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May Newsletter: 9% rise in business sales plus free Grow to Sell download

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While the media relentlessly focuses on politics, the business world has quietly got on with the job of growth. For the First Quarter of 2017, Thomson Reuters recorded a 9% rise in business sales against the same period in 2016. The UK has held its position as the world’s third-biggest M&A market, where acquisition and investment activity has grown an impressive 22% since the EU referendum. 

Our headline news for business owners in 2017? Buyers are in the market for good businesses, and confidence is strong. 

It’s a great moment to assess your options. With deal analysis, news, downloads and more, this month’s newsletter offers plenty of food for thought. I hope you find something of interest!

Dave Rebbettes, Founding Director

Insights and News

Global recognition for BCMS deal

BCMS has been recognized as a finalist in three categories of the highly respected International M&A Awards selected annually by The M&A Advisor, the world’s premier “think tank” and leadership organization for M&A, restructuring and financing professionals.

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Business sales on the up

Dealmaking in the USA and Europe recovered sharply in the first three months of 2017, new figures show.Thomson Reuters recorded 10,433 transactions worldwide in Q1, a 9% rise on the same period a year ago.

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Mythbuster webinars – now available on demand

Launched in early 2017, the BCMS webinar programme was developed to provide clear, no-nonsense information on the business sale process. These free, 30-minute sessions are packed with analysis, advice and market intelligence, and are the perfect way to get an initial insight into the many issues affecting business owners today.

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Overseas buyers target Scottish SMEs 

With around 600 transactions completing in 2016, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in Scotland remains robust in comparison with many other parts of the UK, as our fascinating infographic shows. 

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The Changing Economics of US Healthcare, and its Impact on Middle Market M&A

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Tony Jardine, former Jardine International shareholder, talks about his experience of selling

Tony Jardine

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Grow to Sell free download

Grow to Sell, free download

This publication, written in conjunction with lawyers Coffin Mew LLP and Coutts & Co bank, is intended to help you understand your choices, and provide professional insight into the challenges involved.

Uniquely, you’ll also find first-hand advice from real people who have ‘been there and done that’… former BCMS clients who have grown and sold businesses.

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Latest deals

Sky Deutschland acquires Swiss streaming platform Homedia SA

With over 10,000 film and series titles, HollyStar has established itself as the highest performing video on demand platform in Switzerland.  Read more

Other deal news

Scandinavian manufacturing division acquired.
Dutch IT consultancy sold to institutional investor.
Unified ConneXions and HVE ConneXions acquired by Sphere 3D.
Dade Electric Service acquired by private investor.
Merit Packaging acquired by R.V. Evans.


Our events programme seeks to help business owners develop their strategy and skillset, in order to ensure they can acquire the ability to grow and sell a business. Here you should find an event which meets your needs, at your current stage of business growth.

Webinar - How to sell your business for maximum value

In this audio webinar presented by BCMS Masterclass speaker David Oliver you will discover; five signs that your business is at the optimum point to sell, eight common pitfalls to avoid when selling, why traditional valuation methods are flawed and which process will help you achieve maximum value.


London evening panel discussion event - how to handle an offer for your business, 14 June

This expert panel event, brought to you by BCMS and Rathbone Private Office, offers insider tips, analysis and real-world advice from business owners who have already sold.

Find out more here

Leeds evening panel discussion event - how to grow and sell a business, 15 June

Selling a business means a host of challenges for business owners.  Following a dedicated Q&A session, you’ll leave with a complimentary information pack full of advice, analysis and tips on how to approach a potential sale.  Hosted by law firm Mills & Reeve.

Find out more here

Upcoming Masterclass events

Our Masterclasses will guide you through our unique process, from preparing your company for sale, contacting potential acquirers and receiving offers through to negotiation. Upcoming Masterclasses include:

London - 23 May
Lichfield, near Birmingham - 6 June
Northampton- 13 June
Glasgow- 20 June

Find out more here

Posted May 2017
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