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					BUSINESSES FOR SALE FOR 1 MONTH - FEBRUARY 2004
CONSTRUCTION
COMPANY NAME: Freehold retail/investment property DEAL ID: 2243 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER: (£): 10,085 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Projected income: £10,085 (yield 7%). An imposing detached property on the A25 Epsom Road approximately 1 mile from Guildford centre is offered for sale freehold. The property comprises two adjoining buildings, and is subdivided into three retail units (two available for lease at approximately £5000 per annum each; one sold off on long lease) and two flats sold off on long leases. Shop (1) facing the A25 is approximately 280 square foot on the ground floor, with a basement of approximately 140 square foot. It is currently fitted out as a Hair and Beauty salon and the business owner has the business on the market intending to find a leasehold tenant to take over the business on a new lease of c.£5000 p.a. to be arranged with the new freeholder. The premises include a reception area, salon, staff room with WC, and basement fitted out as a beauty treatment room and solarium. Shop (2) is the corner newsagents which is sold off on a 999-year lease from 1989 receiving peppercorn rental of £25 p.a. Shop (3) faces the side road beyond the newsagents and is c.320 square foot (no basement). It is also fitted out as a Beauty salon with two treatment rooms and a shower. There is no tenant and the unit is vacant for leasing out at an anticipated rental of £5000 p.a. Flat (1) is the upper floor of the front building, and was sold off on a 999-year lease as part of the newsagent property. Flat (2) is the upper floor of the rear building, and is sold off on a 99-year lease from 1986 with a peppercorn rental income of £60 p.a.

MANUFACTURING
COMPANY NAME: Direct supplier of school uniform DEAL ID: 2264 LOCATION: The South West TURNOVER (£): Not disclosed COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This excellent Business is direct supplier of embroidered school uniforms, corporate clothing, leisure, club, work wear, safety clothing and boots. The largest market for this business is as the sole supplier of compulsory school uniforms by mail order to the pupils of many schools. The contents of a typical school uniform pack and individual items are listed here, along with details of prices, sizing, postage and packing, payment and delivery. Parents can place orders at the new intake evening, held in the second half of the Summer Term, where representatives from the company are present and where uniform samples are on display. Alternatively, parents may order from the company directly by phone, post, fax or e-mail at any time and by order forms available from the school.

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Orders received by last day of summer term are guaranteed to be delivered before the new academic year starts in September however

COMPANY NAME: Established supplier of schoolwear DEAL ID: 2263 LOCATION: The South West TURNOVER (£): Not disclosed COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Established in 1998, the business is part of a rapidly growing national network of independently owned stores. The business provides a quality service to schools, local clubs and parents. The business specializes in retailing schoolwear, sportswear and dance wear, Guides and Scout uniforms, as well as supplying uniforms direct to schools and clubs. The business is the country’s leading independent supplier of schoolwear and associated products. The business meets a growing demand for the provision of quality schoolwear at affordable prices. The Competitive advantage has been gained through fulfilling the customer’s requirements and ensuring a high repeat client base. The business guarantee’s year round availability of uniform and all merchandise is available online on the user friendly, well-designed website providing a much desired convenience. COMPANY NAME: Branded Furniture Manufacturer and Retailer DEAL ID: 2257 LOCATION: All UK TURNOVER (£): 18,000,000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: A high profile, vertically integrated domestic furniture business with global brand recognition, this company designs, manufactures and retails furniture for kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms studies and media centres. COMPANY NAME: Hot Food Takeaway 1189RM DEAL ID: 2248 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER (£): 50000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is an attractive little business. Key features are: - * Located in the centre of a busy Hertfordshire town. * Menu consists mainly of top quality Cornish pasties. * Opened in late 2001 and taking an average of £1,000 per week. * Needs a more varied menu, especially in Summer. * Superbly fixtured, including Gaggia espresso machine. * Only open 7.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., six days per week. * Opportunities to extend the hours, to add local deliveries and to expand the menu. * Asking price of £30,000 leasehold plus stock at valuation. COMPANY NAME: Sign & Graphics Manufacturers 1193RM DEAL ID: 2260 LOCATION: All UK TURNOVER (£): 700000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is a very profitable business. Key features are: - * Located in the Northern Home Counties, and relocatable in the area. * Manufactures and supplies signs and graphics including digital graphics, large format print, exhibition signs, POS, decals, fascias etc. * Uses PVC, vinyl and rigid materials. * Large customer base of end users and design agencies. * Sales of £700,000 give a net profit of over £190,000. * Very experienced team means the business is not reliant upon the owners. * Does no marketing - relies upon

