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Exiting your business

Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster ride. From start up through nurture, scale up and eventual exit, there are thrills and spills along the way, but with the right strategy in place, selling your business can be a hugely rewarding experience.


2nd November 2021



Your guide to a successful business exit

What we have learned over decades of supporting entrepreneurs from start up through to exit and beyond is that it is vital to have the right team around you.

Investors and professional advisers such as accountants, lawyers, bankers, corporate finance houses and brokers are a great place to start, but it is also important to have people who believe in you beyond your business; family, friends and cheerleaders who will celebrate your highs and balance out the harder days.

Making the decision to sell your business is not always an easy one. There are many considerations, and you need to be prepared mentally, physically and emotionally. With the right team around you, however, it can be the most rewarding decision you make.


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Our guide to exiting your business poses some of the key questions you need to ask yourself when considering exiting a business.

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Are you ready to sell your business?


Selling a business can be hugely rewarding. However, without a business exit strategy, the right preparation, support and advice, it can become an overwhelming experience. If you are considering taking the leap, take our online quiz to discover if the time is right for you.

So how do you know if you’re really ready to take the next step?

Take our seven-question quiz to find out if your dream future is achievable.

1. Do you know why you want to sell?
2. Are your records up-to-date? This includes financials, tax statements, HR, legal and customer records as well as forecasts.
3. Do you have the time and the physical and mental capacity to manage a sale right now?
4. Do you know what type of exit you are looking for? Partial exit, MBO, transfer of equity, fully cut the cord?
5. Do you know what your buyer is looking for? Diversification, access to a client base, access to a new income line?
6. Do you know how you plan to spend your time post-exit?
7. Do you have a clear idea of company value?

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Mostly As

It sounds as though you are well prepared for a sale and may have even found a buyer. Having the right support network in place to guide you through the sale, to support you mentally, physically, and emotionally, and help you prepare for the future is key. Make sure you have people around you that you trust, you can confide in and are supporting your agenda.

Many entrepreneurs focus on the sale of the business and, despite good intentions, neglect to take care of their personal finances. By seeking advice early, we can help you structure your finances in a tax efficient manner, aligned to your goals.

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Mostly Bs

You may be at the beginning of the exit process, thinking about how you can put your best foot forward to appeal to buyers. Preparing a business for sale, while continuing to run it and maintaining family and social connections can become overwhelming. It is important to have the right support network in place to help you make the difficult decisions, and to offer guidance and support.

You will need an accountant, solicitor, and a personal financial adviser. Depending on your business and the complexities, you may also benefit from a tax adviser and a broker or corporate finance house. We can help you find the right team to support you through your business sale and beyond.

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Mostly Cs

You might not be thinking about a sale right now, but it is worth considering just how long a sale can take. Record keeping is vital to understand how your business is performing, identifying trends and understanding the value you can offer a buyer.

If you are considering a potential sale within the next three years, let our team help you plan so that when the time comes you are as prepared as you can be.

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A bit of everything

It sounds like some aspects of your business exit strategy are fully formed, while others need further thought. Getting the right team around you as you consider a business exit can be a valuable first step. Seeking advice will help you identify any gaps in your plan and how to fill them.

If you are considering a sale within the next three years and you would like to understand how to develop your plans, our team is here to help.

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