What our clients say
“We spent one year trying to sell our business without the use of a broker but failed on 3 occasions due to our inexperience of the process. Once we realised that we were not going to find a suitable buyer without professional assistance we found Hornblower. Not only are their fees significantly lower than most, but they are also VAT exempt, which means less for the sellers to pay on completion.
From start to finish they have been brilliant. They found many suitable potential companies and they also linked us with their approved laywers once completion was finally imminent. They were also excellent. My broker Mark Sykes was like a breath of fresh air. Very easy to get along with and despite our completion taking much longer than hoped he remained focused and patient.”
Commercial window cleaning company – Midlands
“We had a number of business brokers pitching to us when we decided to sell. It was no contest for us though, because although Hornblower were by no means the cheapest, they quite evidently knew exactly what they were doing. They were realistic, pragmatic, reassuring and talked us through the opportunities and the difficulties we would face during the process. We liked that they already had a bank of parties looking to buy and they also proactively marketed our business. The others just seemed to be happy to put us on internet listings, which quite frankly, we could have done ourselves. In the end we had dozens of relevant interested parties and a shortlist of 5 high quality buyers. The team were quick to respond and have held our hand through the DD process. All in all, highly recommended.”
R&D funding and tax relief advisors
“There can be many reasons why a business owner wishes to sell the business and understanding this is fundamental to the process. Hornblower was able to do this and introduced us to the perfect buyer. Supporting us through the entire process and smoothing out any bumps in the road along the way. Was a pleasure working with you and would not hesitate in recommending your services, thank you.”
IT services company – North London
“The valuation report was a clear and concise document, providing us with all of the information required. The Sales Memorandum was an excellent document; it was very detailed and gave a good summary of our business. This was a difficult thing to achieve as our business is very complex and not easy to set out.
In view of the fact that our business is not a straight forward run of the mill business, it was difficult to obtain a massive amount of interest, however, you were successful in obtaining some interest and the fact that we have now sold our business, through you, speaks for itself.
The management of buyer enquiries was excellent and provided us with all of the information we needed to know that the deal on the table was a genuine business sale offer.
All in all we were very happy to have dealt with Hornblower Business Brokers and would definitely recommend them.”
Fabrication and plant maintenance company – Southampton
“It was a pleasure working with you. In a business that appears to be full of gold jewellery, big watches, and bigger cars, you have a thoughtful and professional approach which is distinctive.”
Precision Engineering Company – West Midlands
“Hornblower and their Business Sales & Acquisition Consultant Mark Sykes were fantastic from start to finish. Having never sold a business we were asking a lot of questions and Mark guided us through the whole process clearly and confidently at every turn. What stood out the most was their approach to understanding our business and helping to build our go to market message. From day one it felt like it was their business that they were selling and my confidence in them grew from there.
Mark attended each negotiation meeting and helped us maximise our sale value by very carefully managing each stage of the sale and helping us to make good business decisions rather than emotional ones!
I cannot recommend Hornblower highly enough – simply put a pleasure to deal with.”
IT support company – East Midlands
“I found your approach very refreshing. It is very clear to me that you have a lot of experience in dealing with business sales and what is required from the legal side of things, which can be lacking with transfer agents. It was good to work with someone who would help drive forward the project in such a proactive way, always keeping focused on the business objective for Simon and Tony (the sellers).
Personally it was a pleasure to work with you. This was at times a difficult project and it definitely helped me to have someone I could rely on to marshal information swiftly and work on some of the difficult issues that arose in a professional but friendly manner.”
“Henry and his team made the entire process painless with their diligent and professional approach. He did a great job with the marketing of the firm and I was in the fortunate position of being able to choose my buyer from a handful of candidates. He was always on hand to facilitate the negotiation process and provide advice when needed. I would highly recommend Hornblower Business Brokers to sell your company.”
Accountancy practice – London
“I am writing to thank you personally for all your efforts in selling our business. Throughout the process from initial valuation to completion you have been extremely diligent and helpful and given us sound advice which enabled us to make the right decisions. In addition Hornblower Business Brokers were able to raise an amazing amount of interest from buyers which resulted in far more offers than we had expected.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Hornblower Business Brokers to other business owners, particularly in the IT support sector, who are looking to sell their business.”
IT Support Company – London
“My buyer told me that you represented my company very well in your dealings with them. He said you negotiated extremely well and kept a good balance between disinterest (“there are lots of other interested parties”) and eagerness (“we want to continue talking to you”).”
IT Support Company – London
“I have found your approach and professionalism most impressive, and would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone in a business sale.”
IT Support Company – Bournemouth
“I would like to thank you for all your help and support; I could never have done it alone.”
Tutorial agency sale – East Anglia
“I would like to thank you for your diligence in selling the company through these somewhat difficult times and for the integrity you have displayed throughout.
Should you require any recommendations in future, please do not hesitate to put them in touch with me.”
Metal Fabrication Company – Kent
“The support and advice from Hornblower Business Brokers was invaluable at every stage. Their professional and highly pro-active attitude is without fault.”
Architectural metalwork co. – Kent
“Through setting a deadline for offers, Hornblower Business Brokers presented us with eight offers to choose from, enabling us to negotiate from a position of strength.”
IT Support Services company
What buyers say
“We are very impressed with the Sales Memorandum. It tells us exactly what we need to know to make a decision on whether the business is right for us.”
Aerospace Engineering Company
“Hornblower Business Brokers were the most helpful brokers we have dealt with in looking for a business to buy. They clearly knew and understood their client’s business.”
Buyer – Fabrication co
“Thanks for your help, it is good to have someone on the other side who knows what he’s doing and is committed to doing things quickly.”
Business broker for buyer
IT Support Company – Nottingham
“This is the best Information Memorandum that I have ever seen – and I have seen hundreds. Congratulations!”
Ed B. (Buyer)
IT Support Company – London