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Search & Approach Services

Once the acquisition criteria have been agreed, we can begin the process of developing an acquisition target list.  The acquirer's input will be an invaluable part of this process - acquirers will often have a list of potential target companies, some of which may be competitors.  We will typically use the following additional sources to develop a target list:

Search & Approach services from Anderson Shaw, specialist business brokers helping business acquirers across the UK.
  • Business Selling Websites ('on market'): we access both public and corporate finance databases;
  • Anderson Shaw Database ('off market'): we advertise our client's requirements to our database, developed over several years, this comprises business owners and professional advisers (primarily corporate finance professionals, accountants and solicitors);
  • Businesses Wanted Advertising ('on and off market'): we advertise our client's requirements on the main Businesses Wanted websites and on our own website;
  • Database ('off market'): including internet research, trade magazines and business databases we will identify other potential targets which meet the acquisition criteria.  This list will be refined and added to with the help of the client's market knowledge.  Typically between 5% and 10% of businesses approached in this way will be open to an approach.

We can usually approach target businesses without revealing the acquirer’s identity and plans until such time as we have established that the target business is for sale and the acquirer is ready to engage directly with the target.

If you would like further details why not Contact Us or call for a no obligation, confidential conversation on 02476 100476.


Anderson Shaw has offices on the outskirts of Coventry and provides business broker and corporate finance services for clients throughout the Midlands and the UK.

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