Sell a recruitment business in the United Kingdom

The sale of an UK recruitment company

Our M&A advisors have a long track record in UK business sales. Our M&A advisors are helping UK recruitment business owners in business sales. We look for domestic but also for European recruitment buyers via the network of Corporate Finance in Europe. There is a lot of players in the UK labour market. The majority of the recruitment companies in the UK focus on permanent positions but more and more we see recruitment consultancies that supply temporary labour. Our recruitment M&A advisors have worked with business sales in both permanent staff placements as well as temp agencies. Both type of companies can be interesting for buyers as they might have specific recruitment knowledge.

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How to sell a recruitment business in United Kingdom

When you sell your company it is necessary that a M&A advisor understands your business and the recruitment market in depth. Our main focus is to help medium size and larger recruitment firms for sale that are looking for international buyers. The best way of selling an UK recruitment company is making use of a M&A advisor who knows the local habits, has a background in the recruitment industry and has access to a network of European and international recruitment buyers. For a business owner it is important to have at least a high level understanding of the process of a business sale. If you want to read more about selling a company in general please go to the section sell a business.

Should a M&A recruitment advisor know your business and the industry you operate in?

Teamwork is the core competence of the CFIE M&A network, we combine local presence with in depth industry knowledge. When we help clients in selling their business we always have a local person on the ground working together with European M&A experts. While being active in M&A for the recruitment industry we see international recruitment buyers focus on specific industries where recruitment can be applied. Some industries where we see recruitment buyers looking for acquisitions are:

  • Healthcare
  • Industrial and manufacturing
  • Education
  • Chemical industry
  • Engineering
  • Transport
  • Telecommunications
  • ICT
  • Finance
  • Call centre management

Type of buyers for your recruitment business

Who could be a suited buyer for your recruitment business?At Corporate Finance in Europe we focus on both domestic as well as international strategic recruitment buyers. We try to find the buyer that can and wants to pay the highest value for your company. However, we also look at other items that can be important for you as a seller. This can be the future of the brand name, the destiny of the employees, etc.Recruitment buyers will specifically look at many HR items in your company. These items can range from length of service, staff turnover, working conditions and other items related to human capital. If possible you can position yourself better as a seller by focusing on specific niche industries. Further, having a good HR structure in place will help you to improve your chances as a seller in the recruitment industry.

When selling a recruitment business

Preparation is important before you start the sale of your recruitment company. You need to do this a long time before you start the actual process of the sale of your business. The M&A advisors of Corporate Finance in Europe are ready to help you with selling your recruitment company in the UK (England, Scotland or Wales). You need to ensure that possible risks for a buyer are minimized. This means that the management of the company is well organized and the business can run without you. Further, the dependency on a few client needs to be low so your customer portfolio needs to be well spread. If you plan a sale of your UK recruitment business don´t hesitate to contact us. Get in touch with Philip Ellis to learn more about the possibilities to sell your UK recruitment company.GET IN CONTACT WITH Mr Philip Ellis and get 30 minutes of free advice on mergers and acquisitions for recruitment companies in the United Kingdom