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“I found Prism Corporate Broking a great help in making this first acquisition. Prism identified a number of suitable acquisition targets, qualified them and then made the first critical approach. This, coming from a third party, made it feel less threatening to the vendors and gave greater flexibility to our negotiating position throughout the transaction. We received no nonsense advice and are now working together on the next one!”
Ian Hickson – Abbey Liftcare
The decision to buy a business is not one to be taken lightly – there are too many examples of acquisitions gone awry, and evidence from public transactions indicates that all too often value is eroded not built.
Nonetheless Business Acquisition can provide a very effective strategy to build critical mass in a business, and become more attractive to larger predators.
Typically a business acquisition involves the following stages:
You should aim to know at the outset exactly what you are going to do post acquisition. The acquired business will be expecting change and if this opportunity is missed whilst examining what you have bought, it may be much more difficult at a later stage.
Prism keep a close eye on business transactions in our chosen sectors and can assist with some or all stages of the process. The fee structure is flexible depending on the assignment.