Award Winning in Corporate Finance

Our award winning corporate finance division has a refreshingly different attitude to what constitutes exceptional advice. You don’t need to take our word for it either: we are very aware of the importance to you of appointing the right adviser for what may be a once in a lifetime transaction and so we ask our potential clients to contact our most recent clients to find out ‘from the horse’s mouth’ exactly what they thought of our advice and the difference it made to them and their transaction.

What advice do we provide to our clients?
  • We advise on company acquisitions and disposals (M&A), Management Buy Outs (MBOs) and Management Buy Ins (MBIs);
  • We carry out company wide strategic reviews with the sole objective being to improve shareholder value;
  • We can help clients raise growth and development capital;
  • We carry out business valuations for a variety of purposes (i.e. company sale, probate, shareholder disputes etc);
  • We help scope out and refine a company’s growth strategy, whilst preparing business plans and fully integrated financial forecasts; and
  • We can carry out Financial Due Diligence on behalf of acquirers, funders (banks and PE / VC funds) or management teams.
Why are we different?

We aim to stand out from our peers by:

  • Taking a strategic approach to planning and preparing a client’s business for a transaction;
  • Adopting a ‘solutions focused’ and collaborative approach;
  • Our insistence on building the most suitable team of advisers for each transaction; and
  • Having a highly skilled, multi-qualified, experienced team of advisers
Strategic approach

Most corporate finance advisers will look to be engaged by a client immediately before the client embarks on a transaction. They will simply ‘transact’ the sale or purchase for the client and then move on to the next transaction.

This approach will deliver a quick fee for the adviser: but not necessarily the maximum value for the client.

Even worse, trying to sell an unprepared business may result in a failed transaction: this is not only expensive for the client in terms of deal fees, but it is also likely to have a detrimental impact on staff morale and customer retention.

Our objective is to deliver the maximum value for our clients and our experience tells us that careful preparation and planning lays the foundation for a successful and value enhancing transaction. Before we provide transactional advice, we aim to carry out a strategic review of our client’s business to highlight the key strengths and weaknesses of the business. If we believe that our client can obtain greater shareholder value by delaying a proposed transaction in order to implement some key changes to the business, we will explain exactly what those required changes are and how our client can achieve them as efficiently and effectively as possible. We often work with clients for up to 3 years prior to a transaction to build a better, more valuable, business.

Solutions focused and collaborative approach

Having a positive, ‘can do’ and collaborative approach makes a huge difference to the success or failure of what can be a very complicated and emotionally demanding transaction.

We see it as our job to ensure that there is constant, positive, communication between all the parties involved in a transaction, to make sure that every adviser, including those acting for the other side, are working towards a focussed timetable and with a positive approach to delivering the optimum outcome for both sides as efficiently as possible.

M&A transactions are often destabilising for both the vendor and the purchaser and a significant drain on management time and resource, especially if antagonism develops between the two sides. We aim to complete every transaction rapidly and collaboratively, so that the process is as pain free as possible for both parties, ensuring that they are in a position to work well together post completion of a transaction.

Our high quality, multi qualified, experienced team

We pride ourselves on being much more than just corporate finance advisers. A business like ours depends entirely on the quality of its people and the make-up of our team is entirely different from any other corporate finance firm we have encountered.

Our team impresses both on paper and in action, and as you might expect from our strategic approach to preparing our clients for transactions, has been carefully put together over a number of years, with an emphasis on complimentary skill sets that bring the maximum benefit to our clients.

Included in our team are one of England’s youngest ever qualified chartered accountants, a qualified corporate lawyer, an MBA qualified corporate banker and chartered tax advisers, with the majority of our team also having Big 4 experience.

In addition to corporate finance advice, we will provide you with exceptional tax and transactional services support as well as tapping into the expertise of our corporate banker and lawyer: whilst they have both ceased to practice as a banker and lawyer respectively, they both bring to the table a number of years’ experience with international institutions.

Building the most suitable team of advisers

When buying or selling a business, raising finance or seeking external investment, a client needs more than just corporate finance advice. Whilst we will lead the transaction, acting as the conductor, our client needs excellent specialists in their orchestra to ensure that an outstanding performance can be delivered.

