Business Disposals & MBOs

The sale of a business is a major decision for any owner. Optima can assist to maximise the value in the following ways:

Preparing a Business Review

Helping owners to benchmark their business before selling, allowing them to improve areas of weakness.

Read more about this on our ‘Business Review Reports’ page

Sourcing Acquirers

Considering the most suitable strategic acquirers, which might be:

UK trade buyers

International trade buyers

Private Equity funds

Leading the Sale Process

Ensuring a competitive sale process. Key steps include:

Preparation of suitable information for potential acquirers

Presenting the business to interested parties

Negotiating price and deal structure

Agreeing working capital and debt adjustments

Project managing the due diligence and contract negotiation process

We have advised a wide range of businesses on exit strategies, including large corporates selling non-core businesses and owners who have built their businesses over many years.


“Ship Shape Resources appointed Optima to advise on the sale of our recruitment business, which was no longer a core part of our business strategy.  We selected Optima due to their obvious understanding of our market and deals already completed in the sector.  A thorough marketing process resulted in interest from several potential acquirers.  Ultimately we accepted an offer from CDI AndersElite, the UK subsidiary of a listed US group, CDI Corp Inc.  An international buyer introduced an additional layer of complexity to the deal process as the US team were closely involved in the transaction.  Philip helped to manage this process and steer us through to completion with a structure to achieve our strategic objective. I am happy to recommend Philip and Optima to anyone looking to sell their business.”

Howard Hughes

CEO, Ship Shape Resources Limited

Read our article ‘Maximising the Value of a Recruitment Business’

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