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Specialist company for set design & installation for cookery events and TV productions

Ref. CF053

Location : Southern England

Asking Price : £520,000 + NA

Turnover : £975,000

Net Profit : Undeclared

Gross Profit : £354,000

EBITDA : £166,000

Net Asset : £168,000

Premises : Leasehold

Confidentially offered for sale

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Business highlights include:

Turnover: c. £975,000 per annum (2019 accounts)
Adjusted EBITA: c. £166,000 (before Directors’ drawings)
Gross profit: c. £354,000
Net Assets c.£168,000
Embedded client relationships
Retirement sale

Over 20 years of successful trading
Excellent repeat customer base
Comprehensive stock of specialist equipment
Knowledgeable, experienced and motivated employees
Extensive premises with ample storage
New lease available

Business Profile

This business was set up by the vendors over 20 years ago and has grown in that time to become well established and profitable. The business specialises in the promotion, management and logistics of cooking events, featuring some of the best known TV celebrity chefs in the UK.

All of the necessary equipment including vehicles, staging, facilities and AV are safely stored in large temperature controlled units and managed by the use of a comprehensive inventory management system that accounts for all articles of equipment and is especially crucial during the busiest periods of the year.

The business has also invested in the design and manufacture of its own seating and staging areas for events, which can always be amended as time passes and remain on-trend for futureevents. This is accomplished using the business’ own workshop, which is located on one of the two sites that the business trades from.

Events are staged all over the UK and this business has come to be relied upon by TV production professionals for its efficiency and professionalism.

The services are backed by a roster of highly reliable employees, who are well motivated and back-up all of the reliability and trust claims that the Vendor relies upon when dealing with clients and their time-critical performances.

The business is very sucessful and highlights include:

• Loyal long term clients
• The business has been around for over 20 years and is a solid repeatable business opportunity
• The business has untapped potential and is highly scalable
• Competitive pricing
• Solutions to complex requirements
• Very strong referral rates among clients

The business is managed by the Vendor who has implemented a very efficient management system for detailing the terms of each day’s and week’s jobs to staff. Staff and contractors are fully conversant with the business’ techniques and methodology and are more than capable of enabling a new owner to successfully maintain continuity of trading.


The business has a comprehensive stock of equipment and facilities; a full list is available by request.

Customer Service:

The vendor has implemented a successful & highly professional system for managing clients and jobs. This is evident in the very high levels of repeat business the company enjoys and the fact it does not need to advertise.

Key Strengths:

The business has many strengths including

• Enviable reputation in the sector that it serves
• Embedded customer base
• Exceptional levels of service
• Highly reliable staff
• The business is unreliant upon the Vendor
• Equipment stock is comprehensive

Financial Information:

The business is being offered for sale on a going concern basis, all financial discussions will take place directly between the vendor and all interested parties under the auspices of Turner Butler.

Turnover: c. £975,000 per annum (2019 accounts)
Adjusted EBIT: c. £166,000 (before Directors’ drawings)
Gross profit: c. £354,000
Net Assets c.£168,000

Asking Price:

The Asking Price of  £520,000 + net assets is for 100% of the issued capital of the company, assuming Net Assets of circa £168,000 on completion (calculated on a zero cash-zero debt basis). The final selling price will have a £1 for £1 adjustment for any rise or fall in this benchmark Net Asset figure of £168,000 at completion.

Growth and Expansion:

The business has enjoyed steady trading over its lifetime and this is expected to continue in light of its growing and loyal customer base. The vendor believes that an opportunity to grow by providing to the pop-up restaurant sector exists and also believes that this business would be a perfect platform from which to grow by other acquisitions within the supply chain.


The rural office is adjacent to one of the storage areas, vehicle yard and workshop with one other storage facility nearby. Rent and rates are currently £35,000 per annum and we are advised that a new lease would be available by negotiation.

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday: 09:00-18:00 (Projects permitting)


The vendor is supported by:

2x Self-employed, full time sub-contractors
18x Self employed, Rigging & technical managers
1x Event co-ordinator/PA/Book-keeper

All staff are highly experienced and a real asset of the business.

Support and Training:

The current owner would be happy to provide full training and support at handover.

Reason for Sale:

The vendor wishes to retire.

Next steps:

If you are interested in receiving further information, please sign and return the attached Confidentiality Agreement. In returning the Agreement we would be grateful if you could provide us with details of your interest in this opportunity along with your funding position.

All enquiries or requests for additional information should be submitted or directed to Turner Butler (e-mail:sales@turnerbutler.co.uk), telephone Head Office: 01895 256000.

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