Upstaged by Spitfires - not your average business event!
It’s not every day you’re presenting in front of an audience when a Spitfire takes off behind you. But that’s exactly what happened to me this week at the historic Imperial War Museum in Cambridge. I can tell you this: there’s nothing like the roar of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine to interrupt you in full flow.
I should have expected it, I suppose. For this year’s BCMS Masterclass programme, we thought we’d try something a little different, moving away from traditional corporate venues into locations that add a little bit extra. Which is why this week – as well as Cambridge – you would have found me at the high-tech, elegantly modern Jaguar Land Rover Experience in Solihull. Two very different venues, but they had the same effect for me as presenter. I’d say it was inspirational.
Chatting with delegates afterwards, I think they felt the same. In Cambridge, we offered free access to the museum, and many were staying to take a look around, perhaps to have a think about their next steps in the process. Any time I talk to business owners considering the sale of a business, I’m impressed by how thoughtful they are about their decision-making. They’re weighing up all the options. Is my business ready? Is the market ready? Am I actually ready?
Selling up is overwhelmingly a personal decision, which is why we at BCMS take our responsibility as an M&A advisor very seriously. We’re talking about people’s lives’ work, potentially their biggest asset. We’re committed to making sure business owners go into the sale decision with their eyes open, and much of that is getting access to information, insights and advice.
At its heart, this is what the BCMS Masterclass is about – providing guidance as to what to expect when you decide to sell, the challenges you may face, and how to get the very best deal. After 28 years as a specialist sell-side advisor, we’ve got a lot of knowledge to share!
Next month we’re in The Orangery in Maidstone, Kent - a stunning venue set in acres of landscape gardens. And for the cricket fans among you, I’ll be popping up to Trent Bridge, Nottingham, though I doubt I’ll get a chance to put the whites on.
It’s never too early to start preparing. Last month, we successfully sold a business for a client who first attended a BCMS event in 2011. And that’s why we positively encourage any business owners – no matter your current thinking on a business sale – to join us.
You never know where it might lead.