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Every week I interview people from the world of business acquisition and find out exactly what makes them successful. This week I’d like you to meet John Graves, who was one of my guest presenters at Dealmakers Live earlier this year.
John’s expertise is in buying distressed businesses – and I should emphasise that this is not for the beginner. If you’ve never bought a business before, it can be very risky to buy a distressed business for a pound and turn it into a success story. You may not pay for the business itself, but you’ll pay for it in terms of time, stress, energy, and you might even have to put money into the business further down the line.
However, John is an experienced deal maker and he has made buying distressed businesses his speciality.
[02-05] John introduces himself
[03-32] John’s first – and unsuccessful – acquisition
[06-34] The risks associated with an insolvency acquisition
[10-27] Joining forces on an acquisition with another dealmaker
[12-42] Negotiating with unpaid suppliers
[16-38] The third acquisition
[19-25] Risk versus reward
[23-05] Comparing buying a business with hiring a salesperson
[25-37] Advice for anyone considering buying a buying a business out of administration
- On an insolvency, you take your risk, you take your chances, you get what you pay for and you just have to deal with what you find.
- I have no interest in paying salespeople because it’s hard to train them. Why do I need salespeople when I can add that new customers through an acquisition?
- Having that sort of professional relationship with decent quality lawyers is really important because they’re the ones that are going to keep you out of trouble.
- If you’re prepared to put your money where your mouth is, then there are so many opportunities out there.
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