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Who Might Buy Your Business?

MarkB

MarkB

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When looking at an exit strategy it is important to consider who might buy your business and how can you encourage enough interest to get parties bidding against each other. There are a number of parties to consider such as:
  • Competitors - would they be interested in buying you out or simply try and attack your customer bases?
  • Complimentary businesses - would your business be a good fit for someone further up or down your direct supply chain?
  • Start-up investors - many people prefer to buy a business which is up and running rather than starting from scratch which can take a lot of time and money.
  • Cashflow investors - if you have a website which has good cashflow with minimal work, some investors might pay in excess of 4 or 5 years gross income.
An exit strategy is just as important as entry and expansion strategies!
 
businesses for sale

businesses for sale

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Good points, Mark. These types of buyers are very common.
Also worth considering are private equity firms, if your business is big enough. As a general rule private equity companies are unlikely to be interested in businesses with annual turnover of less than £5 million, unless there is a very unique aspect to the company i.e. it has valuable IP; experts on the payroll or in management that together comprise valuable human resource assets, i.e. a high-tech research team; or a dominating presence in a particular market or segment that could provide synergies once merged with another business in the PE portfolio.
Another potential buyer is the firm's own management team. Management Buyouts (MBOs) are not uncommon where the management are very keen to own their own company and they have the wherewithal to raise the finance. This is a relatively common occurrence in a retirement sale where the management have effectively been running the business for some time already.
 
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businesses for sale

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Hi Mark, we've been in touch already :)
We are putting an article together this coming week.
Thanks
Chris
 
MarkB

MarkB

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Look forward to receiving your article in due course :)
 

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