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Selling your business can be a bit of a minefield, and the fact that every sale is completely unique doesn’t help. Our experienced team will work with you to make sure you get the right advice to make the right calls and achieve the best possible result.

The end goal of every business owner is to own a valuable business, whether you are building to sell, building to hand over to the next generation or just to have a more successful business.

How can I sell my business?

Asking yourself the question - how can I sell my business? Worried about the finding a buyer for your business? Or want to know how to value your business for sale? Haines Watts can help.

Episode 6

Mark Sapsford and Douglas Edmunds

CapEQ: Emotionally Invested

Mark and Douglas explain why ‘EQ matters more than IQ’ – especially in complex and often emotional business dealings, and how empathy, rapport and honesty are every bit as important as simply having a ‘standard’ set of industry skills. It’s good to know that building strong and trusted relationships really does pay in business.


Here are a few things to ask yourself when selling a business:

  1. How do I value my business? 
  2. Will your business attract interest?
  3. Who might be interested?
  4. Is everything ready for a ‘smooth’ sale?
  5. How can you increase the value of your business?
  6. When is the right time to sell your business?
  7. What are the tax implications of your business sale?

Interested in knowing what your the value of your business? With our business valuation calculator you can value your limited company online instantly.

Finding the right buyer for your business is the key to a smooth transaction which will contribute to the continued success and growth of the business. We can act on your behalf by marketing your company to potential buyers, and handling all ongoing contact with potential buyers.

The HW Corporate Finance team has helped sell small businesses, limited companies and large corporations across many sectors. Our team views every business sale as unique and is skilled at working with individual owner managers to get the best from selling your business.

Typically, selling a business can take months to prepare for an exit date. However if time is not on your side there are various fast exit strategies which can be taken. Contact us today if you need help with a fast business sale.

There are many tax implications when selling a business. These include consideration of Capital Gains Tax, deferred consideration, earn outs, proceeds and income tax and inheritance tax.

At the end of the day, what would generally be the most tax efficient solution might not meet your lifestyle or cash needs. Seeking expert advice before you’re committed means that Haines Watts can help you arrive at where you want to be.

We provide business owners with advice on selling a business, maximising value, preparing for sale and getting the right buyer. Here are some of the other ways we can help you sell your business:

  • Creating an exit plan
  • Business valuation services
  • Creating a compelling sales document
  • Identifying buyers
  • Obtaining & managing offers
  • Selecting a preferred buyer
  • Project management from start to finish
  • Advice on the tax aspects of sale
  • Preparing for due diligence

It’s all about getting the right deal done – and in the best and most profitable way for you. 

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