ICT INVESTMENT
FORUM ONLINE 2020

Thursday 15th October 2020

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The ICT Investment forum goes online!

The inaugural ICT Investment Forum in 2019 was a resounding success. Over 90 organisations representing the full spectrum of the ICT and comms communities gathered to hear insights on the investment and M&A landscapes from leading sector funders and advisors.

In 2020, the ICT Investment Forum will return but due to the COVID-19 situation the event will be presented in an online format but with the same aim: to create an environment where entrepreneurs and business leaders can formulate a plan to accelerate their growth strategy or prepare for a transaction.

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.

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Should you 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

We are sorry, but we are unable to offer delegate places to the following organisations: M&A, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Law or accountancy firms, Banks and lenders , Institutional Investors, Start ups.

Speakers

The ICT Investment Forum will provide a range of interview-based content sessions with leading advisors, investors and acquirers.

Adrian Barnard (Host presenter)

ICT Entrepreneur and Commentator

Adam Zoldan

Founder, Knight Corporate Finance

Philip Carse

Chief Analyst, Megabuyte

Tony Cook

Union Street

Adam Carolan

Managing Director, Xentum Ltd

Alex Cliffe

COO, Elitetele.com

David Barbour

Managing Partner, FPE Capital

Knight was founded by Adam Zoldan and Paul Billingham in December 2008 with the specific aim of advising businesses and entrepreneurs in the technology and telecoms sector and has now completed over 100 transactions. We make your ambition a reality. Our expertise is to listen, understand and deliver the success you deserve. And, we can do this because we have sat in your seat: starting, building and successfully exiting businesses. Operating from offices in Warrington and London our unique sector experience has been bolstered by key hires with advisory, commercial, and accountancy expertise. This blend of experience allows us to see opportunities from multiple perspectives and ultimately deliver the best possible solution to our clients.

How we help our clients:

Strategy
Our strategy services revolve around helping you articulate and deliver your business aspirations. From a one-off report to ongoing board advisory services

Funding
Whether you are seeking finance for growth or looking to realise the wealth tied up in your business, Knight can identify and deliver the most appropriate option for you

Acquisitions
Our industry experience and long history of M&A in the sector ensures that we can advise and provide support on all elements of an acquisition process

Exit
We bring unparalleled experience and a professionally managed, competitive sales process to deliver maximum value for shareholders

Adam Carolan has been Managing Director of Manchester-based financial planning firm, xentum, since 2008. His speciality lies in asking entrepreneurs and business owners the right questions about their lifestyle and financial future to help them maximise growth, take control of their finances, and identify their critical number for selling their business.

Alongside his work at xentum, Adam is committed to raising the bar for financial planners. In 2016, Adam became a co-founder of NextGen Planners, a company that provides a hive of great ideas, support, and training for the next generation of financial planners. A prolific writer on the subject, Adam is about to launch his new book The 4 Pillars of WealthPlan™ (available for pre-order). His aim is always to help educate entrepreneurs and business owners about the financial planning process so they can maximise their business value and live life by design, not default.

Agenda

10:00am

INTRODUCTION

10:10am

MARKET OVERVIEW AND IMPACT OF COVID-19

Phillip Carse, Chief Analyst at Megabuyte will give a Macro market view, focused on the highs and lows of the pandemic storm, predicting where the ICT industry is heading, the amount of deals reporting on new buyers and any exceptional sale values.

10:30am

THE MYSTERY OF MULTIPLES

In his presentation Adam Zoldan, founder and director of Knight Corporate Finance will talk about how companies are valued, why it is so difficult to compare your business to comparable deals in the sector and what to look out for when valuing your own business.

10:50am

IS THERE STILL A LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN PRIVATE EQUITY FIRMS AND THE TELECOMS SECTOR?

David Barbour is joint Managing Partner and co-founder of FPE Capital, a specialist technology and IT services investment firm. In a discussion with Adrian Barnard, he will advise on the benefits of Private Equity investment for technology and telecoms entrepreneurs and management teams seeking to grow their businesses.

11:10am

THE EXIT CONUNDRUM. WHEN, WHY, HOW?

Adrian Barnard meets former Union Street owner Tony Cook, who has recently exited the business in a deal with DWS company Aurora and will quiz him on his reasons for departure, how he built value in his business, the process of exit he has been through and ‘handing on the baton’.

11:30am

CAN YOU SECURE YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE IN SUCH CHALLENGING TIMES?

In his presentation, Adam Carolan, Managing Director at Xentum Ltd will provide forward thinking advice to help business leaders improve their financial security now and, in the future, focusing on on a wide range of financial topics from investments and ISAs, to tax and cashflow planning.

11:50am

WHAT ARE BUYERS REALLY LOOKING FOR?

Alex Cliffe, Commercial Director for the ever-acquisitive Elite Group, is responsible for the company’s M&A activities and the forensic details behind them. In a discussion with Adrian Barnard, she will reveal what constitutes a great deal and why?

12:10pm

THE ICT INVESTMENT FORUM PANEL DEBATE

Adrian Barnard will chair a panel discussion with all participants focused on the key issues and pointers presented and, in a round robin will ask each speaker for a salient ‘golden nugget’ of advice for attendees.

12:25pm

CONCLUSION

Event format

The ICT Investment Forum Online will include a morning programme of online content including:

M&A Market overviews

Video presentations

Online panel debates

Q&A opportunities

This will be followed by the opportunity to engage directly with our contributors via 1 to 1 video meetings.

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Who should sponsor

Private Equity Houses ― M&A/Corporate Finance Boutique ― Banks ― Institutional Investors ― Law firms ― Accountants

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

Michael O'Brien
Managing Director
mobrien@bpl-business.com
07968 369372

Simon Turton
Sales Director
sturton@bpl-business.com
07759 731134