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SOLD : Supplier of Sales Promotional Material - South West/South Wales

Mainly specialising in the motor trade All production sub-contracted to order Easily run business operating from home Can be relocated anywhere within operating area Established over 20 years…

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SOLD : Specialist Retailer of Back-Friendly and Ergonomic Furniture

Back Centre to The Future ‘The Back Centre’ was established in Ivybridge in 1989 as a retail operation having grown out of a furniture manufacturing business. From its highly visible premises just off Ivybridge…

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Latest News on Business Funding (November 2018)

Graham Jones at Mendip Business Finance says :- Uncertainty following the Brexit vote has undoubtedly influenced the general commercial market in the UK and in turn the appetite to take on any additional financial commitment…

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SOLD : Supplier of Toner & Ink Cartridges - South Devon

Established 1994 Authorised distributors for Hewlett Packard Around 500 loyal customers Turnover £448,000 Gross profit margin 29% Net profit £92,100 No marketing recent…

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SOLD : Contract Cleaning Business - Exeter

Established 1987 Steadily growing turnover Turnover (net of V.A.T.) £343,000 Net profit £73,000 Opportunity for further growth MARKETING PRICE : OFFERS AROUND £110,000

SOLD : Motor Repairs Business - Exeter

Superbly located on major industrial/trading estate Family run. Known for personal service Steady annual increases in turnover – £230,000 Net profit over £80,000 Leasehold…

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SOLD : Long Established Wholesale Fruiterer - Westcountry

Established over 100 years Fine reputation for quality of produce supplied Excellent customer list – 90% catering, 10% retail Good location edge of Plymouth Substantial growth under…

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SOLD : Publishing Business

Established by current owners 10 years ago Publishing the results of school poetry competitions and selling to parents etc. Also adult poetry competition book Large potential market place. Reputation…

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SOLD : Motor Engine Reconditioning Business

Established 1980 Excellent reputation with owners & the trade Fully equipped for any job Turnover around £155,000 Gross profit margin over 41% Net profit in excess of £37,000…

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SOLD : Removals & Storage Business

Established 1918 Excellent reputation. Much repeat trade Offered for relocation Good, reliable workforce 10/11 vehicles 200+ containers Turnover £250,000 Net profit…

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SOLD : Domiciliary Care Agency

Established by current owners 1993 Covering North Cornwall & a small area of Devon Personal care & domestic services Private & local authority clients More work available but…

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SOLD : Accountancy Practice

Established 1978 Over 220 clients Growing client list. No client or trade dominant Attractive, well located, period office in Cornwall Fee income £90,000 p.a. Net profit approaching…

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SOLD : Business Products Distribution Business based in South of England

Product & information display equipment Made to own design (design & manufacturing sub-contracted) Ordering from mailshots & brochures by phone, fax or e-mail Established 1990…

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SOLD : Specialist Label Printer - Westcountry

Established by current owners 1990 Wide range of applications Specialises in high value short runs Extremely well equipped Operates from modern industrial unit Turnover above £200,000…

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SOLD : Contract Cleaning Company

Established 35 years Mainly office cleaning Quality customer list Around 45-50 contracts Turnover £234,000  Net profit £60,000 Retirement sale – extended…

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SOLD : Freehold Launderette - Newquay

Taking £45,000 Long established Excellent trading location close major supermarket Year round trade with strong seasonal boost Reasonable hours – real scope to open longer hours…

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SOLD : Manufacturer of Metal Signs, Name-Plates, Plaques, etc.

