Trade units (or trade counters) are a popular and cost-effective way for small businesses to pack and send out products direct to the consumer. At Weston Centre Business Hub, we have a range of trade units available for businesses of all sizes. Each one is ready for immediate occupation.
In this article, we explain the benefits of renting a trade unit.
Everything under one roof
One of the biggest advantages of renting a trade unit is that you get to streamline your business. You will have your workshop and your storage area in the same unit, allowing you to stockpile products in safety and comfort, rather than having to find a separate storage solution. This gives you a central hub for distribution, whether selling online to your customers or shipping to retail partners.
Business parks like the Weston Centre Business Hub are usually home to a diverse array of businesses, so it’s not unusual to find local tradespeople whose work complements your own. This can benefit you in two ways. Firstly, they might favour you as their regular supplier of your products, thanks to your proximity and quality. Secondly, customers who patronise similar businesses in the centre might well need your products too, which increases the likelihood of foot traffic to your unit.
Running your business from a trade unit rather than a brick-and-mortar store is extremely cost-effective. The cost of maintaining the building is included in the rental cost of the unit, as is any commercial dilapidation (or delaps) – although you will be responsible for any additional damage that’s not the result of general dilapidation. What’s more, while the rental cost of a shop normally covers the building alone, renting a trade unit includes several on-site benefits. This includes a dedicated reception staff who can accept deliveries on your behalf, forklift access for loading and unloading, and so much more.
Flexible Rental Agreements
When you rent a shop front, you’re normally expected to take it up on a long-term lease. With a trade unit at the Weston Centre Business Hub, you rent your unit on a month-by-month basis. Should you need to move or cease trading for any reason, you are not penalised by being left with a long-term contract you no longer have a need for.
Safe and secure
With a trade unit in an industrial park, you can ensure your stock and equipment are protected at all times. The entire site is covered by 24-hour CCTV surveillance cameras for your added peace of mind, and you can access your unit at a time that’s convenient for you. With retail properties, this is not always the case, and any shop front is vulnerable to potential intruders, particularly if left empty during the day or night.