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As part of a group reconstruction we were faced with a “sell or close” dilemma for a well established engineering business which the Board were sceptical about whether a buyer would be found.

Peter Wilson helped us to identify where there was potential value for a buyer. With his help we put together a sales memorandum which the eventual buyer described as the best document he had seen for this type of company. This gave us the confidence to express clearly the potential benefits that a new owner could bring to the business to secure the long-term future of a loyal and skilled workforce.

Anderson Shaw’s market position and reach attracted substantial interest from prospective buyers. The inevitable time wasters were weeded out quickly and we were able to meet with genuine buyers with coherent reasons for acquiring the business.

Peter’s support and calm approach, especially when there were twists and bumps along the way, enabled us to secure a great buyer for the business to secure a future for all concerned.   

- Vendor 2019 -

One of our long-standing Clients, a husband and wife team, who had set up their business over 40 years ago and grown it into a substantial operation, told us that they had decided to sell and asked us to help them in finding an Advisor to sell their business. Amongst others we found Anderson Shaw who appeared to have a good reputation in this area and after some initial discussions with them a meeting was arranged with our Clients. This meeting was successful and they were appointed to be Sales Agents. They were chosen because it was considered that Peter Wilson and his team from Anderson Shaw could offer the close support and advice that was likely to be needed for a successful outcome. They already had a potential Buyer in mind and after several meetings a formal offer was made and accepted. Peter led the selling process that was not without its difficulties, but he kept the deal moving and hand-held our clients through a pretty challenging time for them. The Buyers DD process was very thorough and again Peter acted as a strong Co-ordinator to keep things moving and to progress through the various stages of the DD. Our Clients were pleased with the outcome and are now enjoying a very well earned retirement. I would strongly recommend Anderson Shaw for any owner looking at a potential sale and the good, honest, reliable advice they provide.

- Advisor 2019 -

Anderson Shaw handled the recent sale of our family business and both my husband and I have no hesitation in highly recommending their services. Having established and run the company for over 40 years we recognised it would prove very difficult indeed to let go.

With neither of us having had any previous experience in sales of this nature we turned to our long standing Accountants to assist us in finding someone suitable. Our final choice was Anderson Shaw who proved ideally proficient and in tune with our needs.

The sale did not proceed without its challenges, but the very calm and professional manner in which Peter Wilson supported us during the process was of real benefit. From the start we were given sound advice as to how the process would progress but were still shocked by the amount and depth of the due diligence work involved. Peter provided first class advice throughout and was key in ensuring we kept the whole matter moving forward; he proved to be an excellent sounding board when we needed it and offered admirable support. He was always on hand when we needed advice and reassurance during all of the twists and turns in the process, keeping us on an even keel when otherwise we may have contemplated giving up on the whole thing. As novices in this field we were given the right level of attention throughout as and when needed. Thank you Anderson Shaw.

- Vendor 2019 -

“Peter, once again many thanks for your valuable guidance, advice and patience.  We feel that maybe whilst our intentions were not quite the ”norm” you steered us throughout to reach a satisfactory conclusion.”

- Valuation Client 2019 -

" We engaged Anderson Shaw to provide business and share valuations as part of developing a new company incentive scheme. It was all new to us, but Peter and his team clearly explained each step of the process and worked closely with ourselves and our legal team. They also gave us some great ideas about a number of other opportunities, which was extremely helpful. They were responsive and very easy to work with. I would certainly recommend and would engage them again in the future"

- Valuation Client 2018 -

"Peter and Anderson Shaw assisted greatly with their professional approach and advice from the onset of our relationship. They took great care and displayed impressive attention to detail in assisting me with my requirements and producing a thorough and well-presented sales briefing document. As soon as my business was advertised, we had numerous enquiries. Good advice was also given before meetings with prospective buyers and AS were thoroughly professional in following up with them thereafter. I would recommend them".  Business owner, Professional services company dealing with large, high profile clients.

- Vendor 2018 -

Richard Anderson emphasised from Day 1 the importance of producing a high quality Sales Memorandum and worked closely with the management team to optimise the format and content.  His advice and experience proved invaluable and the upfront effort paid dividends, allowing us to hit the right target audience and have a well-prepared Data Room.

