Leading advisor BCMS opens new global HQ in Hampshire
Leading corporate finance advisor BCMS has outlined ambitious expansion plans following a major upgrade to its global headquarters in Kingsclere, Hampshire.
After a significant year of rapid growth, BCMS relocated to larger newer offices at Kingsbrook House, Kingsclere Business Park this week. The £1.5m move includes new IT and phone systems, and internal building modification to incorporate open plan layouts and amenities.
The firm, which advises business owners looking to secure investment or sell their company, employs 120 staff at its Kingsclere head office, out of a global workforce of 260 professionals.
BCMS CEO Steve Dally explained the rationale behind the move. “Following the completion of some of our largest deals to date, and a recruitment drive which has brought us a new depth of expertise, we have enjoyed one of the most successful years in our 27-year history.
“We have been looking for larger premises for some time, and our new home at Kingsbrook House will enable us to continue to grow, while also providing an attractive environment for our high-calibre employees increasingly joining us from top London firms.”
In the last year, BCMS has recruited a significant number of City mergers & acquisition specialists previously employed at leading firms such as PwC, Grant Thornton, BDO, EY and Rothschild, cementing its position as the UK’s leading seller of private companies. The Kingsclere firm also hosts frequent visits from staff and clients based overseas.
Steve Dally continued: “We use a host of local suppliers, so we are very aware of our contribution to the local economy. In an era, when other significant local employers are relocating elsewhere, we believe this demonstrates to the local business community that we are here for the long term.”
The office move is the culmination of a series of market-leading initiatives this year, including:
- Formal accreditation by the Financial Conduct Authority, allowing BCMS to offer clients a wider range of services. BCMS is the first specialist sell-side advisor to be FCA-approved
- Launching a companywide initiative to improve career prospects for women in the M&A industry
- Setting up a corporate finance division to support larger clients looking to raise investment capital.