The Business Transfer Market

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Are people buying businesses now?

If I had been answering this question during the early part of 2012 then I would have said “yes, but not that many”. However, since then the situation has changed significantly and during the second half and, in particular, during the final quarter of 2013 the business transfer market picked up markedly. Moreover, between October and December we at Beardsley Theobalds sold more businesses than we…

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Demand for niche market businesses

Beardsley Theobalds, the specialist business transfer agency, has, over the last few months, brokered the sale of four 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…

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Where on Earth are all the business buyers coming from?

During the last few years there has been a very noticeable increase in enquiries for businesses being offered for sale in the West Country from prospective buyers living abroad. Moreover, 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 owners and take an in-depth…

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Now is the time to take control of your life by becoming your own boss!

The impact of Covid-19 related Government guidelines and restrictions have caused a lot of people to review their working lives. Many employees have been furloughed whilst others have already lost their jobs and, sadly, significantly more will undoubtedly join the latter’s ranks! Even those currently working – either from home or at their employers business premises – are feeling somewhat fearfu…

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Is your New Year resolution to sell your business?

If you are thinking of selling your business in the relatively near future – say later this year or within the next year or two – now is a good time to consider your options. You most certainly need to carefully plan your exit from the business and thoroughly prepare it for disposal before offering it for sale. If you should fail to do this it will almost certainly take longer to sell (if indeed …

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Manufacturers selling direct to consumers increasing appreciably

A report from Barclays Corporate Banking based on a survey which contained polling of manufacturers, logistics firms and consumers concludes that consumers will increase their level of direct purchases from manufacturers by some 25% by 2023 – from £96bn (in 2020) to £120bn.

This trend will surely be of significant benefit to manufacturers by helping them to increase earnings and protect and crea…

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UK Space Agency boost for West of England

Financial support from the UK Space Agency is to be provided for a new space hub led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to help further its ambitions to harness space-related activities and unlock their economic, social and enironmental benefits, thereby creating significant boost for the local area. The new hub will engage with a wide variety of space related stakeholders across mu…

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New Freeports set to support levelling up ambitions and boost longer term benefits for the economy

A bidding process has commenced to establish new Freeports across England. The first sites are expected in 2021, as part of at least 10 throughout the UK. Proposals for Freeport status are to be submitted by 5th February 2021 and the winners are set to be announced in the spring. Sea, air and rail ports across England are encouraged to apply (working in tandem with their local leaders, businesses…

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Bidding process for Freeport status begins

The bidding process for the establishment of new Freeports in the UK is now underway with the winners to be announced by next Spring and the first of 10 sites across the UK expected to be operating before the end of 2021. 

The objective is to create ‘national hubs for trade, innovation and commerce’ and designed to attract major domestic and international investment given the benefit from ‘a wid…

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Over £10m (and rising) invested in SMEs by CIOSIF since 2018 launch

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) has now supported over £10m into SMEs since it was launched by the British Business Bank (with a £40m fund) in 2018. The fund’s aim to provide new and growing small businesses with additional funding opportunities and its success to date is encouraging other private investors to participate. For further details, please read the bulletin be…

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North Devon Link Road project set to start

A major upgrade of the A361 is set to move forward following a £60m allocated investment. The major project – led by Devon County Council – is designed to boost the local economy by supporting plans for 6,700 new homes, thereby making is easier for people to access job opportunities in the area and for businesses to benefit from quicker journey times. For a fuller perspective on this subject plea…

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Inspirational companies achieve significant revenue increases

The latest '1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain' report from the London Stock Exchange Group recorded an overall average revenue growth of 41.2% with engineering and construction, manufacturing and food and beverage among the lead industries represented. It is clear from this report that the role of SMEs is of fundamental importance in driving economic growth as well as leading innovation and prov…

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South West business confidence levels improves

According to the latest Lloyds Bank Business Barometer, overall business confidence in the South West increased by 12 points during October, whilst companies in the region reported higher confidence in their own prospects – up by 26% on the previous month. In addition, a net balance of just 8% anticipated having to reduce headcount during 2021 – an improvement from 21% in September! 

Although th…

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Government’s new growth plan pledges support for businesses

In a speech at the CBI virtual annual conference today the Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, pledged government support to work alongside businesses to unleash the UK’s potential whilst continuing to provide support during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr. Sharma also said that the government has a long-term plan to build a more resilient and high-skilled UK wide economy by the end of the decade. The new…

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South West ideally located for Freeport status

The South West is considered to be a perfect location to take full advantage of the massive potential which Freeports are set to offer. Given the benefit of its ‘western approach deep sea port’ natural resource, the region also incorporates many other important factors which combine to make the South West an ideal place for the envisaged potential Freeports are set to unleash. From many perspec…

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Will You Benefit From Entrepreneurs' Relief When You Sell Your Business/Company?

The vast majority of small business owners who have sold their enterprises since April 2008 have benefited from being able to take advantage of Entrepreneurs’ Relief and thereby paid Capital Gains Tax (CGT) based on a rate of just 10% (compared with individual seller’s income tax rates which can be as high as 45% and which would otherwise apply). Consequently, this has been a highly discounted …

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Quality Businesses Achieving Premium Prices

They say that the business transfer market has fluctuated for some time, but is now undoubtedly much better in certain sectors than in others. Since the financial crisis and ensuing 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 weath…

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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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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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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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