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recommendations. * Attractive as a standalone business, or as an acquisition. * Asking price of £395,000 for the limited company.

COMPANY NAME: Supplier of brand name lingrie & cosmetics DEAL ID: 2262 LOCATION: The Midlands TURNOVER (£): 118,200 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: It offers a comprehensive range of fine, world-renown brand lingerie, cosmetics, underwear and nightwear, in a wide range of styles, colours and sizes. All garments are wear-tested ensuring that the client receives the most accurate and detailed information about quality, size, and comfort. The owner of the business is always sourcing out new products and further competitive prices for its loyal and repeat client base. The business is well stocked with a variety of products and the products do not date, allowing for high profit margins. A fully trained, knowledgeable member of staff runs the recently refurbished sales area from which the business sells its unique, high quality products to its clients.

PUBLIC SECTOR
COMPANY NAME: Supplier of Educational Aids DEAL ID: 2249 LOCATION: London TURNOVER (£): 250,000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: A unique, retail supplier of books, teaching aids, and other materials used to enhance children’s education, with a large customer base of schools, teachers and parents. The store specialises in educational materials to enrich and reinforce children’s learning. Over 5,000 different items are stocked including photocopy-able resource books, educational charts, display sets, motivational posters, stickers, borders, games, maths manipulatives and rubber stamps. The company has earned a reputation as “the place to go” for the latest products to implement the National Curriculum, Literacy and Numeracy Hour and Special Needs programmes. The staff is well trained, capable and able to run the shop day to day without much involvement from the owner. The company also has is a website which has been expanded each year and sells approximately 500 items from the shop.

SERVICES
COMPANY NAME: Supply & Repair of Endoscopes 1188RM UNDER OFFER DEAL ID: 2244 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER (£): 89000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is a non-technical business needing an owner with a genuine desire to provide excellent customer care. Key features are:- * Run from home in Bedfordshire. * Supplies, repairs and services optical surgical instruments. * The owner is not technical, but has built the business on the quality of customer care he provides. * All manufacture and repair is subcontracted to two suppliers. * Couriers used for collection and delivery of repairs. * No staff, just the owner. *

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Business has always relied on recommendations, and has not done any marketing! * Full handover and training included. * Asking price of £45,000 for the business.

COMPANY NAME: Recruitment Consultancy DEAL ID: 2261 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER (£): 40000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This a profitable recruitment consultancy. Key features are: - * Run from home in Milton Keynes, and completely relocatable. * Concentrates on delivering an added value service to regular clients. * Mainly works on Sales and Management permanent recruitment. * Started in 2001, but owners do not have the time to develop the potential. * Work can be easily done by one new owner. * Sales of £40,000 and a profit of £18,000. * Excellent starting point for you to own and grow your own business. * Equally, a good acquisition for an existing firm. * Good website. * Handover period included. * Asking price of £30,000. COMPANY NAME: Electrical retailer & rental contracts DEAL ID: 2242 LOCATION: The West Midlands TURNOVER (£): Not disclosed COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Local independent electrical retailer including approx 200 rental contracts which also include some slot meter contracts. Business established 33 years. Credit agreements also in place which could be part of sale. Can be split for sale - does not have to be the whole business. Terms negotiable. COMPANY NAME: Retailer of Electrical Equipment and Appliances DEAL ID: 2247 LOCATION: The East Midlands TURNOVER (£): 1000000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Highly respected, family owned, local retailer for the sale of electrical equipment and appliances to the general public and some commercial customers. Based at a prime High Street location in Derbyshire, the company employs 14 full and part time staff, achieves total sales in the region of £1 million per annum, and is profitable. Selling a wide range of domestic electrical equipment, including both brown and white goods, from major manufacturers, the company has a strong emphasis on customer service and care during the choice process, combined with assistance during delivery and installation on larger nonportable items. The company offers delivery, installation and servicing of domestic brown goods, and delivery and installation, but not service, of domestic white goods. A major asset of the company is a stable and knowledgeable sales force who, from experience or research, are able to answer and satisfy most customer questions with a level of knowledge that is scarce in the national high street multiples.