Established 1983 – still owned by founding family Customers throughout U.K., mainly industrial/commercial companies Turnover above £100,000 and rising Net profit approaching £60,000…

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SOLD : Bookbinding, Assembly of Publishing Products for Distribution business

Long established Limited competition Loyal customers Downsized for personal preference – scope to grow Not hi-tech. Readily transferable skills Extended handover & training…

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SOLD : Removals & Storage Business

Based in prosperous west Dorset 18,000 sq.ft. refurbished period building & further modern building 15,000 sq.ft. + mezzanine 4 vehicles Turnover £320,000 Net profit £119,000…

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SOLD : Professional Practice Obtaining U.K. Work Permits & Other Documentation

Established 7 years All corporate clients U.K. based Operating from home office All contacts by e-mail, fax, phone etc. No staff Turnover £123,000  Net profit £116,000 …

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SOLD : Mail Order/Internet Sales Business

Well known specialist supplier. Ideal addition to established business Excellent growth potential. Attractive & effective marketing identity. Suitable for easy relocation.…

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SOLD : Gun Retailer - South West

No close competitors Leading brands stocked Large premises with new lease or freehold available Turnover £411,590  Net profit over £77,500  New legislation expected…

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SOLD : Holiday Lettings Agency

Operating in the Rock/Polzeath area 21 up-market houses Established 1995 Many long standing landlords Mostly repeat business Year round trade Operates from home Turnover…

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SOLD : Niche Market Distribution Business - U.K. Wide Operation

Established 1999 Sole dealership rights for U.K. & Ireland Unique imported equine product, supplying distributors, retailers & end users Selling to growth market with 45% annual growth…

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SOLD : Domiciliary Care Agency - Cornwall

Established 1999 95% personal care, 5% domestic work 30 staff Own training undertaken Turnover £331,000  Net Profit £98,000  MARKETING PRICE : OFFERS AROUND £100,000

SOLD : Engineering Business

Good name & reputation for service and quality of work  Well qualified, long serving & reliable workforce Geared towards the mining & quarrying industries Turnover : £824,000…

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SOLD : Joinery Company - East Devon

Well established Bespoke joinery Little fitting done Excellent/reliable workforce Turnover £343,000 Gross margin 70% Net profit £71,000 Genuine scope for new owner to…

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SOLD : Public Ferry & Pleasure Boat Business - Weymouth/Portland, Dorset

Established 1946 Excellent location for ferry & pleasure trips 2 boats  Own pier by Portland Castle Turnover £42,000  Superb opportunity for business development MARKETING…

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SOLD : Quality Backpackers Hostel - Penzance

Only backpackers hostel in the town Above average quality hostel Operated entirely by management Loyal, highly regarded staff Excellent location Accommodation for 34 in small ‘dorms’…

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SOLD : Cheque Cashing Business – Plymouth

Long established, well known & popular service A local agency licensed to a national operator Ideal, highly visible main road location (with free parking opposite) near city centre Easily managed,…

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SOLD : Distributor of Packaging & Containers (for food and drink products)

Well established business with very good name & reputation Approximately 95% of distribution achieved via own transport Business premises consist of 2 interconnecting, modern commercial units –…

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SOLD : Internet Based Distributor

Established 1997 2 businesses – own brand vehicle batteries & leading brand garage equipment 9 excellent domain names Very rapid turnover growth – around 44% current year Projected…

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SOLD : Manufacturer of Pneumatic Comfort Systems

Produces high quality ergonomic seating components, air cells and lumber supports plus bespoke products for specific customer needs Manufacturing carried out in U.K. and in China Growth to date has centred…

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SOLD : Metal Fabrication Business

Established 1975 Quality fabrication work Mainly supplying the food, tobacco and petro-chemical industries Nearly 9,000 sq.ft. leasehold premises (with freehold option) Turnover £720,000…

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SOLD : Easily Managed & Highly Profitable Self Storage Business

29 storage units (capacity for many more) Owner operated (no staff) – office/administration work amounts to around 4 hours per week only! Well sited & secure business premises Turnover…

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SOLD : Freehold Commercial Investment - Industrial Estate consisting of 27 units

Modern construction – estate development started around 2001 Mains services connected Popular small unit scheme with good tenant mix Very prominent location providing good access to Torbay, Newton…

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SOLD : Popular & Fully Licensed 'Canoeing' Business (guided trips & self hire)

Operated from riverside premises & moorings and also from home 21 kayaks (singles & doubles), paddles, buoyancy aids, life jackets, etc. Plus 2 safety boats and 8 passenger minibus all included in…

