We help Business Owners, Property Investors, Franchisees and Entrepreneurs, to Buy, Grow and Sell Businesses 

We help Business Owners, Property Investors, Franchisees and Business Buyers to Buy, Grow and Sell Businesses 

* Are you looking to grow your existing business by acquisition but need support through the process?

* Are you looking to buy your first business? 

* Do you have questions around buying and selling businesses but no one to ask?

* Maybe you've previously done a programme elsewhere but now you're stuck on how to progress.

Welcome to The Club!

This quick video from Guy Bartlett explains what The Club is all about and how the support from our community can help you and your business.

It's an open community - not just for people who've done our courses and programmes.

What is The Club?

The Club is THE community for people who want to learn more about acquisitions or business growth. It was established to provide the opportunity to learn, grow and build your network alongside other like-minded people.

The key aim of The Club is to provide support to help people achieve their business goals.

The Club gives you that support structure and access to Guy and the team and all our professional partners. This includes finance and funding providers, business brokers, lawyers, IP experts and marketers.
Most importantly, you can continue to surround yourself with people who are actively buying and selling businesses.

And you don't need to buy anything else - ever!

Who Is The Club For?

The Club is for ANYONE interested in buying, growing or selling businesses – not just people who have done courses with The Business Buyers Club or other organisations.

You might be:

* A property investor considering different asset classes
* A franchise owner looking to move into business ownership
* An existing business owner looking to grow through acquisition
* On the corporate ladder and keen to break out of that routine
* Ready to buy your first business but need support
* An ambitious entrepreneur considering different ways to build your wealth

Where else can you meet other business or franchise owners and talk about this extraordinary topic?  The Members of The Club are just as ambitious and crazy as you!!  Everyone here "gets it" - so come and join us!

How Does Membership Work & What Do You Get?

With both an online community and regular “in person” events, you’ll be able to keep in touch with people right across the spectrum of experience from all of our previous and existing courses plus our wider network.

You’ll make new connections, and you’ll see questions and information about other people’s deals, as well as get your own questions answered.

We’ve redesigned everything to ensure you stay motivated and on track to buy a business sooner rather than later, and to ensure that you have access to the right support during the critical post-purchase period too.

Here's what's included in your membership

Weekly LIVE Zoom with Guy

Get access to his knowledge and experience

Every week you can join a LIVE group Zoom call with Guy (and regular expert guests) where he’ll answer questions and give advice, helping you to keep moving forward with your current deals. All the calls will be recorded building an immense library of knowledge and expertise that you can tap into if you can’t make it.

Members Only Area

Resources, videos & regular updates

Enjoy our Members Only area where you can access resources and videos which are only available to The Club. These resources are updated regularly so that you have the latest information, tools and insights needed to help you buy your business. The Member Directory is your 'little black book' of fellow dealmakers and a valuable knowledge pool whether you want to JV, pass on a lead (or receive one) or just get to know others in the community.

Exclusive social media groups

For instant help and support

Members only WhatsApp and Facebook groups for sharing ideas, asking questions or just having some banter! 

Quarterly Events

We run live quarterly events for all our Members on a Pay As You Go basis.  Led by Guy and always with expert speakers adding massive value to your day on every relevant topic from Deal Flow/Lead Generation, to Finance, to Scaling, to Wealth Management and Pensions.  These meetings follow the very popular format we've established with relaxed networking and expert education and a chance for you to catch up with people from across the Club. Held at a convenient hotel location, so you can stay the night before or turn up on the day to suit you and your other commitments.

The Club Community

The network of professionals, suppliers and entrepreneurs who are on the same path as you continues to expand. With various online platforms including WhatsApp and Facebook groups, you'll be able to ask direct questions, get input on your own deals, and learn from the deals that others in the group are working on.

Freshdesk Knowledge Bank

Our knowledge bank is full of useful resources to support you on your journey. Plus, there's a ticket service for requesting support on specific issues. 

What Are The Live Events & Who Are They For?

