28 February 2019

BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1

The ICT Investment Forum will enable technology entrepreneurs and leadership teams to create a strategy, and partner with the organisations who can help them identify and maximise their growth potential.

Digital transformation is impacting all areas of the ICT & comms sectors, disrupting traditional business models and prompting a wave of M&A deals and investment in high growth technology businesses. Against this backdrop, it is essential that technology entrepreneurs and business leaders understand their options and how to advance through the process.

Leading acquirers, M&A professionals, investors and advisors will share their insights on the key growth and investment issues with ambitious entrepreneurs wanting to take their growth strategy to the next level or prepare for a transaction.

The Forum aims to facilitate financings and deal making and provide a further stimulus to growth in the ICT & comms sectors to help attendees maximise their organisations growth potential.

The agenda will include an overview of M&A and investment environment, how financing is evolving, and through thought leadership sessions and practical examples will enable our attendees to make critical evaluations of their own business and think more strategically about their future business planning.

Who should attend

Delegate places are offered on a complimentary basis to MD/CEO/CFO attendees within ICT, communications and technology businesses

Voice, Data or IT reseller/VAR/SI

Vendors & ISVs

Wholesale Service Provider/ISP

Technology distributors

Network Operators/carriers

Cloud/saas/iaas providers

Applications to attend are welcomed

We are sorry, but we are unable to offer delegate places to the following organisations:

Corporate Finance
Private Equity
Law or accountancy firms
Banks and lenders
Institutional Investors
Start ups


09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:45 Welcome comments
Nigel Sergent, Editorial Director, Comms Dealer.
09:50 Introductory presentation:
Simon Jack, Radio and TV broadcast journalist
10:10 Navigating the growth landscape:
Adam Zoldan and Paul Billingham, co-founders and Directors, Knight Corporate Finance.

Adam and Paul's session will provide an overview of M&A and investment activity in the ICT sector, explore how the financing environment is evolving and offer insights into how delegates can make critical evaluations of their own business and think more strategically about their future planning.

10:25 Simon Jack interview with Knight's Paul Billingham, Knight Corporate Finance.
AWARD PRESENTATION - Private Equity Deal of the Year
10:40 M&A value creation - how to get it right for buyers and sellers:
Adrian Barnard interview with Chris Russell, CEO, Arrow Communications.

This session will explore M&A value creation and consider how to identity potential acquisitions while sharing insights into the factors that define a trademark takeover target and successful transaction. The discussion will also provide an understanding of the exit process.

AWARD PRESENTATION - Growth Business to Watch
11:10 Coffee break
11:40 Choosing the right financing option
Q&A session with Martyn Drake, Santander; David Bell, YFM; Adam Zoldan, Knight Corporate Finance, hosted by Simon Jack.

This session will provide an overview of the different financing options available and explore how they affect the running of your business (e.g. Equity vs. Debt). We also explain investment criteria, reasons for funding, and the corresponding criteria to meet investors' pre-deal conditions. Insights into how funding methods differ and create value in your business will also be offered.

AWARD PRESENTATION - Fundraise of the Year
12:10 Grab Life: Aligning business with personal goals:
Adam Carolan, Managing Director, Xentum.

In his session, Adam will share insights into his 'two circles' approach to business and personal assets and discuss the key points to consider when running your business for exit or income. Presentation to be followed by Adrian Barnard Q&A session.

12:40 Lunch
14:00 Is your firm ready to harness future expansion opportunities?
Philip Carse, Chief Analyst at Megabuyte.

In his session, Philip will explore the key drivers of the ICT market and give the inside track on where to find growth, profits and cashflow in comms and IT services – and offer tips on how to guard against your business value slipping away. Presentation to be followed by Adrian Barnard Q&A session.

AWARD PRESENTATION - Transformational Deal of the Year
14:30 DEALTalk:
Simon Jack interviews Daisy chairman Matthew Riley on becoming a comms channel tour de force

Matthew Riley's business success is as visionary as it is jaw dropping. In his exclusive interview the self-made entrepreneur behind the comms channel's greatest reseller growth story will open up on his golden rules of building a business, the watershed moments, the challenges he faced and overcame and what makes him tick from day-to-day. And as one of the most inspirational and recognisable comms sector business leaders Matthew's growth plans for the future show no signs of slowing down.

AWARD PRESENTATION - Outstanding Achievement Award
15:15 Closing comments
15:20 to 16:30 Drinks and networking


In the heart of London’s West End and with excellent transport links, BAFTA is a first rate conference venue offering comfort and excellent facilities.

