Business acquisition opportunities double in a month and retail drives growth

The value of business acquisition opportunities coming on to the UK Market has increased by 94 per cent in October, compared with the previous month.

Growth has been driven by a sharp upturn in Retail business sales activity.

Deal Connections Index, the barometer of business deals which provides data on 85 per cent of the UK businesses for sale market, has shown a sharp increase in in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and management buy-in (MBI) marketplace.

Business acquisition opportunities with a combined turnover of £676.08 million came to the table this month, compared with £345.8 million in September 2014.

Support Services is leading the way with 22 potential deals with a combined turnover of £93.47 million.

There has also been a sharp upturn in Retail opportunities with 16 businesses worth £85.42 million coming on to the market, a 63 per cent increase on September 2014.

Retail businesses for sale range from a £39 million greeting cards and gifts operation to a designer children’s wear retailer turning over £500,000. Other opportunities include a Saville Row tailor and a Pawnbroker in Coventry.

The Deal Connections Index is compiled by Deal Connections, the online service for investors that provides information on live business acquisition opportunities across sectors and geographies. More than 7,000 potential business deals are currently listed on the site.

Entrepreneur and business investor James Waterhouse, who founded Deal Connections, said:

“The results in October reflect the usual business upturn after the summer combined with a more optimistic outlook for the economy.

“With continuing low interest rates and Private Equity firms open to supporting deals, it’s a good time to buy.”

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