The Business Transfer Market

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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 worth of goods and services – a record high – and with the Department for International Trade’s estimate that 400,000 UK businesses believe that they could export but do not, coupled with overseas…

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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 – and this is understood to be only the tip of the iceberg! Around 4,000 South West businesses have to date registered on the Hinkley Point C supply chain portal and many more are expected…

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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 training providers all standing to gain. For more details please read the bulletin below which was issued today Insider Media Ltd.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds…

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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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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 being offered for sale.The reasons why prospective buyer numbers are rising are many and varied but some of the major influences are as follows:-• Interest rates on savings are relativel…
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