Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this popular specialist-interest e-commerce book business, currently run from our client's private address in Leicestershire.
The business was established by our client in 2004 and is only now being offered to the market due to our Client's retirement.
Our Client offers a vast range of books, magazines and DVDs on civil and military aircraft, military hardware, weapons, naval vessels, Sci-Fi and fantasy. These are promoted and available to purchase via the business website, by phone or by post. Our client's normal working days are Monday-Friday, but calls are accepted outside these hours via a phone divert and answering service.
Business is brisk, generating a turnover of £178,000 with a gross profit of 35%, as per 2016 audited accounts. The price includes circa £50,000 worth of stock.
Alongside mail order, the business has also traded for many years at specialist shows and events, both here in the UK and overseas. It has built up an excellent reputation within the market for its customer service, its product range and quality of packaging resulting in a very loyal client base, with a high volume of repeat trade and word of mouth recommendations from both UK and overseas customers
In the last two years business has focused mostly on mail order sales however, the re-introduction of show attendance to the annual calendar would increase turnover significantly and further expand the existing database.
We believe there is great potential to increase the mail order turnover with regular email newsletters and other marketing campaigns. Promotion of the business via social media websites would also be of benefit
This is an excellent opportunity for a new owner to take this already popular e-commerce business to the next level; therefore, early discussions with Hilton Smythe must come highly recommended to avoid disappointment
TENUREWe are advised business only.
HOURSOur client currently operates the business and takes calls as and when needed.
STAFFThe business is owner run and managed.
FINANCIAL PROFILE2016 accounts state that the business generated a turnover of £178,000 with a gross profit of approx 35%. Audited accounts show that turnover figures have been consistent over the years.
The Aviation Book Centre Ltd is a business only venture, which is currently run from our client's private address in Leicestershire. The E-commerce business could be run from anywhere in the UK or worldwide.
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