Mark Mills - Corporate Finance Advisor
About Mark Mills - Corporate Finance Advisor London and Manchester
If you are running a successful company and have decided that now is the time to realise value from your business by exploring the sale of your business or an exit, it can be a daunting task.
Mark Mills specialises in helping companies prepare themselves for sale and Mark works on a largely success basis. With contacts in the arena of trade buyers, private equity houses and Public Company listings, Mark will happily visit you at your company and discuss your aspirations for a sale and help to guide you through the process.
Telephone Mark in London on 020 7989 7989 or Manchester on 0161 300 2458 and discover how you can increase the value of your business ahead of appointing the plethora of corporate finance advisors who become involved and learn how you can maximise the sale price with subtle changes to the presentation of your business.
"You don't need to enter uncharted territory on your own when it comes to the most important business decision you will ever make. The business owners who have employed me have enjoyed "hand holding" and a genuine increase in value, making my appointment self funding. Initial meetings are free of charge and no obligation and therefore you have nothing to lose by calling me direct on 020 3535 8080 or 0161 300 2458 and recent, relevant references will be provided" Mark Mills
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Cardpoint plc 1999 to early 2007
Entrepreneur Mark Mills founded Cardpoint plc
in 1999 and an offer was made for Cardpoint plc
valuing it at £170m in 2006, by which time its annual revenues had soared to £98.2m with profit for the year ending September 2006 of £19.8m and listed Goldman Sachs as a 10% shareholder. Cardpoint was subsequently merged with Alphyra to become Payzone and now belongs to Duke Street Capital
During Mark's tenure as CEO at Cardpoint plc, alongside becoming a motivational speaker, he developed Dutch and German businesses, acquired part of Halifax Bank of Scotland for £49m and was a key participant in a UK Treasury Select Committee
. Mark's largest acquisition to date is Moneybox plc for £90m.
Mark is actively seeking a large Private Equity type deal to invest into and operate, in addition to his other activities.
International Business Speaker
Mark has now retired from his Motivational Business Speaker business in the UK but still gives talks in the US. Mark's international business speaker website can be found by clicking British Motivational Speaker in New York
Mark has been a public speaker
at business events for Ernst and Young
many times, the Institute of Directors
, Merrill Lynch
, Manchester Business School
, the Academy of Chief Executives
, Halifax Bank of Scotland
, Coutts, the Queen's Bankers
and many SMEs.
Natural Born Entrepreneur
Mark has held many Board of Director roles during his previous businesses and since leaving Cardpoint in December 2006, is a business and motivational speaker in the UK, US and Europe and serial non executive director with a new, humorous, book called Natural Born Entrpreneur
outlining Mark's Ten Rules for Success.
Bungalow to rent
driving value into and out of the UK residential property market
During 2007, Mark also launched a property company Bungalow to Rent
which offers high quality residential rental accommodation to discerning tenants. Further, spotting an opportunity to serve people who may be disabled, Mark has now acquired a plot of land to build 12 disabled bungalows during 2012 and these can be reserved by visiting his website Disabled Bungalows to Rent
Halsall Toys International
Between March 2008 and August 2011, Mark was Chairman of Halsall Toys International ("HTI") based in the UK and Hong Kong. HTI achieved sales to March 2011 of $114m and achieved record profit. HTI also incorporates Pagoda Outdoor Furniture the UK's leading supplier of quality garden furniture. In marking Mark Mills' departure as Chairman of HTI, CEO John Hutt said "Mark's work with me and the Board over three and a half years has been invaluable and he demonstrated everything we had looked for in a Non-Executive Chairman."
renewable energy start up and consultancy
In late 2008, Mark launched renewable energy company Genwat Services Limited
which aims to grow a renewable energy aligned business in the UK. Mark's renewable energy venture Genwat - Energy From Waste
can be found on Twitter and you can twitter with Mark at Twitter - Energy From Waste
Mark is non executive Chairman of Genwat Services Limited.
Director Skills training
In 2009, Mark launched Director Skills
to help Directors better understand how to operate their companies, the Board Room and Board Meetings to increase long term profitability.
In 2009, Mark formalised another of his websites Non Executive Director UK
for companies seeking a cost-effective non executive director to help drive business and increase profitability. Owing to the popularity of this website, Mark urgently needs skilled non executive directors seeking new roles and anybody interested should call Mark in London on 020 3535 8080 to discuss enrolment and the current opportunities.