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SOLD : Cleaning & Laundry Service Business

Excellent name & reputation Private & commercial work undertaken Collection & delivery service operated Well equipped premises & good staff Turnover £165,000…

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SOLD : Industrial Roofing & Suspended Ceilings Specialist

Established (by current owner & business partner) in 1988 Well known company with first class name & reputation Roofing, suspended ceilings, partitioning & some miscellaneous minor building…

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SOLD : Service, Repair & Maintenance business for Woodworking & Light Engineering Plant/Equipment

Excellent name & reputation Niche market operation Valuable customer base Easily managed business Low overheads Low stockholding cost Turnover £335,000 (net profit…

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SOLD : Timber Window & Door Renovations Business

Specialist restorer of period timber doors & windows Fensa registered Company website Business established by current owners (husband & wife) in 1998 Very well established client…

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SOLD : Holiday & Second Homes Property Management Business - Cornwall

Developed by its established parent company since 2005 Providing property management services including keyholding, holiday changeovers, cleaning & property maintenance Currently 70 properties under…

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SOLD : Holiday & Second Homes Property Management Business - North Devon

Developed by its established parent company since 2005 Providing property management services including keyholding, holiday changeovers, cleaning & property maintenance Currently 76 properties…

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SOLD : Glass & Glazing Company

Established in 1972 (in present ownership since 1990) Very well known business with excellent reputation Trade & retail custom Contract & sub-contract work undertaken Enviable customer…

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SOLD : Ecological Consultancy business

First class reputation Predominantly providing surveys & mitigation advice in respect of proposed developments A combination of own staff and associate ecologists (who between them embrace a wide…

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SOLD : Electroplating Business, Newquay

Established in 1953 and always operated from its current premises Top quality work – mostly bespoke Reputation attracts customers throughout U.K. Wide & varied customer base (organisations,…

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SOLD : Manufacturer of Labels, Window Stickers, Swing Tags & Ribbons

Long and well established business with enviable name and reputation in South Devon Strong and broad customer base in public and private sectors Solid and profitable business but real and significant scope…

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SOLD : Manufacturer & Installer of Handcrafted Bespoke Kitchens, Fine Joinery and Bedroom Furniture

Highly respected with excellent name & reputation 10% sales growth (full financial year) 23% growth year on year (final quarter) Distinguished clientele   In-house installation…

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SOLD : Privately Owned Licensed Betting Shop

The only betting office in the town Benefits from having good trading position Good customer base including 140 client telephone accounts 2 gaming machines (fixed odds betting terminals) installed…

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SOLD : A Major Player in the Plumbing & Energy Renewables Market Place

Well established & highly successful business A1 name & reputation Excellent workforce Beneficial accreditations, certificates & business partnerships in place Sizeable & rapidly…

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SOLD : Mobility Specialist Retailer and Supplier

First class name & reputation Excellent relationships with referring bodies including therapists, nursing homes, NHS & the Motability Scheme Able to rely heavily on repeat & referred business…

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SOLD : Freehold Commercial Property with Attractive Income Occupying Centrally Located Corner Site

Three storey corner premises occupying enviable town centre position at the junction of The Strand and Victoria Road The property provides ground floor retail accommodation for two shops (with associated storage…

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SOLD : Motorhome Hire Business

Established and very profitable business Excellent and valuable website names and presence Fairly easy to operate – mainly on a part-time basis 3 relatively new/low mileage motorhomes (1 x 4-berth…

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SOLD : Manufacturer of Bespoke Furniture for the Education Sector

Established 1947  Currently run entirely under management Niche market operation, producing high quality wooden furniture for all levels of education from nursery classes through to primary and secondary…

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SOLD : Manufacturer of Bespoke High Quality Kitchen & Other Furniture

Specialises in the design, manufacture and fitting of beautiful and handcrafted custom made kitchens Also manufactures (and installs) bespoke, high quality furniture for bedrooms, lounges, dining rooms, studies,…

