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Successfully building and realising value for your services business

Whether you run a marketing agency, a tech enabled services business or a healthcare communications consultancy – as any services business grows, there are some common questions that arise and pitfalls to avoid that are difficult to navigate without the right advice. In our next breakfast briefing, we hear first-hand, how some of Europe’s leading privately-owned services companies have successfully built and realised value.


Richard Latner, Director, Results International (Chair)

Richard joined Results in 2014 after having spent nine years at KPMG across the audit, transaction services and corporate finance functions. Since 2010, Richard has focused on advising clients in the technology and media sectors and has worked on a number of cross-border transactions. His most recent transactions include the disposal of OCSL to Cancom, the sale of e2y to Dimension Data, the disposal of RedPixie to HPE, the sale of Forward3D to The Stagwell Group.

David Poole, Co-Founder & CEO, Symphony Ventures

David Poole co-founded Symphony Ventures – a digital operations consultancy that provides consulting, implementation and managed services to enterprises, focusing on the latest Robotic Process Automation and Intelligent Automation technologies, which has very recently sold to SYKES for £52m. David has 20 years as a corporate executive at CapGemini and Serco and has grown global businesses, built industry leading sales and operations teams, and spearheaded innovation across the industry.

Ila Garner-Patel, Partner, Cormis Partners

Ila co-founded Brand(x), a London based consultancy and communications agency serving the pharmaceutical sector, in 2004. With a unique integrated offering and a diverse client roster of multinational pharma companies and mid-sized biotechs she oversaw it’s growth over 6 years to 70 employees. It was sold to IPG in 2007 and Ila left the organisation in 2011 after a successful earnout that saw a doubling of income and employees.

Rob Evans, Founder & Director, The App Business

Rob co-founded The App Business in 2009 which was sold to St Ives PLC in 2016. The App Business is now the UK’s leading mobile product development consultancy, employing 170 specialists who help organisations such as Tesco, Visa, Ford, Kingfisher, Unilever and RBS figure out how to use technology to better serve their customers, their staff and improve their businesses.

Tom Wrenn, Partner, ECI Partners 

Tom is Head of ECI’s TMT sector team. Since joining ECI in 2006, he has worked with TMT investments including MiQ, IT Lab, Auction Technology Group, Avantia, Kelvin Hughes, CarTrawler, XLN, and CliniSys. He is currently on the board of MiQ, IT Lab, and Auction Technology Group. Tom initially trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte and has a degree in physics from Oxford University.


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Key Points to cover

This event is designed for entrepreneurs / founders /owners of services businesses, and we will focus on sharing practical and hard-earned advice on topics such as:

• Attracting and retaining talent and building a strong culture
• Driving growth through new service offerings and international expansion
• Building a business development / sales team
• Targeting revenue growth vs profitability
• The right time to sell and maximising value


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