March 24, 2023
Meet Gabi Feingold, Bluebox’s new Marketing Assistant. We sat down with Gabi to learn a bit more about her background and what drew her towards a career in Marketing at Bluebox as well as finding out a bit more about her outside of work…
What was your background prior to joining Bluebox as a Marketing Assistant?
Prior to Bluebox, I studied Criminology at Durham University and graduated in June 2022. I have quite an eclectic range of job experiences, including being a qualified gymnastics coach and I was also a Reese’s Peanut Butter cups promoter at a festival last summer. In saying that, I have always had a passion for marketing, and doing something so multi-faceted like that was something I was extremely interested in pursuing. After some time travelling around South-East Asia during winter of 2022, I decided to undertake some internships in the marketing field. I undertook two internships before accepting my role at Bluebox.
What were your motivations behind choosing a career in Marketing at Bluebox?
My main motivations were and are the ability to create, to impact others and to be constantly adapting and changing strategies in order to keep up with today’s transforming world. I am somebody who loves to have a lot of different things going on at the same time, and marketing is something which adheres to that completely. I also really like the way that Bluebox holds interesting and engaging events, which is something I wanted to be involved in.
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
I would say that one of my greatest achievements is a personal one. Travelling alone last year to the Philippines was a big achievement of mine, mostly because it was an unknown country and far away from home or anybody I knew. It meant that when things went wrong (which they did), I had to deal with them on my own, which was a real challenge for me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
One of the best quotes or pieces of advice I’ve ever heard is “you don’t have to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago”. I love this quote because it essentially means that you don’t have to define yourself by one mistake you made, or by a time where you behaved in a way that you regret. You can change yourself at any time.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Honestly, I am such a morning person, and I haven’t ever really found it hard to get up early. I usually have a list of things I want to get done, and as I’m most productive in the mornings, I tend to be motivated by these to get up and get my list completed.
If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with Princess Diana. She remains an icon today despite her not being here anymore. Unfortunately, she was before my time and so I would love to just have a conversation with her.
We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning £10 million. What would you do?
Honestly, nothing. I think I would have to take some time to think about what I’m going to do with the money. I’d put it into a bank account and consider my options. I’d tell my sister first though out of anyone.
You’re currently a Marketing Assistant, but looking forward, where do you hope to be in your career in 10 years time?
I really do hope that I will be running my own business. I’ve always been pretty motivated and good at taking the lead. I also have a lot of ideas and inspiration that I would love to put into practice.
Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?
Somebody with survival skills because I don’t really have any.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. I would love to go anywhere at any time.
Best dish you’ve ever had?
Recently, I went to a Vietnamese restaurant in Edinburgh and the food was better than when I was in Vietnam. I had these crispy spring rolls which had batter around them, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since.
If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join??
I would love to be on tour with Harry Styles and be part of his current tour band. This isn’t only because I love Harry and his music, but also because they’ve been travelling all over the world and touring so they must be meeting so many people and seeing so many places.
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Richard Millward, Former Client
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Helen Dickinson, Former Client
It has been a real privilege working with the team at Bluebox over this last year or so. Bluebox’s attention to detail ensured that we were well prepared for when the business was taken to market and the sale process itself was managed expertly. Starting the process, I had no idea exactly what this would entail and the volume of work that has been produced by everyone and the result reached today is nothing short of brilliant.
Hugh Morris, Former Client
We are delighted with the services that Bluebox was able to offer. They showed an intimate knowledge of a deal cycle, managed a tight auction process and were highly communicative from the start. I would happily recommend Paul and his team to business owners contemplating a sale of their business in the next 24 months. Experience is key and this has paid off for us.
Laurence Seward, Former Client
Aligning ourselves early with Bluebox, and entrusting the team to guide us through their process proved to be a highly rewarding investment from all viewpoints. Bluebox’s support significantly enhanced both the value of our business and its ‘saleability’. I would highly recommend Bluebox to business owners contemplating an exit in the next two years. The earlier the engagement the better so far as I am concerned.
Mike Minett, Former Client
We began working with Bluebox in early 2015 through their Blue Diamond Programme, as we were contemplating an exit. We found that the process focussed our minds on the key areas of growth in the business, and prepared us well for the inevitable rigours of due diligence. During the sale process itself, the advice offered by the Bluebox team was invaluable. We found them to be helpful, straightforward and honest.
David Stokes, Former Client
When selecting our adviser, it was extremely important that they had access to international buyers and were experienced in cross-border M&A. The team at Bluebox proved to be invaluable by identifying a strategic acquirer from America who was not known to us and by negotiating an excellent deal for all parties. I was also impressed with the process management from Bluebox, which ensured that the deal was closed in a timely fashion.
