Florida Business Broker in Sarasota & Bradenton

About Us

Buying or selling a business, regardless of size, can be a daunting task and perhaps one of the most expensive transactions in which you will participate. You need to be sure that you are represented by a competent, honest and hardworking business broker that has your best interest at top of mind. Florida Business Broker Harding & Associates has helped many people achieve their dream of selling or buying a small business in Florida.

Phone Number

(941) 822-8728



About Me



Ian adds valuable business experience to the Florida small business community where he relocated with his wife and three children to enjoy the lifestyle and amenities that the Florida’s Gulf Coast offers. Ian has a passion for small business and real estate, and has an enviable track record of closing deals of varying size and complexity.

Ian is comfortable in dealing with professionals across a range of different disciplines and has an impressive depth of experience in commercial business transactions, including the sale and acquisition of business ventures. A seamless experience, and going the extra mile for his clients are traits of Ian’s that he always delivers on, and his attention to detail provides comfort and confidence for clients so they know that they are being represented with integrity and diligence.

Ian holds an MBA from the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom, and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Northumbria in the UK.

Ian specializes in small business sales in Sarasota, Bradenton, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Naples, Venice, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and all other areas of Florida. We provide prospective buyers and sellers of small businesses in Florida with professional and personally-attentive business brokerage or consulting services. If you are planning to buy or sell a small business in Florida then we would love to hear from you to discuss your requirements with a view to representing you to help you achieve your goals.


What They Say ?

At Harding & Associates, we take great pride in providing our clients with the highest level of expertise when it comes to the acquisition or sale of a business. We strive to maintain the confidence of our clients throughout the entire process and are pleased to share the following testimonials of business buyers and sellers. If you would like to speak directly to any of our past customers or clients about their experience with H&A Business, we would be pleased to make this happen so you can be certain of the level of service you will receive from us.

Gordon D. Client

We had been to disney a few years ago. When we were staying in the resort my wife and I were sitting in the jacuzzi and I said to her, “I could get used to this kind of lifestyle.” That started the ball rolling. Initially I started looking for work but was more successful by getting in touch with Ian and buying our own business. We found Ian through a programme on TV in the UK. After watching the show as you do, I googled Ian and saw him on LinkedIn. I got in touch and had a brief phone call and we were set. He filled in the gaps as I had already being researching visa options and this is where Ian’s personal experience kicked in, he knew where I was and what we needed to do to achieve our goal! After researching the businesses listed on his site, he pointed out the correct businesses that would fit our visa requirements and actually be viable businesses. Remembering at all times it’s not just about the quick “Let’s get you here and the rest is up to you.” He advised me which CPA to use and I had found the visa company I wanted to use but when he recommended them too. I was sure I had made the right choice with Ian representing us. We were very much satisfied with the timing of our purchase from start to finish. The only hold-up was the previous owner. He was busy and sometimes caused delays but Ian guided us through the entire process. What could Ian have done better to help with the process? I have already recommended Ian to others and I will do the same going forward. I do not see Ian as just a guy I hired to find a business and move to Florida, I will see him as a friend that had the same vision as me and one day hope I can extend the favour and help Ian. This move that we have made has been hard on my family and knowing that Ian had my back was one less stress I did not have. Thanks Ian 🙂

Todd A. Client

When moving to Florida with plans to purchase a business, I quickly recognized the need to utilize a broker to represent me throughout the buying process. I wanted someone familiar with the local economy, but more importantly, I wanted to find someone with a global mindset and experiences across multiple industries. As I ran across Ian Harding’s profile, I was intrigued by his leadership roles within a multinational corporation along with the fact he had originally moved to Florida to start a small business himself – so he had first hand experience in what I planned to accomplish. In my first meeting with Ian, I was immediately impressed with his relaxed yet candid approach that is based upon building a trusting working relationship that transcends contracts, etc. As we started working together, Ian was excellent at contacting prospective acquisition targets, gathering and evaluating their financials against a database of similar companies, and then providing me with his insights on which businesses he believed had potential as well as those which had pitfalls. As we narrowed the candidates and made an offer on a business, Ian stayed involved to help guide all parties through the process while intervening as required/requested to help us clear some hurdles and successfully complete the transaction. I certainly benefited from utilizing a broker in the purchasing process and I would highly recommend Ian Harding to anyone that is considering buying or selling a business in Southwest Florida. — as I found he had an unmatched combination of credentials, work ethic, and integrity.

John C. Client

Working with Ian was the best decision I could have made. His knowledge, patience and innate ability to know what was best for me (often more than myself) made the entire process positive & ultimately profitable. There were actually opportunities that he initially advised me against, which only confirmed that what was best for me was his only priority. I ultimately decided on an opportunity which I had initially dismissed but that Ian advised taking another look at and to say I am pleased with the results is an understatement. This kind of search is stressful enough. I needed someone who thoroughly knew the market, understood my needs and motivation and made me feel like my welfare was his only priority. Working with Ian checked off ALL of the boxes.

John S. Client

I was recommended to Ian whilst I was on a fact finding trip from the UK to look at investment opportunities with a view to applying for an E2 Visa. I met with Ian and quickly realised that his experience, knowledge and understanding of business and the real estate market would be a tremendous asset to me. His patience, tenacity and negotiation skills enabled us to close on a business that was well suited to my own background. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Ian and his team to anyone who is interested in making the move to the wonderful state of Florida.

Robert C. Client

Your work was knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and ethical…..and I was very favorably impressed. I would be happy to serve as a business reference for you at any time. Thank you again and best possible wishes for all your future endeavors.

Ryan R. Client

Thank you for helping us find a great business. I look forward to working with you in the future.