Business English: researching a new location
When a company moves to a new site it is known as ‘relocation’. This is a big decision, involving everyone connected with the company – staff, customers, suppliers and shareholders. It also affects the families, friends and communities of the people involved with the company. This unit uses case studies of different companies to show the steps involved in relocation.
First, we look at why companies may decide to move, what they have to consider and what they may look for in the new location. We begin with the factors that influence a relocation decision and practise the language needed to express requirements. We then look at the initial research of possible locations. In studying this, we practise making enquiries using open and closed questions, and use prepositions for describing location. We also look at how to describe the characteristics of a location.
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