Client-Oriented

vcardNick Hulme

Managing Director
One New Bailey
4 Stanley Street
Manchester M3 5JL
About

Mr. Hulme is North West born and bred, has a degree in accounting and finance, and is qualified as a Chartered AccountantIn 1988, he moved into the world of corporate finance. Now head of our Manchester Transactions Team, he has been inspirational in the development of the Benchmark brand in the UK and worldwide. Nick instills a professional approach across the business. He prides himself on the success of the people he has recruited and trained, and would pit them against the best in the industry. He believes success requires a balance between hard work and creative thinking. His satisfaction comes from seeing his teams grasp this to ensure their own success through deal completions and great client feedback.

Education

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales - Qualified Chartered Accountant. 

University of Sheffield - BA (Hons) in Accounting & Financial Management.

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Sample of Involvement

Our Success
Blow Abbott acquiredAcquired ByA P Robinson & Co acquires Blow Abbott
Seller
Blow Abbott Limited
Acquirer
A P Robinson & Co
Industry
Financial
PBX Hosting acquired by TelcoSwitchAcquired ByTelcoSwitch acquires PBX Hosting
Seller
PBX Hosting Limited
Acquirer
TelcoSwitch Ltd
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
81G acquired by Babble CloudAcquired ByBabble acquires 81G
Seller
81G Limited
Acquirer
Babble Cloud Limited
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Bookyard acquired by RestoreAcquired ByBookyard acquired by Restore
Seller
The Bookyard Ltd
Acquirer
Restore Technology Ltd
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Hymor acquired by NTGAcquired ByHymor acquired by NTG
Seller
Hymor Timber Limited
Acquirer
National Timber Group
Industry
Construction
SGS acquired by Wescott Industrial ServicesAcquired ByWescott acquires SGS
Seller
S.G.S Ltd
Acquirer
Wescott Industrial Services Ltd
Industry
Construction
Survey Systems acquired by Land Survey SolutionsAcquired BySurvey Solutions acquires Survey Systems
Seller
Survey Systems Limited
Acquirer
Land Survey Solutions Limited
Industry
Construction
Facit Testing acquired by Phenna GroupAcquired ByPhenna Group acquires Facit Testing
Seller
Facit Testing Limited
Acquirer
Phenna Group Holdings Limited
Industry
Construction
Watterson Financial Planning acquired by Connectus Wealth AdvisersAcquired ByConnectus Wealth Advisers acquired Watterson Financial Planning
Seller
Watterson Financial Planning
Acquirer
Connectus Wealth Advisers
Industry
Financial
Restek enters into EOTAcquired ByRestek enters into EOT
Seller
Restek-UK Limited
Acquirer
Employee Ownership Trust
Industry
Construction
Arcus acquired by ERMAcquired ByERM acquires Arcus
Seller
Arcus Consultancy Services Limited
Acquirer
ERM-Europe Limited
Industry
Construction
Woodall Homes acquired by BGFAcquired ByBGF acquired Woodall
Seller
Woodhall Homes Limited
Acquirer
Business Growth Fund (BGF)
Industry
Construction
Oracle Drive Systems acquired by Veruth HoldingsAcquired ByVeruth Holdings acquires Oracle Drive Systems
Seller
Oracle Drive Systems
Acquirer
Veruth Holdings
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
HMS acquires Tom Walker and Sons LimitedAcquired ByHMS acquires Tom Walker
Seller
Tom Walker and Sons Limited
Acquirer
HMS Ltd
Industry
Consumer, Food, and Retail
Benchmark - DPG acquiredAcquired ByBenchmark - ICS Learn acquires DPG
Seller
Development Processes Group Limited
Acquirer
ICS Learn
Industry
Business Services
Benchmark - The Bailey Group acquiredAcquired BySKS acquires Bailey Group - Benchmark International
Seller
The Bailey Group Administration Company Limited
Acquirer
SKS Business Services Limited
Industry
Financial
Theme Bins acquired by a private investorAcquired ByPrivate investor acquires Theme Bins
Seller
Theme Bins (International) Limited
Acquirer
Private Investor
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Totalmobile acquires Software Enterprises (UK) Limited & Global Rosters LimitedAcquired ByTotalmobile acquires Software Enterprises (UK) Limited & Global Rosters Limited
Seller
Software Enterprises (UK) Limited & Global Rosters Limited
Acquirer
Totalmobile Ltd
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
I.C.P.M.S. Cones acquired by Alpha ResourcesAcquired ByAlpha Resources acquires IPCMS Cones
Seller
I.C.P.M.S. Cones Limited
Acquirer
Alpha Resources LLC
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Biochemica acquired by VeoliaAcquired ByVWT acquires Biochemica
Seller
Biochemica UK Ltd
Acquirer
Veolia Water Technologies UK
Industry
Environmental, Waste, and Recycling
Dunlop Heywood acquired by Leaders Roman GroupAcquired ByLeaders Roman Group acquires Dunlop Heywoo
Seller
Capgen Services Limited TA Dunlop Heywood
Acquirer
The Leaders Romans Group Limited
Industry
Real Estate, Lodging, and Leisure
Laser Trader acquired by MBA EngineeringAcquired ByMBA Engineering acquires Laser Trader
Seller
Laser Trader Limited
Acquirer
MBA Engineering Systems Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Easytesters acquired by BiopharmaAcquired ByBiopharma Group acquires Easytesters
Seller
Easytesters Limited
Acquirer
Biopharma Group
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Apex acquired by Interact Training GroupAcquired ByInteract Training acquires Apex
Seller
Apex Training & Development Limited
Acquirer
