Support for your business at every stage

Running a business can be a lonely process, and there are times when you could do with some support. Irrespective of whether you’re a sole trader or managing a listed company, the likelihood is that you’ll need both strategic advice at some stage or another. Knowing who to turn to for advice when it comes to making decisions about acquisitions, management buy-outs or buy-ins, or disposals, is an important part of achieving your overall objectives.

Here are just some of the areas we can help with:

Identifying Targets

Whilst we are regularly supplied with details on recruitment businesses for sale (and these can sometimes present great opportunities), if your growth plan includes making strategic acquisitions it's much more likely that the right target for you isn't actually being marketed for sale. Bearing that in mind, we can take on acquisition mandates that start with helping you to determine the key criteria for a strategic acquisition. Once that's done we will pool our knowledge of the sector with your own, as well as utilising our research tools to arrive at a list of suitable targets. We will then make approaches to your target list on your behalf so that we can gauge levels of interest. After that, we move into a phase of initial meetings to see if a deal is a realistic possibility.

Transaction Support

Once you have identified a target business, we can work with you to identify what they key value drivers are in that target, what you should be prepared to pay, and how a deal should be structured. Once the headline terms of a deal are agreed, we can then perform financial due diligence on the target providing assurance over the numbers you are basing your offer on. We will also work with your legal advisers throughout the deal to completion. If you require external finance to fund the deal, we can introduce you to a range of debt and equity finance providers, and assist with the finance proposals you will need to submit.

Management Buy-Outs (MBOs)

Buy-outs remain one of the most popular forms of acquisition in the UK economy. A management buy-out (MBO) is usually an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for managers to own a significant stake in their business. But it can also be a major distraction: the managers must resolve many important issues regarding the structure of the transaction and the raising of funds, while attending to the normal running of the business.

Our purpose is to help management through each stage of the process. From paying the right price to the best financial structure, we are there every step of the way to ensure that your deal is successful.

Management Buy-Ins (MBIs)

A management buy-in (MBI) has all the features of an MBO but carries much higher risk, because the prospective management team has less familiarity with the business. Nevertheless, MBIs are popular: the concept of merging a proven management team with a business that has yet to realise its full potential has many attractions. We can help to reduce risk by careful analysis of the business’ strengths and weaknesses, and by tightly-focused financial investigations.

Our purpose is to help management through each stage of the process. From paying the right price to the best financial structure, we are there every step of the way to ensure that your deal is successful.


The decision to sell a business is one which is not taken lightly. You only get one chance, so therefore, it is vital to get it right. While every disposal is unique, our experience shows that there are common questions to be answered, and it is fundamental to the success of the disposal to identify and address these issues as early as possible. Preparation is a key factor.

Our independent advice and support can help you avoid the many pitfalls and to increase the chances of a successful transaction.

The next step

If you feel you would benefit from advice and would like to discuss the services we can provide for your business, please call us on 0845 606 9632 or email us at