Jeff Weinstein, Former Client
When I first engaged with Bluebox, I was hesitant as to the benefits of using an advisor to firstly, find a buyer for my business and secondly, to get a deal over the line. However, now that the deal has completed with KPM, I can honestly say that the finer negotiation points handled by Bluebox and their overall management of this process has been nothing short of first class. I would be delighted to recommend Bluebox’s services to any entrepreneur contemplating the sale of their business.
Bill Ballard, Former Client
Bluebox worked closely with us over the following six months and helped us to implement some key initiatives which made InferMed a more attractive acquisition target. Once we decided to sell the business, the Bluebox team were very diligent in ensuring that no stone was left unturned. They negotiated expertly on our behalf to ensure we got the best deal possible.
Alan Montgomery, Former Client
The pre-sale planning programme that we signed up for with Bluebox made us develop our strategies and focus on the bigger picture. It proved to be a very rewarding investment from all viewpoints and significantly enhanced both the value of our business and its ‘saleability’. I would highly recommend Bluebox to business owners contemplating an exit in the next two years.
Nigel Parsons, Former Client
I have experienced first hand the value that can be created through highly structured pre-sale planning. It amazes me that it is not something that everyone does. It is so disappointing to see around 90% of transactions collapse before they complete and pre-sale planning will not only enhance your price, but also significantly enhance your chance of a closed deal.
James Caan, Investor
We worked incredibly closely with our advisers who provided expert knowledge of the sale process with which we were not familiar. We were truly delighted with the results.
Marten Nielson, Former Client
We appointed advisers to manage the sales process after we had received a number of unsolicited approaches for the business. I was incredibly impressed by the immense value that could be created by expertly negotiating with a group of already interested parties.
Paul Duckworth, Former Client
I was delighted with the service that the team offered and their real attention to detail. The deal was not without its complexities and it was reassuring to have such experienced advisers assisting me throughout the negotiations.
Peter Bennett, Former Client
Truly delighted with the way my sale process was managed. The fact that the team I worked with achieved such a great multiple is testament to their experience and their ability to create some true competitive tension.
James Averdieck, Gü, Former Client
The team at Bluebox provided invaluable support in negotiating this complex transaction. Their access to international purchasers, and exceptional knowledge of cross border M&A ensured that the deal was concluded efficiently, achieving a highly successful outcome for us all.
Jon Parslow, Former Client
“We selected Bluebox after a fairly long round of evaluating potential advisors because of their scientific, yet challenging approach to maximising value. During our initial meetings they showed us how far short of “ready” we were and consequently we completed more preparation in the early stages which meant we were equipped for what was to come. We were delighted with our choice of Corporate Finance partner. I do not hesitate in recommending Bluebox for any SME to consider.”
Simon English, Former Client
Bluebox provided invaluable advice in managing the negotiations with incoming investors. Their skills in handling these discussions were evident from the outset and the vital interface that they provided between the incumbent team and the incoming investors was truly beneficial.
Henry Braham, Former Client
Bluebox have a professional, dynamic and experienced team that is greatly assisting me with my focus on my exit within the next 24 months. Their structured approach is very refreshing and their ‘Blue Diamond’ programme is adding immense value.
Matt Evans, Former Client
The team at Bluebox provided me with a seamless service from the start of the engagement until our deal was completed. Attention to detail was commendable and their understanding of corporate M&A very impressive. I could not recommend them highly enough.
Victor Lewis, Former client
Having tried to sell my business previously – and failed – I was only too aware of the importance of pre-sale planning. This is a talented team offering a service that most people find out about, but too late.
Simon Hulme, Former Client
Bluebox are a quality outfit. Their access to International acquirers and relationships with the highest quality domestic investors was impressive. My shareholders and I received excellent service from start to finish and it was refreshing to be dealing with a senior team throughout the sale exercise.
Michael Clapper, Former Client
I cannot recommend the team at Bluebox highly enough. Their expert guidance throughout the entire sale exercise resulted in my shareholders securing an excellent deal with which the entire team was delighted.
Mark Rodol, Former Client
I’m really pleased with the service Bluebox provided. The team demonstrated excellent knowledge of the process to follow and led negotiations for the hospital in a way that allowed us to ensure we received appropriate value whilst focusing on reputational risk. Communication and service were of a very high standard.
Steven Davies, Former Client
With Bluebox’s expert advice we were able to find the right buyer that will benefit our business strategically. We’re delighted with the outcome and look forward to starting our new chapter
Clive Hillier, Former Client
The advice offered by the Bluebox team throughout the process was invaluable to the shareholders. We strongly believe that participating in Bluebox’s pre-sale planning programme was a significant driver behind the success of the deal. Their project management and negotiation skills throughout the sale process itself resulted in an exceptional deal being delivered to all parties involved.
Harpal Singh, Former Client