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OMB's

How long does it take to sell a small business?

The agreed sale price of a small business for sale, is influenced by a number of factors including revenues, business category, the business location, cash flow multiples and of course, the asking price. Although these factors are important in monitoring small business sales another overlooked factor speaks to fundamental market conditions, in particular the amount of time the business spends on the market. It is possible to study the health of the market by looking at the factor of time as it can determine the demand among buyers and expectations of sellers.

Are owner managed businesses missing out on public sector contracts?

The UK public sector spends around £200bn per year, on the procurement of both goods and services from third parties, but it is believed that not enough of this is with the owner managed businesses (OMB's).

Are owner managed businesses missing out on public sector contracts?

The UK public sector spends around £200bn per year, on the procurement of both goods and services from third parties, but it is believed that not enough of this is with the owner managed businesses (OMB's).

Strength amidst uncertainty in 2017: the real estate & construction view

Our survey, completed by 691 business leaders from across the UK, finds continued uncertainty amongst owner managed businesses (OMBs). This view is shared in the real estate and construction sector where, although they are more confident than owner managed businesses overall, their confidence has dropped significantly compared to last year. 61% are confident about the general outlook for 2017, compared to 84% in previous year's survey. Combined with their lowered optimism, real estate and construction businesses are more likely than OMBs generally to have already experienced some negative impact from the Brexit vote (38% compared to 30% overall). Alongside this, again compared to OMBs in general, RE&C OMBs appear relatively unwilling to commit to specific strategies in 2017, and yet have little reticence about identifying the issues that concern them this year, both from a business and economic perspective.

Strength amidst uncertainty in 2017: the real estate & construction view

Our survey, completed by 691 business leaders from across the UK, finds continued uncertainty amongst owner managed businesses (OMBs). This view is shared in the real estate and construction sector where, although they are more confident than owner managed businesses overall, their confidence has dropped significantly compared to last year. 61% are confident about the general outlook for 2017, compared to 84% in previous year's survey. Combined with their lowered optimism, real estate and construction businesses are more likely than OMBs generally to have already experienced some negative impact from the Brexit vote (38% compared to 30% overall). Alongside this, again compared to OMBs in general, RE&C OMBs appear relatively unwilling to commit to specific strategies in 2017, and yet have little reticence about identifying the issues that concern them this year, both from a business and economic perspective.