The Business Transfer Market

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Latest News on Business Funding (December 2019)

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 has been dampened. That said, interest rates are still exceptionally low and are only predicted to rise by small degrees into the foreseeable future. Our commercial lending …

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£56m funding boost to drive productivity in SME sector

This government financed cash injection is aimed at harnessing technology and encouraging businesses to take crucial actions to boost their own productivity – a very worthwhile and commendable objective to be sure! For more detailed information on this subject please read the news bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media Ltd today.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 6th…

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Cornwall Airport sees passenger numbers climb close to 0.5m

Turnover and passenger numbers both increased in the year to 31st March 2019 at Cornwall Airport Newquay and are set to rise even further. This is the fifth year in succession that the airport has achieved growth and its continuing expansion is certainly providing a healthy boost to the county. For more information on this subject please read the bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media t…

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Demand for niche market businesses

Beardsley Theobalds, the specialist business transfer agency, has recently brokered the sale of two niche market businesses showing that there is demand for businesses that are not ‘run of the mill’. Some business owners, who are looking towards retirement or who simply fancy a change, think that they have a business that is so specialist or unusual that nobody would want to take it on. However, …

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HSBC UK commits £1bn fund to lend to South West SMEs

The above headline just about says it all, but for more information on this welcome news please read the news bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media today.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 26th September 2019

 

 

 

Bank sets aside £1bn for South West SMEs

HSBC UK has committed funds of £1bn to lend to SMEs in the South West.

The Wales S…

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Information Alert Service Brought to Market

A business that operates an alert service regarding public sector project opportunities has come on to the market with specialist business transfer agency Beardsley Theobalds.

Tenderbuzz operates UK wide via a bespoke website where firms can subscribe and then be alerted to tenders put out by public sector organisations.

The business is currently run with little day-to-day involvement on the…

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£30m research and development competition for UK manufacturers

The government has launched a £30m competition as part of the Manufacturing Made Smarter initiative to encourage UK manufacturing to focus on the development and integration of industrial digital technologies. The aim is to inspire and support companies of all sizes to develop new digital capabilities to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of technological developments. For more informati…

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The West of England Industrial Strategy se to raise productivity levels and create high quality, well paid jobs

The West of England industrial strategy document, which has just been made public, identifies the ways the region will contribute towards the national strategy. This initiative should go a long way towards bolstering the region’s fortunes and significantly improve its long term prospects. For further details please read the bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media Ltd. today.

Roger M…

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£18.75m funding boost available to SMEs via LendingCrowd’s platform

A multi-million pound funding boost is set to benefit SMEs throughout Britain in the form of business loans through LendingCrowd, who have brought together the Scottish Investment Bank and Dutch entrepreneurial bank NIBC to provide the backing for this finance.

This alternative lending facility is likely to be of considerable help to ever more SMEs to enable them to fulfil their business ambitio…

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So, what’s your business worth?

It may be surprising, but nevertheless true, that the vast majority of small business owners have little to no idea what their businesses are worth. This, of course, must be a significant weakness from both strategic and exit planning perspectives. However, how can they, as well as those who are currently considering the idea of selling, obtain realistic and reliable valuation advice?

There are …

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New ‘Institutes of Technology’ to produce skilled workers to benefit South West economy

The first 12 Institutes of Technology across the country include two in the westcountry – the University of Exeter and Weston College of Further and Higher Education. They will specialise in higher level training in STEM subjects such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering backed by £170m of government funding. This is designed to ensure that young people have the skills to build rewa…

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Over £40bn West of England investment & development opportunities successfully showcased at world’s leading property exhibition

MIPIM Cannes – an international property event which took place this year during 13th to 16th March and where over £40bn worth of Investment & Development opportunities in the West of England were showcased – proved to be a great success for the region according to Tim Bowles, West of England mayor. It is understood that well over 20,000 people from around the world attended the four-day exhi…

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Plymouth link road scheme gets £22m funding boost!

A long awaited and vital link road scheme to improve Plymouth’s road network has received a £22m Government funding boost. Work is now due to be commenced in April 2019 and the entire project is predicted to take three years to complete. The scheme is expected to particularly benefit areas to the east and north of the city and should significantly cut journey times and thereby provide a fillip to…

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£93m upgrade to North Devon Link Road boost for local economy

A major and significant upgrade to the North Devon Link (A361) road has been approved, with the £93m scheme set to begin shortly. The upgrade programme is expected to take approximately two years to complete and should pave the way to road safety improvements whilst also significantly enhancing the local economy. For the full story please read the article below which appeared in the Western Morni…

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Plymouth set to receive £3.5m creative industries funding award

Five locations in England are set to receive a total of £20m of new creative industries funding which is expected to create more than 1,300 new jobs, benefit 2,000 people through skills training and support over 700 businesses. This includes Plymouth which has been awarded £3.5m to develop the use of immersive and digital technologies to drive growth in the local creative economy and help bring t…

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To sell or not to sell, that is the question

Since late 2017 there has been a general reduction in the number of businesses coming onto the market. It is generally understood that business owners, who in principle would like to sell, are demonstrating a reluctance to commit to taking the necessary decision to do so at this time. They have been citing all sorts of reasons for this, including the current state of the economy (national and glo…

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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 sectors of the market which have definitely suffered more than others.

Conversely, we at Beardsley Theobalds appear to have weathered the storm rather better than some others, primari…

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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 on a flexi-hours basis and, despite the negative publicity given to zero-hours contracts, there are thousands of people for whom this is a very attractive proposition – working…
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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 pinpoint the reasons for a change in trend in the business transfer market but on this occasion the reasons have been made very clear to us.Although there are, of course, …
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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. It’s also the slower pace of life and lower crime rate, etc. Oh, and (of course) the benefits and satisfaction of having one’s own business. Yes, with its very attractive environment and the qualit…
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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 higher levels of activity experienced in January have continued almost unabated to the time of writing this report. We believe that this is no ‘flash in the pan’ as it is suppo…

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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 of this, in practice it usually doesn’t happen, often because the decision to sell is made quite suddenly and once it is made there is a desire to sell as soon as possible. This means …
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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’ – good in parts. To be more precise, there are more prospective buyers than we have ever known currently looking for quality businesses in the market sectors in which we specialise – industrial, c…
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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 numbers of these people are seriously pursuing their interest in acquiring businesses in the South West as is demonstrated by them flying to the U.K. in order to meet business ow…

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