SERVICESWhat we can offer

Looking to maximise value?Pre-Sales Audit

Looking to exit? Exit Success Program

Looking to acquire?Acquisition Success

Specialist Sectors & Expertise A Broad Range of Experience

client attributes We focus on the following

  • Business Services
  • Technology
  • Telecoms
  • Media
  • Industrials
  • Consumer
  • Southern counties location
  • Deal values from £1m-£25m
  • Within our sector expertise 
  • Turnover £1m+
  • Growth potential
  • SME market

We approach our clients businesses from a buyers perspective, allowing us to position and maximise our clients business value

Partner Ownership & ResponsibilityIntegrity - Confidentiality - Expertise

Pre-Sales AuditFor Shareholders looking to maximise value - before an exit

AssessmentPhase One

AnalysisPhase Two

Action PlanPhase Three

A 3-month program of works covering Commercial, Legal, Financial and Shareholders considerations

Exit Success ProgramFor Shareholders looking for an exit

Planning &
PreparationPhase One

Research &
Market Phase Two

Meetings &
Offers Phase Three

Such is our commitment, we would refund our client’s retainer in the unlikely event that we do not sell the business

About

About UsA Tailored Approach

We offer tailored solutions specifically for SME shareholders and entrepreneurs. Our senior partner team has years of experience as business owners and at various Mergers & Acquisitions companies across the globe.

A combined approach from business entrepreneurs and Corporate Finance professionals that form the cornerstone of a highly skilled, passionate and experienced small, dedicated team. Every client benefits from a full team approach, allowing a complete 360° process of advice, guidance and counsel.

We only work with a small number of clients, typically only 12-15 per year. We feel we cannot offer the level of service that we know is required and desired by our clients if we do not limit this. You will find us honest, knowledgeable and approachable.

The Problem

Having spent years in other M&A companies who service SME clients, it was clear that this sector was being seriously undervalued with shareholders & entrepreneurs paying large upfront costs to effectively ‘Business Brokers’ who done little more than market the business for sale. Our company was born from the observation that corporate finance services available for small companies are of extremely low quality, in contrast to the common ‘Stack them high’ model which puts your company competing for attention among literally hundreds of clients per year. Disappointed clients, and complaints are common with an extremely low conversion rates being the end result.

Our Solution

We are not ones to sit back and do nothing, so have self-funded our own boutique M&A Consultancy. Our approach is simply to remove the parts that don’t work, whilst adding a high degree of analysis, planning and a structured sale process to ensure our clients actually achieve an exit. We are able to bring Mid-Market global research, and negotiation strategies to the SME sector. For us, high standards are not reserved for large companies, we use the best corporate finance practices, and we apply it to SME requirements. By aligning our success with yours, we have devised a fee structure that eliminates high upfront fees, but rewards success.

No Sales
Staff

International
Reach

Multilingual
Team

100 yrs
Experience

Global ResearchHow we find acquirers

“We have a dedicated analytical team with access to leading commercial databases and propriety market data. This offers a significant advantage to our clients by providing up-to-date in-depth market research, transaction data and expertise in the identification of potential acquirers, targets and financial investors. Our personal relationships with serial trade buyers and institutional investors has been gained over many years of M&A experience”

Mark Venables
Partner

FAQ'sCommon concerns

When is the best time to sell?

Although it is often quoted, it is true that the best time to sell is when you don’t have to. A forced sale due to say financial difficulties is unlikely to allow the best terms and price to be obtained. Plan for the sale some 1-2 years ahead.

How do I maximise the value of my business?

To maximise the chances of receiving full value for your business, you should undertake a comprehensive review of your business at least 1-2 years prior to a sale. This will cover Legal, Financial & Commercial aspects.

How do you ensure confidentiality? 

There is always a risk that news of an intended sale will leak to your customers, suppliers or staff. To minimise this risk, only send Information Memoranda to parties known to be interested in acquiring companies such as yours.

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EnquiryStart with a confidential discussion

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