The latest market report from BusinessesForSale.com has revealed 2,853 of the 17,262 listings of UK businesses for sale in June 2015 were from the North of England.
Lancashire and West Yorkshire occupied the top and second spot respectively both in January and June 2015.
Entrepreneurs want a business opportunity combined with a less stressful lifestyle
The concentration of interested buyers for businesses was slightly different. The most researched regions both in January and June were London, Devon and the Midlands.
However the overlap between counties where businesses are for sale and buyers are looking was good with eight counties in both lists in June 2015 and nine in January 2015. In June 2015 3,040 buyers were looking to invest in businesses in the North of England suggesting a 3:2 buyer to vendor ratio.
Rufus Bazley, marketing director at BusinessesForSale.com said: “The business market in the North of England continues to be strong with high numbers of listings and plenty of interested buyers.
“Increasingly we’re seeing activity outside of London and the Home Counties as entrepreneurs want a business opportunity combined with a less stressful lifestyle.”