We take it on ourselves to help our clients engage legal, funding and transactional services specialists, as required, including arranging beauty parades and ensuring that the advisers put forward for consideration have the necessary knowledge and sector experience.

We have worked with a large number of lawyers and bankers both regionally and nationally and we are keenly aware of who brings what skills and experience to the table.

Delivering your Ambition

Carl Swansbury - RGCF Partner
Carl Swansbury
Nick Johnson
Peter Glenton
Peter Glenton
Alex Simpson
Alex Simpson
Corporate Finance Senior Manager

RGCF are delighted to have won the Corporate Finance Deal of the Year Award at the 2018 North East Accountancy Awards, as a result of their work in advising on the sale of a 75% stake in the UK’s fastest growing tenant referencing provider, Van Mildert to London based private equity house, Aldington Capital.

Industrial Services

Provision of Corporate Finance advice and tax due diligence to Wescott Industrial Services Limited, on its acquisition of scaffolding provider S.G.S. Ltd.

Manufacturing & Distribution

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to Premier Roof Systems Limited on the acquisition of Classic Windows (NE) Limited.

Manufacturing and e-commerce retail

Provision of financial and tax due diligence to Comhar Capital Limited, on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in manufacturer and e-commerce retailer business BGRP Limited.

Career Consultancy and Outplacement Services

Provision of Corporate Finance advice and financial and tax due diligence to Hanover Search Group on its acquisition of a 50% shareholding in career consultancy and outplacement services business City CV Ltd.

Waste Management Services

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to Twenty Five 8 Management Ltd on the sale of WCL Quarries Ltd and Drygon8 Ltd to MAC Waste Management UK Ltd.

Disability Services


Provision of Corporate Finance advice to e-Quality Solutions Group on the acquisition of Amano Technologies Limited.

Smart Energy Technology

 Provision of Corporate Finance advice and financial and tax due diligence services to Shard Credit Partners on its investment in the Management Buyout (MBO) of Chameleon Technology (UK) Ltd.


        Provision of Corporate               Finance advice to the                management team of        e-Quality Solutions Group on their MBO of the business, in   a deal funded by Shard  Credit Partners.

Port Services

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the incoming management team and London-based Shard Credit Partners on the MBI of JST Services (Scotland) Ltd.

Unified Telecommunications

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Nice Network Ltd on the sale of the business to LDC backed Onecom Group.

Facilities Management

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of CDCfm in relation to the acquisition of CPL, facilitated by securing £1m of funding from SME lender Thincats. 

International Generalist Recruitment

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the management team of Nigel Wright Group Holdings Limited on the Management Buyout (MBO) of the business.

Engineering and Technical Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the management team of Techconsult UK on the Management Buyout (MBO) of the business.

Nursing and Care Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Primary Care on securing growth capital, which will be used to further scale the business. 

Property services

Provision of Corporate Finance and tax advice to the shareholders of Austin Newport Group on the sale of the business to Artelia Group.


International Technology Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance, debt advisory and transactional tax advice to the management team of Venturi Limited on the Vendor Initiated Management Buyout (VIMBO) of the business. 


Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Tapered Plus on securing significant investment from Private Equity house, Comhar Capital.


Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Northern Recruitment Group on the sale of the business to Galago Group.


Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Pulman Steel on the sale of the business to Breal Capital.


Project Power Tombstone

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to London based Shard Credit Partners, who funded the incumbent management team’s acquisition of North East based battery manufacturer Alexander Technologies Europe Limited, from US based private equity house Woodside Capital Partners.

Tenant Referencing

Provision of corporate finance advice to the shareholders of Van Mildert Landlord and Tenant Protection Limited on the £20.1m sale of the business to Rightmove Plc.

Financial Services

Provision of independent Corporate Finance advice to the management team of Mobius Life in relation to a significant investment in the business by Phoenix Equity Partners


Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholder of Impact Recruitment Limited on the buyout of the other shareholders shareholding.

