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With talk of a double dip recession and the High Street being in turmoil, as evidenced by figures from the British Retail Consortium showing a 3.3% drop in like for like sales compared to April 2011, it is exceptionally encouraging that the Convenience Store sector where the EM&F group have held a presence as Specialist Agents for around 50 years is one business sector where growth is actually occurring. 

Figures produced for the National Convenience Show actually show 4.4% growth for 2011, wh…

As a business valuer for Everett Masson & Furby visiting many businesses each week there are three comments being heard over and over again being...

  • ‘I bet there are hundreds of businesses on the market at the moment with owners looking to get out!’
  • ‘I bet you are quiet with no one looking to buy a business in this economic climate!’
  • ‘I bet no one can afford to buy a business at the moment, the banks aren’t lending to anyone!’

In all three scenarios EM&F can simply and safely say the…

The summer of 2012 has the potential of being a key turning point especially for businesses in London and the South East says Edward Harrison of Everett Masson & Furby (London  & Surrey) with many opportunities resulting from the forthcoming Olympics with expected higher footfalls generated from the estimated 11 million visitors to the capital together with the feel good factor generated by the Queens Diamond Jubilee and major transport innovations such as Crossrail and the upgrade to the Tube …

The media continues to flood the business headlines with economic doom and gloom. However, it’s not all bad. Now might, in fact, be a good time to consider buying your own business. Why?

Not all businesses are struggling. Some are trading consistently and some are expanding. The current economic climate inevitably means that there are opportunities.

Owning your own business means you’re the boss and you get to make the all important decisions. You no longer have the worries and anxiety of pos…

No one can predict the future, a bit like the weather as we all wait for summer to arrive; one thing we can predict and is for certain is that the EM&F Group will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2013 having traded successfully over the years despite a variety of trading conditions, both challenging and fruitful resulting in 1000’s of satisfied clients!

The EM&F brand is now synonymous with the Business Transfer Market dealing in the sale of all types of business, ranging from the tradit…

The current business transfer market can really be summed up in one word – "Realism". Experienced selling agents know there is little point in sugar-coating the pill for potential vendors - its tough out there, even for businesses which have been successful in weathering the recessionary storms.

The biggest factor in shaping the market is the availability of loan finance. Banks have been criticised for their unwise lending of the past so it's not surprising that they are now adopting a far mor…

EM&F Business Finance, the commercial mortgage arm of Everett Masson & Furby, confirms that following a number of successful completions of business purchases in recent weeks there is a growing appetite among commercial banks to lend for the purchase of retail stores.

This statement may well seem contradictory to the usual mantra that "the banks aren't lending" but they have evidenced that professionally presented proposals are being strongly supported on competitive terms.

Some key areas to …

With on-line shopping having increased 19% in the first half of 2011 when compared to the same period last year this is a sector which continues to grow and has a great future. There are varying scales of on-line retailing ranging from massive warehouse distribution centres to those operating from home with a storage facility in the form of a garage or garden shed, the important fact is literally anyone can become part of this phenomena with the majority of traditional retailers also having an …

Quality convenience stores priced correctly are selling, there are plenty of buyers about ensuring the viewing of businesses remains strong, the hard work lies in brokering a deal and getting over the finishing line which is why an experienced business transfer agent is required in the current economic climate to assist both vendors and buyers in ironing out any problems encountered along the way.

There are a substantial number of convenience stores on the market from which would be buyers can…

Despite the cuts of the coalition, Andrew Wilby of Everett Masson & Furby (North East & Cumbria) reports strong interest for competitively priced businesses across his operating regions of Northumberland, Cumbria, Teesside, Co Durham and Tyne & Wear. Many of these areas are heavily dependent on local authorities for their economic survival, yet despite this says Andrew Wilby "there is active and strong interest from business purchasers".

Catering businesses he continues are the strongest selle…

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