Tuesday, September 29, 2009

News: Making office space in Rotherham a virtual reality


Budding entrepreneurs in Rotherham are discovering that virtual offices are a smart way to test-drive a new business venture.

Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO), the Borough Council's regeneration arm is offering a virtual office service that gives home-based businesses the benefit of having an office address and telephone service, without having to pay the overheads associated with renting traditional premises.

RiDO enterprise manager Geoff Link said: "Even in the current climate people are still keen to launch their own business, often because they feel this will give them more security than the threat of redundancy, but naturally they worry about the costs involved.

"A virtual office solves this problem because it means you limit your risks, as there's no rent or fit-out costs. You can take things slowly and build your business gradually before investing in an office.

"One of the other main benefits is that it allows you to present a more formal approach to potential customers as, in some cases, there is still a stigma attached to home working."

Businesses can pay just £25 a month for a postal address at one of RiDO's four managed centres, which are based at Century, in Manvers, Moorgate Crofts on the edge of the town centre, Fusion @ Magna, Templeborough, and Matrix @ Dinnington. To use the telephone facility is £45 and to take advantage of both the postal and phone services is £65.

Geoff added: "We expect some of these virtual companies to move into one of our centres after their initial start-up period when they feel more confident about the viability of their long-term future."

Rotherham Investment and Development Office

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