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 A great experience – we had more buyer enquiries through Daltons and the exposure was invaluable to the eventual sale 

Brian Marshall (May 2014)
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Leasehold Price: £25,000 Annual Turnover: £56,000
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Business Description
• ESTABLISHED IN SUSSEX IN 2005 AND RELOCATED TO DORSET
• WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCT DESIGN TEMPLATES DEVELOPED
• OFFERING BESPOKE DESIGN AND BUILD SERVICE IF REQUIRED
• SUITABLE FOR EXPANSION WITH APPROPRIATE ADVERTISING
• AVAILABLE WITH OR WITHOUT EXISTING WORKSHOP PREMISES
• VENDOR WILLING TO STAY ON IN CONSULTANCY CAPACITY

LOCATION:
The business, which is suitable for relocation across the UK, currently operates from rural workshop premises on the outskirts of Dorchester, Dorset.

BUSINESS:
Established in 2005 by the current owner, this business has been founded upon a personal approach to customer service with high standards of product excellence and a bespoke service. The comprehensive range of attractively designed and well-constructed wooden buildings are all handmade to order to suit the client’s requirements and budget. They can be of any size or design, stained to blend in with their natural surroundings or painted a colour of the client’s choice to make them into an attractive garden feature.
The principal range includes traditional style garden studios and offices, boat houses, gyms, potting sheds, mini-barns and heavy duty garden sheds as well as stilted buildings which can be enlarged to provide novel accommodation for visitors and can be fully insulated and heated for use all year round. All timber is FSC sourced and pressure treated for durability, a choice of roofing materials is offered and all the windows are glass and double glazed. Self-assembly flat pack buildings of the same quality are offered at a more affordable price if preferred by the client, each kit being accompanied with clear instructions.
The range of play houses and hen houses are designed and constructed to create attractive and solidly built smaller timber structures for adults, children and small livestock. These include beautifully painted chicken and duck houses and wonderful stilted ‘tree’ houses, the ultimate play accessory for children of all ages.
The business also offers stabling solutions for the equestrian market which include mobile and fixed field shelters and looseboxes as well as internal stable partitions, including delivery and full installation if required.
The business is being offered with the benefit of the current website, the product designs and drawings as well as an inventory of basic equipment. The purchaser will have the opportunity of taking over the current rented workshop premises if desired although the business is eminently suitable for relocation anywhere in the UK. A VW LT35 LWB van is available by separate negotiation.
The vendor is willing to provide a consultancy service to the purchaser if an extended handover is sought.
YEARS ESTABLISHED:
The business, which was developed by the current owner, commenced trading in Sussex in 2005 and relocated to Dorset in 2011.

TRADE:
Please note that if a business is VAT registered, all figures exclude VAT.
Sales of £53,072 were reported, net of Vat, for the year ended 31 March 2015, but when advertising in magazines such as Country Living and The Field in the past, sales peaked at £146,351 in the year ended 31 March 2012 as evidenced by figures in our possession.

REASON FOR SALE:
The business traded most successfully with the regular involvement of the vendor’s spouse who had responsibility for the coordination and implementation of the regular marketing campaigns and assisted with attendance at annual shows. Due to ill health this has not been feasible in the past few years during which sales have emanated largely by referral and recommendation without a formal marketing plan. After a period of careful reflection the vendor has decided to offer the business for sale rather than seeking external marketing assistance to boost future sales.

STAFF:
The vendor has used subcontractors as required to assist with the erection of the larger buildings and there are no employees.

BUSINESS PREMISES:
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
Since moving to Dorset the business has operated from a spacious workshop and store, located near Dorchester, comprising c 200 sq. metres of usable floor space with a small office created at mezzanine floor level. This has been rented from Ilchester Estates which owns and manages large portions of land and properties in West Dorset in particular. Rent of £550 + Vat is payable monthly and the property may be vacated with one month’s notice. The unit forms part of a larger development around a central yard which offers plenty of parking.

Whilst the unit would be available to a purchaser of the business under a new rental agreement with Ilchester Estates if desired, the business is eminently suitable for relocation anywhere in the UK for the convenience of the new owner and there is no obligation for the buyer to take on the premises as part of the purchase.
Tenure: Leasehold

Listed by: Adams & Co
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