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Hospitality and Catering dominate the UK’s Businesses for Sale Market

Food, drink and accommodation businesses are always well represented, they appeal to established and emerging entrepreneurs and fampreneurs

Businesses from the hospitality and catering sectors have continued to keep their stronghold in the UK’s businesses for sale marketplace according to the latest market report by

The report details the top ten sectors of listed businesses for sale out of a monthly total of 30,722 listings. Across the top ten 6,996 listings were from the hospitality and catering sector, the highest two of which were restaurants in second place with 1,440 listings and pubs in third place with 1,357.

Although residential businesses retained the top spot with 2,519 listings because seven out of the ten categories were hospitality-related in June it was the dominant sector overall.

The report also looked at demand for businesses by sector and of the 51,576 enquiries received by in June 2015 12,263 were for catering and accommodation based businesses suggesting a 5:3 buyer to vendor ratio.

Again there was consistency in the most popular categories for business buyers. At the demand end of the chain residential businesses took a clear lead with a bias towards hospitality and catering across the top ten with seven spots from the sector in the top ten.

Rufus Bazley, Marketing Director comments, “Food, drink and accommodation businesses are always well represented, they appeal to established and emerging entrepreneurs and fampreneurs as they generally perform well through economic peaks and troughs. And as demand is higher than supply most vendors sell quickly and achieve their asking price.”


Notes to Editors

The figures to which the above refers are listed below. For a copy of the full report email .

Category Total Listings June 2015
Residential 2519
Restaurants 1440
Pubs 1357
Convenience Stores 1150
Take Aways 1043
Guest Houses/Bed & Breakfast 960
General Retail 879
Café Bars 755
Fish & Chip Shops 731
Hotels 710

Category Total Listings January 2015
Residential 2211
Restaurants 1257
Pubs 1211
Convenience Stores 1005
Take Aways 913
Guest Houses/Bed & Breakfast 828
General Retail 735
Café bars 701
Coffee Shops 685
Bars 664

Category Total Enquiries June 2015
Residential 3448
Convenience Stores 2587
Misc. Restaurants 2063
Take Aways 1991
Coffee Shops 1919
Café Bars 1884
Pubs 1540
Guest Houses/Bed & Breakfast 1456
Sandwich Shops & Delivery 1410
E-Commerce 1407

Category Total enquiries January 2015
Residential 2537
Convenience Stores 1646
Coffee Shops 1614
Pubs 1505
Misc. Restaurants 1496
Café Bars 1493
Take Aways 1375
Bars 1074
Liquor Stores/Off Licences/Wine Merchants 1064
Guest Houses/Bed & Breakfast 1038

Contact details

For more information contact Ruth Stone, Orchid PR on 01483 358710 / 07788 417109 or email

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