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is it time?

to sell your business

If you’ve never sold a business before, you’ve tried to sell but failed or you feel the structure and value of your business needs to be optimised ahead of a sale, have an obligation-free word with us.

We are entrepreneurs who have made mistakes and suffered setbacks – and we’ll say it how it is.

We will stop someone else coming in to your business and destroying all your hard work – it’s happened to us and we know how it feels.

 

We only work with business owners in privately held companies earning more than £250,000 and have cash on their balance sheet, who are ready to retire from the business and – with their other half – are looking for new horizons.

APPROACH

We have found an iterative solution suits most entrepreneurs and business owners and found our 4 steps approach below works best.

1. Clarity Day

It starts with a day out of the office to get clarity on your exit objectives.

Using an independent facilitator, we work closely with you to find out what’s important. After the Clarity Day you’ll be laser focused on what needs to happen before you sell and what and how you want your business exit to go through.

2. roadmap

An outline plan, setting out all the major milestones ahead of the sale. If you’ve given yourself enough time and you have the skills in house, you’ll then set to work on the milestones and be ready for sale when you wish to exit. This will culminate in a detailed exit plan.

3. detailed exit plan

Fail to plan and you plan to fail. A detailed exit plan covering the management team, the finances, the due diligence pack compilation, the recruiting of the professional team of advisors to ensure the transaction runs smoothly and at minimum cost to you. We cover all these points (and more) in our exit plan.

4. execute the plan

We’ll explain where we can assist, what the costs are and if you wish, execute the whole plan for you.

Common issues

You are not alone

Business owners and founders choose to sell their businesses for many different reasons. Browse through and if any of these strike a chord, we’ll be happy to discuss what the solutions are with you.

Retirement Looming

Don’t wait until you’re old and decrepit. Take some time out to think about the options open to you. You don’t have to sell to exit the business. Someone else can run it for you. We help you find someone who will not destroy all your hard work. And if you want to sell, we’ll ensure we maximise your business value and thus the selling price.

Valuation Too Low

It is essential to know the value of a business. During exit planning, a five-year forecast and an initial company valuation are very important in determining how to get business owners up to the value they need to be when it’s time to sell. Also, it is an essential part of receiving the full market value for a business when the time comes to exit.

Partner Differences

Business partners are human. You start out with the same goals, but when the business becomes moderately successful one of you may feel it’s job done, while the other(s) think the game’s only just beginning… or you both(all) think it’s the beginning, but see the future differently. The business starts to suffer and you’re unsure what to do.

Tried to Sell

There are many reasons for a business sale falling through. It’s a complex process and if you’ve not been through a transaction before, you may well have ended up as one of the 80% or so of deals that fell through rather than resulting in a successful sale. We’ve been through a fair few and know how to mitigate against the risk the deal falls through.