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Pitching to VC investors

Crafting a clear equity story for long-term investors

To attract investors and fund your scale-up journey, the most important thing you can do is tell a good, compelling story that presses all the right buttons. It doesn’t matter if you are pitching to angels, VCs, family offices or big PE houses, sophisticated investors understand the value of patience, particularly during periods of volatility. …

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Why acquire another business?

Top 10 Reasons to Acquire Another Business

Recent research suggests around 30% of UK SMEs are considering acquiring another business to accelerate growth. M&A can offer a range of strategic advantages and benefits, but only after carefully crafting a corporate growth strategy with strict criteria to keep your business on track. Here are several compelling reasons why companies may choose to pursue …

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How to sell a business: earnouts and deferred payments

Decoding Earnouts and Deferred Payments for Business Owners

While payment delays mainly benefit the acquirer, it can also be deployed as an incentive for the seller, offering an additional payout if the business exceeds expectations. Discover the hidden potential in your business sale and learn how to avoid potential traps, such as ceding excessive control to the buyer. Congratulations, you’ve successfully sold your …

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Business sale process explained | CapEQ

Understanding the Business Sale Process: Your Ultimate Guide

You’ve made the decision to embark on the journey of selling your business. But what does the business sale process actually look like, and what can you anticipate along the way? In this insightful guide, we provide a high-level overview of the three key phases that characterise almost every successful business sale. Phase 1: Preparation …

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How to value a business | CapEQ M&A advice | company value

How much is your business worth?

At the heart of your business sale journey lies a fundamental question: how much is your company really worth? In this comprehensive blog, we delve into the intricate landscape of M&A, shedding light on the key factors that influence business valuation, including financial health, strategic fit, and scarcity value. The Intricacies of Business Valuation Financial …

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How to sell a scale-up business | CapEQ

Roadmap to exit – Scaling Up Your Business For Sale

Recent studies have shown a few trends that should perhaps worry CEOs. Firstly, two-thirds of the fastest-growing companies fail. You might think that reaching hypergrowth status puts you on the inevitable path to success. If only it were that easy. Other research suggests steady-growth businesses tend to do better in the long-run than their faster-growing …

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How to plan to enter a new market

How to plan your transformation through M&A

Expanding into parallel markets can be a complete gamechanger or an absolute disaster for any acquirer. The business landscape is littered with infamous M&A forays which have sunk the acquirer, and transformational success stories to rejuvenate established incumbents. The main reasons for examining the wider world more closely is to increase or diversify customer base, …

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Gamechanger blog: How to make a transformative acquisition

Best practices for transformative M&A execution

A one-off company acquisition can transform businesses seeking rapid growth, market entry and strategic advantage – combining operations, market position, overlapping customer segments, and challenging entrenched competitors. As with anything, finding, negotiating and executing a transformative acquisition requires careful planning, due diligence, and effective integration strategies. Read on to explore the key steps involved in …

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Thames Valley M&A Awards finalist CapEQ

CapEQ shortlisted for regional M&A award

CapEQ has been shortlisted for an M&A industry accolade after judges recognised the B-Corp corporate finance boutique’s innovative ways of working and high standards The M&A specialist’s influential role in advising on the sale of neuro-developmental support clinic Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre to Salisbury-based Clinical Partners was singled out as one of six standout …

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Martech M&A | Spotler acquires Really Simple Systems | CapEQ

Really Simple Systems joins Spotler Group

Dutch martech group Spotler has acquired UK CRM specialist Really Simple Systems in a transaction originated by CapEQ. Founded in 2004, Hampshire-based Really Simple Systems’ easy-to-use cloud-based CRM is primarily used by marketing teams in the UK, Europe, Australia and USA, with customers including the British Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, and British Red Cross …

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Workload automation software M&A

Beta Systems acquires InfiniteDATA

Beta Systems has acquired InfiniteDATA to become a global contender in the workload automation (WLA) software market. The combination brings together one of the best WLA platforms on the market – InfiniteDATA’s AutomateNOW! – with Beta Systems, an established player with global reach and complementary technological knowhow. “Our acquisition of AutomateNOW! is a major milestone …

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Kantar acquires PPMI; Lithuania M&A advisor; EU consultancy acquisition

PPMI joins Kantar Public

Kantar Public, the international public policy evidence and advisory business owned by Trilantic Europe, has today announced the acquisition of PPMI, a leading European policy research and consultancy company, based in Vilnius, Lithuania.  The deal will enable both organisations to strengthen their combined offerings across public policy advisory and evaluation, data and analytics, and behavioural …

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Dutch investor merges three IT training firms

