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The shifting world of media M&A

May 11, 2016

Media seems to be escaping the M&A crunch.  Unlike most sectors where deal flow has ebbed after a record 2015, numbers remain strong with significant momentum promising a busy 2016. Linda Sullivan, ... Read more

Budget 2016: Reflection from business owners

March 17, 2016

Company owners and financiers have weighed in on the Chancellor's announcement, with views ranging from a 'missed opportunity' to 'an excellent outcome for entrepreneurs'. Joe Stelzer, Managing ... Read more

Cavendish closes 24 deals in 2015

January 14, 2016

Lord Leigh of Hurley, Senior Partner at Cavendish Corporate Finance reviews 2015 and looks ahead to 2016.A flurry of activity over the last few months capped what has been a record-breaking year for the ... Read more

In the press:

Perform aims to raise £120m in placing to help fund deal - Multimedia sports group Perform is raising £120m in a share sale to fund the purchase of sports data supplier Opta and future deals. 5 July 2013 - Read full article in The Yorkshire Post

British twins make a mint from sweet company sale - 50 year-old family firm Hancocks is sold to Dutch equity group for £50m - just weeks after its former owners' 50th birthday.  21 November 2012 - Read full article in The Guardian here

Boom for bosses who want to sell as foreign buyers rise - The tough economic climate has brought a collapse in the number of small business owners looking to sell or exit. But Howard Leigh believe now could be the perfect time for entrepreneurs to cash in. 4 November 2012 - Read full article in the Mail on Sunday here.

What could go wrong when selling your business - Proper preparation and tight execution are key to achieving best price on sale, says Caroline Belcher in her latest "exit planning" article.  25th October 2012 in Real Business

Good business plan, good exit - in the fifth of her series on preparing for exit' Caroline Belcher explains what makes a robust business plan.  20th September 2012 in Real Business.

A Slice of British Pie - Raymond Fagan looks at why UK businesses are an attractive option for overseas buyers - 14th August in Growth Business

Theo Paphitis acquires Robert Dyas - 10th July 2012 in BBC News

Ask the Experts: smart exit strategies.  Caroline Belcher gives advice on the best way to prepare for exit.  7th July 2012 in the Financial Times

Trend watching is the guide to exit planning - Caroline Belcher continues her exit planning series.  5th July in Real Business

A big appetite for mid-sized businesses - Jonathan Buxton discusses corporate activity and M&A deals in the food sector.  16th June 2012 in The Grocer.

British Engineering: On the Up - Philip Barker discusses how a clutch of mid-sized UK engineering businesses are making an impact on the world stage. Time to celebrate them, and learn from their successes, May 31st 2012 on Real Business

Timing your exit - In such an uncertain economic climate, selling your business at the right time has become an art form. In the second of Caroline Belcher's Exit Planning series, here are the essential factors to consider.  Real Business, 23 May 2012.

Exit planning: the key steps - At some point in the life of an owner-manager, it will be time to sell your business. How you prepare for that moment could shape the rest of your life... Caroline Belcher writes in Real Business, 27 April 2012

Raleigh Cycle sold to Accell for $100m - Raleigh Cycle, one of the most famous brand names in the bicycle industry, has been sold to Dutch company Accell for more than $100m (£62m), April 26th 2012 on The Telegraph

Raleigh bikes bought by Dutch rival Accell for $100m - Raleigh Cycle, one of the best-known and oldest bicycle makers in the UK, has been bought by Dutch rival Accell for $100m (£62m), April 26th 2012 on BBC News

10 tips on selling your media business - Media is one of the hottest sectors in the market right now, particularly if you have a strong digital dimension. Linda Sullivan shares her ten top tips on how to get best value on selling your media business, March 19th 2012 on

Maximising the exit: Selling your media business - The future is bright for the media sector, particularly for companies with a strong digital dimension. Linda Sullivan, a director at Cavendish Corporate Finance, shares her insight into achieving the best value when selling your media business, March 9th 2012 on business matters

Sale time - Howard Leigh, senior partner at Cavendish Corporate Finance, looks at whether the current climate presents a good opportunity to exit a business, March 8th 2012 on

10 Tips on Selling your Software Company - Raymond Fagan shares his ten top tips on getting best value from the sale of your software company, February 20th 2012 on

" Mergers and acquisitions activity is back with a bang" - article by Richard Kirkcaldy Business reporter, BBC News, quoting Howard Leigh, August 24th 2011 on

"Fees: mid-caps hold value for advisers" - article by Anousha Sakoui, quoting Howard Leigh, June 21st 2011 on "

"Selling your business (or how to handle the 2nd most important business event of your life!)" – article by Howard Leigh, May 26th 2011

"Top ten tips for Selling Your Business" – by Howard Leigh, May 23rd 2011, on