Exiting a business is a significant milestone for any entrepreneur or business owner.
Ensuring a smooth and successful exit is the best thing you can do for your business and will give you peace of mind as you depart.
But what steps should you follow when it comes to planning your strategy?
Determine the appropriate exit strategy
Before beginning the exit process, it’s crucial to identify the most suitable exit strategy for your business.
Common exit strategies include selling the business, passing it on to family members or employees, or closing it down.
Each strategy has its implications and tax consequences, so it’s essential to get expert advice from our team to go over your options in detail.
Valuation of the business
Determining the value of your business is crucial when planning an exit.
A comprehensive business valuation takes into account factors such as financial performance, assets, intellectual property, market conditions, and future growth prospects.
Professional valuers can provide an objective assessment, helping you set a realistic asking price if you plan to sell your business or negotiate a fair transfer of ownership.
Exiting a business involves several tax considerations that can significantly impact your financial outcome.
It’s crucial to understand the tax implications associated with different exit strategies.
Capital Gains Tax (CGT), Inheritance Tax (IHT), and stamp duty can come into play, depending on the nature of the exit.
Prepare accurate financial statements
Before exiting your business, it’s vital to ensure your financial statements are accurate and up to date.
This includes organising all financial records, reconciling accounts, and preparing financial statements that reflect the true financial position of your business.
Accurate financial statements will instil confidence in potential buyers or transferees and facilitate a smoother transition.
If you have employees, their welfare should be a priority during the exit process.
Consider the impact of your decision on their employment and communicate transparently with them.
Compliance with employment legislation, such as redundancy obligations, is vital to avoid any legal consequences.
Review and assess any contractual obligations your business has before exiting.
This includes contracts with suppliers, customers, landlords, or any other relevant parties.
Understanding your contractual obligations will help you plan the exit strategy effectively, ensuring a smooth transition for all parties involved.
For more information on exit strategies, get in touch with our team today.
“Richard Anthony case study – Terry Lewis – Jaques Samuel Pianos Widely considered to be London’s leading piano retailer, Jaques Samuel Pianos has grown considerably from its humble beginnings in the front room of Mr Samuel’s home in Notting Hill. They are now internationally recognised and have provided pianos for high-profile clients like Queen and […]”
Terry Lewis – Jaques Samuel Pianos
“Richard Anthony: ‘a super-star firm’ MT Finance is a property finance lender, specialising in bridging loans and auction finance. They assist numerous property professionals, business owners, and individuals with their finance requirements and specialise in short-term asset-based lending. Founder and Director, Tomer Aboody, knew that as an asset-based lender, the business would require an expert […]”
Tomer Aboody – MT Finance
“A family fairground success story The Botton family have been running a traditional fairground, arcade and amusement park in the heart of Skegness since taking over the Pleasure Beach in 1965. Jim, the Director of the company, took over from his father and now heads day-to-day activities and administration. He said: “The Pleasure Beach is […]”
Jim Botton – Pleasure Beach (Skegness)