Barcan+Kirby’s Corporate + Commercial team advises on sale of Blue Marble Research to EMB Group

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Our corporate and commercial solicitors recently advised the owner of a specialist market research company, Blue Marble Research Limited, on her sale to EMB-Group Limited.


Based in Somerset, Blue Marble Research is a leading provider of market research, having achieved steady growth since its launch in 2007. They supply high-quality research and insights using qualitative and quantitative methodologies to a range of customers, including Government bodies, commercial brands, charities and utility providers.

The sale of Blue Marble represented an opportunity to become part of a larger group of companies, whilst continuing to operate as a stand-alone business under the Blue Marble Research brand and retaining and expanding their current team of experts.

Sale of Blue Marble to EMB Group

EMB Group is a well-established provider of research, consultancy and administration services to the public sector and its associated agencies. It is one of the Government’s top 100 SME suppliers and has been named as one of 1,000 companies to inspire Britain.

The Barcan+Kirby team, led by Corporate Partner, Georgina Bryant, advised on the sale with support from Senior Associate, Elsie Lyford. We helped the seller navigate the due diligence process, advised on the relevant notifications required as a result of the change in ownership, and negotiated the share purchase agreement and associated completion documentation.

The seller and owner of Blue Marble, Emma Partridge, said:

“I have felt incredibly well looked after throughout the process and can’t thank George and Elsie enough. It is also impressive that the buyers, EMB, have commented on smooth the process has been from their perspective – which I imagine is quite an unusual endorsement. A formidable team!”

Georgina Bryant commented:

“We were delighted to work with Emma, alongside Chalmers HB and Hornblower Business Brokers, on the sale of Blue Marble Research to EMB. The sale was smooth and efficient with everyone playing a key role in ensuring this was the case, and we wish Emma every success for the future.”

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