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Southerngirl
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Depends on price and the risk you are prepared to take.
Also, I thought legally they had to provide numbers?

I bought a business with bodgy numbers but I was prepared to take the risk with an established business with known name and ‘goodwill’. Having set up a business from scratch it is far easier to have an established name.
Numbers can be cooked anyway – less likely with company but still possible (thinking Enron)
Do a bit of sniffing around – the big thing is reputation (and of course, what you are paying for it!)

I was the worlds biggest accounts slacker – maybe this business is the same – doesn’t mean it is a run the other way just a big red flag you have to satisfy.