Do you know the value of your business? It’s time you do! (Lunchtime session)

Date: Tuesday 16th April 2024
Time: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Location: Gateley, Ship Canal House, 98 King St, , Manchester, M2 4WU
Cost: Free
Corporate Finance, VC and PE
Member Event
SME Club
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Valuing your private company may not be straightforward, but it’s important to know, especially if you are raising capital, considering an acquisition or contemplating a sale.

Despite the use of established methodologies, valuations can be highly subjective, and often the derived outcome does not reflect the real world. Using an inappropriate methodology incorporating unrealistic assumptions creates an illusion that is therefore of very limited value.

However, reality is beginning to dawn on many entrepreneurs, as they become hyper-aware that investors can be tough to identify, and not seemingly in a hurry to commit funds. This is very different from the pre-Covid era when investors felt more confident. In addition, there are well-informed companies willing to make acquisitions - but only on an opportunistic basis.

Having a realistic idea of what your private business is worth in the current market is essential, especially for growth companies with high ambitions -  but the question is… where to start?

Join us for a dynamic seminar with talks on the most current methodologies used to value private businesses in 2024, how to navigate the updated IPEV guidelines, and highlights on M&A valuation trends and deal flow. We’ll be ending on a panel discussion with our expert speakers drawing upon their own personal experience in private company valuations sharing the challenges and trends that have arisen.

About the Speakers:

Keith Hiscock Chief Executive - Hardman & Co

Keith Hiscock is the Chief Executive of Hardman & Co.

He is personally responsible for the firm’s relationships with its corporate clients and also for corporate finance. In addition, he is the author of several articles tackling the issues facing companies in today’s climate.

Keith has more than 35 years’ stockbroking experience and has developed long-standing relationships with many major institutional investors, including Private Client Brokers and Wealth Managers. He started his career at James Capel, at the time the top-ranked research house in London. He was a founding member of Schroder Securities and of Agency Partners, a leading research boutique house, and was a member of the five-man securities board at Evolution. Keith has also advised companies, large and small, on their relationships with the capital markets.
Keith was part of the group of investors that acquired Hardman & Co in late 2012. He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Oxford.

Richard Angus Head of Business Development - Hardman & Co

Richard Angus is the Head of Business Development at Hardman & Co.

He has more than 30 years of City experience. His primary area of focus has been US equity capital markets, and he has been involved predominantly in the development of growth companies. Richard has experience on both the buy and sell sides. Having worked for M&G as a fund manager, Richard then worked for US investment banks Alex Brown & Sons and Furman Selz. Latterly, Richard was Managing Director and Head of Institutional Sales for Europe at FBR & Co. Besides being involved in many public flotations, Richard’s experience includes pre-IPO capital raises.

Richard joined Hardman & Co in September 2014. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Liverpool and is a Chartered Accountant.


Erin Berry Director Corporate Finance - Saffery

Erin is a member of the North West Corporate Finance Team and has worked on a wide variety of transaction support and business advisory engagements, working with a range of business types, sectors and sizes.

Erin has a wealth of expertise in serving a diverse range of clients, including entrepreneurial, private equity backed and privately owned businesses. As a Director in our Manchester office, she provides a range of due diligence services such as vendor due diligence, vendor assist, buy-side due diligence and associated services.

Erin has a commitment to ‘future-proofing’ businesses by offering early-stage advice that empowers clients to make informed decisions and realize their long-term aspirations. She is spearheading the strategic implementation of Saffery’s pre-transaction offerings, including bespoke advice, vendor due diligence, and vendor assistance services. Recognising the evolving needs of our clients in today’s fast-paced business landscape, Erin champions these services as a pivotal element of Saffery’s forward-thinking approach, enabling us to provide support at every stage of a transaction.

Paul MyIchreest Equity Analyst - Hardman & Co

Paul Mylchreest is an equity analyst covering the Mining sector at Hardman & Co.

Paul has 30 years’ analytical experience, having started his career in the Chemicals sector. He was an Extel-rated analyst at S.G. Warburg, Schroders and Citibank. As well as a brief foray into Oil & Gas, he worked for several years as a Global Macro & Cross Asset strategist, firstly setting up on his own, and later working at US commodity trader, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM Inc.). He began his mining coverage at Crédit Agricole Chevreux in 2005.

Paul joined Hardman & Co in early 2018. He holds a BSocSci in Money, Banking & Finance from the University of Birmingham.

Doug Lawson Co Founder - MarktoMarket

Doug Lawson co-founded MarktoMarket in 2017.  MarktoMarket is the gold standard provider of data on SMEs.  The platform is used by hundreds of corporate advisory, accountancy, legal, private equity and venture capital firms and is backed by VCs Par Equity, 24Haymarket and Techstart. Prior to MarktoMarket he spent his career in fund management after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with EY and working in corporate finance.  He co-founded Amati Global Investors, a smaller company specialist fund manager with over £1 billion of assets under management, exiting when a 49% stake was acquired by Mattioli Woods plc in 2017.

Interested In The Event?

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