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SOLD : Supply, Installation, Maintenance & Repair of all types of commercial refrigeration equipment

CB Refrigeration Ltd Bought By Directors Behind Leading Electrical Services and Facilities Company.   The Directors of electrical engineering and facilities company, Ayjay Group Ltd have recently purchased…

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SOLD : Highly Popular Garage Business

Very long established business (servicing, repairs, diagnostics, M.o.T. testing and tyres, batteries & exhaust replacement) Strong, loyal customer following Little local competition in East Devon…

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SOLD : Fine Lingerie Specialists

Long and well established business Located in excellent trading position near Exeter City centre Enviable name and reputation Known for quality of garments and for professional standards of service…

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SOLD : Prestigious & Leading Publication in the Superyacht Industry

Superyacht Title to be Re-launched The Superyacht Owners’ Guide is a luxury coffee table book given free to yacht owners, potential yacht owners and super-wealthy individuals. It is a mixture of editorial and advertising…

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SOLD : Carpets & Other Flooring Solutions Retailer

Long and well established (domestic and commercial trade) Excellent name and reputation for quality of products, competitive prices and service Experienced, knowledgeable and loyal workforce Turnover…

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SOLD : Wholesale Suppliers of Products to the Pet Trade

Very long and well established Excellent and loyal customer base Delivery rounds to retail trade customers throughout Cornwall and Devon plus parts of Somerset (also pallet only deliveries to retail trade…

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SOLD : Design & Print Manufacturing Business

Creeds’ new owner promises to maintain and build on its winning formula Dorset printer Creeds has a new owner. Investor Tristan Phillips has bought the firm from Harry and Marilyn Harrison, who are retiring. It’s…

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SOLD : Wholesaler & Shows/Events Retailer of Chutneys, Jams, Marmalades etc.

 The Cherry Tree – Appearing at an Event Near You Award winning chutneys, jams, marmalades and curds are the speciality of The Cherry Tree. The products are manufactured in small batches using the finest ingredients…

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SOLD : Niche Distributor of Quality Products (ergonomic chair & desk specialist)

Seating & desk furniture with strong emphasis on ergonomics, style & quality of manufacture Often sold to people with back problems U.K. importers for Scandinavian & German manufacturers…

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SOLD : Suppliers & Installers of Flooring & Wall Cladding

Long and well established business supplying & installing high quality contract flooring and Whiterock hygienic wall cladding to the commercial, educational, sporting and residential sectors Operating…

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SOLD : Specialist Resin Flooring Contractor

Established 21 years Considerable experience and expertise within its operating sector Highly trained/skilled workforce Benefits greatly from having a first class name and reputation Enviable…

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SOLD : Holiday Home Management - Newquay

Well established Excellent name and reputation Able to rely heavily on recommendations and referrals – so little need for marketing expenditure All ‘housekeepers’ self-employed…

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SOLD : Joinery Specialist mainly in niche, up-market sector

Long and very well established (almost entirely for wide & diverse range of London clients - based in Devon) Excellent name and reputation Highly skilled and loyal workforce Extensively and valuably…

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Chancellor’s October Budget provides SMEs with welcome help on several fronts

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced in his Budget Statement yesterday several measures which will undoubtedly prove helpful to SMEs, among others, and have been particularly welcomed by businesses…

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NatWest increases its growth funding to £3bn for small firms hit by Brexit

NatWest has added £2bn to its original £1bn growth fund to help small businesses which are likely to be negatively impacted by Brexit. NatWest has identified circa 2,000 customers which it believes may need financial…

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£8m funding from European Regional Development Fund available to Dorset SMEs

Up to £8m in EU funding is available to SMEs in Dorset for projects in research and innovation and support towards a low carbon economy in the county. For more information on this subject please read the news bulletin…

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South West business confidence rises during September 2018

Research by Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, revealed that business confidence among South West companies increased by 13 points to 26% whilst economic optimism rose 7 points to 23%. For the fuller…

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Huge South West ‘jobs boost’ being created by Hinkley Point nuclear power station

