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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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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


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


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


LICENSED CAFÉ/RESTAURANT PREMISES, prime location adjacent to multiple retailers on High Street of thriving Oxfordshire town. Currently trading daytime only as a managed business - great development potential in working owner’s hands and by introducing evening trading. Very well-presented Grade II listed period property includes 950 ft.² air-conditioned 54 cover ground floor dining area plus 230 ft.² fully equipped kitchen and ample cold room/freezer storage, toilets and office. Leasehold. O.I.R.O. £80,000. Ref: AC/8811


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


NICHE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY – COFFEE SHOP & VINYL RECORD RETAILER, busy and prominent main road trading location, Oxford city. Takings £43,419 per annum (G.P. margin 72%) operating Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Scope to extend menu and opening hours to capitalize on potential custom from regular passing pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Easily managed 400 ft². lock-up shop provides 12 covers plus 6-8 cover display forecourt. Leasehold. O.I.R.O. £20,000 S.A.V. Ref: DC/8639


WELL PRESENTED RESTAURANT PREMISES with SELF-CONTAINED ONE BEDROOM FLAT, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Ground floor: restaurant (1,058 ft.²) seating 65 diners with fitted bar, well equipped kitchen (205 ft.²), freezer room, preparation area/office (130 ft.²). Car parking space. Self-contained one-bedroom flat provides valuable owners or staff accommodation. Leasehold @ £26,000 per annum rental. O.I.R.O. £35,000. Ref: AC/8864


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


ESTABLISHED & REPUTABLE ENGINEERING COMPANY. Oxfordshire based. Three years sales growth with net takings £281,020 in year ended 31.10.2017 generating six figure profits. Well-spread client base with considerable growth potential. 2,230 ft.² fully equipped workshop, storage & office plus yard/parking. Leasehold. O.I.R.O. £225,000 S.A.V. Ref: LC/1539


ESTABLISHED 30 YEARS – POPULAR MUSIC SHOP, Oxford. Net sales last year £53,171 selling a wide range of Woodwind and Brass instruments, accessories and music together with repair service. Retirement sale. Tremendous scope in hands of enthusiastic new owner. Lock-up unit with 281 ft.² sales shop, 102 ft.² storage and parking. O.I.R.O £15,000 S.A.V. Ref: DC/8629