IT HAS been a tough year for most companies across the country including these Southampton-based businesses.

After being in and out of lockdown for nearly a year it's no wonder that many businesses have been forced to make the heartbreaking decision to close their doors for good.

However, it's crucial to see the silver lining in even the worst of situations. 

With so much time on our hands over lockdown it's been the ample opportunity to start making those dream business plans a reality. 

Are you at the right point to invest in your dream commercial property?

Here are 5 businesses on the market right now in and around  Southampton:

Mr Local, Thornhill Park Road

£39,950

Romsey Advertiser:

Mr Local is a well-established and highly regarded off-license on Thornhill Park Road with more than 20 years of trading history.

The current owner has been in possession of the shop for two years but is now looking to move on and concentrate on other businesses.

A traditional off-license, Mr Local has new grocery lines, household products, lottery, paypoint, vaping fluids and more.

The business attracts both a local customer base from residents, retail workers, local garages as well as passing commuter trade from those either working in the centre of Southampton or studying here. 

Once the pandemic is a thing of the past, this thriving business on this busy parade of shops could bring in plenty of trade.

Find out more on Rightmove. 

Platform Tavern, Town Quay

£750,000

The iconic Platform Tavern pub in the heart of the town centre is up for sale, currently on the market for £750,000. 

Having purchased the pub in 1997 from Southampton City Council, the current owner has operated the business for over 20 years.

A historic venue, the pub has been featured in the Hollywood movie, Titanic and parts of the pub date back to 1350. 

The substantial mid-terraced property can serve up to 70 covers and benefits from a beer cellar and outside seating. 

Arranged over the first and second floors is the owner's accommodation which comprises three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

The annual turnover in 2018 was £559,617 net of VAT. 

If you're interested in this business visit Rightmove.

Springfield House, Portsmouth Road

£1,150,000

Romsey Advertiser:

Have you always thought you've got what it takes to run your own care facility? 

This lovely care home is available to the market for £1.15million and comes with a manager in place for which is ideal for operations and the new owner. 

Specialising in old age and dementia care, the home has 13 single and five twin bedrooms. with a weekly fee ranging from £517 to £750. 

The detached two storey building is fit with a passenger lift and has been well-looked after and maintained throughout. There is parking to the front and a garden to the rear. 

Accounts for the year end of 2019 the business shows a fee income of £566,883. 

Find out more on Rightmove. 

The Shoe Inn, Salisbury Road

£40,000

It's always sad to see a pub change hands, as they play such prominent roles in our communities.

But if you've ever fancied yourself as a pub landlord then perhaps now is your chance with this freehold pub in Plaitford. 

The original part of the property dates back to 1420 with a single-storey flat roof extension added in 1991 and a further extension in 1998. 

The property briefly comprises a bar, restaurant, commercial kitchen one bedroom owners flat, and five en suite letting rooms.

Available for £40,000 the business is currently available as a leasehold. 

Outside there is a well-presented garden as well as parking and a garage. 

For more information visit Rightmove.

Jackpot Cafe - SO17

£31,000

Romsey Advertiser:

Have you ever dreamt of running your own cafe?

This bustling and thriving little cafe on Portswood Road has been with the same owner since 2010. 

The property has been operating as a traditional English cafe for more than 38 years and has built up a loyal customer base.

In a prime location in this residential area Jackpot Cafe has an annual turnover of £63,015 and operates with low overheads.

If you're interested in the business that head over to Rightmove.