Thousands of jobs are being created by the ‘Hinkley Point’ project with over £10bn worth of contracts having already been issued - 64% of that total contracts value has been awarded to UK suppliers and…

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Food & drinks exports from South West have risen to £838m

Paul Shand, head of exports in the South West for the Department for International trade, has said that “South West food and drink producers are rapidly developing a reputation around the world for their high quality…

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South West employers among most optimistic in country for recruitment by end of 2018

A report by ManpowerGroup puts the South West among the most confident in the country as far as workforce growth is concerned. A very significant number of organisations right across the region are looking to recruit with…

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All of South West region to benefit from Cornwall’s space industry

According to the Managing Director of Cornwall Council’s commercial arm, Corserv, the investment in Cornwall’s space industry will benefit the whole of the South West. For more on this subject please read the…

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£1bn lending fund for South West SMEs launched by HSBC

As part of a wider £12bn commitment to help British businesses realise their growth ambitions, HSBC UK has launched a £1bn lending fund to support small and medium-sized businesses across the South West. For…

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UK manufacturing output & orders remain robust

The CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey has found that output growth slowed slightly in the three months to August but remained well above the long term average and is expected to continue at a similar level over…

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400,000 UK businesses believe they could export but don’t!

International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has set a target for an increase in exports from 30% last year (as a proportion of the UK’s GDP) to 35% this year. With last year’s exports weighing in at £620bn…

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Over £1.3bn in Hinkley Point C contracts awarded to South West firms.

South West firms from engineering specialists to office chair suppliers are included in businesses that have already been awarded £1.3bn worth of contracts for the biggest building project of its kind in Europe –…

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South West companies in line for £15bn boost in nuclear sector

According to new research, reflected in a report by Fraser Nash of Nuclear South West, the South West is well placed for a slice of the £50bn worth of economic opportunities for the UK with SMEs, large companies and…

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Investment pipeline instilling confidence in equity investors

According to the managing director of strategy, economics and business development at the British Business Bank – which launched the £40m Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund in June – the UK’s…

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South West Global Exports now worth £20.8 Billion!

South West global exports in goods increased to £20.8bn in the year to 31st March 2018 – an 8.8% increase on the previous year, compared with a national average increase of 6.5%. For further details please read…

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11 South West firms among U.K. companies with fastest growing international sales

Eleven firms in the South West featured on the latest Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 and five of these were new entrants on the list. For more information on this subject please read the bulletin below which was…

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Foreign investment in South West has increased for the fifth consecutive year

According to a report from EY, there were 53 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in the South West during 2017 – a 39% increase on the previous year. Bristol was ranked as joint 11th best performing city in the…

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South West businesses have already won over £100m worth of contracts from Hinkley Point C project

The Hinkley Point C construction project has already significantly benefited the local economy with over £100m worth of contracts having been won by South West businesses since the beginning of 2016 – and there’s…

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Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM will help to deliver Devon’s growth ambitions

City College Plymouth’s Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM – a £13m state-of-the-art facility – provides a flexible learning environment which simulates real work scenarios with industry-standard…

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Cornwall is South West’s biggest Budget winner with £79m for A30 link road for St. Austell

Great news for Cornwall emerged from yesterday’s Budget, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer announcing a pledge of £79m to build the A30 link road for St. Austell – a four mile scheme (expected to cost…

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The University of Exeter is creating wealth and jobs throughout South West

Creating £1.1bn in wealth and generating circa 11,000 jobs throughout the region each year, the University of Exeter – one of the world’s Top 100 universities – helps fuel development in Exeter with…

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£35m to be invested in infrastructure projects across the South West

Welcome news from The West of England Joint Committee – it has agreed to invest £35m in infrastructure projects across the region and that will be of great benefit to businesses and citizens alike! For the full…

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Circa 71% of UK entrepreneurs aiming to fundraise in next 12 months!

