Buying a company

Growth Planning

Buy and build – how to grow your company through acquisition

Gurinder Sunner of BGF explains how to execute a buy-and-build strategy, growing a business through acquisition.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Acquiring a business: The key factors to consider

We speak to business owners, managers and lawyers who tell GrowthBusiness what it's like to acquire a company and how to do it effectively.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Is buying a business in debt worth the risk?

Company Valuation Services marketing manager, Gary Edwards, outlines how to ensure strong future financial performance by taking risks that pay off.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Purchasing a company from a liquidator

While pricing can be attractive, buying a distressed company has its pitfalls. Here are the traps to watch out for when you're bargain-hunting, writes Teri Hunter, a partner at corporate law firm Moorcrofts.

Legislation and Regulation

Liabilities when buying an insolvent business

A business that has gone bust can represent a real opportunity for a canny acquirer, but the legal rights of the existing employees must be taken into account.

Growth Planning

Buying Businesses

If you want to build a business quickly then you need to consider buying businesses as well as building your own organically. In fact, when I was building a public company I looked for a 50/50 split between the two, says Chris Ingram.

Growth Planning

Business expansion challenges – To buy or not to buy

Simon Rogan is in the enviable position of having founded and grown his company, Sirocom, without ever having to seek external financing. However, relying on its own resources is a limiting factor for growth, so the group is facing the dilemma of whether or not to seek external financing to expand more rapidly.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Peter Cullum: The art of smart buying

When Peter Cullum and his colleagues first sat around his kitchen table in 1997 to plan the creation of Towergate, they were clear from the outset that acquisition was central to the strategy.

Growth Planning

Bargain basement businesses – Buying a company for £1

Buying a company for £1 and going on to make a fortune out of it is any entrepreneur’s dream. It usually means grabbing an opportunity presented by a company with good potential but mired in financial woes — and can require providing hefty financial guarantees as well as a nominal amount of cash down.


Acquiring in tough times

In 2000 Richard Boggis-Rolfe, former managing director of recruitment giant BNB Resources, acquired two businesses to form headhunters Odgers Ray & Berndtson. He has since grown revenues from £3 million to £30 million.