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The Equity Club, a free information service for consulting firm owners with ambitions to sell their companies, has reached a staggering 1000 members.

Members of the club, run by mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm Equiteq, receive practical advice on how to build equity value into their consulting firms and sell it for a premium price to a trade buyer, or attract investment from a private equity house.

Paul Collins, Managing Partner of Equiteq, said he was delighted with the response to the Equity Club since it was launched a year ago, and explained that as it’s a sellers market right now with lots of demand from acquisitive companies, firm owners are in desperate need of guidance in this area.

Paul said: “The European consulting M&A market is red hot right now, and attracting lots of attention, particularly from trade buyers who want to expand their geographic reach, or extend their services in a new client or sector. Private Equity investors are interested too because well-run consulting firms are known for their low overheads and high profits, making the market a popular place to be. The upshot is there has never been a better time to sell your firm for a great price.

“However, the problem for consulting firm owners is that until now there’s been nowhere for them to turn for help and advice, so creating a club where interested parties could access latest information, share best practice and get personal help seemed an important thing to do.”

Equiteq also includes its members’ companies in their proprietary database of European consulting firms. This makes sure that these companies are identified as potential targets for Equiteq’s clients actively seeking to merge or acquire a firm with a particular strategic fit.

Paul explains the benefits of this: “Whereas in the past it would be easy for a firm to be overlooked or not found during research, this can’t happen if a full profile of your firm is included in the Equiteq database.”

The Equity Club shares its equity growth advice, news and M&A data with its members via a monthly email briefing, hard copy reports and telephone conferences.

Members with a serious plan to sell up can also access personal advice from Paul, who is Europe’s pre-eminent authority on M&A for the consulting industry. These prized one to one meetings with Paul are in demand because members appreciate the frank, practical and knowledgeable advice they get.

Paul continues: “It’s a valuable opportunity for people to discuss their future wealth with someone who knows the ropes, the pitfalls and how to make it happen.”

The Equity Club is a free service and Paul explains why it is important it remains so.

Paul said: “Making money from the club is not important to us, what is important is to help consulting firm owners to make good and informed decisions about the growth and sale of their firms. If we do this, then when they sell, we hope they will turn to us to take their firm to market and get the best price possible.”

For more information on The Equity Club, or to join, go to http://www.equiteq.co.uk/equiteq-equity-club/ or call +44 (0)1252 724264

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Media enquiries: For further information please contact Esther Robinson on 0773 990 1832 or esther.robinson@equiteq.co.uk

About Equiteq

Equiteq works exclusively in mergers and acquisitions in the European consulting industry. We’re renowned for our depth of expertise in this sector and our unparalleled knowledge of the particular nuances of equity valuation for people businesses like consulting. This leads to high quality profile matching and deal outcomes for buyers and investors.

www.equiteq.co.uk

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