It could, it was doing well before the recession, we had 3 employees (now 1, who quite frankly has been here through think n thin) but because he refused to diversify it has just about survived. He blames everything on everyone else and the recession has been a good 'fall guy'. I know times have been hard, but for everyone and it was our luck that 2 employees were able to find other work, which meant we just had the one.The business is a motor vehicle repair-independent jaguar specialist. It is very hard to get the certificates of lawfulness in green belt for this type of usage, but we do have those in place. It was also a riding school before we arrived and had liveries after for some time. Our employee did ask me if my partner would consider selling the business to him. I said i thought he wouldnt relinquish it-it being the trading name. Anyone wanting to purchase could buy the trading name the contents of the units associated or they could buy those and the property. For a couple or business partners-it is well able to accomodate the vehicle repair business, rentable units and a riding school for say (disabled people) or liveries run by the wife while a husband ran car repair business and a family home, or business partners running both and renting the bungalow out if they didnt wish to live on site. It has many possibilities for those who can see beyond their noses-or own self! If I had the money or the know how, I would do things very differently indeed. I would keep business running, but contain it in the minimum unit space until it blossomed, rent the other workshops out-enough to cover rents/rates elctricity etc, Rent the stables and fields out or put a manager in to do this, and live in the bungalow and rent a room/possibly 2 to cover the rent/rates there. It is all doable but my partner refuses to clean up his act, I have spent last few years putting all these different scenarios to him but always they are met with refusal, and that i dont know what i'm talking about and that he wont confine his business to the essential working space, my friend who is a horse person, even spoke recently with him about re-starting the equestrian side and she said he said no-he was going to need them for his business. But-the council stipulated that the car repair business and units couldnt operate outside of the units and yard and there is still a gate at the boundary of there dividing the access driveway, stables yard fields and bungalow and gardens from it. Strictly speaking, the council would be within their rights to come down and say 'mr palmer-you have business associated vehicles and things in the field and menage and the stable yard and also in the stables and they are not the commercial part of the property'. He did quite some time ago make one of his comments that he and his new girlfriend were going to run a car sales from the stables and yard! I thought no you won't be-a) the council ruling and b) health and safety with sparks possible around wooden stabling etc and c) she won't be running anything from my home anyway d) We, me and him, jointly have to agree to what will be the way forward, either he stays and listens to my suggestions and he continues to run the business properly and We find a way to make it work and pay the bills/rates-which would mean of course he would actually have to take on board my suggestions (can't see it).Whether he chooses to live off the property in his own place, it would be his choice to move in with his girlfriend or not. I may be able with renting rooms to cover the bills-but again the business would have to pay the mortgage and overheads. Really I cant see any way round it. I did think at one point before the lates girlfriend came along, that he would consider it was worth our while to work together on the business and the property and get it into shape, while waiting for the property market to pick up, so even a ways down the road-we would at least be able to sell at a reasonable price. He could have chosen to continue living here or moved into his own place and come to work each day. But in past 6months he has suddenly come up with all of this 'we' stuff, which includes the girlfriend and not me, i don't mean personally but financially in the home and business. So we will get nowhere with this at the top of his agenda. He thought i would cave in and say yes-i will take what you offer me whatever it is and move out and you can bring your new girlfriend here and she will step into my shoes lock stock n barrel, as if i'd never been here. But what he offered to just give it all up was ridiculous. I said to him that, if he couldnt buy me out properly why didn't his girlfriend help him out, reasonable as she wants what i thought i would have after 28years with him.. What I expected to be enjoying after daughter was working and retirement approaching. The usual things, like holidays, nice car, nice home, nice clothes etc-nothing fancy but time to enjoy life. But he says he couldnt come up with the money or wouldn't, though i heard he had an offer of a loan of 50,000 from a friend, possible 40,000 in his pension which has just very recently matured and including the loan he has applied for-it would be enough for me to find somewhere so i don't have to worry about a roof over my head and give me basics to start again-like sofa bed etc-no luxuries. I look at it this way. he wants me to give up everything for a sum of money that he chooses so that he can then bring his girlfriend here (who doesnt appear to want to invest anything, other than to arrive with a suitcase and enjoy my home and run business with him. At the moment I am sitting miserably pretty! I have a home, it has space though its run down and not pleasant where it's been spoilt. It needs work, but i dont need buckingham palace, but there will come a time when all the things that have been neglected to maintain it catch up and maybe the roof will leak or heating need replacing etc. But i 'have' a home! I can gradually find ways of paying more and more bills,if i am not blocked at every turn. If he wants to live with his girlfriend that would be his choice, it would leave a spare room to rent which any go towards bills rates and repair, instead of him digging his heals in by not being here anyway but not allowing for any income to be generated. What i cannot get my head around is he knows he is well off and he is having his cake and eat it as the phrase goes, he has had a lot of leaway, i havent ever been on his case or constantly checking upon him or his movements like some women are. He has a home-he refuses to maintain but which could be lovely, in a few years the property will go up if the maintainance is done, people will be looking to move and invest again more and more. I have not blocked him in any way where his girlfriend is concerned, i have accepted he wishes to move on with her, but it isnt a triangle! It is me and him or him and her and not me and her and him. This is how he is making it but he wants to be rid of me but he wants his cake-the business and property. I stand to lose a lot, emotionally i already have, but financially is worse. In a few years, this could be a thriving concern once again and very sellable. For the small sum he offering me to give it all up, i ask myself-why would i want to, if i will be struggling a few years from now with no home or security. It is a fact, that a couple, be it personal, or business are financially better off than to people alone. Escpecially women, who fall at the bottom end of the pile where everything is concerned and my age group 45-55 are the worst off alone, having given everything up for their families and not persued a career as usually in most cases i know-the partner of this age group expects 'his dinner on the table' and the rest.