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Roger Smith

Roger Stirling Smith has been a Business Broker since 2000 when he used his middle name to form Stirling Business Solutions, based at Birmingham. Prior to this, Roger had 24 years of business experience at Langley London Ltd, where he reached Chairman & Managing Director level and where Group Turnover for the building materials market reached £13.9m, employing over 200 people. Although Langley London Ltd was sold in 2000, Roger subsequently bought the Langley name back but operating as London based Business Brokers. From experience gained of selling two of his own businesses Roger produced a well received “Guide to buying and selling businesses successfully”. Having created a comprehensive data base of business owners, buyers and investors, Roger is able to gain enquiries for businesses for sale, particularly from Information Technology, Business Services, Building Services, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors. Roger provides business owners a cost effective & flexible approach to maximise Shareholder Value.

“What I liked about working with Roger Smith, is that we didn’t get ripped off with fees and false promises. It was good to see someone who had a practical approach to business, someone who could actually understand our business and get results that didn’t cost the earth!” Steve Marsh

“We needed to appoint a business broker to find a buyer for our business. Having considered various alternatives, we chose Roger Smith where we appreciated his wide range of contacts (even within our specialist market), fair terms of business, including his honest and friendly approach in dealing with business. In particular, the sale memorandum document was produced on time and was clear and easy to understand. Roger helped to ensure that there was a sufficient number of interested parties and a deal was completed within our agreed time-scale.” L Peters

“Roger provided an efficient, tailor-made service from the initial introduction to the eventual sale of my engineering company.” Nick Hewinson

“Roger’s thorough approach to selling my company meant that a buyer was found after only a few months. Despite some difficulties in the negotiations, Roger persevered in bringing the sides together and encouraged frequent discussion, resulting in a deal that both sides are pleased with more than a year down the line.” J Patrick

“Roger is personable, knowledgeable and very easy to work with. I have no doubts about his expertise in the buying and selling of businesses……” P Bayliss

Rob Goddard

Rob Goddard

Rob assists Langley London Ltd with Corporate Services at Director level. With considerable experience in the Financial and M&A Sector, gained over 30 years at senior level in both corporate and private organisations, Rob is an experienced, astute businessman – exactly the characteristics business owners need when selling their companies.

Rob’s expertise spans a range of sectors; in financial services they include Corporate Finance, Wealth Management, Banking and Insurance. In the Business-to-Business arena, his skills include Management Consultancy, Sales and Marketing.

For the past 11 years he has worked exclusively in Mergers and Acquisitions, where he has been responsible for 327 successful deals worth in excess of £2bn in transaction values.
His unique blend of skills and experience enables him to help SME business owners achieve the maximum value when selling their companies.

Rob has written a book “The 11 Commandments and 7 Cardinal Sins of Selling a Business“. For further information, please CLICK HERE.

“Rob is not only an expert in helping people sell their businesses for all they’re worth, he is a real gentleman, always prepared to give that little extra personal touch that makes all the difference…..” Tracey Miller

“Rob is a consummate professional with very considerable expertise in working with business owners to bring the best possible outcome for all parties. He is a true gentleman with a can-do attitude which he brings to both his professional and personal life. I have no hesitation is commending Rob to any business planning its future.” G. Turrell

Richard Wright

Richard Wright

Richard is an experienced SME owner-manager with a good track record, running a successful retail design and manufacturing business for over 20 years. Developing an innovative, sustainable and devolved business model he sold his company in December 2013 as part of a long term exit strategy and gained first-hand experience of preparing businesses for sale, creating value and handling the sale process. Richard now helps a wide range of SME’s to re-engineer their businesses in order to deliver sustainable growth, in preparation for MBI or acquisition with the “Prepare to Sell Scheme“. Richard enjoys helping companies achieve an alignment of personal values and motivations with ambitious corporate objectives to release the real drivers that build value. Appointed Enterprise Ambassador for Leeds University in 2015, supporting their Management undergraduate courses with seminars and workshops on creativity, innovation, growth models and exit strategies.

“I personally feel more focused and have a clearer mind taking these initial steps.” David Bradley, Managing Director, Lydian Investments Ltd.

