Selling your business is probably the biggest financial undertaking of your life. You have usually only one chance to get it right and any small errors can substantially affect your future. Knowing when to sell is also important. It is best to vigorously plan, plan and plan again your intended sale well in advance.


With four decades in the Building Distribution Sector & previously as Development Director at Jewson Saint Gobain PLC, I was instrumental in multiple acquisitions in the UK & Ireland delivering an additional £70 million profit to Saint Gobain Building Distribution Group.

With our expertise within the Building Distribution Industry experience tells us that to obtain the best price and to place your company with the best purchaser you must have a robust and sound exit strategy. This undertaking has a greater chance of success with someone you can trust to deliver all your objectives and has the knowledge and experience within the Sector.

It is easy to underestimate the amount of time and effort required to bring your company to the market. We will steer you through the process with a clear eye on the many hurdles along the way enabling you to concentrate on the day to day running of your company. We will gather the relevant information required by potential buyers and their advisors, interface between all parties, support and advise during negotiations and completion meetings.

Using brokerage expertise and unrivalled network within the sector we offer:

  • Independent brokerage services, representing vendors and acquirers
  • Venture capitalist & private equity commercial introductions
  • Strategic & operational advice to business owners on exit routes and sources of investment
  • Consultancy services for new entrants to the building distribution sector

What our customers say

  • "I am pleased to be able to strongly recommend Jim Collins as a very experienced and well-connected M& A Broker. On the back of recent dealings with Jim , I have found him to be a very competent deal-maker who can broker gaps between negotiating parties in a calm and intelligent manner. I certainly intend to be using Jim's services going forward."

    Adrian Houghton Group Finance Director - Bradfords Group (Bradford and Sons Ltd)

  • “I cannot recommend Jim highly enough. Selling a business is an exacting and gruelling process, and without someone like Jim in your corner, the best end result may not be achieved. An extensive range of impressive contacts and a complete understanding of every stage that you are taken through makes Jim the "go to guy" if you are seriously contemplating the sale of your business.”

    Clive Garret-Sadler Managing Director at Blandford Forum Timber Ltd

  • “Jim was instrumental in the selling of my business and set up the initial contact with the subsequent purchaser. Jim was professional and hard working throughout the process and made sure that the transaction was satisfactory for both parties.”

    Matt Bonfield Managing Director at Hilton Supplies Ltd