Advanced Manufacturing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the management team of GadCap Technical Solutions Limited on their Management Buy Out (MBO) of the business from its overseas multinational parent.

Medical products

Provision of independent Corporate Finance advice to the management team in relation to a significant investment in the business by CBPE..

Cybersecurity software

Provision of financial due diligence on behalf of alternative lender, Thincats who provided a term loan to facilitate the MBO of cybersecurity software provider, SentryBay Limited

Leadership consultancy

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Hanover Search Group, on the acquisition of a 50% shareholding in Talent ID Limited, a leadership and talent management consultancy.

Veterinary staffing 

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the 100% shareholder of Liberty Vets on sale of the business to its incumbent management team in Vendor Initiated MBO funded by AIB.

Energy Consultancy

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Squareone Enterprises Ltd, on sale of the business to AIM-listed, Inspired Energy Plc.

Water Retail

Provision of financial due diligence to Perwyn Private Equity on their investment into Everflow Limited.

Industrial recruitment and training

CF advisors acting on behalf of the shareholders ofOn the disposal of a 75% shareholding in the business to Japanese listed Trust Tech Inc.for £20.1m

Accounting & Tax Services

CF advisors acting on behalf of the shareholders of
On the disposal of the business toOptonis Group, backed by Sovereign Capital, for an undisclosed amount.

Engineering Services

Corporate Finance advisors acting on behalf of the shareholders ofOn the disposal of the business to Benbecula Subsea Services for an undisclosed sum.

IT Consultancy

CF advisors acting on behalf of the shareholders of Crimson on the disposal of the business to Harvey Nash Group Plc for £15.1m.

Driving Recruitment

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to a shareholder of Driving Force Recruitment Limited on the sale of their 72% shareholding to the management team.

Civil Engineering

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to a specialist civil engineering business on its sale to a fast growing, national, civil engineering and utilities business.

Renewable Energy

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Taylor Hopkinson on the sale of a 65% shareholding to SEA Equity.

IT Staffing and

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the Company’s MD, Aidan Anglin on his Management Buy Out of the business.

Staffing and

Provision of financial due diligence to Solingen Private Equity on their investment into Academic Appointments Limited.

Landlord & Tenant
Referencing Services

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Van Mildert on the raising of Private Equity investment.



Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of GEM Partnership Limited, on the buyout of a minority shareholder.

Carl and his team led us through a complex MBO, fundraise and our first acquisition at eQS in one transaction.  His ability to manage the needs of multiple stakeholders is second to none and RGCF’s fundraising process is a well-oiled machine. The final outcome exceeded our expectations and has provided our group with the ammunition to accelerate our growth plans.


Michael Hall / Chief Finance Officer, eQuality Solutions

Carl was instrumental in leading me and the SMT at eQS through our MBO.  Carl is a master of the corporate finance world and engaged personally on all elements of the transaction from initial advice to helping to find the ideal funding partner for us and ultimately guiding us through the successful execution of the deal with all stakeholders.  Carl and his team also advised and guided us simultaneously through our first acquisition.  Thank you to Carl and all the team at Ryecroft Glenton for their fundamental guidance and support throughout this complicated process, without which I am sure we would have struggled.

I would highly recommend Carl and his full team to anyone looking to do something similar.  His experience, understanding and communication skills are second to none.  Carl’s approach has been logical and practical throughout, with the ultimate aim of making sure a fair transaction was completed for all.  RGCF is an excellent corporate finance partner with a complete service offering and I look forward to a continuing relationship on future projects.


Andy Gough / Chief Executive Officer, eQuality Solutions

Carl, and the team he led, expertly supported myself and my executive team through a partial exit, MBO and an acquisition.  All the while clearly and capably managing an array of stakeholders, each of whom I understand are very pleased with the outcome.  I have already recommended Carl and his team to a personal friend, and I look forward to continuing this relationship into the future.


Chris Quickfall / Founder and Executive Director, eQuality Solutions

Carl helped us close the MBI of JST Services (Scotland) Ltd alongside Shard Credit Partners.

