Exit strategy

An exit strategy is a crucial consideration for business owners, and something that ideally should be understood from the outset.

There are a number of routes you can take when it comes to exiting a business. You could sell up (either to someone you know, another business, or via the open market), you could liquidate (as soon as possible, or over time), or you could take your company public via an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

The exit you choose will depend on a number of factors, including your goals for the business, the profitability of the business and its growth prospects. Whichever route you choose, having a plan well in advance helps keep the emotion out of the decision and removes unnecessary stress.

There will be tax implications to consider too, including capital gains tax and stamp duty. Seeking the advice of your accountant and an independent financial adviser can help you set out the right exit strategy for your business and future goals.

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