A survey conducted by EY Fast Growth Tracker has found that about 71% of entrepreneurs across the UK are aiming to fundraise during the next 12 months. For the full story please read the news bulletin below which was issued…

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South West firms contribute positively & significantly to UK economy

The South West has received deserved accolades for its ever improving contribution to the UK economy. The Prime Minister has paid tribute to the Westcountry businesses powering the economy in the ‘Great South West’…

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UK’s services sector growing unexpectedly strongly into the autumn!

The services sector’s purchasing managers’ index, a survey conducted by HIS Markit, reached 55.6 in October – up from 53.6 in the previous month – significantly beating expectations of 53.3 (where…

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UK businesses are prospering despite Brexit uncertainty!

According to a survey conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, companies’ finances are in increasingly good shape, with profits and exports growing at their fastest pace since before…

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Manufacturers report growth acceleration and increased optimism

The purchasing managers’ index for October, based on a survey conducted by HIS Markit, indicates continuing growth in the UK manufacturing sector. In addition, increased confidence and the fact that manufacturers have…

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SOLD : Devon based Outdoor Experience bought by Somerset firm - the A38 connection

For anyone travelling along the A38 between Plymouth and Exeter the name of Outdoor Experience is probably well known. Initially trading from a site adjacent to the dual-carriageway at Ashburton and, more recently from a…

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SOLD: Cleaning Franchise Territory sale

Cleaning Franchise Territory sale appeals to people looking to be their own boss but have franchisor support  The commercial property cleaning specialist firm, Betterclean was established in the Plymouth area in 1995…

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SOLD : New Owners and New Products but Familiar Faces at Hard Landscaping Business

Country Garden Patio Centre Ltd. based in Clyst St. Mary near Exeter was established in 1986 by John Folan and secured a first class name and reputation supplying quality paving, garden sheds and other hard landscaping materials…

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SOLD : Business Expansion by Acquisition Provides Added Geographic Coverage

W.T. Endacott of Okehampton was established circa 1885 and remained in the same family ownership, covering four generations, until a recent sale to allow the owners to retire. Founded in South Zeal the business relocated…

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SOLD : Somerset Businessman Acquires New Business and Relocates

Forgecraft of Cheddar, Somerset has recently been acquired by Richard Hooper who has relocated his existing operation into the Forgecraft base. Forgecraft was founded in 1980 by Greg Anniuk and a former business partner…

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SOLD : Stock Valuation Business

Established in 1994 by David Rogers, under whose name the business was operated, the business provides professional stocktaking services to clients in the retail sector across The South West. Valuations are carried out to…

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SOLD : Blackdown Environmental joins with NBC Environment to extend ecological service provision

Devon based Blackdown Environmental has completed a strategic merger with NBC Environment to extend its portfolio of ecology services across the UK. The deal will strengthen NBC Environment’s consultancy and…

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SOLD : From Coffee to Cleaning!

Former business owner of Otterton Mill takes on a new challenge. Caroline Spiller, former co-owner of Otterton Mill, has recently taken on a new business challenge, with her purchase of a commercial cleaning company. …

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SOLD : North Devon businessman acquires a further sporting activity based business

South West Shooting School based near Ilfracombe has recently been acquired by Carl Robinson. Having moved from Manchester Carl, bought Riverton Lakes and Holiday Cottages in 2012. He had been working on improving the coarse…

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SOLD : Engineering Business : Design and Manufacturing of Measuring Equipment.

Seiche Furthers Expansion with Acquisition of Ashridge Engineering of Okehampton. Ashridge Engineering was established in 1975 and was acquired in 1993 by Alan Orchard who had been an employee of the company. Ashridge Engineering…

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SOLD : Supply/Installation, Servicing/Repair of Oil-Fired Boilers, Central Heating Systems/Oil Tanks

Business Expansion by Acquisition Provides Added Geographic Coverage Oil Services South West, based near Okehampton, was established in 1994 by Alan Oram and his wife Christine offering the supply and installation, servicing…

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SOLD: Westcountry Timber Manufacturing Business

