How we operate

We hope that you will give us the chance to find the right buyer for
your company. Here is how we work.


Firstly we would hold a confidential meeting with you, at a time and location of your choice to discuss the background to your sale. At the first meeting it is not essential for us to see the company premises so we often meet at a hotel close by.

We would appreciate you bringing to the first meeting a copy of your last year end financial accounts together with management accounts, if available, for the current year. Also if you have company brochures or similar information then please bring that to the first meeting so that we can obtain a full picture of what you do.

At the meeting we would discuss with you your business, its financial performance, the range of products or services that you supply. Also a wide range of other matters such as management structure, staff, business premises etc to give us as full a picture as we can.

We should then be able to give you our professional opinion on how we can market your company and an indication of the price range that we would expect to achieve. This meeting is free and strictly confidential. Expect it to last between 1 and 2 hours. Click here to a register for a free valuation.

Should you wish to then take the sale process with Aitken Corporate Finance further, we would send to you our heads of terms document, based around the Institute of Chartered Accountants recommendations.These show the work that we would undertake on your behalf, how we would market the business and details regarding our fee structure.

With regard to our fee we work primarily on a success fee which is payable on satisfactory completion of the sale of the business. Typically this is between 2% and 5% of the sale consideration, depending on the size of the transaction and the amount of work involved. A modest amount of this fee will normally be paid either initially, or over the first 3 months to cover the preparation and research stages of your sale. This payment is deducted from the final fee settlement when monies for the sale have been received .