Testimonials - Opus Hyde House Business Brokers
Opus Hyde House Business Brokers completes the sale of 021 Network Ltd to White Logistics
When Covid-19 caused the first National Lockdown my transport business was impacted severely as many of our key customers were in the industries most affected by enforced closures. I really didn’t think that Hyde House would be able to keep a buyer interested in my business let alone complete a sale!
I am delighted to have sold to a purchaser that will look after my staff, who have been wonderful to me over the years and to my customers. It really is service as usual and makes me feel like I have done the right thing for everyone concerned.
Barry managed the relationship from the outset. At times and bearing in mind the market conditions, I had doubts that the buyer would come through, but Barry kept me, and the buyer focused on a positive outcome and ultimately delivered the transaction.
Geoff Harris former owner of 021 Network
Sale of Tompkins Ltd. managed by Opus Hyde House Business Brokers
After trading continually for 42 years we became increasingly aware that if were to enjoy future quality time we would need to step away from the inevitable pressures which had become normal throughout our working lives.
Whilst we had considerable knowledge of running our business, we were completely out of our depths when it can to exit strategy, wanting to achieve our goal but retaining the name and reputation and integrity of a company we had spent a lifetime building.
We were passed the details of Opus from a business colleague who had been involved in a previous successful transaction and arranged to meet with Barry to discuss a way forward.
We were amazed at how quickly a plan was formed and duly implemented. It was very important to us that Barry had a real understanding of our particular circumstances in order to tailor the correct deal. Throughout the negotiations Barry excelled in driving the deal forward, never allowing things to stagnate, he was easily accessible at all times, even outside normal working hours and queries were quickly answered.
Opus have a network of other associated professionals who were equally committed to a successful outcome, which also added to the ease of transition. The final outcome gave us just what we were seeking to go forward and enact the next (exciting) phase of our lives, we are very grateful and would have no hesitation in recommending Opus to anyone who finds themselves in similar circumstances
Andy and Sally Tompkins - Tompkins Ltd
Hyde House secures the sale of Arden Wood Shavings to industry giant Veolia
Mr Standford was keen to highlight and praise the role of Hyde House who negotiated and managed the sale to Veolia. It is clear that without their (Hyde House) expert advice and knowledge of the process we would not have been able to complete this complex sale.
They were quick to identify the key issues that had to be resolved and worked tirelessly through the entire process to ensure the successful outcome for my wife and I and for the buyer.
Chris Stanford, MD of Arden Wood Shavings
Hyde House manages the sale of National Pallets to Parcel2Go
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Hyde House for getting me through the whole experience of selling my business.
I have to say that next to death and divorce, selling your business has to be the number 3 most stressful experience life has to offer! I honestly don’t think I could have done it without the advice, guidance and support of Hyde House. A very, very big thank you to Ross & Barry for finding the right buyer and completing the sale on such good terms."
Susan Brooks MD of National Pallets
Hyde House manages the sale of ProtecX to Burlington Medical
"I can't commend Hyde House strongly enough for their incredible efforts in securing such a high profile buyer for this business, the process was arduous but Hyde House expertly managed the transaction and without their hands on support at all times.
I doubt this business sale could have come to fruition. I would recommend Hyde House to any business owner considering selling their business."
Debra Clark MD of ProtecX
Hyde House manages the MBO of Film Equipment Rental Company
The two friends who founded the business were equal shareholders concluded that they either needed to sale the business or find an alternative solution.
“After a failed attempt to sell the business where no interest was generated at all, we contacted Opus Hyde House Business Brokers”.
Barry guided us both to a mutually agreeable solution. Rather than sell the business where true value would not be achievable, we undertook a frictionless process by:
Agreeing which of the us shareholders would be best suited to take the business forward
Agreeing a valuation prepared by Hyde House that was commercially acceptable to both parties
Adopting a plan to pay for the shares over a period of time which most importantly DID NOT involve new capital
Entering into a very tax efficient route for both the purchaser and seller
We hadn’t previously been advised on the availability of such a pragmatic and affordable solution to our futures and would not hesitate to recommend Hyde House to anyone contemplating exiting their business."
Current and Former Owner of Film Equipment Rental Company
Hyde House manages the sale of Alderwood LLA to the Care Management Group
"Thank you so much Barry and Ross for your excellent work. I have so enjoyed working with you and have learned so much during this process.
I can't thank you enough for the level of commitment you both have demonstrated in bringing this sale to completion. I know there are times you both have had to work long and hard and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Anita Smart MD of Alderwood LLA
Hyde House manages the sale of IRW Systems to Chess Telecom
We immediately appreciated that Chess was our preferred choice for future growth and to maximise our potential.
Our highly complementary technologies and comprehensive portfolios will together enable our continued success in the cloud solutions arena. Being part of Chess will provide our people in IRW Systems with an exciting opportunity to be part of a fast growing UK leader in communications and technology services.
Ian Warnock Managing Director of IRW Systems
Hyde House manages the sale of Assured Information Systems to Ennov Life Sciences
We were delighted with the advice and hands on deal management provided by Hyde House.
