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employee ownership

May

1st

2019

Employee Ownership – What are the benefits of this growing business structure?

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In this article we’re looking at how granting part shareholding of your businesses to your employees could be an option to consider.

exit landing

January

29th

2019

When will your Eagle land? How long should you give yourself to exit your business?

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If we compare the running of a business to space exploration, we can find a lot of similarities. ‘Landing’ the ideal business exit takes preparation and planning. You might have been inundated with advice over the last few weeks about how to make this your best year yet, and what goals you should be setting yourself, […]

cashflow see saw

August

20th

2018

The Valuation Seesaw: Is your cashflow healthy?

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Does your business fund its own overheads? Does your cash get absorbed immediately by costs? Is your cashflow healthy? If your cashflow is unbalanced, the value and sale of your business could be compromised. When a prospective buyer is contemplating a takeover, their priority isn’t simply to reward your blood, sweat and tears with one […]

Exit Planning

April

12th

2018

The Essentials of Exit Planning

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When is the right time to start thinking about leaving your business? Have you even considered it? If you have, then do you have a clear strategy in place? Would you even know how to go about realising your company’s true value? In this blog we talk about the essentials of exit planning.  You’ve spent […]

prepared for selling a business?

September

8th

2017

Selling a Business: How Prepared Are You?

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It is your business and you have worked hard to make it into something you care about.  Now you are thinking that it is time to sell it on.  Maybe you have retirement plans, or you just want to do something else. You want to make the next big move, but how prepared are you […]

Business sale back on track

September

6th

2017

How to get your business sale back on track

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Not all business sales go to plan. They take take time, but if you begin to feel left out on in the cold, with a general lack of communication or activity, it’s time to get your sale back on track.  In this situation, timing is critical,  read on for some helpful advice. Don’t panic Firstly, don’t […]

12 years of change

July

8th

2017

Reflections on 12 years as business brokers

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We’re delighted and proud to celebrate 12 years in business this summer. 12 years, so what? In a lot of respects, 12 years is not that big a deal. But what a revolution that 12 years brought. 2005 saw the launch of Google Maps and the beginning of their global domination,  and the Nintendo Wii […]

business value timing risks

June

19th

2017

Business Value: Does Timing Affect Risks?

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The poet William Blake wrote,“What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song?” Experience in business has value, but the longer your business is out there, the more risk you expose it to.  This is why timing is critical when it comes to selling a business.   Changes in Attitude and […]

Stop value-draggers

May

6th

2017

Stop these 5 value-draggers de-valuing your business

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When it comes to business sales buyers have the upper hand. Supported by due diligence, buyers step back and look at a business objectively. The process detects inefficiencies and risks, known as ‘value-draggers’. Value-draggers cost time, money and effort to resolve and can impact on the selling price the vendor can achieve. Address these five […]

Scale up

April

6th

2017

How to scale up your business when it’s just you

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You’re currently such a big part of your business, it’s hard to visualise how that’s ever going to change. After all, you are your business. Your clients buy into you, your skills and qualities, and the personal service you deliver. So what’s the best way to scale up the business for growth? As a sole […]

Vendor Funding

March

16th

2017

Vendor funding: calculated risk or cause for concern?

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Vendor funding is a type of sale agreement that’s becoming increasingly common. In fact, some would say it’s becoming a growing problem and needs to be handled with care. But what exactly does it mean, when might it be used and how can business owners mitigate the risks involved? What is Vendor Funding? Vendor funding […]

February

19th

2017

5 signs you’ve fallen out of love with your business

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Starting or running your own business is one of the most exciting and exhilarating challenges you can set yourself. Entrepreneurs are full of ideas, positivity and get-up-and-go. But what happens when the excitement begins to fade? How do you know when your love affair is reaching the end, and what can you do about it […]

business sale, business exit

September

15th

2015

Business Sale: When Should You Start Planning? Part 3

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In this third and final installment of this series of articles, we look at the help you will need during a business sale. You don’t have to use any professionals at all.  You could do the legal, accounting, due diligence, TUPE and everything else yourself.  Indeed, a lot of people have tried this already. But […]

business sale, business exit

September

10th

2015

Business Sale: When Should You Start Planning? – Part 2

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In our first post we looked at the factors that a buyer will want to see when looking to purchase a business. If you can get those sorted then your business sale will attract more interest. Once past the initial interest, buyers will look at the details or technical hurdles they will expect you to get over before […]

business sale, business exit

September

7th

2015

Business Sale: When Should You Start Planning? – Part 1

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Deciding when to sell your business could be prompted by a number of factors. The market may be telling you it’s the right time. You’ve lost interest in the business, or lost the excitement. Your business relationships with fellow directors have broken down. You’re just plain ready to retire. The six million dollar question is […]

kerb appeal

August

20th

2015

Does Your Business Have Kerb Appeal?

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Imagine that you are in the market for buying a house.  Now imagine that you go to view one that looks appealing in the ad. How does it look on the inside? The outside? How does it feel? What about the location? What is your general impression? Like your house, your business projects an image […]

sell / exit planning

August

19th

2015

Exit Planning: Do You Know Your Sell-By Date?

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Selling a business is not a sprint. You don’t need to be Usain Bolt. The reality is that it takes a long time to sell a business. Most business owners will imagine their exit as a frantic relay, runners jostling for position, giving it their all to successfully transfer the baton to the next business owner. As the […]

question for business sale

May

27th

2015

Business Sale? How Should You Answer THE Question?

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Many business owners believe the act of selling their business is similar to passing the baton in a 400-metre relay.  Once the ink is dry, you’re done and you get to relax. In reality, buyers will often insist that you stay on for a handover period that could be anywhere from five days to five years […]

questions

April

20th

2015

What are the 8 Questions for Your Business Sale?

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When you are selling your business one thing you can be sure of if you will be asked lots of questions. This can often be quite frustrating and you will often feel the buyer is testing you. Simply he or she is. Before he writes the cheque he will wish to grill you on all […]