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North West Commercial Property Offers Plenty of Benefits that London Can’t, Magnus Says

Office space provider Magnus says SMEs should look at the commercial property on offer in the North West, rather than London.


Small to medium-sized businesses should consider taking advantage of the commercial property on offer in the North West of England, and not rush into a move to London, according to office space provider Magnus.

Matthew Jaffa, senior development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses, recently stated that the capital city is “the heart” of the country and lends “gravitas” to companies that are based there.

He went on to explain that many organisations in the capital include their postcode on their business cards, because this can carry “a lot of weight”.

However, Steve Widdowson, director at North West commercial property specialist Magnus, reacted to the comments by saying it may be a mistake to encourage every company to aim to move to London.

He said: "Setting up office in London does not always make sense - it obviously all depends on the circumstances of the specific company. For example, if your customer base is largely in the North of England, there may be no need to move to the South, regardless of the gravitas that comes with doing so.

"I would like to think business owners think more about the individual requirements of their company and spending within their means - as rent on commercial property is obviously a big outlay - than how their reputation will improve based on the location of their office.

“Here at Magnus, we have a wide range of state-of-the-art offices in vibrant North West towns and cities that offer a fantastic working environment, typically for much more competitive rates than those found in London. There’s some fantastic office space out there that are perfect for small businesses, just as long as they don’t mind having a less prestigious post code.”

The expert went on to express his belief that Manchester has now “firmly established” itself as England’s second city “due in large part to the pro-business leadership displayed by its council and the variety of space on offer”.

“It also offers everything a major urban centre should, as well as arguably providing a better quality of life than other big cities. The rail links to the capital are excellent and the service is frequent, reliable and fast, while the southern suburbs of the city offer very attractive locations with short commutes into the city centre. What’s more, the university produces some of the best-educated graduates in the country in very large numbers – many of whom wish to live and work in Manchester following their studies,” Mr Widdowson added.

Magnus is a leading provider of commercial property and office space to rent in the North West. For more information about the firm’s services, visit its dedicated website:


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