Westcon Products Ltd. of Buckfastleigh - Under New Ownership. The business was established in 1994 by John Hall and Peter Caunter. They developed the business into a major supplier of components to the bed and upholstered…

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SOLD: Hullabaloo Soft Play Centre

Hullabaloo was established in July 2013 by Patrizia Chappell when she, as a parent of two young children, saw a gap in the market for a play centre in Shepton Mallet. When an ideal premises became available she jumped at…

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SOLD: Exeter Laundry and Dry Cleaning business

Kenjo Laundry and Dry Cleaners was established in Sidwell Street, Exeter in the early 1980s and since 2002 was in the ownership of Julie Rice. The laundry occupies a prominent corner site which offers an excellent position…

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SOLD : Global Interest in Cornish Self Storage Business

Self storage first came to prominence during the 1960s in America and has become an economically resilient industry in the UK as demand for storage space increases. Self storage provides consumers with their own secure space…

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INCREASINGLY, MORE BUSINESSES ARE BEING OPERATED FROM HOME, BUT WHY?

In recent years more and more people have considered business ownership in preference to working for other people and many have acted on this desire. At the same time there has been a growing trend in the appeal of working…

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SOLD: Eveleighs Garage Services

Friday 13th can bring good fortune ! Eveleighs Garage Services  was established in Exeter in 1936 and was originally situated at the top of Sidwell Street and Ackland Terrace. John Payne purchased the business…

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SOLD: Devon commercial laundry business

Exmouth Laundry Services was established in 1973 and acquired by Lindsay and Teresa Norris in 2008 and provides a domestic and commercial laundry and dry cleaning service. As the business has evolved the commercial element…

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Why are more and more people buying going-concern businesses?

We at Beardsley Theobalds have experienced a considerable increase in the number of people looking to buy businesses this year and this is resulting in increased sales. Over the years it has not always been possible to readily…

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SOLD: Devon Manufacturer of shop fronts, entrances, commercial windows, curtain walling, etc.

Plym Valley Manufacturing was established in 1982 by Michael Pengilley and Tony Horswell. The business manufactures features for commercial buildings such as shop-fronts, entrances, automatic doors and windows using aluminium.…

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SOLD: Removals and Storage Business

A1 Removals & Storage was established in 1982 and acquired by Gary Haley in 2002. He took pride in offering an efficient, friendly and professional removals and storage business operating from his home near Exeter. Gary…

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SOLD: Property conversions and adaptations for disabled people

M.W. Gozna Services, based near Exeter, was founded in 1979 by Mike Gozna as a business undertaking general building work alongside plumbing and heating. Over the years the business evolved becoming a specialist in adapting…

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SOLD: Lappa Valley Steam Railway Tourist Attraction

Established in 1974  3 separate narrow gauge railways with over 3 miles of track through a beautiful valley – a veritable oasis of wildlife conservation! Believed to be the only attraction…

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What's the attraction for people looking to own a business in the West Country?

Well that’s an easy question to answer I hear you say. It’s obviously the fantastic scenery, wonderful countryside and impressive coastline. It’s the leisure facilities and the more favourable climate.…

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SOLD: Bicycle, canoe and kayak hire

Saddles & Paddles, the popular leisure business situated on Exeter's historic quayside, has changed hands. The business (whose name explains all!) was established in 1992, offering locals and visitors a chance to cruise…

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SOLD : Fire and Flood restoration business

Storm clouds and silver linings. Substantial business in Fire & Flood Restoration work - Devon. Rainbow International is a business that delivers restoration services following fires and floods to commercial and residential…

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SOLD : Distributor of precision made clocks and weather instruments

New Hands for the Clock and Environmental Measurement Business. The business of Fine Carriage Clocks (now known as F.C.C.) was established around 35 years ago and supplies precision made clocks and weather instruments and…

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SOLD : Somerset fasteners & engineering supplies business sells to local husband & wife team

Western Bolt & Engineering Supplies, the business that claims to have the largest range of industrial fasteners and fixings in the South West, has changed hands. The business was established in Taunton in 1985 by Barrie…