Carl and his team at Ryecroft Glenton were extremely helpful guiding the vendors through the process to the overall benefit of all parties.  I look forward to working with Carl on future deals.


Richard Jennings / Managing Director, JST Services (Scotland) Ltd

Referring one’s clients to specialists is an important process as one is putting their own reputation on that referral.  I am therefore very comfortable to highly recommend Carl.  I have had the pleasure of working with Carl on a number of initiatives.  Carl is incredibly knowledgeable, insightful, experienced and professional to a tee.  Carl has an ability to communicate with clients in a way that is tailored to their situation, underpinned by an array of solutions and a level of knowledge that is informative, relevant, transparent, very honest and reassuring not just for my clients but for me personally.

Jon Symonds / Scaleup North East Partner, RTC North

Carl and his team recently advised and completed the acquisition of my Company.  Throughout the entire process Carl acted in the best interest of his Client.  He and his team worked tirelessly and diligently.  I would describe Carl as a workaholic and very driven to get the job done.  I would not hesitate to recommend Carl and his Team.

Chris Lee / Managing Director, Nice Network Ltd

Carl is a first class dealmaker and best in the NE.  I always enjoy working with Carl and his capable team.  I look forward to collaborating on several additional transactions.

Matt Kenny / Independent PE investor

Carl and his team did a thoroughly professional job from start to finish on the recent sale of Nice Network Ltd.  The deal involved a number of complicated elements including shareholder value details, property extractions and various requests from the Acquirer and his advisors.  Carl and the team were available twenty four seven to assist with every issue and to negotiate a good deal for the shareholders.

Peter Seward / Finance Director, Nice Network Ltd

The acquisition of CPL and its merger with our existing business, CDCfm, within the newly created Service Response Group, was a completely new process for us.  However, with the support and experience of Nick Johnson from Ryecroft Glenton, we managed to overcome many hurdles in the transaction that I don’t think we could have done without his valuable input. We would highly recommend Nick and the professional team at Ryecroft Glenton, and look forward to working with them again in the future.

Carl Isakovic / Managing Director, Service Response Group Ltd

We really valued Nick’s advice and counsel, his involvement always provides a degree of comfort and extra reassurance throughout a process.

Mark Ingleson / Group Finance Director, Nigel Wright Group

We approached RG Corporate Finance for direction with our MBO of a division of a large international organisation.

Carl & David soon established a strategic plan and coordinated activities keeping us informed and involved at all stages of the process.  This included recommending a legal advisor and providing transactional tax support, whilst introducing us to an array of potential funders after developing a comprehensive business plan and integrated financial forecast in order to secure the funding we needed to complete the acquisition.

Throughout the entire transaction Carl, David and the wider RG team provided professional advice, which was both thorough and fully explained, and we would have no issues in recommending RG to prospective clients.  Now the MBO is completed, we are continuing to work with RG, who will be providing us with strategic advice and accounting support, via the firms OutsourcedFD offering.

Michael Baker / 50% shareholder, GadCap Technical Solutions Limited

Nick and RG Corporate Finance provided comprehensive advice and support to the management team on all aspects of the deal. He became involved at an early stage and developed a clear strategy, providing sound and pragmatic advice. He delivered real value to the team.

Adrian Stenson / CEO, Blatchford Group

RG Corporate Finance were initially engaged as corporate finance advisors to Gus Robinson Developments Ltd 5 years ago. Through the duration of our relationship RG Corporate Finance have proven to be exceptional counsel on a wide range of corporate issues, from strategy, restructuring, tax planning and corporate governance. Carl Swansbury and the team at RG Corporate Finance provided consistent support and guidance aligned to my overall aims of restructuring the business and achieving rapid growth prior to ultimately, delivering a timely and successful exit. Over the past seven years, Gus Robinson Developments Ltd has transformed to become one of the major contracting partners of social housing providers in the North East of England, winning many awards (both regionally and nationally) along the way. None of this would have been possible without the continued support and advice of Carl Swansbury, David Nixon and the team at RG Corporate Finance, all of which was delivered in the spirit of mutual trust and cooperation. I can’t recommend Carl and his team highly enough.

