Business Speaker Mark Mills
Business Speaker Mark Mills

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's aspirations

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, Cazenove, Coutts, the Queen's Bankers and many SMEs.

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

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.

Contact Mark Mills today direct on 01772 688980 or 020 7989 7989 for an informal chat.

Mark can help to motivate your staff to greater profitability or to discuss how he might help specifically help you to increase profits.

Mark Mills News

Mark Mills named as judge Great British Entrepreneur Awards
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Mark Mills has been named as a judge at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

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The perfect time to sell your company and why
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Mark Mills has written a short article of interest to business owners seeking to sell their companies.

It is entitled The Perfect Storm

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Marks Mills Daily Telegraph Piece
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An item written by Mark Mills, regarding business acquisition, has appeared in the Daily Telegraph.

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Mark Mills Referenced in Telegraph Online and Media
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Mark Mills was recently referenced in recent online articles regarding business sales.

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Mark Mills Interviewed by Making Money Magazine
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Mark Mills has been interviewed by Making Money Magazine as part of their 'movers and shakers' feature.

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