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SOLD : Gloucestershire Domiciliary Care Business Changes Hands

St. Vincent’s was established in Gloucester in 1986 by John and Kay Burris initially as a nursing agency but evolved to provide both nursing and domiciliary care and then more recently concentrating purely on domiciliary…

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SOLD : Great Appetite for Organic Fudge Business

Over 20 years ago Richard Dennison established a fudge making business operating from his home and sold his fudge, alongside ice cream at his local market and from a mobile stall in Exeter city centre. Over time he came…

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2012 Brings New Life to the Business Transfer Market

Although the start of each new year tends to bring with it a flurry of increased activity this usually diminishes somewhat within a relatively short space of time. However, this year is different and we have noted that the…

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SOLD : Combined Minibus and Garage Business Changes Hands After 23 years

Allens Travel was established in St. Austell in 1988 by Terry and Carolyn Allen and they built up a fleet of eight minibuses specialising in the provision of transport services to both adults and children with special needs.…

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SOLD : Vehicle Dismantling Business Sold to A South West's Leading Waste Management Company

South West business transfer agency Beardsley Theobalds are pleased to announce the recent sale of "Chris Davey Car Parts" which has been acquired by South West Metals & Waste Recycling Ltd. In addition to…

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Will your business be ‘Fit for Sale’ when the time comes for you to sell it?

We have always given advice to business owners that they need to formulate a strategy for their ultimate exit from their business and spend time preparing or grooming the business for sale. Such planning and preparation…

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Is Your Business Fit For Sale?

Advice to business owners is always – plan your exit from the business well in advance. Groom the business to maximise its saleability. Choose the timing with care. Unfortunately, while most people accept the sense…

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Bees Gather Around the Business Honey Pot

They say that the business transfer market has been, for some time now, a bit like the curate’s egg – good in parts. Since the recession took hold in late 2007 this has certainly been the case and there are certain…

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So, what’s the business transfer market like at this time?

This is a question we are constantly being asked, especially by business owners who have been contemplating the idea of selling their businesses. The short answer is : It’s a bit like the ‘curate’s egg’…

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SOLD : Sale of Distributor of Trailer Parts & Towbar Electrics Attracts Interest from Near & Far

Line 1 was established in 1985 and was acquired by Michael Strange in 1997 and the business operates from the Ferndown Industrial Estate in Wimborne, Dorset. Stocking and distributing a comprehensive range of towbar electrics…

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SOLD : Long Established Bespoke Shop Fittings Manufacturer Sells to New Owners

Dymond Engineering was established in 1981 by Colin and Alison Dymond and has grown to a £1m+ enterprise employing 15 people. The company designs and manufactures high quality shop fitting and point of sale display…

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SOLD : Long Established Hard Landscaping Business Sells To Younger Hands

H. A. Hoskin & Son of Exmouth is a hard landscaping business specialising in natural stone walling, brick paved drives, slab patios, fencing, decking and water features. It was established in 1960 and, upon the death…

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Where on Earth are all the business buyers coming from?

During this year to date there has been a very noticeable increase in enquiries for businesses being offered for sale in the Westcountry from prospective buyers living abroad. Moreover, and much more significant, growing…

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SOLD : Family Owned and Run Tyre Supply and Fit Business Bought By Local Family

Treads Tyres of Torquay has recently been purchased a local family with Beardsley Theobalds, the specialist business transfer agents, having acted for the vendors. Established in 2000 by husband and wife, Philip and Janet…

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SOLD : Cornish Agricultural Machinery Business Bought By Expanding Local Company

Christian Smith Agriculture of Doublebois, Liskeard has recently been purchased by B & B Contractors of Gunnislake with Beardsley Theobalds, the specialist business transfer agents, having acted for the vendors. Established…

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Lack of Businesses Available to Satisfy Increasing Buyer Demand!

Yes – it’s a fact. Increasing numbers of people are now wanting to buy businesses, especially in the industrial, commercial and services sectors. However, they are facing an acute shortage of quality businesses…

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