Case study - Signs Express Holdings Limited - Business Acquisition

Case study - Signs Express Holdings Limited - Business Acquisition

The Deal

As a franchisor, Signs Express Holdings Limited operates from Norwich and has developed into the largest sign making company in the UK and Ireland – with more centres than any other business in the industry.

MHA Larking Gowen assisted the shareholders with the sale of their shares by way of a company purchase of own shares, helping negotiate the main terms and structure of the deal.

Key highlight

MHA Larking Gowen helped negotiate a good deal for the shareholders, ensuring they received appropriate tax clearance in advance of the deal completing.


Peter Sayles & Tony Marsh, Directors and shareholders of Signs Express Holdings Limited, said, “As soon as we sat down with James and Jack we realised how straightforward and uncomplicated they were in explaining things to two non-accountants. They always ensured that we knew what they were working on and how the budget was looking at the same time. James and Jack offered prompt, professional and pragmatic advice at all stages of the share sale, I would thoroughly recommend them. Thank you to your team James for looking after our interests.”

James Lay, MHA Larking Gowen Partner, said:

“It was a pleasure to work with Peter and Tony on the deal, and I wish them both the very best for their retirement and future plans. The deal suited all parties, and enables the company to move forwards and continue its great success.”

Our role

MHA Larking Gowen Corporate Finance was asked to undertake the following work:

  • Review the initial offer and negotiate with the company directors;
  • Gain tax clearance prior to the deal completing; and
  • Assist with solicitors to draft the legal paperwork.


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