- Vendor Group Finance Director 2017 -

Anderson Shaw handled the sale of my business recently, and I highly recommend this company's services. The sale was a particularly challenging one, I think it's true to say and the business 'model' was slightly unusual. However, from the start Richard provided first class support and advice. He ensured that the initial sales details were well drafted and because of this, there was a great deal of interest from the start from potential buyers. He was always on hand when I needed advice and reassurance during the process. Never having sold a business before, I had to rely on his experience and expertise and it was invaluable. Mine was probably not a large sale, compared with some he had handled, but I felt he gave it the same amount of attention and application. Finally and importantly of course, the fee structure was very transparent and did not require me to make a large upfront payment, unlike a lot of other brokers. I was comfortable and reassured by this.

- Vendor in 2016 -

Anderson Shaw did a great job selling our business. Richard was fantastic from helping with the documentation through to the negotiations and right up to the sale. He was calm and professional through the ups and the downs and always offered good advice throughout. It was a pleasure to work with Anderson Shaw and it was reassuring to have them on our side and to know that they were always there to help when things got a bit bumpy. Thanks guys and in particular Richard for your huge input and support.

- Vendor in 2016 -

Anderson Shaw certainly proved their worth. My Solicitors commented that it was unusual to find someone who really knew what they were talking about and who continued to manage the process to the end.

- Vendor in 2016 -

I was delighted with the assistance Anderson Shaw provided in selling my business. They generated plenty of interest and conducted the sale in a thoroughly professional manner. Importantly, for me, once we had agreed terms, they ensured the sale stayed on track when the purchasers were distracted with other matters. I would recommend Anderson Shaw without hesitation.

- Anderson Shaw Client -

Thanks to you both for your help and support with helping to make our dreams come true!

- Vendor in 2015 -

Can I just thank you for all Chris's and your help, very much appreciated.

- Vendor in 2014 -

Thank you so much for your help and support with regard to the selling of our business, especially for smoothing out the " bump in the road". Without you I don't think it would have gone any where near as smoothly as it it did, or maybe even not at all. You truly are a remarkable person, an excellent negotiator and a great judge of character, (the buyer) is brilliant!

- Vendor in 2014 -

Anderson Shaw was recommended to us a a team that would go the extra mile to secure the deal and they very much lived up to this challenge. Their approach was thoroughly professional, their advice well-judged and their moral support gratefully received during the more difficult times, so we would certainly use them again.

- BIMBO Owner/Director 2013 Completion -

Richard and Chris were invaluable when selling my business. They were patient and understanding in what was an emotional time and were very supportive. After a lenghty process, they found the right buyer and everything completed on time.

- Vendor in 2013 -

It has been a pleasure working with you. I can't imagine how bad it would have been without your help and patience - it is a huge relief to me to have completed a successful deal after all this time.

- Vendor in 2013 -

Just to say a thank you for all the assistance you gave me during the recent sale of my company. Not many people will have the experience of the amount of work in the selling of a company, your expertise in finding the right purchaser for me was invaluable and the support during the negotiations was much appreciated. The deal structure, as you know, gave me a 2 year contract with the purchasing company, as I look back over the last 2 months in my new position I can say with complete honesty that the 2 best decisions were to allow you to represent me and to sell the company.

- Vendor in 2012 -

We were very happy with the service provided by Anderson Shaw which led to the successful sale of our business at the Guide Price. Richard’s input was invaluable, dealing with 3, ultimately, abortive offers and overcoming a number of difficulties before the final deal was done, and we would have no hesitation in recommending Anderson Shaw to business sellers.

- Vendor in 2011 -

We came across Richard Anderson via an internet search engine & engaged him following an hour long call back and a couple of subsequent meetings. Richard took the time to really understand both our business and our personal circumstances. The valuation that Richard put on our business was very accurate and the level of interest generated is testament to the way in which he presented our company to the market. His knowledge and experience of similar transactions proved to be an invaluable asset and he delivered some great advice in a professional yet friendly manner that allowed us to understand any given situation and make informed decisions. It was particularly reassuring to have Richard's presence throughout all stages of negotiations and his involvement played no small part in a very successful outcome.

- Owner/Directors of Company Sold in 2009 -

We engaged Richard Anderson of Anderson Shaw to undertake a valuation of our business. We ended up with much more; not only a valuation but a 5 year financial forecast and valuable advice from a knowledgeable expert. We cannot recommend the services of Anderson Shaw highly enough.

- Business Valuation Client -

The last disposal transaction we worked on together was certainly memorable – your calm style, intellect and negotiating skills again brought home the deal to the great satisfaction of all involved. Well done!

- Owner/Director of Company Sold in 2008 -

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