7 office space search tips for 2020

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Searching for an office space has always been a tedious and time-consuming effort, and can be very confusing for those who are not experienced in looking at office spaces. There is so much you need to know – from how big a square foot is to what kinds of rates you will need to pay on top of your rent. Here are seven top tips to make your search easier in 2020.

1. Think outside the box

In this case, the box is the city centre. Do you really need to cling on to spaces in high-rent areas which don’t actually offer that much of an advantage? Move out of the city centre and you can find office spaces which still have all the benefits you’re looking for: easy access, good rates of footfall, lots of space, an attractive area, and so on.

2. Check for hidden fees

Before you sign any dotted lines, be sure to ask for a full breakdown of all the fees you will be required to pay before, during, and after your rental period. Make careful note. This will help you to avoid hidden fees – and if you do come across sudden declarations of fees you didn’t previously know about during this breakdown, think carefully. Do you really want to rent from a company that wasn’t going to tell you about these fees until you asked?

3. Look for access

Location is always important, but access is one of the most important factors of the location. Figure out how easy it is to get to your office space. Is there a main road nearby? Links with public transport such as trains and buses? If you work internationally, are you near an airport? Is there plenty of room for parking? The last thing you want is employees being late every day because they can’t get parked.

4. Be flexible

You might have the ideal office space pictured in your head. If so, try to forget it. It’s important to stay flexible and be open to what is out there. You might find that what you want isn’t possible – and you might be pleasantly surprised by what options come up instead.

5. Take a tour

It sounds obvious to us, but apparently some companies make the mistake of never touring a prospective office space before signing the lease. Go and have a look – pictures don’t always tell the whole story. They might not convey the choir that practices loudly every day at 4pm in the room next door, or that the toilet facilities haven’t been updated for fifty years.

6. Seek to impress

When you are choosing your office space, look at it not only as an employee working there but also as a visitor. Whether you have customers coming to your space, or potential partners, investors, or so on, you want to make a good impression. Does the space you are thinking about do that?

7. Widen your search

When you are looking for spaces online, it can be easier to get boxed into a certain area and find yourself stuck with only options that aren’t great. Expand your search and go wider. Outside of major cities, you would be surprised to find what great opportunities are arising.

The most important thing is that you don’t rush into choosing an office space in 2020 just because you are in a hurry or you’re tired of searching. Take the time to find a space that suits you in terms of space, location, access, and expenses – don’t overstretch your business financially.

6 SME tips for marketing locally

Available office space at Adelphi Mill, Stockport

With all the focus on marking online, it’s easy to forget that it might be more beneficial to market your business in your local area. People love to support a local company, as they feel that they are helping out a neighbour rather than shopping with a faceless corporation. Here are six ways to get the word out there!

1. Use posters and banners

You can make your presence known by a small-scale local advertising campaign, using posters and banners which you can put up at recognised points. Whether these are on billboards by the side of the road, bus stops, or just out in the street near your front door, you are bound to get a few more walk-in customers. You may be surprised at how many of them express that they did not know you were around before, even if you are in a prominent position. It really takes a nudge to get customers to take notice!

2. Sponsor a local event

Football teams, school clubs, fairs, and other local events often need sponsors in order to get off the ground. You might have to pay to get a school football kit made up, or put money in the kitty towards running an event – or you may even provide your services free of charge if they are relevant. But the exchange that you will get in terms of local exposure can be well worth it.

3. Get a stand at a local fair

Trade shows can be daunting, as it can cost thousands of pounds to get a stall – and then you are expected to decorate it and make it look professional, as well as having someone stand there all day long. Why not try a local fair instead? You will often find these popping up before Christmas and at other key times of the year. Let people purchase your items or explain your services to them, and make sure they go away with a leaflet bearing all of your details.

4. Appear in a local paper

Though they say that print is dying, local papers still get a decent readership. They often contain news about the local schools and clubs, which everyone wants to read about if they have kids or are a member. They are a good place to either pay for some advertising, or get your own recent newsworthy story written up.

5. Target locals online

Even though you want to target local people, you can still do it with online ads. When setting up your advert, make sure to specify that you only want it to be seen by people in or around your local area. This will make it a lot cheaper to run your campaign with fewer targets, and will ensure a good clickthrough rate as well!

6. Have an event day

Hold an event of your own at your place of business! Popular themes could include a family day, with games or discounts for kids; holiday-based events, such as a spooky Halloween haunted shop or having Santa over for a day; and savings events, when loyal customers can get huge discounts. Try not to clash with other events like Black Friday to get more attention to your own sales and events!

There are lots of ways to get attention in your local area, even if you just go out and talk to parents during the school run or attend a local Chamber of Commerce meeting. But these tips will get the word spread far and wide, ensuring you get a lot more attention from local customers!

