contact a local estate agent who handles commercial property to get an idea of how much the rent is likely to be.

Your solicitor will help you with a lease agreement but make sure that you are clear about:

  • whether the premises can be used for your purposes
  • how frequently the rent will be reviewed
  • how long the lease runs for
  • what you and the landlord are each responsible for
  • the position regarding sub-letting