The majority of successful small family businesses eventually offer themselves for sale, for a number of different reasons. The common factor is usually that the objective of the exercise is to extract maximum value for the owners in a tax-efficient way.
For every seller there is a potential buyer whose wishes are to buy into an existing market via an ‘off-the-shelf’ established vehicle rather than entering that market via a new enterprise. Buying a business of course involves its own risks which need identification and evaluation. This is best done by legal and financial experts who can offer an unbiased and dispassionate analysis of the prospect purchase. Such advice should include as assessment of liabilities and risks.