Buying a Business

Buying a business with Hilton Smythe

Buying a business

How we can help you buy a business?

How we value a business

How we value a business; location, size of business?

Hilton Smythe Finance

Help with finance to help you buy a business

We know better than anyone that the process of buying a business of any size can seem like a scary task. But we don’t want these fears to put you off making quite possibly the best business venture you ever make. Here at Hilton Smythe we have the experience and skills to help guide you through it step by scary step.

With thousands of commercial opportunities to choose from, we very much could have your dream business lined up and ready for you.

We have a business for everyone. So have we piqued your interest?

If you are thinking of buying a business, then rest assured you are in the safest hands at Hilton Smythe, we are the UK’s leading business broker after all.

Click here to look through our businesses for sale.

How can Hilton Smythe help me buy a business?

Good question! Well here at Hilton Smythe we like to focus on businesses that serve their local communities across different sectors.

Businesses such as food, drink, retail and hospitality. If you are looking in particular to buy an owner managed or franchised business then you have come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for an empty commercial premises, a franchised opportunity or a fully managed business, we can simplify the process.

We have a head strong team with the various skills and experience to help guide you along the way, whatever industry you choose to invest in.

Hilton Smythe is one of the UK’s leading business brokers, with an impressive reputation. Buyers and sellers alike recommend us for our five star service, transparent fees and honest advice. We take the stress out of selling or buying a business.

Another reason buyers choose Hilton Smythe is because we make everything so simple by offering all the services you need in-house. Need help to buy your business or property then Hilton Smythe Finance can arrange everything for you. With access to many lenders, they can source the best finance deals to meet your requirements and needs. We literally take care of everything.

Financing the business purchase:

When it comes to financing your new business venture, we can help assist you with that too.

We have helped thousands of buyers on their journey and we have secured some extremely competitive terms from lenders.

We are an independent finance consultancy and we work closely with high street banks so we can source you the very best finance deals to suit your needs. Offering bespoke solutions for all business sizes.

Find out more about how we can help you with all your commercial finance by visiting Hilton Smythe Finance.

Valuing a business:

Here at Hilton Smythe we help with the valuation of any business, taking into careful consideration the location, what the business is, the size of the business and the value of the sector.

We want to ensure that you get the very best value for money taking these into consideration:

Cash flow.

Business’ future profitability.

Valuations of assets – both tangible and intangible.

Calculations of the business’ value based on comparable sales and purchases.

Research your Industry

When it comes to investing in a business, one key move to implement would be to run a comparable analysis.

Whether you are new in the sector you are buying into or even if you are a veteran. It is important to always keep up with the current market.

With business constantly changing anyone considering buying into a specific sector would need to get better acquainted with how that industry works.

Comparables (similar businesses) can help you understand how the industry is structured and how to get the very best out your business.

Researching your peer companies can also help when it comes to understanding your growth potential. This in turn will help you show potential customers what makes you stand out from the crowd.

When is the right time to buy a business?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, the only assurance we can give you is that we have a strong team that is ready and waiting to give you advice and guidance should you decide to invest in a new business.

We take into consideration your goals and aspirations on where you want to take your business, with our advice we can ensure that you reach these goals.

Our mission is to make the process as clear cut and transparent as possible.

As soon as you feel like you are ready to be your own boss then that’s the best time to buy a business.

We are ready and waiting to take your call whether it’s about enquiries or you know exactly what you want, just get in touch!

Is buying a business tax deductable?

When buying a business there will always be tax implications, but here at Hilton Smythe we can help advise you on which tax deductions would be best suited to your business needs.

Some examples of what you can get help with would be:

Allowable expenses which basically help with the running costs, for example:

Office costs

Travel costs

Clothing expenses

Staff costs

Things to buy to sell on

Financial costs

Cost of your business premises

Advertising or marketing.

Capital allowances, these allow you to carry over various elements of the business once you gain ownership, for example:



Business vehicles.

Want a specific business and can’t find it for sale?

We have a catalogue of businesses for sale, so if you find yourself looking for something specific and you can’t find it, then give us a quick call and we can add you to our buyers database.

We have hundreds of businesses for sale at any one time, so check out our listings for the latest opportunities.

We can let you know as soon as your dream business becomes available or if you want us to make a specific approach to a business you want to buy, then we can help there too.

Our team would be delighted to help.

Choose Hilton Smythe when buying your business

When it comes to buying a new business we can guarantee that with our team at Hilton Smythe, you will be getting honest, transparent advice and guidance throughout the whole process.

With various businesses for sale in our catalogue and those business owners allowing us the trust to sell their business right, we guarantee you are in safe hands.

We have over 1000 different businesses available for your perusal from various different sectors.

Get in touch today and let us help you out in getting your dream business.

Our team is committed to all our clients 100% and customer service is one of our key values. All calls are confidential and no fuss, whether it's just an enquiry or you already have your mind set and are ready to sign we would love to hear from you!