Like The Club, our live events are for ANYONE interested in buying, growing and selling businesses

At previous events we've had expert guest speakers from all areas of business including:
Finance and deal funding
Intellectual property protection
Lead generation and marketing
Dealing with business brokers
Scaling your business post-acquisition
Team building and development

Our next event is on April 28th 2022

It's open to all, so why not come along and see for yourself how this supportive, ambitious community can help you achieve your goals?

What Could You Learn By Being A Member?

  • How to find Businesses to Buy that you can actually grow.
  • How to build a coherent strategic plan BEFORE you acquire new businesses, if you want to succeed.
  • How to build Cash Flow For Life and take the pressure off as you scale, all while increasing the exit value.
  • Why you need to learn to attract and retain TOP Talent before you start buying businesses.
  • How to protect your time and avoid becoming operational and harness the Power of the Problem Staircase so that your customers quickly get to know, like, trust and transact with you.
  • What to look for when assessing a deal and top tips on when to say NO!
  • How to position yourself as the new owner and Maximise the Opportunity for new sales by leveraging what you already know.
  • How to fund your acquisition with little to none of your own money and structure a deal that your seller will find it almost impossible to say "no" to!
  • Why Your Network is one of the most valuable assets you posses and how to extract the value.

And much, much more 

Meet Your Business Buying Coach 

Guy Bartlett

Guy’s personal experience of acquiring owner-managed businesses is extensive, having worked on over 150 deals and acquiring revenues in his own business portfolio of over £26M in the process.

He also advises and consults on both acquisitions and business sales for other entrepreneurs. He has experience of a wide range of business sectors and deal structures including hedge funds, venture capital, private equity and commercial debt and finance.

In addition to growth by acquisition, Guy has also built three separate businesses from scratch to over 7 figures in sales, so he understands in detail the challenges and effort that owner-managers put into their businesses.

From the mid-1990s to 2003 Guy built up The Charles Parry Group specialising in retail and mail-order direct marketing. His clients included JD Sports, EIDOS Interactive, Iceland Frozen Foods, Kwik Save Stores, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Trinity Mirror Newspapers, Nike UK, Manchester City Football Club and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. As Group Managing Director he generated sales of over £7m during 7 years with a core team of 10 people before exiting the Group in 2003.

After recovering from a fractured spine in 2004, he focused on the development of a building services group and gained extensive experience of negotiating preferred supplier status with major UK PLCs such as Carillion, SPIE and Sodexo delivering services and projects for clients including HMRC, The Coastguard, Unilever and Rolls Royce Engineering. The business also worked directly with the National Trust on heritage projects and collaborated with private developers for clients like Morrisons Supermarkets.

At the same Guy was actively involved in the development of acquisition processes and creating a panel of investors and funders to acquire Owner Managed Businesses in the UK, in the turnover range of £1m-£20m, processes that he continues to refine today.

"No matter how experienced you are in business, the truth is you can’t know everything, so to achieve growth through acquisition you must have a strong and supportive team around you. It's why large M&A companies have a dedicated deal team, each member specialists in their individual field, but also solid team players."
Guy Bartlett - Founder of The Business Buyers Club

This year we opened up The Club to people who have done other courses such as the Harbour Club, the Dealmakers Academy or the Dealmaker Wealth Society

If you don’t feel you're getting the right level of ongoing support or even an active, supportive community - our doors are open. 

Were you initially super-charged by what you learnt but since the course ended you’ve had no support?
It’s one reason why people give up on their dreams, why lots of those who have bought business buying courses end up feeling they’ve wasted their time and money.

Usually something like this happens:
• Contacts made on the course have gone off and done their own thing
• You’re struggling to find businesses to buy or keep up a steady deal flow
• You’ve found a great deal but can't figure out how to fund it or don't know who to speak to for finance
• Your existing business or job takes up so much of your time that you can’t pursue your goal
• You’ve lost the motivation or confidence in your own abilities
• Someone talked you out of buying businesses, or made you feel it was an impossible goal

If this sounds like you, join The Club and we'll help you get back on track

What do people have to say about Guy Bartlett
and The Business Buyers Club?