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COMPANY NAME: Contract Catering Services 1195RM DEAL ID: 2258 LOCATION: The East Midlands TURNOVER (£): 1700000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is a very profitable business. Key features are: - * Founded in 1992 by the current owner, and operating in the East Midlands. * Provides on-site catering to secondary schools and factory sites. * Day to day operations are run by a well trained management team, with little involvement of the owner. * Turnover of £1.7 million giving a net profit of over £160,000 * Over £100,000 cash on the balance sheet. * Considerable opportunites to open new sites. * First class stand alone business, or an ideal acquisition for an existing player. * New office lease to be granted, or the business can be relocated. * Asking price of £700,000 for 100% of the share capital. COMPANY NAME: Indian Takeaway 1194RM DEAL ID: 2256 LOCATION: All UK TURNOVER (£): 63000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is a good business with great potential. Key features are: - * Opened in Luton in late 2003. * Well situated for local housing and business, the university and airport trade. * Taking £1,200 per week despite no advertising. * Three tables for eat in, and possiblity of extending this. * Good parking. * 11 years remain on a secure lease. * Asking price of £37,500 plus stock at valuation. COMPANY NAME: Plumbers' Merchants 1192 DEAL ID: 2255 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER (£): 50000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is a very profitable business. Key features are: - * Good location on the edge of the town centre in this Northamptonshire town. * Supplies all plumbers' needs from small fitments to full suites. * Approx. 60% trade, including 70 trade accounts. * DIY business continues to grow. * Sales of £1/2 million giving £50,000 net profit. * Available freehold or leasehold. * Asking price of £80,000 leasehold or £170,000 freehold. COMPANY NAME: Sportswear Retailer DEAL ID: 2254 LOCATION: The North East TURNOVER (£): 400000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Profitable Scarborough Sportswear Retailer Leasehold Premises Seaside location COMPANY NAME: Residential Property Letting & Management DEAL ID: 2252 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER (£): 72000

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COMPANY DESCRIPTION: M25 West - quality business, low overheads, easily managed, established and expandable. Good name in the region, prime location. Relocatable within region.