They expertly managed the entire process from the beginning to the end incredibly professionally and were very quick to identify Ennov as a ‘perfect’ fit."
Alan Rawling MD of Assured Information Systems
Hyde House manages the sale of UK's largest importer of hats
"When trying to sell our business, we were challenged at every turn with complications around deal structuring and payment and tax issues.
Hyde House never faltered but faced every problem and overcame them even where others had previously failed."
Wholesaler – Importer of specialist clothing items
Hyde House manages the sale of Niche Internet Marketing company
‘Working with Hyde House felt like working with a true business partner that took absolute responsibility for making the deal happen. The relationship was personal yet professional and the experience was a shared experience where we were guided through all aspects of the transaction including the negotiations, due diligence and the final contracts.
Hyde House are thorough, tenacious and even when things looked like they might not go our way remained positive and persistent. We were able to call them any time of night or day and the support they gave us was invaluable. We would question whether other advisers would have made this deal happen.
We recommend them without hesitation.'
Niche Internet Marketing Company
Hyde House manages the sale of valve and tap manufacturer
"We manufacture automatic flushing valves used all around the word in airport, shopping centres and office blocks. When the time came to sell the business, Hyde House showed an immediate appreciation of the uniqueness of our business and demonstrated why it would be an attractive proposition to larger trade buyers and other investment firms and organisations.
Having provided top quality information about our business, Hyde House demonstrated how well connected they are across the globe by introducing various domestic and international buyers. The process involved demonstrating our products on site and again Hyde House attended and managed every meeting ensuring that there was consistency in our pitch and presentations.
Ultimately we sold for a value that exceeded expectations under a structure that worked well for both parties."
Manufacturer of taps and valves
Hyde House manages the sale Synaptic Systems to Capita Plc
"I have known Barry for many years and experienced first-hand his commitment to networking and relationship building across a range of industries. This experience proved essential when working with Hyde House Business Brokers on the sale of Synaptic Systems.
Potential suitors were identified quickly and engaged with professionalism. Barry also worked hard to navigate a range of different shareholder agendas and demonstrated skill in managing various expectations & tensions along the way.
The resultant sale to Capita Plc was achieved with minimum disruption or impact on the day to day running of the business thanks to the advice and negotiating skills of Hyde House Business Brokers."
Former CEO Synaptic Systems
Hyde House manages the acquisition of printing business
"I would just like to say on behalf of the management team and I a big thank you for all your hard work in procuring JS.
I thought you demonstrated tremendous persistence on a deal which to say the least I think you thought highly unusual!"
MD of Printing Group
Hyde House manages the sale of flooring supplier
‘We were ready to move on and wanted to ensure the legacy of our business. It was important to us that we found the right buyer at the right price.
Hyde House did that but also managed the process for us every step of the way while we continued to manage the business’.
Partners Flooring Company
Consultancy and exit planning
"Hyde House made us look at the business in a different way and reignited my passion for growing it and planning for exit to a pre-determined timetable."
Partner - Advertising and Marketing Agency
Hyde House Manages the acquisition of wholesaler and retailer
"I had no idea that I could acquire the company Hyde House identified for us until they showed me how an agreement could be properly structured."
Director Wholesaler and Retailers
Hyde House Advises Publishing Company
"I saw a number of brokers. Hyde House was the only one to ‘give it to me straight’.
The others claimed there would be a raft of buyers out there; which there are not because we are in a specialist niche and they clearly inflated our selling price simply to sign us up."
Owner of Publishing Company
Hyde House Manages the sale of a software company
‘The process of selling this business has been an emotional journey and one that would have not be achievable without the advice, negotiation and relationship skills Hyde House brought to the table’.
Director Software Company
Hyde House Manages the sale of Debt Collection Agency
"Hyde House undertook a task that we had struggled to do. They sorted out the partnership issues and then found us a buyer as well as helping us present the business at its best."
Business Debt Recovery
Hyde House Manages the sale of E-Marketing Company
"We were always going to be a difficult business to do a deal for. The shareholders wanted different things and we were seeking to be valued on forward earnings.
Hyde House not only found potential buyers but also overcame the shareholder and management issues."
Hyde House manages the MBO of Universal Science
Universal Science an international group of companies in the LED lighting sector, sought to solve the problem of transition of the majority UK Shareholder.
Hyde House identified two trade buyers and the possibility of a sale was explored with both of these businesses. This solution however was found to be unsuitable in terms of satisfying the requirements of the other international shareholders.
Under the guidance of Hyde House the possibility of an MBO was explored and ultimately completed under terms favourable to all the shareholders, the Dutch and Italian directors bought out the share capital of the UK Managing Director of Universal Science.
This was one of the longest and most time consuming transactions Hyde House has undertaken and we are delighted that we could bring this deal to fruition allowing our client to facilitate his retirement and to position Universal Science to continue to grow under the existing Dutch/Italian management team.
Hyde House demonstrated professionalism and persistence bringing the transaction to a successful completion, increasing the sale price through their expert negotiation skills and exploring multiple solutions to find the right fit for myself and the other shareholders.
James Stratford - Former MD Universal Science Group