Your Success Without Compromises

A Completely
Transparent, Open,
and Aligned Service

Venture Corporate Finance was founded by a group of experienced ICT business sales experts and business owners. That insight has taught us not only what a business sale is, but what it should be. So we set out to create a proposition that truly puts our clients’ success first, with a clear and transparent process – no smoke and mirrors.

Your business isn’t just another sale on the pile. It’s the culmination of decades of hard work, and you should be rewarded for that. But it takes time, effort, and compromise when all you want is to move on to the next chapter of your life. We understand that because we’ve been through it too. Many of the people on our team know what it’s like to sell a business and the struggle that usually requires.

Revolutionizing
Business Sales

That’s what first inspired us to look at market success rates, completion times, and shareholder satisfaction, only to find they weren’t where they should be. So we’re here to change that. And we do it by putting as much risk into this as you do. Because if you’re not happy, we’re not happy. Having completed 13 transactions in the past 2 years (Total deal size: £80m), we provide the experience, knowledge, and network needed to find you the perfect buyer for your business.

So if you’re looking for a win-win solution, with no fees until you’ve agreed to a deal you’re 100% satisfied with, then this is the right venture for you.

Meet the team

Executive Team

David Hargreaves

Chairman

David is an accomplished and award-winning investor and entrepreneur with 32 years of experience in the financial and legal sectors.

Tim Poultney

Non-Executive Director

Tim was once the CEO at Veber, with over 18 years of experience in IT and hosting. Veber – a dedicated, customer focused hosting service provider – was sold to Acora in 2020.

Chris Jones

Non-Executive Director

Chris brings with him over 30 years’ experience in the UK TMT sector having acted at C-suite level for a host of notable businesses in telco and IT. 

Gary Smith

Managing Director

Bringing 15 years of corporate finance experience with him to Venture Corporate Finance, Gary had one vision: to create a firm that’s fairer to ICT entrepreneurs.

Transactional Team

Stephen Taylor

Transaction Manager IT/Telecom

Stephen Taylor comes with a proven track record in the TMT sector. His excellent pedigree is highlighted by recent successes of completed transactions in the last 9 months in the IT and telecoms sectors.

Tom Griffiths

Transaction Specialist – General

Tom has over 8 years’ experience in finance, having worked in banking and asset management at JPMorgan. At JPMorgan he worked with the largest asset managers, pension funds and insurance companies in the world.

Jack Chiappe

Associate

Jack has several years’ experience in M&A having worked at a number of boutique advisory firms, both tech-specific and sector agnostic. 

Relationship Team

John Patefield

Senior Advisor – IT/Telecom

Responsible for relationship management, John is able to quickly identify opportunities to support owners looking to grow or exit their businesses.

Tony Reddick

Senior M&A Advisor

Tony Reddick joins our team as a senior M&A advisor. He has over a decade of experience in the IT and technology business sales landscape and specialises in relationship development within the industry.

Chris Roberts

Operating Partner – Debt/Equity Advisory

Corporate Finance professional with 20 years banking and finance experience, with a broad range of transactional experience from senior positions held in Leverage Finance at The Royal Bank of Scotland, Head of Transactions for a FinTech debt platform and more recently working with Corporate Finance Advisors.

Actively Recruiting

Deal Originator

Business Analyst Team

Matt Searle

Senior Analyst

Matthew joined Venture Corporate Finance to help with deal origination and investor profiling. He has 5 years of experience helping corporate advisory firms with business development and marketing strategy.

Xi Lin

Head of Market Research

Xi is head of our business analytics and research team. She has over 15 years of analytical experience and profiling companies.

Nicoline Muller

Analyst

Operations Team

Sue Duncan

Office Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in business administration, Sue serves a central role in keeping our offices running smoothly.

Dominic Spicer

Marketing Manager

With over 7 years in Digital Marketing, Dominic brings a heap of experience and skills to the company.

Why work with us?

Often, in relationships between sellers and advisors, the risk is one-sided. Sellers have to hand over large amounts of fees regardless of whether their sale is a success. That doesn’t sit right with us.

Over the years, we’ve refined our processes and strategies to align with your needs and expectations. We want to work with you to complete a sale that delivers on the value you’ve built from the ground up. That’s why we always start with a free and bespoke transaction readiness report that assesses your current position and provides honest advice on your next steps.

If you’re ready to sell, then let our team handle the entire process, including sourcing ideal buyers and completing due diligence. Through our network of buyers, we come to understand what the market is looking for and who’s available to buy.

Our keen insight into the ICT sector also allows us to always put you in the best light and receive the best offers. No speculation; only solid reasoning.

This process is how we cut out 30% of the time it would take to complete a sale on your own. You can rest assured that our team is taking care of everything for you and that your business is in the right hands.

Ready to

get started?

If you believe now is the time to sell your IT, tech or telecoms business, or you would like to begin preparing for sale with a bespoke business review, then get in touch with the team today.

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