Wednesday 22 September 2021
– New look, feel and strategic vision
– Plans for geographic expansion
– Reinvigorated leadership team in the pipeline
Shaw & Co, the specialist corporate finance advisory firm, has launched a five-year development strategy of investment in people and infrastructure which will see the company evolve from being a niche regional player to a nationally disruptive operator.
Underpinning the strategy is an innovative new brand proposition based around Shaw & Co’s core values of ‘Make it Happen’, ‘Strive For Better’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’.
As Shaw & Co approaches its tenth anniversary at the end of 2021, it is celebrating a progressive growth trajectory in terms of clients, transactions completed and revenue streams. Revenue grew 54% between FY2020 and FY2021 with growth projected to reach a further 50% in FY2022.
With a clear objective of delivering a ‘smarter‘ means of financing, buying and selling businesses to a growing community of ambitious business owners, Shaw & Co intends to increase its footprint across the UK, expanding its presence from its Bristol headquarters into four further strategic locations – Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow – over the next five years, affording clients easier access to its expert advisers.
Jim Shaw, the Founder of Shaw & Co, will also be taking on the role and responsibilities of a full-time CEO to focus on scaling the business nationally, while recruitment for several other senior roles is already underway to ensure a seamless expansion of the business.
This exercise will be supported by the completion in late 2021 of a major investment in digital and data capability to enhance the client journey. This includes significant investment in digital real estate such as the upgrading of the group’s CRM, as well as building automated workflows and establishing secure client portals.
Later this year, Shaw & Co will also be launching a new series of sector intelligence reports that will help companies benchmark the performance of their business against rivals in a particular sector. The reports will comprise financial comparison data, M&A activity, and relevant sector news, all designed to keep recipients abreast of developments in their sector.
Jim Shaw, Founder and CEO at Shaw & Co commented: “Since our inception, Shaw & Co has always had a strong sense of its purpose, vision, mission and values. The team live these every day and our clients have been benefiting from our fresh and invigorating client-centred approach for almost ten years.
“Shaw & Co has been one of those ‘best kept secrets’ in the corporate finance sector, however our new brand, website and supporting materials are all designed to provide a robust platform from which to grow both our client base and our team, helping even more SMEs turn their ambitions into greater outcomes.
“Our proposition is intrinsically focused on our clients achieving their ambitions and we succeed only when our clients do. This empathetic approach to doing the right thing for our clients and striving for better outcomes is what makes us different. If we think the deal isn’t right for our client, we will ask them to pull away and we’ll work with them over the long-term to find a much better solution.
“Our ultimate goal is to demystify the complexity of corporate finance so more business owners can achieve their ambitions and realise their business’s maximum value.”
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About Shaw & Co
Shaw & Co is a leading corporate finance advisory firm that helps SME owners across the UK to buy, sell, or fund the growth of a business. The Bristol-based firm, which was founded by Jim Shaw in 2011, has one of the largest advisory teams in the South West, specialising in a range of services from developing acquisition and exit strategies, business valuations and funding readiness advice, to trade sales, mergers, management buy-outs, and securing finance for growth projects, acquisitions and MBOs.
Shaw & Co has led a number of notable deals including the sale of Pukka Herbs to Unilever, the purchase of VoucherCloud from Vodafone, and the sale of Nanopharm to AptarGroup.