"Guy is an incredible individual, driven, focus and results orientated. He is a very creative business person and great people person. Fun to be with and not a bad skiier either!"

Simon Zutshi
CEO Property Investors Network

"I was spending a lot of time trying to work out if it was a viable decision to purchase another similar business. Originally I sought advice from my accountant, solicitor, business coach and friends but all were pretty much sat on the fence. After a quick conversation Guy was able to come back to me with a straight to the point reason why I shouldn't buy the business along with a number of other reasons why this was a bad move.I believe Guy has saved me a lot of time and money. Thanks again Guy!" 

Scott Clark
Co-Founder - Think Cloud 

David Hall, MD Beeches Kids and Training ltd 

 "Guy's knowledge of business acquisition is second to none" 

Guy robustly identified flaws within the deal structure of the acquisition. He was also able to restructure the business deal to make it appealing to the vendor and to the bank to enable me to get finance.
 However, at the financing stage, there were a number of hurdles I wasn't accustomed to. Guy’s knowledge was exemplary and helped to navigate me through the maze of financing the acquisition. We were then able to agree a financing package with a high street bank with Guy's input.
Guy also guided me through all the due diligence and legal processes to completion and after the acquisition of the business, a number of challenges surfaced. His knowledge of business acquisition is second to none. He aptly resolved post acquisition disputes.
 I would highly recommend Guy to any budding entrepreneur who is seeking to acquire their first company or would like to build a portfolio of businesses

Andy Gosling, Web Developer

“I’d never really considered buying a business before. What triggered it was getting an email from an ecommerce site I order from saying, “We’re shutting up shop”. It’s in an area I’m into, and the business owner uses technology that I’ve used for many years, so I asked if he’d thought about selling the business.

There was a lot of back and forth, but once the conversations between the seller and me started to get serious I thought I’d better find out how to go about buying a business. I talked to my accountant, looked around a bit and came across Guy. I did some research and decided to book onto Guy’s one-day seminar in London.

Looking back, I got a lot out of it, and that single day helped me to purchase the ecommerce business. It gave me lots of pointers towards things I should look at, and a clear explanation of how to structure a deal. I really warmed to Guy, and I like his approach of looking at profitable businesses rather than buying a basket case business for £1 and turning it round. That has its place, but Guy’s approach is a less risky proposition.
I’ve since gone on to do the Intensive course and I’m now in talks with two different vendors. It’s early days but I’m building up my pipeline and I have a definite plan I’m working towards.”

Mark Jackson, Property Investor

For me it's not just about content, it’s about the integrity of the individuals. I saw and felt that Guy was speaking from the heart and talking about things he really understood, and was talking about a whole new world of business which was so exciting."

Lee Smith, Property Investor

“If you want to improve your life and learn how to buy companies, this is the best place in the UK I’ve found. Guy is really good and comes from a place of integrity.”

Steve Abel, Marketing and Business Coach

Being in a group you're able to share ideas with each other, pitfalls and advantages. And Guy's been absolutely tremendous, the content, he obviously knows his stuff. He's done it, he's not just a teacher teaching it, he's walked the walk already. So it's given us the confidence to go out and actually purchase a business ourselves.

Joe Wilson, Property Investor now buying supporting businesses

“I came across Guy when he was speaking at an event and he shared some really interesting tools. The BBC presented an opportunity for me to open up a whole new asset class. The whole thing has been wonderful. I’d recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone.

Guy is fantastic. Inspirational. His knowledge is incredibly deep and incredibly broad and he is incredibly free with it all. He gives it out with no thought to commercial gain.”

Carl Doherty, Business Buyer

“Support. That's the biggest thing. I think when you're buying a business or looking to purchase a business, it is a process which is very learnable, but like most things, once you start getting involved with it, there's a lot of nuances there. I wanted that touch point, someone at the end of the phone that I could speak to and just guide me.
For anyone who's contemplating buying and selling businesses, this can take you from zero, to actually purchasing your first company. For sure.
I think Guy is tremendous, he's very humble, very supportive and very professional. He's a friend. I think that the relationship develops very, very quickly and he's there to help and he's genuine."

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