To read more on our values click here.

Get in touch today, our sales team would be delighted to help you, either call 01204 556 300 or fill in the form below.

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Types of businesses for sale

Buy a Bakery

Ever thought about buying a bakery, ever dreamed of opening a French Patisserie or running a small town cake shop and café? See how we can make your dream become a reality. Take a look at our bakeries for sale.


Buy a Beauty Salon

Want to run your own Beauty Salon, joining the 40,000 hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses in the UK, generating over £7 billion in turnover each year? Take a look at our Beauty Salons for sale. 


Buy a Butchers Shop

Interested in buying a butchers shop and keeping the tradition alive. The local butcher is in high demand, an integral part of the high street. We have a number of butchers shops for sale in rural and city locations, take a look.


Buy a Café or Tea Room

From trendy coffee shops to the local greasy spoon serving up the builders' favourite brekkie we have a range of cafes, tea rooms and coffee shops for sale. Get in touch and we will match you to your dream business.


Buy a Card or Gift Shop

Saying 'Happy Birthday' or 'Thank You' never goes out of style. If you can see your self running your own card or gift shop then we have the right business for you. Take a look at our card and gift shops for sale.


Buy a Clothing Shop

Interested in fashion, fancy owning a trendy fashion boutique, specialist children's clothing shop, high end men's shop or a bridal/formal wear boutique then take a look at our clothing shops for sale.


Buy a Convenience Store

Owning a convenience store, you'll be at the centre of the community  – whether they've run out of milk or need some fresh vegetables, you'll be there to help. Take a look at our convenience stores for sale.


Buy a Fish & Chip Shop

Dreaming of owning a fish & chip shop, the nations favourite takeaway? With great profit making potential why not join the 10,000 specialist fish & chip shops in the UK. Take a look at our chippy's for sale. 


Buy a Florist Shop

If you are a creative person with an eye for detail a florist shop is an ideal business for you. With 15,000 florist businesses in the UK you could by one from Hilton Smythe and be your own boss. Take a look. 


Buy a Garage

Whether you’re a qualified mechanic, know how to trade second hand cars or an expert in spare parts, we can help you find you find your dream motor business.


Buy a Hotel, Guest House or B&B

We have hundreds of properties and businesses for sale in the hospitality sector, from serviced apartments and large hotels to cosy country pubs with accommodation and British B&Bs on the coast. 


Buy a Hair Salon

Blow the competition away. At least one hairdresser’s can be found on every high street and you shouldn’t have to worry about ever losing business – everyone needs a regular hair cut!


Buy a Launderette

A Laundrette can be a simple business to run but offers great career satisfaction in terms of the people you meet and the friendships you’ll make. Let Hilton Smythe find your dream Laundrette.


Buy a Newsagent

Read all about it – British newsagent and stationery stores are worth around £3bn in revenue annually. Find out why buying a newsagent with Hilton Smythe could be your latest venture.


Buy a Pet Shop

Ever thought about running a pet shop or a pet supply store? With 46% of the population owning a pet find out why buying a pet shop can be extremely profitable and the right business move for you.


Buy a Post Office

The Post Office is a central part of any shopping parade or local high street, with many people visiting a branch at least once a week. Did you know that half of all small businesses use the Post Office every single week?


Buy a Pub

Village pubs are the cornerstone of the community, and have the benefit of both loyal customers and passing trade. Pubs are a great source of income so take a look at some of our traditional Pubs for sale.


Buy a Restaurant

The British Restaurant industry has experienced a recent boom, resulting in an increase in the number of business enterprises in the sector. Find out more about buying a Restaurant or Bistro with Hilton Smythe.


Buy a Sandwich Shop

Everybody loves a good butty don’t they? Whether it’s a breakfast sarnie or a baguette for lunch, the sandwich remains one of the most popular meals and snacks to eat on-the-go. Find out more about owning a sandwich shop.


Buy a Takeaway

The food and service industry overall has experienced a boom in recent years with Takeaway and Fast Food boasting extreme growth which is expected to continue. Take a look at some of our Takeaways and Fast Food businesses for sale.


Some of our businesses for sale

For SaleSubstantial Convenience Store with AccommodationMexborough, South Yorkshire
£29,995 +SAV
For SaleAsset Sale OnlyJewellers Occupying Highly Enviable Trading PositionLondon, City of London
For SaleWell Established & Popular NewsagentsKings Heath, Birmingham
For SaleThriving Furniture Retailer With Superb ReputationDurham, County Durham


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“Hilton Smythe made the experience of buying a business a pleasure, we are very grateful for all their help.”
Buyers of Card and Gift Shop in North West

“Initial purchase was simple, and Hilton Smythe’s part in the negotiations was very professional, however, they really proved their worth when it came to following the purchase through to completion. If it wasn’t for Hilton Smythe the deal would of floundered.”
Buyer of Fish & Chip Shop


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