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The vendor is MD and works in the business full time overseeing the operation. By his own admission he has taken on a less active role in the last year or so due to pending retirement, which is reflected in the figures. The business currently employs a total of 6 full time staff. This includes a factory manager, production supervisor and 3 machinists. It also employs 3 further machinists and an administrator, all on a part time basis. The business can operate short term on a day to day basis WITHOUT the input of the owner. All employees are real assets of the business.

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Vendor will provide a comprehensive handover to ensure a seamless transition and continuity of trading, this should be relatively straight forward based on the current business model and the fact he has experienced employees already in place.
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The business operates from leasehold premises that comprise of a 2 storey building of circa 7,500 square feet including the factory area, warehousing and offices as well as front yard. Premises are fully alarmed. Current rent is circa GBP 24,000 p.a. We are advised a new lease would be made available as the vendor owns the property.
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UK Manufacturing and Distribution Business with
E commerce platforms
2 core revenue generators baby wear & soft play equipment
Ref. AB241
Location : Midlands/Relocatable
Asking Price : GBP 95,000 plus Net Assets
This reputable and firmly established independent family business has been successfully trading for some 35 years. It has evolved during this time into a multi faceted UK manufacturing business with 2 distinct modes of operation that exist under the one Limited company. Both divisions operate in the mid to upper end of the market, such is the quality of manufacturing.

Baby Garments account for approximately 70% of current revenues. All garments are manufactured in the UK to a very high standard (historical customers include John Lewis and Mother care). Range of garments include baby sleep suits, bibs, bodysuits, cardigans t shirts, gifts and accessories. The business has its own designs as well as offering customisation.

The company supplies to independent retailers, online retailers and promotional companies with some 30 regular customers. It also sells via its own interactive e commerce websites, partner websites and via the Amazon and eBay platforms.

Soft Play Equipment & Inflatables makes up the other 30%. This is very much seasonal (January through to July typically). The company manufactures a comprehensive range of high quality bouncy castles and similar inflatable products, not to mention soft play mats and accessories that are all listed on its own e commerce platform (that includes several websites as well as other leading platforms). All inflatables are manufactured to PIPA standards. The company enjoys healthy levels of repeat business from UK trade customers (typically companies who hire these inflatables out) who value the high quality manufacturing and short leads times this business provides.

Expansion Potential
The business has been trading for some 35 years and in that time has generated impressive returns for the owner and his family. It has previously achieved significantly higher sales and profitability, but the owner by his own admission has not pushed the business on over recent years, due to impending retirement. There is huge scope to expand both sides of the business, particularly the clothing (the vendor advises it could easily quadruple sales with current infrastructure in place) as the product ranges and manufacturing capabilities are already there, not to mention the online presence that can be built upon.
The infrastructure is in place for a new owner wishing to expand the business through new levels of energy and increased business acumen. There are many avenues to develop this.
Integration into an existing e commerce operation would also be straightforward.

Market / Competition / Non-Competition Agreements
The business is very much geared these days to online sales and marketing. As already mentioned the business own and its partners websites enjoys good organic rankings and feedback and also enjoys excellent exposure via Amazon and EBay. The company could do a lot more by utilising more SEO and embracing social media.