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London, Devon and West Midlands top poll for most desirable places to own a business in the UK

If buyers stick by their guns and target businesses in these regions their value will remain robust

London, Devon and the West Midlands are the top three regions in which business buyers are seeking to invest according to the latest poll by

The website, which listed 17,262 businesses for sale in June, has recorded an unchanged top three regions since January 2015. A total of 5,744 enquiries were made in June 2015 collectively for the top three.

Supply falls behind demand over the same period with the concentration of businesses advertised for sale coming from the North of England, suggesting vendors in the three most searched locations are very much in a sellers’ market.

In June 2015 the ratio of buyer to vendor in London was 5:1, in Devon it was 5:3 and in the West Midlands it was 2:1.

The regional influence of property prices is always a factor in commercial property valuation, and this element - particularly in the Capital and Devon – is likely to strengthen the buyer position in the top three regions.

Rufus Bazley, Marketing Director at comments, “London and Devon have always been powerful draws for business buyers willing to pay a premium price. However there is not always such a big gap between supply and demand. If buyers stick by their guns and target businesses in these regions their value will remain robust, but as the North of England continues to feature heavily in our survey on the supply side, there may be a trend for those with longer range goals to invest elsewhere.”


Notes to Editors

Figures to which this release refers to are listed below, for a full copy of the report email

County Total enquiries June 2015

London 3378
Devon 1222
West Midlands 1144
West Yorkshire 1084
Essex 1006
Greater Manchester 794
Lancashire 651
Kent 584
East Sussex 545
South Yorkshire 511

County Total Listings June 2015

Lancashire 758
West Yorkshire 735
Devon 713
London 693
West Midlands 586
Greater Manchester 547
North Yorkshire 433
Essex 415
Cheshire 380
Kent 354

County Total Enquiries January 2015

London 2331
Devon 860
West Midlands 856
West Yorkshire 743
Kent 623
Essex 584
Greater Manchester 511
Lancashire 433
North Yorkshire 432
East Sussex 421

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

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