Our Dutch partners at FBM Corporate Finance are celebrating an unusual M&A completion. In a single transaction, GoodtobeBetter, Fincade and STRADIS have joined forces under one new brand name: The Trainee Company. Owned by Dutch investment house Quadrum Capital, the new grouping will offer traineeships in IT, Finance and Healthcare, with plans to add data …

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UK healthcare acquisition 2023

Clinical Partners acquires ADHD & autism clinic

Leading mental health treatment provider Clinical Partners Limited has completed the acquisition of Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre (“Oxford ADHD”). Clinical Partners is one of the UK’s largest independent providers of mental health, autism, and ADHD services both for the NHS and private sectors. With a nationwide workforce of over 400, Clinical Partners supports approximately …

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Mistakes to avoid when selling a business

12 mistakes to avoid when selling a business

Few business owners get everything right first time they sell a company. Common mistakes include setting unrealistic expectations around price or timescale,  misjudging market appetite, or going it alone without advisors to provide professional support. Here’s our take on the most common pitfalls.  I’ll sell my business on my own Who would learn to drive …

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CapEQ teams up with charity to mentor start-ups

Ethical corporate finance advisor CapEQ has teamed up with UK Armed Forces veterans charity Heropreneurs to empower new entrepreneurs from the military community to achieve their business aspirations ambitions. CapEQ is offering its skills and experience to contribute to Heropreneurs’ high-quality mentoring programme, which supports around 200 new businesses a year run by members of …

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Completed M&A Deals - Wernick Group acquires AV Danzer

Wernick Group acquires AV Danzer

One of the UK’s largest portable building specialists, Wernick Group, has completed the acquisition of modular manufacturer and hire firm AVDanzer (“Danzer”), in a deal adding more depots and specialist manufacturing capability to its family of brands. Manchester-based AVDanzer is a leading provider of high quality modular and temporary buildings for sale or hire, supplying …

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Access Group acquires payroll provider Paycircle

Access Group acquires payroll provider Paycircle

Access People, a division of leading business management software provider Access Group, has acquired Paycircle – a cloud-based collaborative payroll platform for modern payroll bureaus. Paycircle’s expertise in payroll management will integrate into Access People’s core suite, boosting current payroll offers for new and existing customers.   Paycircle is a UK payroll platform provider with …

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CapEQ backs young gymnast’s gold medal dream

Young gymnast Maddie Smith has secured funding from CapEQ to represent Great Britain at the European Gymnastics Championships. Maddie has loved gymnastics since the age of four, and soon joined her local club in Basingstoke UK. After excelling at Team Gym – involving floor, tumbling track and trampette – Maddie competed nationally at junior level …

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MarineGuard acquires EPIC to boost offshore personnel safety

Industry-leading superyacht security system provider MarineGuard Systems Ltd has acquired the Scottish offshore/onshore personnel tracking and mustering firm EPIC, in a move to combine expertise and target the Oil & Gas and Renewables sectors with new and exciting turnkey solutions helping companies to improve their HSE compliance for personnel safety and security. About MarineGuard Southampton-based …

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Completed M&A Deals - Supreme PLC acquires vape brand Liberty Flights

Supreme PLC acquires vape brand Liberty Flights

Supreme PLC, a leading manufacturer, supplier, and brand owner of fast-moving consumer products has announced the acquisition of Liberty Flights Holdings Limited, a leading UK vaping manufacturer best known for their Liberty Flights vaping brand and the market-leading Dot Pro device, for a total consideration of up to £14.75m. Founded in 2010, Liberty Flights specialises …

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CapEQ swings into action for baby loss support group

CapEQ has backed a campaign to raise much-needed funds for a local support group for parents suffering the devastating trauma of baby loss. The Thames Valley corporate finance boutique has donated £400 to Reading-based charity The Willows Support Group as part of a fund-raising campaign by former colleague Guy Pope. Guy and his partner Shaniece’s …

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CapEQ B Corp M&A

Europe’s first B-Corp M&A advisor

Ethical M&A advisor CapEQ has notched up an industry first by becoming Europe’s only accredited B-Corporation corporate finance firm. The London and Thames Valley boutique advisor secured the ethical business ‘kitemark’ this week, joining the ranks of 700+ accredited UK companies, including Coutts Bank, Jojo Maman Bébé, and The Body Shop. B-Corporations meet the highest …

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Using a trustworthy M&A Team - Selling your business

I Don’t Need a Deal Team to Help Me Sell My Business

It is surprising how many business owners think they can save on a deal team. While it may seem tempting to save the fees, it has been shown that having a trusted advisor like CapEQ on your transaction more than pays for itself, and generates an average of 20% more transaction value. Additionally, having the …

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