HOW DO I SELL MY BUSINESS?
We are the principals for the deals, NOT brokers. We have the experience and capability to assess and make an offer for your business often within days of the first contact. For the right deals, we can complete within weeks.
We fully understand that a business can be the biggest asset that people own and as such selling your business should be treated with caution. Each potential acquisition is unique and we listen carefully to your wants and needs and plan to ensure that you are completely happy with the outcome.
If you are aiming to retire we understand that it may be very important for the good name and reputation of your business to be kept – this is understandable as you will have worked long hours to build the business up!
Finance and Deal Structures
We are specialists in crafting and financing “win-win” deals to allow the owners of private companies to exit.
We have access to finance from a private equity fund, plus a wide range of commercial funders and we also have a network of High Net Worth investors for the right deals.
In the current economic climate, most private businesses are bought in two phases:
Initial payment normally paid within 3 days of legal completion and then a portion of the agreed sale price on a deferred basis, typically between 12-36 months.
Reasons why there is a deferred payment:
We can pay you more for your business in a tax-efficient way.
Expected increases in the value of your business can be reflected in a higher price paid over a deferred period when the increases are realised.
Deals can be funded quicker. Our panel of funders and investors will not always allow us to pay all the value upfront. Because of the risks associated with private businesses, especially in these difficult times.
A deferred portion keeps vendors interested in the business and ensures the legacy of the business is protected.
We focus on ensuring as much of the cash you have built up in your business is returned to you at the point of completion. Any advisor who tells you to take any spare cash out prior to a sale is a fool and should be locked up!
We then look at the historic performance of the business as well as the prospects for a decent return on profit after tax over the next four to five years.
Key Benefits of Selling to Us
No valuation fees. We will give you a fair, honest and open valuation for your business.
Flexible, tailor-made solutions, with time-frames to suit you.
Offers within days, completion within weeks (subject to receiving your information promptly).
No time, uncertainty, stress or hassle wasted on selling via agents or brokers.
Legally binding contracts and written assurances built-in for your protection.
No Broker or Agency fees.
We guarantee a confidential sale.
All offers will be explained in a clear and transparent way and our final offers will be valid for 30 days.
What Might Happen to my Business?
Many business owners are understandably concerned as to the fate of their business after the sale. Indeed, we know that this can even be the cause of aborting a sale.
Owners are concerned as to how valued staff might be treated after a sale or their reputation with clients.
We have three categories of what might happen to your business after the sale.
Category 1 - Business Purchased with A Managerial Role.
Your business is acquired and we provide you, the former owner, a consultative or managerial role over a fixed-term contract. This allows continuity within a business transfer, guarantees you an income stream, but frees you from the day to day hassles and responsibilities of the trading entity and allows you to get back to do what you first loved about the business when you started it.
Category 2 - Straight Forward Business Acquisitions.
Your business is acquired and added to a portfolio of similar business types,
managed and run within our Group. We will apply economies of scale with other similar businesses within the group to optimise cost and overhead savings as well as concentrate on buying power with suppliers.
Category 3 - Business Purchased & Sold On.
Your business is acquired and sold on within a specific time frame.
We have several private equity partners that also acquire and where suitable (and there is no conflict of interest), we may sell on the business but always ethically and with due care to the staff employed.