In January 2010, owing to the success of Mark's inspirational speaker career, he launched a seperate website to handle bookings called Corporate Speaker
Hurst Accountants, London and Manchester
From April 1st 2010 until July 2014, Mark was Chairman of Hurst Accountants in London and Manchester
. Hurst is the 70th biggest Accountant in the UK by revenue and in the top 1% overall. Mark commented "Hurst is a dynamic, growing and credible Accountancy Partnership and I was delighted to act as Chairman and I am pleased to now be retained in a Consultative capacity" July 2014.
Tactical Solutions UK Limited and its sale to St Ives plc
In June 2010, Mark added Tactical Solutions
to his portfolio, as Chairman. Tactical Solutions is a Field Sales agency dedicated to delivering unrivalled results and return on investment for its clients and Mark has joined the Board to assist with strategy. Tactical Solutions is currently recruiting due to expansion and seeks great people to train them to be the best in their field, by creating a challenging and fun environment to work in and offering fully-employed, permanent positions with a great reward and incentives package. See Tactical Solutions's website for further details Tactical Solutions Recruitment page
Corporate Finance Advisors London and Manchester
Following Mark Mills’s appointment to the Board of Tactical Solutions in June 2010 as Strategic Director, a review of the business and options for it was undertaken, culminating in the sale of the company to St Ives PLC
9th February 2011.
Commenting on the acquisition by St Ives PLC of Tactical Solutions UK Limited, Mark Mills, who had become Chairman, said “It’s a great achievement for the management team, Lorna Davidson, David Bryant and Geoffrey Faulkner to find a buyer of the quality and calibre of St Ives PLC, which is fully listed on the London Stock Exchange. Achieving £29m as the headline price was a great deal for both parties”
The Management team remains in place for an earn-out period and Tactical Solutions will operate as a subsidiary of St Ives PLC.
Commenting on Mark Mills’s role, Chief Executive, Lorna Davidson said “Mark Mills brought great clarity to the Board and our strategic thinking. We began to realise that our ten years of hard work could be fully rewarded and that we could partner with a quality, large PLC such as St Ives. Mark was great at bringing the deal together and seeing it through to a mutually successful conclusion”. Mark retired from the Tactical Solutions Board in mid 2012.
If you are looking to sell your business and maximise the value, call Mark Mills, Business Broker today on London 020 7989 7989 or visit Activate, Mark's Corporate Financial Advisor website
Violet Recruitment of Women Board Members and Female Non Executive Directors
Owing to a feature in the Sunday Times, if you are seeking a non executive Board appointment, please click here. Violet Recruitment of Female Non Executive Directors
If you are female non executive director and looking to increase your income as a non executive director, visit Violet, the website dedicated to non executive director roles. You can also telephone Mark Mills for details on 020 3535 8080
In March 2011, owing to the inclination of progressive companies to appoint female non executive directors, Mark launched his new company to link companies to non executive directors Violet
Recruitment. You can follow progress at Violet on Twitter - VioletNonExec - Women Board Members
and following an article in the Sunday Times, more potential Non Executive Directors are required to fill roles which have been made available.
Garside and Laycock Group and its sale to SPIE, France
In July 2011, Mark Mills was appointed as Chairman of Garside and Laycock Group in Preston. Mark commented "It's a real honour to be asked to help to drive an already successful business which has been in operation at the top of its industry for 31 years." Paul Garside, CEO, added "Mark has been appointed to help us review our strategic options after a period of solid growth and increased revenues through new Framework agreements secured from the Ministry of Justice, BT and the renewal of long-term agreements with Royal Mail". The website can be viewed at Garside and Laycock
Mark retired from the Board of Garside and Laycock 31st July 2012 as the compnay was successfully sold to SPIE, France.
In early 2012, Mark was appointed to the Board of Clarion plc
, Independent Chartered Financial Planners and Investment Managers with over £130m Funds Under Management, based in Manchester.
Cosatto, Saving the world from boring Baby Stuff!
Since January 2012, Mark has acted as Chairman of Cosatto Prams and Baby products with offices in the UK, Hong Kong and China.Click here to view Cosatto's website
dedicated to "saving the world from boring baby stuff!" Mark's role at Cosatto finished in May 2014.
Contact Mark Mills today direct on 01772 688980 or 020 7989 7989 for an informal chat
In late 2012, Mark has decided to launch another business and details will be posted here shortly.
Mark can help to motivate your staff to greater profitability or to discuss how he might help specifically help you to increase profits.
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