Things to do in Bollington this Autumn / Winter

Now that the cooler weather is starting to set in, it’s time to find some warmer activities to try. With the kids off school for half term and for the Christmas holidays, families will also be in search of some fun! Here are some great things to do in and around Bollington this season

Happy Potter 

Have you ever tried a bit of pottery? Kids will be tickled by the name alone, and there are classes to try for the whole family. You can make all kinds of pottery gifts, from cups and mugs to models of teddies, pandas, and even Batman. Choose the pot that appeals to you, and get the chance to paint it by hand before putting it in the kiln and waiting for it to be finished. You can take your items home at the end of the day to remember them forever.

Brookside Miniature Railway

The Brookside Garden Centre in Poynton is a great attraction for the whole family, including a railway ride through their beautiful gardens. Afterwards, you can take the time to stroll through their museum, which contains plenty of memorabilia and relics from the railways. Plus there are gift shops, and an aquatic centre, all of which are indoors for your comfort. No shivering here!

Lyme Park

Bundle up with a scarf and gloves to explore the gardens of Lyme Park – these are a beautiful treat to explore. Manicured gardens, neat hedges, and rolling woodlands abound. If it’s raining or too cold to be outside, you can explore the stately home itself instead. The majestic settings give way to an equally majestic home!

Let Loose Soft Play

Kids love a soft play area. Climbing up and down, throwing balls, and generally using up all of their energy – they will have a whale of a time! It’s also good fun for parents, who can sit back in the waiting area with a hot drink and a cake. This is the perfect place to sit for an afternoon, especially if you can meet up with a group of other parents for a get-together. The kids will go wild, and when it’s time to go home, they will be ready for a sleep!

Local walks

The beautiful local walks in and around Bollington are here year-round. Why not wrap up warm and burn off some of the Christmas excess by taking a stroll? There are miles of gorgeous walking trails here, and they vary in difficulty so that there’s something for the most unfit of us. Which we might well all be, come the first week of January – mince pies are hard to shift! If you like more of a challenge, you will find something suitable too. The views can be spectacular!

Shopping at Adelphi Mill

If you’re looking for a day indoors, head to Adelphi Mill. We have a wealth of shops on offer, as well as activity centres, kids classes, and a café on site. This means that there is something to occupy the whole family for the whole day. If you book yourself in to a few classes, you can even pick up some new tricks or improve your fitness during the course of the day! 


AW Muscle & Fitness

Emily and Alex Wilkinson bought the gym in the Adelphi Mill in November 2018, re-branded to AW Muscle and Fitness and made some significant changes. The recent expansion into a new weights room means the gym now boasts a wide range of strength and weight equipment suitable for all members. The new class timetable has been designed to boost motivation, and caters for novices through to avid gym-goers. The gym has plenty of cardio equipment and a large functional training area. There is also a separate spin studio and area for boxing. 

Alex is a Personal Trainer with over 10 years’ experience in the fitness industry. He has worked with many clients of all ages and abilities. His aim is to give his clients the confidence and the skills they need to continue progressing and to meet their personal goals.

Emily is a Nutritionist and Appetite Psychologist, previously working for Nestlé as a Nutrition Specialist, and leading initiatives in health & employee well-being. Emily now works with a number of nutrition clients, both gym members and non-gym members, to improve their diets and eating habits based on their personal goals. 

Café Waterside Clarence Mill

We are passionate about what we do, and we want to serve you with deliciously uncomplicated food, using locally sourced produce, that tastes just great. We are open 7 days a week and have an extensive menu and take-away options to suit all tastes, including freshly baked cakes.

We can also cater for working lunches, buffets and outdoor events, please call us to discuss.

Phone: 01625 575563

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Commercial Space Macclesfield

If you are in need of new commercial space, Macclesfield has a lot to offer. You are situated just a short distance from the Manchester city centre, a business hub, and with great transport links all around. The Manchester city airport, motorway, train station, and bus routes all connect the two areas, making it simple for your employees to get to work and customers to visit your business. 

Adelphi Mill has lots of available commercial space near Macclesfield, with the perfect combination of a great location with lower rent than you would pay in the city. On the map here, you can see just how close Adelphi Mill is to Macclesfield – and to Manchester itself.

commercial space macclesfield

View commercial space Macclesfield at The Adelphi Mill

The level of commercial space on offer at Adelphi Mill is very high, a fact that we pride ourselves on after a complete refurbishment of the interior. Here’s why you should be looking at Macclesfield for your business needs.

Office Space Macclesfield Could Save You Money

Macclesfield is becoming a real business hub itself, and is a great place to set up a new company or expand an existing one. There are lots of opportunities here for inter-tenant trading and partnerships, and there are plenty of shoppers already waiting to explore your business.