Applications to attend are welcomed


Moderated and chaired by leading broadcast business editor, Simon Jack, the ICT Investment Forum will provide a range of interview-based content sessions with leading advisors, investors and acquirers.

Simon Jack – Broadcast Business Editor

Simon Jack is a broadcast Business Editor who, following a career as a corporate and investment banker, embarked on a career in business journalism. Simon has appeared on a wide range of programmes including Breakfast, Radio 4’s Today, 5 Live’s Wake up Money and a series of Daily Telegraph podcasts, and he regularly appears on main news bulletins including the Six O'Clock and Ten O'Clock News.

Adam Zoldan - Founder, Knight Corporate Finance

Adam has 20 years experience in the telecoms and technology sector. Formerly a shareholder and Managing Director of V Networks Limited which was acquired by Opal Telecom in September 2008. Prior to this Adam worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance as lead advisor for telecommunication transactions. During this time he sold companies including Via.Networks, PSInet Europe, Tele2 and Cable Telecom and advised some of the UK’s leading carriers including Thus, NTL, and Orange.

Chris Russell – CEO, Arrow Business Communications

Mega-reseller Arrow Business Communications can chart its long history back to the launch of a small mobile service provider in 1995 and one man has been at the sharp end of its many twists and turns from day one - CEO Chris Russell. Chris, who describes himself as an Entrepreneur and Investor in UK business, has overseen seven acquisitions since February 2017 and now runs a £50m business with over 220 employees.

Adam Carolan – Managing Director, Xentum

Adam specialises in asking entrepreneurs the right questions about their financial future. His first simple question is: Why are you doing this? “At Xentum, we understand how difficult it is to run a business whilst looking after your personal or family's finances. We help our clients build clarity and focus on how their business can achieve their personal goals.”

Matthew Riley – Chairman, Daisy Group

Matthew is the entrepreneur ICT business owners aspire to be. After leaving school at 16, he set up Daisy in 2001. The company is now said to be worth £1.6 billion and Matthew is one of Britain's wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs, initially taking Daisy onto the public markets and then delisting it again in 2014 with the backing of Toscafund. A regular media commentator and ardent supporter of enterprise, entrepreneurship and business start-ups, Matthew is dedicated to helping British enterprise and providing practical career guidance for young adults.

Philip Carse – Megabuyte

Philip is Chief Analyst at Megabuyte.com, a UK-based company analysis and intelligence service focussing on telecoms, IT and software companies and markets in the UK and globally, covering both private and public companies. Away from Megabuyte, Philip advises ICT companies and investors on corporate strategy, financial benchmarking, valuation, M&A and fund raising.

Adrian Barnard – ICT Entrepreneur & Media Commentator

Adrian Barnard has led and sold a number of ICT related enterprises. He is a former CEO of The Change Organisation and founded award-winning ICT company, Modern Communications, which he sold in 2014 to Elite. After that he founded London-based ICT company Prime Networks, which he helped revalue before exiting. Adrian is now a sought-after commentator on Radio and TV covering technology news.

Martyn Drake, Director, Growth Capital Structured Finance Group, Santander Corporate Banking

Martyn has over 30 years corporate banking experience, gained mostly in lending, business development and relationship roles. His career has spanned a wide range of business types and sizes, covering an equally wide range of sectors. Santander Growth Capital focuses on lending to high growth UK SMEs with turnovers of between £2.5 million and £50 million.

David Bell – director, YFM Private Equity Limited

David sits on the YFM Investment Committee and supervises the portfolio management process across the partnership. He is also responsible for the management of a number of investments directly.

Who should sponsor and exhibit?

Private Equity Houses

M&A/Corporate Finance Boutique


Institutional Investors

Law firms


If you would like to get involved in this exciting event, contact:

Michael O'Brien

Managing Director


07968 369372

Simon Turton

Sales Director


07759 731134


About us

BPL Business Media is one of the UK’s leading technology event organisers, media and research groups. We are expert at building engaged communities and bringing buyers and sellers together.

We organise a range of technology events around the world across our business units which provides us with a unique reach and range of insights.

We know how technology markets tick.

Our group portfolio includes:

  • Comms Vision, Gleneagles – celebrating its 13th year, Comms Vision is the UK channel’s strategic summit
  • Comms Dealer Magazine – the heartbeat of the UK Comms industry
  • Connected Media IP, Las Vegas – a major international event for broadcast sectors under JV with NAB Show
  • Connected Media Europe – an exciting broadcast sector event launched in 2017, co-located with BVE,ExCeL, London
  • European IT Excellence Awards – pan-European IT awards organised by subsidiary, IT Europa Ltd
  • Managed Services Summit – UK and Netherlands events organised by subsidiary, IT Europa Ltd