We have an excellent track record in assisting business owners to get their businesses into “Apple Pie” condition. Your business maybe operating very successfully and be highly profitable but that does not mean it is sellable. At least not for what you think it is worth, what your hard work deserves; a considerable premium. Why? Because it is not “apple pie” and that is exactly what is needed to attract competing acquirers, with sufficient funds, willing to pay significant premiums for companies like yours. We know how to make you apple pie. We know how to attract competing acquirers for you. We know how to get you the price you deserve for your business and we know how to ensure the process does not break down. We have that experience. We’ve done it for many others. We can do it for you.
Mark is an entrepreneur who has been through the entire process and produced successful outcomes on numerous occasions. Both for himself (his last business sold for £170m) and for his clients. Below is a list of some of our successful outcomes to date and we have 4 more presently going through the process.
2017 ¦ Velocity Composites plc ¦ Burnley ¦ Carbon Fibre/Aerospace Composite Materials.
Testimonial: “Unlike any accountants, solicitors and wealth managers we had ever appointed and we have had some really excellent advisors, Mark Mills brought to Velocity something different. That difference stemmed from one simple but crucial fact: Mark has “walked the walk”. He’s one of us – an entrepreneur. His advice and guidance helped invaluably as we examined the options with him and decided on an IPO as the right way forward. Mark has built and exited his own businesses and helped twelve others to do likewise over the last decade, and every one for a significant premium. It’s not about the numbers, the accountants can look after those, it’s not about the legals, the lawyers can deal with that; it’s about knowing how to make a business scalable not “just” profitable, knowing every process inside out, avoiding the pitfalls, building confidence in potential acquirers/the market, branding, marketing, managing advisors, managing the schedule, strategy and negotiation to ensure the maximum return and that at the end of the day the deal actually makes it across the “finishing line” (as many do not). This is what Mark Mills did for us. It was worth every single penny and every single minute. Mark remains as our Chairman now that we are a PLC and we are enjoying the continuing journey with him.” – Jonathan Bridges
2015 ¦ Mini-Cam Limited ¦ Warrington ¦ Intelligent Cameras.
Testimonial: “I had received some offers for the business but did not want to sell it outright and could see an investment partner would help us to expand, particularly in overseas markets. Mark Mills joined us and we managed solve outstanding strategic issues, really build on the foundation we had laid and then found the right partner to invest who paid a premium and has been highly supportive. All in all a very successful outcome for myself and my business” – Nigel Wilson
In the October issue of Insider Magazine Mini Cam Managing Director, Nigel Wilson, explains how his business has had a record year and the role of Mark Mills in that success:insider-magazine-october-2016-mini-cam
In the August 2017 issue of Insider Magazine Mark Mills explains how an IPO worked for Velocity Composites: Ins MMP Aug 2017
2012 ¦ Garside & Laycock ¦ Lancashire ¦ Facilities Management and Maintenance. ¦ Sold to Mathew Spie Hall – £10m
Testimonial: “I had been through an unsuccessful sales process and now I understand why. Mark immediately challenged my thinking and from the first Board Meeting that we invited him to, he was straight into how we could prepare the business. Mark gave us a “Master Class” in how to create additional value and I can state no other advisers came close to his pragmatic, detailed and inclusive approach. We initially thought, having been in business for thirty years that Mark would not find any ways to improve things, but he unearthed two specific areas where we created an enormous amount of value. The result was that we achieved an excellent premium on exit within 12 months of Mark being appointed and I enjoyed the process knowing he would not only sell us at a premium but equally importantly ensure a deal was secured” – Paul Garside.
Date: 2011 ¦ Tactical Solutions (UK) Limited ¦ Chester ¦ Field Sales/Marketing ¦ Sold to St.Ives plc – circa. £25m
Testimonial: “Mark Mills brought a completely fresh perspective to the process of preparing and selling my company. He constantly challenged our thinking with the sole aim of driving value and ensuring we achieved a significant premium. Mark ensured our years of hard work were fully rewarded and properly recognised. He did so in a reasonable timeframe and made sure the process did not falter. Mark Mills works from the inside and is excellent at appointing/handling external advisers and making sure they work to maximum efficiency with the objective of adding value and securing the sale to the right purchaser at the maximum price. Having a fellow entrepreneur advise me and fully understand and appreciate the demands on me to keep the business running/growing whilst the process was underway was very useful.” – Lorna Davidson.
2008 ¦ Protocol Communications Management Limited ¦ Manchester ¦ Information Technology ¦ Sold to Eaga plc. Premium achieved – 38%.
Testimonial:” Mark Mills helped me achieve a significant premium. He knew how my buyer was thinking. Mark has “been there and seen it all before”. His advice was invaluable.” – Kevin Griffin.
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