COMPANY NAME: Interior Designer DEAL ID: 2245 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER(£): 191,800 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Sales Memorandum Established interior design business Confidentially offered for sale Ref No: GK18 Location: Surrey Asking price £ 179,500 Asking price includes -equipment valued in excess of £35,000 -Unique concept -Computerized administration system -Unpatented technical know how Marketing base of over 19,000 prospective clients -Excellent growth opportunities -Specialist vehicle and fittings -High profile clients -Equipment Excellent reputation -Excellent Web site -Training Trademarks Registry Registration Certificate -Over 370 clients Member of the Guild of Master Craftsman Business Profile Established in 1990, this unique interior design business prides itself on the high quality and comprehensive service it brings to the clients home. Every aspect of decorating and furnishing is arranged with a personal and professional service from start to finish. Bringing this service directly to the home is very convenient for the client, which gives the business a distinct competitive advantage. Clients are able to view samples of fabrics for curtains and soft furnishings etc. and listen to advice, which accelerates decisionmaking and avoids the exhausting process of visiting shops and selecting samples. Together with the client, the designer aims to co ordinate a look that suits specific taste and budget requirements, sending a quotation on the selected scheme normally within 48 hours. The business specializes in the refurbishment of residential properties of all sizes within the Surrey area and offers an extensive range of quality products. The business offers a complimentary design consultation and handles both large and small contracts from simple curtains to re-furbishing the entire home. Interior Design products offered: All types of window treatments including curtains, pelmets, swags & tails and blinds Full installation service Custom made and designed soft furnishings Carpets and flooring Wallpapers and decorating Re-upholstery and upholstered furniture Kitchens and built in furniture Headboards and Bedspreads Selected lighting and accessories The business has invested in technology and employs a computerized system for presenting quotes and other forms of pricing, allowing a quote to reach the client within forty-eight hours. The business also has three networked computers running Microsoft XP Professional, client accounts and sales statistics, management accounts, price lists and the extensive marketing base is housed electronically. Since the business’s initial beginnings it has grown in size and stature to become a reputable company within the local area. The core business is well designed and structured, but there is scope to add new product categories to the current range. This business is an excellent opportunity for any investor seeking a well-established, innovative business. Current Premises The business is located in Surrey and currently operates from a well-equipped, dedicated home office for three persons. The business is flexible and easily relocated and can continue to be run from a home office or relocated to a small office at the purchasers discretion. Financial Information All financial discussions will take place directly between the vendor and all interested parties. Includes Equipment with a value in excess of £35,000: Transit Van With company livery and distinctive registration mark. Fully fitted for carrying sample books Sample books

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Fabric, carpet, wallpaper, blinds, etc Computers, colour laser printers, fax machines and too many other items to mention Advertising and Marketing The business has built up an excellent reputation and enjoys a high level of repeat business and the finest form of marketing, word of mouth recommendation. The business maintains a strong client rapport to get this business, valuing the customers and striving for the best in client service and client retention. The business has an excellent website, a great place to market the company, superb design and user friendly navigation resulting in many return visitors. Employees The business enjoys a small team of loyal, dedicated subcontract craftsmen and tradesmen including curtain installers, carpet fitters, painters and decorators. Owner Support and Training The owners are happy to assist with the handover and training to ensure a seamless transfer of this successful business. There is a detailed Procedure Manual in place. Client Service • Personal and friendly service • Commitment to providing a quality service • Advice to clients to balance aspirations, functional needs and budget • Excellent follow up on quotations • Excellent reputation Key Strengths • High profit margins • Positive cash flow • Excellent working relationships with clients, suppliers and workroom • Solid client base • High profile clients • Success throughout the local areas • Unique concept • Well defined core business • Flexible business with low overheads • No capital tied up in stock • High repeat and referral business • Excellent business strategy • Easy and flexible to operate and expand • Extensive marketing base Key Opportunities • Ample opportunity to accept additional projects • Opportunity to increase the catchment area • Potential to franchise business model • Excellent opportunity to work from home • Scope to further develop the excellent relationships with expatriate communities COMPANY NAME: Cafe Bar and Lounge DEAL ID: 2253 LOCATION: The North West TURNOVER (£): 250,000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This Stockport Café Bar benefits from both a late license and entertainment license. The bar is themed to attract high quality customers who benefit from the comfortable lounge and excellent range of food and drink on offer. COMPANY NAME: Sign Installation & Repair 1196RM DEAL ID: 2259 LOCATION: The East Midlands TURNOVER (£): 104000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is a very profitable business with great potential. Key features are: - * Installs, repairs and maintains signs of all types. * Five main customers plus many one-off jobs. * Ongoing maintenance contracts. * Run from home in East Midlands and relocatable. * Works across Eastern England. * Net profit of £48,000! * Monday to Friday only. * Asking price of £45,000 COMPANY NAME: Scrap Metal Merchants DEAL ID: 2251 LOCATION: The Midlands TURNOVER (£): 413,885 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: The owners have been trading in scrap metal for the last 37 years and have developed an excellent family run business. In recent years the scope of trading has been restricted to a non-ferrous door trade, dealing mainly in copper and aluminium. The premises are situated in a prime location on a main

