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Finding Business Premises in Eastleigh

Whether you are looking for your first premises, expanding to somewhere bigger or moving your business into Eastleigh, we can help. The links below should provide you with the information you need.  If you require further assistance, please contact the Asset Management Section or Economic Development Section who may be able to offer further support. 

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Commercial Property Register

The Commercial Property Register is maintained by our colleagues at Southampton City Council and covers Southampton, Eastleigh, New Forest, Test Valley and Winchester.  In partnership with local property agents, the database is updated daily so that you can search online to find the type and size of business premises you need.

Eastleigh Business Centre - Wessex House 

Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9FD - Telephone: 023 8061 9722Business

The Business Centre is a unique business operation run by the Council offering premises and business support services for new and emerging enterprises.  

The Centre, which is conveniently located, provides managed low cost fully serviced office accommodation on flexible terms together with an extensive range of business services, including free business development advice, subsidised business skills training, virtual office, conference facilities and now new video conferencing.

Designed to help local enterprises Eastleigh Business Centre is home to some 80 companies, which range from IT and financial services to engineering and construction, and employ more than 300 people.

For more information please telephone 023 8061 9722, E-mail: sandra.giles@eastleigh.gov.uk  or visit the Eastleigh Business Centre Website.

Pay as you Use Workspace - Smarter Working Centre

A new Smarter Working Centre is now open in Eastleigh offering affordable pay as you use  workspace, meeting facilities and office services for entrepreneurs, business start-ups, home-based businesses, remote workers and commuters. 

Based in the town centre at Wessex House, the Eastleigh Smarter Working Centre has been set up by Eastleigh Borough and Hampshire County Councils and includes four workspaces, business level broadband and wifi, plus additional private office accommodation and meeting/training rooms. Users can also take up optional services such as mailing, fax, copying and printing. There is also access to support, training and advice from experts such as Enterprise First, Business Link and Job Centre Plus.

For more information please telephone 023 8061 9722, E-mail: sandra.giles@eastleigh.gov.uk  or visit the Eastleigh Business Centre Website.

Working at Home

Working at home can be an ideal option, especially in the early stages of your business.  However, there can be implications in terms of Planning and Business Rates.

Do you need planning permission?
You do not necessarily need planning permission to work at home.  You can discuss this informally with the Development Control unit at Eastleigh Borough Council.  The key test is whether the overall character of the dwelling will change as a result.  If the answer to any of the following questions is 'yes' then you will probably need planning permission

  • Will your home no longer be used mainly as a private residence?
  • Will your business result in a marked rise in traffic or people calling?
  • Will your business involve any activities unusual in a residential area?
  • Will your business disturb your neighbours at unreasonable hours or create other forms of nuisance such as noise or smells?  

If you are in any doubt you should contact Eastleigh's Development Control Unit

Should you be paying Business Rates?
The rateable value of business premises is determined by the Valuation Office.  If part of your home (e.g. a spare bedroom or garage)  is used as business premises then business rates may be payable on that room or rooms.  If that is the case, those rooms are no longer considered to be part of your home, which could mean that your council tax banding is reduced.  You may also be eligible for Small Business Rate Relief. If you have any questions regarding the valuation of business premises at home, contact the Local Valuation Office.  

View the Valuation Office Agency factsheet on working at home. 

The official Government Business website provides information on all aspects of business rates, including working at home and small business rate relief.

Renting Business Premises

If you are looking for your first business premises, this short guide to renting business premises offers advice about the different types of leases and the things to look out for.  Published in 2004 by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now Department for Communities and Local Government) the booklet summarises the first steps in finding your premises and tells you where you can get expert advice.

Thinking of taking on business premises?  Renting Business Premises - A short guide (external link)

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