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The Valuation Process / Frequently Asked Questions
The Valuation Process (how a practice is valued)
Requirements are the latest (ideally three years of) accounts together with completion of a simple questionnaire. The valuation involves working from numerous recognised accounting methods based around business performance and return on investment. In addition, each practice is benchmarked using sector-specific guides to derive a figure that is fair and realistic in the open market. Many other features are also taken into account such as the value of fixtures fittings and equipment, the practice location(s), presentation, customer profile, local trading conditions, competition and so on. R A requests photographs of the practice (if applicable). There is no need for a costly and instrusive site visit.

Uniquely, the UK's only substantial and extensive database of practice valuations developed by R A Valuation Services Limited over recent years enables each new valuation to be bench-marked against earlier results, ensuring that market trends are observed and greater accuracy achieved. Comparable data is up-to-date and highly relevant. In fact, the databases are enhanced by ongoing market research follow-ups which check goodwill assessments against sale prices achieved.
The Valuation Process


Frequently Asked Questions
Q What is R A Valuation Services Ltd?
A long established company that specialises solely in business valuation .... more >>
Q What makes a practice (more) valuable?
Although a recent set of trading accounts showing healthy profits .... more >>
Q My accountant advises I need a valuation of my practice for incorporation purposes. Is this something R A does?
R A is highly experienced at valuing practices for this purpose .... more >>
Q Can R A provide a value a business for divorce proceedings?
R A's reports have been used in law courts on both a joint and single joint expert instruction basis .... more >>
Q Can R A just give me a "ball-park" figure?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing .... more >>
Q What if my practice has two or more branches?
Many of R A's instructions are for multiple outlet practices .... more >>
Q What do I get with my valuation?
A report that is detailed and informative .... more >>
Q What information do I need to provide?
Don't worry, the questionnaire explains everything .... more >>
Q How long does the valuation process take?
R A offers a fast track service .... more >>



Q What is R A Valuation Services Ltd?
A R A Valuation Services Ltd is a well established UK registered company that specialises solely in business valuation (with no interest in obtaining further instructions to sell a business or provide financial or other services). As purely valuation specialists, all valuations are genuinely impartial and independent. Since R A Valuation Services Ltd was established in 1991, it has worked as the sole accredited valuer for the AOP with the focus primarily on the optical sector. Other healthcare organisations, retail and professional services have since followed and due to requests from businesses and professional bodies, along with new resources and consultants, R A Valuation Services has been able to extend and broaden the types of businesses valued.
Q What makes a practice (more) valuable?
A Although the financials will often speak for themselves in terms of how a business is performing (and will continue to perform), there are a number of other factors that are examined in R A's assessment. These include external influences such as the economic climate at large; market conditions within the business sector; location - demographics and competition (local and wider); regulation, red tape and the threat of litigation. And internal influences (aside from financial) such as presentation; permanence of location; potential. These influences are covered further in our articles (click here). Essentially, though, there's nothing more influential than a recent set of trading accounts showing healthy profits.
Q My accountant advises I need a valuation of my practice as I am considering incorporation / have recently incorporated. Is this something R A does?
A Frequently. Your new limited company can buy the goodwill of the existing business, and this has beneficial tax implications. Although there can never be a guarantee of HMRC's acceptance, an independent assessment (i.e. not one by the business's own accountant) will be looked upon favourably by HMRC. R A, with its knowledge of HMRC's operation, is highly experienced at valuing businesses for this purpose. R A will happily discuss any details with you and/or your accountant.
Q Can R A provide a value a business for divorce proceedings?
A Yes. R A's reports have been used in law courts on both a joint and single joint expert instruction basis, for expert appraisal purposes in matrimonial and other litigation settlements. R A will happily discuss any details with you and/or your solicitor.
Q Can R A just give me a "ball-park" figure?
A There is no such thing. Each valuation performed has an individual assessment and a detailed analysis of recent trading accounts and other data relating to the business, its staff, its location, its customers, local market conditions and so on. Any other approach would be unacceptable to bank managers, lawyers and accountants. Not only that, it could result in you not achieving the full and fair market value for the business if you sell it.
Q What if my practice has two or more branches?
A Many of R A's instructions are for multiple outlet practices. In these cases you must let us know if you need one valuation for the whole business or a separate valuation for each branch as an indpendent business. In the latter case, separate trading accounts will be needed for each site. Please contact R A for costs of multi-branch practice valuations.
Q What do I get with my valuation?
A The results of our valuation process in a professionally presented electronic PDF report. The report itself is detailed and informative. It gives details of the scope of business activities, staff, premises, catchment demographics and competition, financial information and fixtures, fittings and equipment. Please note that R A Valuation Services values the business (goodwill) and does not value land or property.
Q What information do I need to provide?
A Accounts for the last three years together with completion of a simple questionnaire about the business and, if appropriate, an internal and an external photograph ... But don't worry, the questionnaire explains everything and is very straightforward to complete.
Q How long does the valuation process take?
A Typically within two weeks from receipt of the completed questionnaire(s), accounts and photographs. R A offers a fast-track service (subject to availability - please contact R A for details).

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