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Why acquiring on-market businesses can be a nightmare

problems with acquiring on-market businessesMost buyers looking at acquiring on-market businesses start out with a healthy dose of excitement and enthusiasm. Particularly when you think you have ‘hit the jackpot’ and find the perfect match. However, just like with all match-making, the more you look under the surface, the more complex the picture. First impressions rarely last. Even the most optimisti...

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A successful merger is the best growth strategy. No contest.

The worst part of our work is when we receive a call from a business owner looking to sell their business because it has lost momentum. And, often with it, they have lost drive as well. However, under detailed investigation, these are normally signs of a business with a failed growth strategy. Lack of growth is a significant problem for selling a business. It normally means that the value of their business has reduced and is not attractive to most buyers. The market’s perspective is that if a business stalls, a downhill slope is most likely to happen next. Most business sell, merge or fold. No-one wants to be in the third category, so...

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Are Acquisition Synergies the Cherry on the Cake

Buying Business Turnover Finding a way to leverage acquisition synergies can accelerate the return on your investment in a way that relying on turnover can’t. They should never be overlooked when you are considering buying a business. In this article, we will look at business synergy more closely and why it is important to take on board...

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How Long Does it Take to Buy a Business?

  speed up acquisition process Think buying a business is simply about making an offer and waiting for the rest to fall into place? Even if you have the funds you might be surprised by how long the process can take. Based on our in-depth market knowledge of a wide range of business acquisitions, the process to buy a company will take between 8 and 12 months. This is regardless of the size of the ...

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If You Are Acquiring a Business From a Sale Advisor, Then Here’s What You Need to Watch Out For


Acquiring a business directly from the owner is just one method of making a start in the world of self-employment or of expanding your current enterprise. In addition, many buyers will find the enterprise they want to make an offer on via a sale advisor (also called a vendor advisor). This is due to the fact that a high proportion of vendors who sell a business in the UK each year choose to place their company on the market in this way.

For the majority of business sellers, an advisor does not simply help them with the co...

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