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Maximising the Value of your Business

The RG Strategic Review is a unique process, expertly developed over several years by our highly experienced and diverse team. It has one principal objective in mind: – “Maximising the value of your business.”

How do we do this?

The RG strategic review process involves a comprehensive analysis of your business, its market position, its current trajectory, its long term objectives and how these align with your aspirations as shareholders. The review process has three distinct stages, culminating with a report on your business and clear recommendations that if implemented, will maximise the value of your business.

Understanding

Before we begin the process we believe that it is important for us to understand your objectives, so we can ensure that the review and its recommendations are aligned to your end goals. As such, we will require a small amount of your time, and occasionally that of your management team, for us to receive a high level briefing before we commence.

Analysing

We will then send you a tailored request for information, such as financials, business plan, client information, supplier information etc. which will help us analyse your business. A bespoke review will be prepared that summarises your business across several key areas.

Recommending

We will then personally present our review and findings to you and, if appropriate, your management team. Within our review we will provide clear recommendations across several key areas. Our recommendations will be tailored to your business and will, if implemented, have a demonstrable positive impact on the future value of your business. Accompanying our review will be a separate document outlining the priority recommendations that will have the most material impact on your business and its value in the short to mid-term.

What you will receive

  1. A succinct review of your business in the context of the markets within which it operates;
  2. An understanding as to how a third party may value your business alongside an indicative value; and
  3. Recommendations that, if implemented, would help increase the value of your business.

The “Rule of Nine”

For us to provide the best possible recommendations for you and your business we need to truly understand it. In order to do this we focus on nine key strategic and operational areasof your business: –

Why undertake a Strategic Review

The benefits of our Strategic Review are clear: – it will help improve profits, and the strength and sustainability of your business. As such, it will increase value irrespective of your end objectives. The Strategic Review process is a bespoke product, and our team are experts at crafting it to advise businesses and shareholders on: –

Delivering your Ambition

Carl Swansbury
Carl Swansbury
Corporate Finance Partner
Peter Glenton
Peter Glenton
Partner
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.

Manufacturing

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

Recruitment

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.

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.

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.

Water Retail

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

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.

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

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 Staffing

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

IT Staffing and Solutions

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

Staffing and Solutions

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.

 

Staffing

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

Financial and Professional Services Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of ISE Partners Limited, on the partial sale of the business to Pertemps Network Group.

Office Support and Logistics Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Flex Recruitment Plus Limited, on the sale of the OnSite and OnDemand parts of the business to First Personnel Group Plc.

Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Impact Recruitment Limited, on the buyout of one of their fellow shareholders.

Specialist Engineering

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Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Integrated Display Systems Ltd (t/a as Clavis) on its sale to the incumbent management team in a Vendor Initiated MBO.

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