“Richard is a great communicator and a very valuable advisor. His wealth of experience across various sectors is proving to be a real asset to our company planning and strategy. A strong and clear thinker.” David R Robinson, Founder, The Original Sofa Co Ltd.

“Richard is friendly and enthusiastic, providing clear recommendations and good ideas which he is also helping to implement. His experience in manufacturing and team management has given me the confidence to trust the processes he has initiated and he has provided useful guidance on any pitfalls that might occur. I have found his depth and breadth of expertise extremely valuable and would certainly recommend him to SMEs looking to grow.” Jeremy Greenwood, Managing Director, Greenwood Magnetics Ltd.

“I am more than happy to recommend Richard for advisory services as he has been extremely helpful and professional in his mentoring role with my business.” C Lowe, Managing Director, Cloud Source.

Mark Pilsbury

Mark Pilsbury

A Senior Executive at corporate level, who joined Stirling as a Director in February 2014, Mark has an extensive experience of buying and selling businesses, including business valuations and negotiating at the highest levels, with both SME’s and large corporates. Mark has both successfully started and merged his own IT reseller business from scratch, becoming a group MD, prior to negotiating a further 5 acquisitions. The Group was subsequently sold after Mark had assembled a disposal team including accountants and lawyers, arranged an independent company valuation and formulated a negotiation strategy, which led to a cash only trade sale worth £35m (significantly above market value).

Mark has since developed the Finance for Business service, where Mark now acts as an independent Commercial and Business Finance Broker with access to over 250 alternative UK Commercial Lenders and Private Banks. A complete cross-section of Finance projects are handled, including finance for share purchases, business acquisitons, MBO’s, MBI’s, finance for properties or property development, plant & equipment, working capital etc etc. Once the information has been gathered, a decision in principle is normally reached within just two to three working days. For further information, please CLICK HERE.

Charlotte Argyle

Charlotte Argyle

Charlotte is primarily involved with Investment Opportunities for our clients. A former C-Suite advisor across AIM and the FTSE350, Charlotte has a passion for entrepreneurial start-ups, AIM-listed or pre-IPO growth companies. Specifically, her passion focuses on disruptive technology, challenger companies or entities looking to harness a change in market regulation, consumer behaviour or economic change.

A keen developer and executor of strategies for growth, turnaround and success, Charlotte has assisted a number of quoted and unquoted companies as an advisory NED including gaining PLC experience on an ISDX listed fund.

Passionate about bringing disruptive technology and innovation to the healthcare sector, Charlotte is also Co-founder and Managing Director of HCR Services, the leading Reg-Tech, revenue cycle management & financial reimbursement agent for UK healthcare.

Charlotte is a former Share Prophets commentator, blogging on everything from politics to boardroom diversity. A former host at ADVFN’s annual UK Investor Show and a Freeman of the city of London.

Caroline Hall, BSc, FCA

Caroline Hall is one of our independent Business Valuers.

Caroline graduated from London University with a First Class Honours Degree in Maths and then worked for KPMG in London for six years.  There she trained as an auditor and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 before specialising in taxation of private individuals and companies for a further three years with KPMG. During her period working as a tax consultant she covered a wide range of work including remuneration issues, emigration & immigration for tax purposes, Business Expansion Schemes, business sales & acquisitions & capital gains tax & inheritance tax planning as well as preparing valuations of owner managed businesses & report writing on all of the above areas.

Caroline moved to Shropshire in 1989 and has been a partner, and more recently a director, of D.R.E. & Co since 1994.

Caroline is an Audit Principal and is involved with a large number of family companies, giving tax, business and accounts advice. Over the last 30 years she has prepared valuations for partnership splits & matrimonial purposes on numerous occasions, usually on the instruction of the parties involved in order to reach amicable or mediated solutions. Caroline has received instructions by solicitors for business valuations and tax planning advice in more contentious circumstances as single joint expert reporting to the Court. She also performs valuations for share sales, share schemes, business acquisitions and probate purposes.

As an author for Tottel Publishing, Caroline was responsible for updating “Tax Planning for Buying and Selling Businesses” from 2007 to 2010.