How to buy a software company in the United Kingdom?

The software market in the United Kingdom

The software market in the United Kingdom is large and many acquisition opportunities exist. Software is heavily incorporated in many industries in the United Kingdom and the country provides a good climate for software firms to flourish. Many software and ICT companies of all sizes are sold on a regular basis. Hence, the UK is a very interesting market to buy a software company.

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The type of software companies for sale in the United Kingdom

The software landscape is very diverse in the United Kingdom and many different type of software companies can be found. Our UK M&A team is ready to help you find suited software companies that fit the profile of your firm. We see many different type of software and ICT companies. Here is an overview of the type of firms we come across:

  • IT service providers
  • Software development
  • Software integration and implementation
  • Software consultancy
  • Computer and software trade
  • Application software

Why to buy a software company in the United Kingdom?

There are many reasons why to buy a software company in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has a strong economy and high available income per inhabitant. Buy a business in the United Kingdom The economy is flexible and software becomes an ever increasing part of the economic landscape in the United Kingdom. The UK government is stimulating the usage of software quite significantly. Many (local) governments are providing services online where software support is required. All these reasons make the United Kingdom a very attractive country for software acquisitions.

Overview of larger software companies in the United Kingdom

A large number of software companies exist in the United Kingdom. Here an overview of some of the software companies that are sometimes buyers of smaller software players:

  • Acision
  • Sage
  • Micro Focus
  • Invensys
  • Northgate Information Solutions
  • Fidessa
  • Sophos
  • AVEVA Group
  • IRIS Software
  • Advanced Computer Software
  • Kewill Systems

How to buy a company in general?

If you want to buy a software company it is good to understand the buying process in general. The process of buying a company is described in more detail on our website. There is the technical part as well as the human side of a business purchase. A seller need to see the synergies of a sale to your organisation. With European business sales cross border aspects are of importance. If you want to read more about the actual steps when buying a company please go to the process of buying a business.

Software in different industries in the United Kingdom

Software is firmly embedded in many important industries in the United Kingdom. The software industry in the United Kingdom has developed deep expertise in these industries. For many different industries specific applications have been developed. Here we show a few of the industries where UK software firms have good inroads:

  • Manufacturing
  • Chemicals
  • Trading
  • Banking
  • Pharma
  • Telecommunications

Buying a software company in Europe

We have people with a software background living across many countries in Europe. We have software M&A experts in countries like the Netherlands, Germany, The United Kingdom, France and Italy. Here you can read a bit more about buying a software company in general. You can also download our M&A in IT presentation if you want to know more about our European ICT and software team.

Buying a software company in the United Kingdom

We have people with strong skills on how to acquire a company in The United Kingdom. Our people have a software background.

M&A advisor Keith Elliott Once you have read more on how to buy a business in general we get to the main item on how to buy a software company in the United Kingdom. That is the understanding of the software industry in the United Kingdom. Our people are close to the software companies that exist in the United Kingdom and know the landscape and the valuations. Please get in touch with Keith Elliot if you want to know more about how to acquire a software company in the United Kingdom. They can tell you about the opportunities that exist to buy a software company in the United Kingdom.

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