An interactive three hour workshop, focused on the key areas that will drive a higher valuation and increase the saleability of your business. Whilst each Launchpad is tailored for every client, we aim to provide you with a flavour of the outputs from the full Bluebox Blue Diamond pre-sale planning programme, including:
The cost of the Launchpad will be deducted from the cost of the full Blue Diamond pre-sale planning programme.Arrange a Launchpad
Over 90% of all businesses taken ‘to market’ by the UK’s advisory community fail to sell. Bluebox has developed an ‘award-winning’ programme that works alongside both business owners and investors to ensure that the businesses that they own are fully prepared for sale. It is a highly structured and rigorous programme that identifies all key business issues that will drive value or enhance the ‘sale-ability’ of your business when the time comes to sell. The programme includes an existing and aspirational valuation of your business, the identification of your target purchasers or investors and creating a bespoke ‘opportunity map’ that will drive additional value.
We will manage the progress using your bespoke ‘Bluebox Roadmap’ and we will ‘review’ your entire business using our range of ‘diagnostic toolkits’. To be entirely prepared, we will collate and host the library of all due diligence documents in your own Electronic Dataroom. We will attend your Board meetings, provide focused advice on exit matters and ensure you retain focus. We get to thoroughly understand your business and when you are ready, we will work with you, to help you sell your business or obtain investment.Explore The Programme
Selling a business is often the most important ‘transaction’ in a business owner’s life and the sale process requires a high level of competence and absolute focus from your adviser. With direct access to over 8,000 corporate acquirers, unparalleled access to both domestic and international private equity communities and with market-leading research capabilities, Bluebox prides itself on its ability to identify the target buyer that is able to close a deal and pay the best possible price.
Our team works with clients from start to finish and has successfully sold over 100 private businesses across a wide ranging of sectors with values ranging from £1m to £200m. Whether it be as a ‘follow on’ from your participation in our ‘Blue Diamond’ pre-sale planning programme, something that you have been considering for a while or in response to an unsolicited approach for your business, Bluebox will provide honest, value-added advice on your sale that can make an enormous difference to your end result.
Bluebox has extensive capabilities when it comes buy-side advisory. Our sell-side expertise lends itself to this, not only enabling us to identify the right targets for our clients, but also to provide unrivalled commercial and strategic advice. Whether we are helping clients get a deal over the line with a pre-identified target or undertaking a broader acquisition search, we are confident we have the skills and resources on hand to help.
For a broader acquisition search, we will research and identify domestic and/or international targets for your business, based on a set of pre-agreed criteria. Depending on our scope of work, we will then make approaches, start a dialogue, facilitate meetings, advise you on valuation, negotiate key terms on your behalf, and manage the deal through to completion. Even if there are ongoing discussions with a target at the start of our engagement, we can not only assist with these, but also manage the process from thereon in.
Bluebox regularly works with clients who have already received an approach for their business and are often in detailed discussions with a prospective acquirer. Close to goal, but wanting to ensure that the terms you are achieving are the very best possible, Bluebox can drive enormous value – even at this late stage. We are able to point to numerous examples (and have references) where the terms we have negotiated are significantly better – in some cases double from those that the client first approached us with.
Knowing how to seamlessly introduce ourselves to your prospective acquirer without any delay to your process is critical. Thereafter, we provide a critical interface that not only can drive significant value, but can also remove you from the front line of negotiation where the ability to play ‘hard ball’ can be compromised. ‘Penalty Box’ work is about starting close to goal, but making sure that the best possible deal for our client is completed.
Bluebox raise funds for its clients, often as a service that leads up to their eventual sale. We pride ourselves on our ability to access an exceptional range of strategic and financial investors, both in the UK and overseas. We are typically engaged where the funding ‘requirement’ is in excess of £3 million.
Our fund raising work will typically begin with the creation of a comprehensive financial model. This not only illustrates how your business can grow and how your ‘opportunity map’ is best presented, but it also determines your actual funding requirement and how this is best structured. Following discussions with our clients, we then identify a range of investors that would be interested in making an investment and then manage the process with such investors until the money is in the bank. Our team has a significant amount of fund raising experience across a range of markets.
A highly attractive deal for many Bluebox clients involves the sale of a ‘minority’ stake in their business to a strategic acquirer that is able to provide the infrastructure and resources to assist with the development of their business. Whether it be international sales presence, a stronger brand, additional offices or even more capital, Bluebox will identify the perfect partner that can be the catalyst for meaningful growth.
At the same time as the sale of this minority stake, the same acquirer commits to acquire the remainder of the business over a period of years, based on the ongoing profitability of the business that should be significantly enhanced as a result of the value that this infrastructure has brought. Different to an ‘earn-out’ in many ways and highly attractive in terms of what this solution has to offer, Bluebox has a formulaic way of delivering value, de-risking the business and ensuring the eventual transition of your business into new hands. These deals comprise ‘part acquisition’ and ‘part-hire of third party resources’: Hence the term “Acqui-hire”.
Business owners often require a broad range of services in the run up to their eventual sale. Whether it be business modelling, creating a business plan or valuing their business, Bluebox prides itself on an ability to add value in a range of situations. Bluebox services are typically tailored towards client’s ultimate exit and our advice is dispensed by a senior team of corporate financiers that will have exactly the experience client require.
Our professional team is able to deliver an in-house service in which we take immense pride. Furthermore, where the requirement is for assistance in other exit-related areas such as tax, intellectual property or corporate matters, we hold relationships with some of the UK’s leading professional service advisers that are able to support the work that we do to ensure that the advice received by clients is seamless and of the very highest quality.
“We were delighted with the services that Bluebox offered us. Bluebox’s attention to detail through their Diamond Programme ensured that we were well prepared for when the business was taken to market and that the sale process itself was managed expertly.
We challenged Bluebox with finding the right strategic buyer and thereafter negotiating a deal that met our requirements. In helping initially to identify and to secure the deal with Mountville Mills they accomplished just that. Communication throughout was excellent and professional, managing each stage of the process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Bluebox to any corporate shareholder or private business owner looking to divest their business.”
Richard Millward, Former Client
“We were delighted with the services that Bluebox offered us. Bluebox were challenged with finding us the right strategic investor and, thereafter, negotiating a deal that met our complex requirements. In identifying and securing the deal with LGC they have done exactly that. The process itself was efficient and smooth, largely due to the excellent communication from the Bluebox team, who also demonstrated excellent experience at managing a very engaging auction process. I would be delighted to recommend Bluebox to any corporate shareholder or private business owner looking to divest a business.”
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