MBO 2012.  3 Acquisitions 2013.  Funding March 2014

I was originally introduced to Steve in August 2011 when he was organising the management buy-out of Premier Mobile.

Getting that deal done took a lot of patience, persistence and ongoing negotiation, coupled with a real desire to get the deal across the finishing line.

Throughout that process I always found Steve to be a "good sounding board" for me and to give his honest opinions at all times.

I have always found his views to be balanced, commercial and very practical.

Since completing the MBO, we have successfully used Steve to help us with 3 more acquisitions and we also value his input in our monthly board meetings.

He has added significant value to the business and I look forward to working very closely with him on future projects and acquisitions.
Shez Cheema
Finance Director
PMGC Technology Group Ltd

Disposals - 2010

Steve managed two disposals for Wolseley.  Neither project was easy, marketing construction related businesses in the middle of recession but Steve showed persistence and innovation to achieve two very good results.

Wolseley as a client is very demanding of its professional advisers, and Steve managed his firm's relationship with us by a mixture of good communications, practical advice and humour. 

I would have no hesitation in recommending Steve for a situation where experienced and practical advice is required, delivered in a down to earth, easy to understand way.
Matt Neville
Finance Director – Wolseley UK

Fund raising – December 2013
We first met Steve when we were looking for a way to unlock some value in our company for its shareholders. 

In difficult times, as the UK saw the collapse of Lehmans and the massive tightening of credit, Steve guided us through our management buy-out, securing what turned out to be among the last bank financing of 2008. 

Since then our business has performed well and we asked Steve recently to structure and arrange financing for the next phase of our corporate development.

This he did with his typical no nonsense approach - offering options, helping us choose the right one, and then getting on an implementing the choices we made.  We really value his advice and would recommend him for his hands on approach, practical advice and motivation to achieve our goals.
Ed Salt
Managing Director – Delamere Dairy Limited

Disposal Nov 2013

Dear Steve

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your invaluable support, guidance and commitment in regard to the sale of my business.

When I first started the process I did not realise the enormousness of the work involved, but from the first day I met you I felt confident that you were the right person for the job in hand. Your approach and friendly professional manner in explaining in a way that I understood was exactly what I needed.

The service you provided was very impressive, including the regular progress updates. The positive way you liaised with the staff of my company who were involved in the sale process was first class, and was executed in a warm and professional manner. Throughout the process you were always available for advice, even at weekends, and although the overall process was longer than hoped for, mainly due to the involvement of the firms of solicitors/lawyers you were always there, a great middleman between myself, the buyers and the lawyers when discussions got a little heated and communication lost.

I am pleased to say that when the transaction finally went through at the achieved price. It wasn’t without some stress and frustration along the way, but with your guidance and timely nudging we got there in the end.

Thank you for all hard work and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone interested in selling their business.
Forever grateful!!!!!

Gywneth Ashby
(former) owner – Essential Futures Limited
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