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The Green Stationery company is a family run business that has been trading for 29 years supplying specialist recycled papers and green office supplies. Customers are environmental and ethical organisations, businesses and individuals from across the UK. The company has had an online webstore since 1997, this is highly ranked by search engines and accounts for 95% of sales and new customers. The company is managed and run entirely by husband and wife team Jay and Gillian Risbridger. The management and sales systems are Horizon and Evolution online, both are widely used stationery industry software packages that are integrated with all major UK wholesalers and suppliers. Current turnover is £240k with 45% profit margin on sales, certified management accounts are available covering 20 years and showing turnover up to £400k. The company is niche stationery dealer that supplies green and ethical business products that are often unavailable elsewhere. The company prides itself on operating its business to the highest environmental and ethical standards and in supplying products to match. Businesses and organisations whether large multinationals or small environmental start-ups choose the company for regular office supplies or for environmental events.
The business can be run as a family business, providing a reasonable income, flexible working and a high quality of life. The company would also provide additional revenue for either an existing stationer or internet business. The company has 200 regular business users and 2,000 registered online users who have made recent purchases. This provides a large pool of customers where an existing business can supply additional products. The business can be scaled up with the processes and systems in place, able to handle any foreseeable sales growth generated by investment in online marketing. The company has exclusive supply arrangements with European manufacturers of green products and this could be developed into a wholesale business. The company currently supplies twenty odd shops on a wholesale basis.
Buy Out Proposal
The management own 97.5% of company shares and wish to sell the stationery business to develop a new part time business that will take them into retirement. The valuation of the business is calculated as follows: 4 x Salary/Expenses drawings £180k, Website value £15k, Stock fixtures and fittings £23k. The owners are therefore looking for a price in excess of £200k for the sale of the business. The management are willing to work on a part time consultancy basis with any purchaser for up to a year following a sale to ensure the full value is reached by any new owner. The company has no debt or major liabilities, a positive balance sheet and no long-term leases or expenditure commitments. The business holds a physical stock of specialist green office products which can be accommodated in any 300sq feet of space. The stock and storage racking will be sold with the business and can be easily moved to any new location. This is an internet-based business using hosted software and a move to a new location can be made without any substantial impact on its performance.
Shorthold tenancy with one months notice period for either party.
£12,000 per annum
City certre shop/office on a shorthold flexible lease.
As environmental issue become more important and are backed by legislation, the unique business will become more mainsteam with the potential for increased sales.
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