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CENTRAL BUSINESS AGENCY is an independent practice established in 1946 specialising in the valuation and sale of businesses and commercial premises and other related professional services. Whether buying or selling, renting or leasing, you can be assured of the personal attention of one of the Partners who are members of the Institution of Commercial & Business Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents.

Our offices are located in the centre of Oxford providing convenient access for our marketing area which includes the counties of Oxfordshire, Bath & North East Somerset, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire.


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THRIVING GIFTS & FASHION ACCESSORIES BOUTIQUE. Prime location in desirable Oxfordshire Cotswolds tourist town. Net takings £95,156 per annum. Gross Profit £61,538 (65%). Run mainly by staff providing growth potential in full-time owner’s hands. Scope also for on-line sales. Easily managed 182 ft² shop within character stone-built period property. Leasehold @ £8,350 per annum rental. O.I.R.O. £55,000 S.A.V. Ref: DC/8633


IMPRESSIVE GIFT SHOP located in the centre of an historic Gloucestershire Cotswold town. Year on year sales growth with net sales last year of £166,858. Gross profit £82,761 (49%) generating a Net Profit of £40,000 to a full-time sole proprietor. Wide selection of quality and affordable gift lines sold. Traditional Cotswold stone retail premises providing spacious 750 ft.² ground floor trading area with first floor storage. Leasehold. O.I.R.O. £29,950 S.A.V. Ref: DC/8624


HIGHLY PROFITABLE INDEPENDENT DRY CLEANERS in centre of thriving and expanding Oxfordshire town. Net sales last year £216,357 generating a high gross profit margin of 87% with net profits to full-time working couple of £91,724. Very well presented lock-up retail unit with sales/reception are (227 ft.²) and workroom (205 ft.²). Equipment well maintained - new dry cleaning system in 2015 at cost of £25,000. Leasehold. Retirement sale after 16 years successful ownership. O.I.R,O. £195,000 S.A.V. Ref: XC/9033



HIGH QUALITY WINDOW BLINDS, SHUTTERS & AWNINGS RETAIL & FITTING BUSINESS, Gloucestershire based. Net sales last year £410,394 and rising. Gross profit margin 41%. Net profit of £102,000 to a couple - no staff (2 x part-time self-employed fitters only). Operating very congenial hours. 1,950 ft.², light industrial showroom and store plus separate retail shop used as ‘advertising billboard’ only. Both units leasehold. Super proposition ‘runs like clockwork’. O.I.R.O. £99,500 S.A.V. Ref: LC/1533


WELL LOCATED LICENSED CAFE, in desirable and affluent Berkshire Thames-side commuter village on Oxfordshire/Berkshire border. Regular local custom and visitors plus boat trippers, walkers and cyclists. Net sales £212,979 per annum operating daytime only with scope for evening trading. Principally run by staff with limited owner supervision due to other business intersts offers growth potential in working owner’s hands. Attractively presented and equipped Class A3 premises include 972 ft.² 50 cover café plus 16 cover alfresco forecourt, kitchen, stores, office etc. Leasehold. O.I.R.O. £65,000 S.A.V. Ref: AC/8820


ATTRACTIVELY LOCATED LICENSED TEA ROOM AND CAFÉ BAR, adjacent to the much visited and magnificent cathedral in Gloucester city centre. Easily managed ground floor 40 cover café within character period property. Net sales £84,285 per annum, gross profit £58,002 (69%), from congenial daytime hours. Scope to exploit alcohol licence by extending hours into evenings. A well-established business in a busy and pleasant location. Leasehold @ £12,500 per annum rental. O.I.R.O. £29,500 S.A.V. Ref: AC/8794


SUPER CATERING OPPORTUNITY - DAYTIME CAFÉ in REGENCY CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. Net sales average £3,500 per week. Excellent central trading location within impressive mid-terraced period property: Ground floor restaurant seating 18 and kitchen; first floor restaurant seating a further 28; basement bar/function room seating 18. Tremendous development potential including evening trade. Leasehold. O.I.R.O. £39,500 S.A.V. Ref: AC/8856


LONG ESTABLISHED CLASS A3 DAYTIME LICENSED CAFÉ, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Sales £1,600 weekly with good profits to a full-time working couple (no staff employed). Easily managed menu with scope to extend to include hot breakfasts and evening trade. Would also suit other cuisines. Currently 6 day trading until 4 p.m. with scope for Sunday trade. Ground floor lock-up unit with 46 cover restaurant (734 ft.²) and seating for 6 diners ‘alfresco’ plus kitchen. New 10 year lease available. Retirement sale O.I.R.O. £19,995 S.A.V. Ref: AC/8695


RETIREMENT SALE AFTER 50 YEARS OF TRADING - LADIES HAIR SALON. Unopposed in an affluent suburb of Oxford. Takings last year £52,231. Vendor works four days per week with part-time staff. Tremendous scope to develop the business in the hands of an enthusiastic new owner. Ground floor lock-up salon (335 ft.²) with six styling stations (and space to introduce beauty room/treatments), staffroom and ample parking for 8–10 cars. New lease @ 13,000 per annum rental. O.I.R.O. £28,000 S.A.V. Ref: XC/8988


NICHE CATERING OPERATION - WELL PRESENTED HOT JACKET POTATO TAKE-AWAY, busy main road location, Coventry. Takings £2,500 per week. Currently managed - would suit working owner/s. Well fitted and equipped ground floor lock-up unit with 9 cover take-away sales area (256 ft.²) and open-plan kitchen (290 ft.²) plus wash up area. Leasehold @ £7,800 per annum rental. O.I.R.O. £65,000. S.A.V. Ref: AC/8666