Daniel Robinson / Gus Robinson Developments

Carl and his team represented us in a transaction in early 2017 and I can’t express how impressed I was. We had never been through the sale of a business and we were very aware that the decision of which Corporate Finance Advisor to use could have a very tangible effect on the outcome of the transaction, and indeed whether the transaction completed. We spoke to several CF Advisers prior to asking Carl to represent us. Our main considerations were the ability of our adviser to control and drive the transaction. This was very important because we had never been through the process before but also because the companies who were looking to acquire us were very experienced in this type of process and we didn’t know what we didn’t know. We chose Carl and his team because they had clear and demonstrable experience gained through having a very personal and hands on involvement in literally hundreds of transactions over the years. Carl isn’t the oldest adviser in the game but we found that his personal experience was far in excess of any of the other individuals working for the other companies we considered and that experience proved to be invaluable during the process. Carl was instrumental in the negotiation process, in working with us to choose the right purchaser and all the way through the treacherous waters of actually doing the deal. There was a lot for us to consider all the way through but Carl’s experience enabled him to provide us with considered opinions and very good advice. I would say without any doubt that if we had not had Carl leading, controlling and driving the process then the deal would have been unlikely to go through. The only word of warning I would have for anyone considering asking Carl to represent them is that you had better be prepared for some 6:30am conference calls!

Christian Balshen / Van Mildert Landlord and Tenant Protection Limited

We have worked very closely with Carl and Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance over the last 6 months to secure a substantial venture capital investment into our business. Carl and his team are intelligent, professional and 100% committed to delivering great results for their clients. Carl’s positivity and effervescence is infectious!

Michael Hall / Director - Maxim Facilities Management Limited

Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance (RGCF) successfully advised us on our new partnership with Experis. Throughout RGCF demonstrated a focused and convincing approach which when combined with Carl and the teams natural energy and passion, made our deal process fun and ultimately successful rather than stressful and exhausting. I applaud Carl and the RGCF team for that and extend genuine gratitude for a thoroughly professional approach throughout. Thank you.

Steve Skeates / Director - Integral Search and Selection Limited

Carl Swansbury and his team at Ryecroft Glenton provided a most professional service during the sales process and concluded the successful sale of lift-rite group in October 2017. Carl always showed great enthusiasm and provided honest, first class advice with any questions or concerns we had and responded to them with clarity and without delay. All in all, Carl, Alex and the team at Ryecroft Glenton are people I would not hesitate to recommend.

Graeme Robson / Co-founder and MD of Lift-rite

RG have been a great support to Grove over the last 10 years. As we have grown from a small IT services company into one of the fastest growing IT companies in the UK (a Deloitte Fast50 company) with global reach and offices in Africa and presence in USA we have had many, and varied challenges. As we have grown we have needed a breadth of skills and experience – RG has always been able to help – drawing on their depth and breadth/range of experience across their team. This has ranged from: book keeping; management accounting; monthly payroll; pay scale reviews; VAT returns; cross border VAT transactions; registering for VAT in a foreign country; support and preparation for HMRC audits; corporate structuring; corporate restructuring; shareholder governance; board roles and responsibilities; mergers and acquisition advice; corporate valuations; strategic reviews; transfer pricing. It has been a joy to work with them. RG have always been ready to help and put in the extra mile as and when we have needed.

Philip Witheridge / CEO - Grove Group

Carl and his team are true professionals. They have guided us expertly through the deal to secure an equity investor ideally suited to our needs at this stage in our development. Being my first transaction I had many questions throughout and Carl always made time to answer those questions patiently and explain every step clearly. We are now excited to be embarking on the next phase of the growth of our business and can not thank Carl and the team enough for guiding us to this result.

Tom Hopkinson / CEO, Taylor Hopkinson Associates

Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance (RGCF) facilitated our first acquisition in the United Kingdom. CRS had a challenge understanding the dynamics of the UK staffing industry and RGCF led us through the purchase process without any problems. RGCF’s help was appreciated and the teams knowledge assisted us in building our UK presence.

Mark Levine / Chief Operating Officer
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