This makes Macclesfield a great choice for commercial space, and the added cherry on top is the price. Because you are outside of Manchester city centre, the rent is much lower and you can get a fantastic deal. On the other hand, you still get a lot of benefits from the location – the proximity to Manchester means that not only are you well-placed to find new clients, but investors and traders looking for suppliers are actually attracted to this area of the country more than others.

Sadly, many companies that try to set up in Manchester city centre tend to fail because they can’t keep up with the exorbitantly high rent and business rates. In Macclesfield, you have a much better chance of staying the distance.

Macclesfield’s Commercial Space Offers Opportunities

There are plenty of business groups and organisations set up in Macclesfield and the Greater Manchester area. Joining these gives you the chance to network and create new opportunities for your business, such as trading partnerships and cross-promotion.

Sharing a space like Adelphi Mill with other tenants is also a great way to kick-start your business. You may even find that you have potential customers amongst the business owners and employees who are your neighbours. You can also create packages together which will allow you both to make more money – for example, a graphic designer and a printer could team up, creating a deal to design and print flyers at an appealing price.

This is also such a huge area for business right now that a lot of money is moving in the direction of Manchester – which means that growth could be a lot easier for you.

Adelphi Mill Commercial Space Has No Hidden Costs

The great thing about our services is that we give you the full cost up-front, which is not the case with all managed spaces. Adelphi Mill has some of the best commercial space Macclesfield has to offer, and all at such a low price that you will wonder if it’s real – but it is! 

There is no extra charge for parking in our car park, which is open to your staff and customers. We have security on watch around the clock, and we don’t charge extra for the cleaning staff or maintenance of the grounds. We do have some optional extras – like helping you to move into your new commercial space and set everything up – which are priced additionally, because we know that not everyone is keen to use these services.

With nothing hidden in the contract and a multi-million pound makeover ensuring that Adelphi Mill looks its best, you will soon discover that you can trust in our spaces. This will save you a lot of money in the long run over venues that add additional charges like car parking without warning.



5 tips when looking for office space online

Looking for office space can be a long and arduous process. Whether you are looking for your first office, or wanting to relocate from an existing space, there is a lot of work to be done. These five tips will ensure that you get to the best listings online quicker, as well as finding an office which suits you perfectly.

View available office space online at The Adelphi Mill, Macclesfield

View available office space online at The Adelphi Mill, Macclesfield

1. Widen your search

Don’t just look in a city centre or a specific location. You will often be surprised to find much better deals in a slightly wider area, without having to give up the advantages of the location. Cities like Manchester can be so sprawling and spread out that there are great opportunities on the outskirts which would not show up in a search based on the city centre.

2. Look outside of aggregate listings

There are plenty of websites out there which aggregate listings from different real estate agents and put them all in one place. These are great, but they don’t give you the full picture.

There are often lots of opportunities which are not listed on those sites, and you can get better deals in some cases by going direct to the company that manages a serviced office. This is something to think about if you want the best price for a great office space.

3. Read the small print

Some office spaces come with a whole host of hidden fees and extras. Make sure that you read their listing and their website carefully. What is included in the price that they are quoting you? Do you have to pay extra for bills, a phone line, internet, parking at the site, and so on? Can you get in after hours? Is security provided for you?

4. Check online reviews

What are current tenants saying about the office space, or the company offering it? Make sure you see what people have to say. If the reviews are positive, you can have more confidence in this being a good office space for you. If they aren’t, you might have to think more carefully.

5. Get out of your chair

Looking online is great in terms of convenience and speed. You can put together a shortlist of office spaces in a matter of hours, even with a wide search area. But when it comes down to making your choice as to which space you should go with, you need to get out of your chair and go see them.

There are things you won’t know until you get there. Do the images reflect the reality? What’s the access like? How friendly are the staff you will see as you move through the building to your office space? Book a tour of the office so that you can answer these questions before making a final decision.


Choosing an office space is no small task, so take it seriously. Using these tips will guarantee you a better chance at getting a space that works for you.

Beautiful designer office space within Adelphi Mill

The Aesthetics Studio – A Beautiful Work space by one of our tenants

An example of one of our Chimney Entrance offices at The Adelphi Mill, Bollington.

About – The Aesthetics Studio

The Aesthetics Studio Cheshire specialising in Non Surgical cosmetic treatments and based in the beautiful village of Bollington.

The studio which is located within The Adelphi Mill, a prestigious Grade II listed former cotton mill set alongside the Macclesfield canal is a clean and welcoming studio with a relaxed atmosphere for all your beauty and aesthetics treatments.

