Exit and Equity Investment Planning For Food and Drink Business Owners

Date: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Time: 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Location: Eversheds Sutherland, Eversheds House, 70 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5ES

Making decisions about the future ownership of your business or how to identify the right investment partner to spearhead growth is always difficult. Very often business owners have never been through a sale or equity investment process before. As such it’s important that they seek advice from a strong adviser early on in the planning stage, to maximise the outcome for the business and the owners.

The seminar will be chaired by Naeema Choudry, Eversheds Sutherland, and  you will hear from experts who regularly advise business owners on planning for exit or when planning to sell equity to an investor to facilitate growth.

During this seminar you’ll learn from:

• Alistair Cree, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland, on exit and growth planning from a legal perspective;

• Sarah Lawless, The Big Partnership, on the importance of PR and marketing in promoting and positioning your Company and its’ Management, prior to sale or investment; and

• Nicola McQuaid, Northedge Capital, who will outline what they look for when they invest in a Company.

Whether you’re considering selling your business or are seeking investment capital, it is fundamental that you work with a strong adviser early on as this will ensure that you and your business are correctly prepared and positioned to maximise your exit options and achieve the required outcome.

About the Speakers:

Naeema Choudry Partner – Employment and Food and Drink Sector - Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Naeema is a partner in the Human Resources Practice Group at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP specialising in employment law. Naeema is also the co-chair of the pro-manchester Food and Drink Group. Naeema acts for a number of clients in the sector. She is a regular speaker at events and conferences and contributes to a variety of publications such as The Grocer and is co-author of the guidance document “Working Safely in a Multi-Cultural Food and Drink Industry”. In 2013 Naeema was appointed a tribunal judge sitting in the Midlands region.

Alistair Cree Past Chair 18-19 - Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Alistair is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland’s core corporate group, specialising in advising public and private companies on acquisitions, fundraisings, disposals, restructurings and general corporate governance.

Alistair has lived and worked in Manchester since 2002 and joined the board of pro-manchester in 2015. He co-leads Eversheds Sutherlands’ global aerospace and defence practice and over the past decade has advised on some of the North West’s most prominent corporate transactions.

Outside of work, Alistair is married with two young daughters and enjoys wine, squash and Arsenal FC.


Sarah Lawless Head of North West Operations -

Sarah is Head of North West Operations for BIG Partnership and runs the company’s Manchester office. BIG Partnership is one of the largest PR and Digital marketing communications agency agencies in the UK and has a specialism in the food and drink sector, with clients including: The Macallan, Mackies ice cream, Fish is the Dish and Alston Bar & Beef in the Corn Exchange.

Sarah joined BIG Partnership in 2016 and takes the strategic lead on a number of high profile accounts. Sarah builds campaigns which enable her clients to raise awareness, manage reputation, drive sales and change behaviours.

Nicola McQuaid Investment Manager - Northedge Capital

Nicola joined NorthEdge in 2016 with over 10 years’ experience in M&A.  She spent three years at JLA where she was part of a Private Equtiy backed management team and led on acquisitions.  Nicola was an Assistant Director in PwC Corporate Finance before joining JLA and has advised on a variety of deals, including buyouts, acquisitions and disposals across a range of sectors. Nicola was recognised as a “Changemaker” at the 2023 Yorkshire Rainmakers Awards.

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.