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arterial road into the centre of a West Midlands city. The site has two separate accesses, a circa 2000 square foot office building and a 40T Avery weighbridge installation. There is no contamination to the land and the site may well lend itself to a variety of alternate uses. The business holds two carriers licences and the necessary environmental licences. COMPANY NAME: Quality Hair Salon 1191RM DEAL ID: 2250 LOCATION: All UK TURNOVER (£): 36000COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is a well presented hair salon. Key features are: - * Good location on the edge of the town centre in this Northamptonshire town. * Broad range of clients, catering for all the family. * Opened in October 2001, and still continuing to grow. * Currently taking £1,400 per week. * Upstairs beauty therapy room rented out to beauty consultant. * 5 days trading, easy hours and no late night. * Asking price of £22,500 leasehold. COMPANY NAME: Freehold Convenience Store 1190RM DEAL ID: 2246 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER (£): 210000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This is a freehold convenience store. Key features are:- * Located in a busy neighbourhood in Luton. * Freehold premises with three bedroom family accommodation. * Retails convenience store items in a 400 square foot sales area. * Off-licence opened late 2002 and still growing. * Sales of £4000 per week. * Asking price £260,000 for the business and freehold property. COMPANY NAME: Holiday Property management company DEAL ID: 2265 LOCATION: The South West TURNOVER (£): Not disclosed COMPANY DESCRIPTION: This renowned business, established for 25 years, specialises in letting and managing coastal and country holiday cottages within the scenic West Country area of South West England. The business is located on the stunning coast of Devon and offers a choice of around 120 - 140 cottages, houses and apartments which it represents for private Landlords. Customers of this business have a large choice of properties to rent, ranging from luxury 5-star properties to simple seaside cottages, all of which the English Tourism Council inspects annually, ensuring that customers receive quality and value for money. Customers can easily reach any area within Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset and have the choice of being located in the midst of lush green countryside on a working farm or just simply relaxing along the quaint coastline with its stunning views. Due to its geographical location, with access to coastline, countryside and Moorland (Dartmoor and Exmoor), the business operates a 12-month tourist season, with the key period running between April and October.

BUSINESSES WANTED
SERVICES
COMPANY NAME: Service/Distribution DEAL ID: 1173 LOCATION: The West Midlands

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TURNOVER (£): 1,000,000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Successful entrepreneur looking to add to his already successful business. Needs a good management in place but where he can add marketing/strategy expertise and take the business onto the next stage COMPANY NAME: Product Distribution DEAL ID: 1172 LOCATION: The South East TURNOVER (£): 4000000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Company sought providing product distribution, packing, warehousing, logistics to High Street retailers or mail order consumers. Max T/O: £8m - ideally within M25 COMPANY NAME: Mail Order Business DEAL ID: 1170 LOCATION: All UK TURNOVER (£): Not disclosed COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Established mail order business is seeking to acquire a mail order business with a seasonal turnover profile, to compliment its existing market. COMPANY NAME: Training Services & Consultancy DEAL ID: 1171 LOCATION: The East Midlands TURNOVER (£): 1000000 COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Our client is a rapidly expanding training provider looking to expand through acquisition. Target should ideally be based within 40 miles of Derby. The target company ideally will provide management training and organisational development to a wide client base in retail in the public and private sector. This will include a professional service in all aspects of organisational change, management development and re-sourcing - from strategic reviews to the design and development of programmes to provide solutions for Marketing, Sales, Operational Management and HR problems or future requirements.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FUNDING REQUIRED
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