Founded and owned by Donna Parker, fully qualified in a whole range of beauty treatments, Donna is also a fully qualified Aesthetics Practitioner,  Spmu Artist and Plasma Lift Technician.

Donna is continuously updating her skills to offer her clients the best treatments with maximum results.

The Aesthetics Studios aim is to make each and every client – simply beautiful .

View more of our available office space here.

Get in touch with The Aesthetics Studio here: https://www.facebook.com/theaestheticsstudiocheshire/ 


How to run an office on a low budget

Running an office can be a challenge at the best of times, but doing it on a tight budget isn’t a lot of fun at all. There are ways to make it more manageable, however, so that you can take control and make the most of your finances. Try these tips to improve your situation immediately.

1. Mind the pennies

There are a lot of things you might do around the office that only cost pennies – but all of those pennies add up. Mind the pennies, so the saying goes, and the pounds will look after themselves.

View available office space at The Adelphi Mill

View available office space at The Adelphi Mill

 Make sure that any electronics not in use are turned off – including the lights and the air con. Shut everything down at the end of the work day. Discourage your employees from using the printer unless it is absolutely necessary. This is all great for the environment as well, which is a huge bonus – and also an excuse, if you aren’t comfortable with letting everybody know that your budget is stretched thin.

2. Find a sensible space

Office space rent is going to be one of the biggest overheads your company has to deal with. Keeping that in mind, this is also the area where you can make some of the biggest savings.

Don’t be tempted to put your office in the centre of a city, where the rates are exorbitantly high for only small rewards. Go out of the city to a smaller commerce hub, and try managed offices. These help keep costs down by the fact that a lot of things are covered in the same price: maintenance, care of the grounds and outer building, and customer facilities, for example.

3. Cut down the luxuries

There are some things you might think are essential to your company culture. These might be the tradition of buying your employees cakes on their birthdays, leaving lots of snacks for people to take in the break room whenever they want them, and having coffee on demand for free.

But if you cut down your luxuries, you will see big savings coming in. Instead of the company buying a cake, you could encourage employees to chip in for one another – or supply cheaper party food. Buy fresh fruit in bulk for pennies rather than more expensive snacks. Switch to a cheaper coffee brand. Your employees will be thankful for the fact that they keep their salaries as a result.

4. Ask for creativity

In any business, there will be areas where you can cut down costs. Who knows where to find them? Likely the very employees who work in each area. Ask them directly for creative ideas on where you can save money, and what they think should be an area for cuts. You might be surprised at what they can come up with!


Cutting your costs is essential for keeping inside a low budget, and it’s never easy. But once you are on track, you’ll be able to continue in a much more comfortable position.

5 tips on keeping office space costs down

Office space is one of the biggest expenses that most companies have to face. Renting the physical space as well as paying business rates and taxes, bills, and so on – it’s a lot to deal with. So how do you keep those overheads down? These five tips will have you saving more than you think.

View available office space at The Adelphi Mill

View available office space at The Adelphi Mill

1. Move out of the city

Office space is always more expensive when you are in a city centre, especially when it’s a big city. In fact, even in smaller towns you can pay a premium rate for the benefit of being on the high street – which may not even suit your business needs. In almost all circumstances, it’s better to go for an office which is out of the city and somewhere on the outskirts instead. Of course, you must make sure your office is still easily accessible.

2. Go for a managed office

A managed office is a lot less hassle for you in terms of maintenance. Usually, the building and the grounds will be maintained by the management team, and you may even have a deal where your bills are rolled into your rental contract. This means that you will pay less overall whilst still getting great service and a space that looks great for any visitors.

3. Find a flexible space

Going for an office which is too big could cripple you in terms of the outgoing rent, but getting an office which is exactly the right size will stifle your growth. Go for a space which has more flexibility attached, allowing you to expand and upgrade your contract whenever you are ready to. A managed building is perfect for this as there are often larger spaces or add-ons available.

4. Go eco-friendly

The great thing about eco-friendly materials and appliances is that they can also save your bills. Use light bulbs which require less energy and think about ways in which you can be more efficient throughout the rest of the office. Having a no-print policy except in essential situations can save you a lot of money on paper, toner, and printer maintenance, for example – whilst also saving the trees.

5. Encourage flexible working

Can any of your team work from home? If so, then why don’t they? Having certain people working on a remote basis, or only coming into the office on certain days and at certain times, can save you a lot of money. You won’t need as much desk space, and you’ll save on your electricity bills for sure. Plus, your employees will probably be happier with the arrangement!


Saving money on your office space is essential if you want to improve your company’s bottom line. Make sure that you aren’t paying too much for no good reason – it’s so easy to save cash in a number of different areas, so there’s no excuse! These tips should help you cut back a huge amount for a start.