Midlands business advisory firm, Harrison Beale & Owen (HB&O), is celebrating unprecedented growth in demand for business sales and acquisition support which has seen its Corporate Finance team expand significantly since its launch five years ago.
HB&O established its Corporate Finance service in 2014, specialising in deals worth between £250,000-£5m so that businesses of all sizes could benefit from the right expertise when buying, selling or raising funds for their business. In the last five years, HB&O has supported over 200 projects, including over 100 business disposals or purchases with a total value of £209m. The firm’s Corporate Finance team has grown from one full time specialist to a team of five and works across a wide range of deals including sales, mergers, acquisitions, management buyouts and fundraising projects.
Greg Philp, Director of Corporate Finance at HB&O said: “Demand for specialist corporate finance support remains very strong across the Midlands despite the challenges posed by Brexit and other pressures. Typically, specialists focus on larger deals which has left smaller organisations with little support in what can be very complex negotiations. By focusing specifically on projects worth less than £5m, we’ve seen rapid growth in demand for our services which have been well received by our clients.”
HB&O’s Corporate Finance specialists work both with existing HB&O clients, as well as supporting accountancy firms who do not have their own corporate finance expertise and larger advisory firms with their smaller projects.
“Buying, selling or refinancing a business requires a lot of careful planning and specialist knowledge even where the values are relatively low. It’s extremely rewarding working directly with business owners to support them throughout the process and deliver the best possible outcome for them and their employees.” Greg continued.
HB&O’s Corporate Finance division is led by Greg Philp who was promoted to Director in January 2019. Greg is supported by a team of funding and transaction specialists, all of whom work closely with HB&O’s tax and personal finance teams to deliver comprehensive advice to clients.