Interact Training Group Limited backed by Rockpool Investments
Industry
Business Services
Euro Business Solutions acquiredAcquired ByCloudstream Technology acquires Euro Business Solutions
Seller
Euro Business Solutions Ltd
Acquirer
Cloudstream Technology
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
GMES acquired by Phenna GroupAcquired ByPhenna Group acquires GMES
Seller
Group Management Electrical Surveys Limited
Acquirer
Phenna Group Holdings Limited
Industry
Business Services
eCatering Successful Acquisition Benchmark InternationalAcquired ByBenchmark International Success Headway Point Acquires eCatering
Seller
RG Distributors Limited
Acquirer
Headway Point Ltd
Industry
Consumer, Food, and Retail
Maitland Medical Acquired by The Doctors Clinic Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByDoctors Clinic Acquires Maitland Medical Benchmark Success
Seller
Maitland Medical Service Limited
Acquirer
The Doctors Clinic Group Limited
Industry
Healthcare
BrightOffice Acquired by Clearcourse Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByBenchmark Success ClearCourse Acquired BrightOffice
Seller
BrightOffice Limited
Acquirer
ClearCourse Partnership Acquireco LTD
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Rocara Acquired by OQEMA Benchmark Client SuccessAcquired ByBenchmark Success Oqema Acquires Rocara
Seller
Rocara Limited
Acquirer
OQEMA AG
Industry
Consumer, Food, and Retail
Benchmark Client Success Lucas Credit Acquired by Lowell FinanceAcquired ByLowell Finance Benchmark International Success
Seller
Lucas Credit Services Ltd
Acquirer
Lowell Finance Limited
Industry
Financial
Elastomer Engineering Ltd
Acquired ByDLRT Acquires Elastomer Benchmark International Success
Seller
Elastomer Engineering Ltd
Acquirer
Dexine Leyland Rubber Technology Ltd
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Benchmark International Success Pennine Acquires RichlynAcquired ByPennine Acquires Richlyn Benchmark International Success
Seller
Richlyn Systems Limited
Acquirer
Pennine Holdings Limited
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Total Resources (UK) Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByMercia Fund Managers Benchmark International Success
Seller
Total Resources (UK) Limited
Acquirer
Mercia Fund Managers
Industry
Construction
Planet Platforms Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByKee Safety Group Benchmark International Success
Seller
Planet Platforms Holdings Limited
Acquirer
Kee Safety Group Limited
Industry
Construction
Omega Fire Engineering Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByBB7 Benchmark International Success
Seller
Omega Fire Engineering Limited
Acquirer
BB7
Industry
Business Services
Expedition Adventures Acquired Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByAltai International Acquires Expedition Benchmark International Success
Seller
Expedition Adventures Limited
Acquirer
Altai International
Industry
Real Estate, Lodging, and Leisure
Spence Bryson Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByEndeavour Investments Acquires Spence Bryson
Seller
Spence Bryson Limited
Acquirer
Endeavour Investments
Industry
Consumer, Food, and Retail
CJS Payroll Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByGrowth Partners Benchmark International Success
Seller
CJS Payroll Limited
Acquirer
Growth Partners plc
Industry
Financial
Kirkstall Timber Benchmark International SuccessAcquired By
Viewstone Limited
Seller
Kirkstall Timber Limited
Acquirer
Viewstone Limited
Industry
Construction
Opus-UK Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByCharles Street Acquires Opus
Seller
Opus-UK Limited
Acquirer
Charles Street Solutions Limited
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Pellings Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByRSK Group Benchmark Success
Seller
Pellings
Acquirer
RSK Group Limited
Industry
Construction
Dial-A-Loo Acquired Universal Tanker SolutionsAcquired By
Universal Tanker Solutions Limited
Seller
Dial-A-Loo Limited
Acquirer
Universal Tanker Solutions Limited
Industry
Environmental, Waste, and Recycling
Intec Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByNRL Group Benchmark International Success
Seller
Intec UK Limited
Acquirer
NRL Group Limited
Industry
Business Services
NRG Successful Acquisition Benchmark InternationalAcquired By
Indutrade
Seller
NRG Automation Ltd
Acquirer
Indutrade
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Countrywide Vehicle Rentals Acquired by PatonsAcquired ByPatons Benchmark Success
Seller
Countrywide Vehicle Rentals Limited
Acquirer
John Paton & Son Limited
Industry
Business Services
Open Minds Acquired BIG CapitalAcquired ByB.I.G. Capital Acquires Open Minds
Seller
Open Minds High Availability Solutions Ltd
Acquirer
B.I.G. Capital LLC
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Atlantic Freight Limited - Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByMapCargo International Limited
Seller
Atlantic Freight Limited
Acquirer
MapCargo International Limited
Industry
Transportation
BPC Building Products AcquisitionAcquired ByVista Engineering Benchmark Success
Seller
BPC Building Products Limited
Acquirer
Vista Engineering Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
West Sands Advisory Benchmark SuccessAcquired BySibylline Acquired West Sands
Seller
West Sands Advisory Limited
Acquirer
Sibylline Limited
Industry
Business Services
John Dwyer Bakery Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByBridgwater Bros. Holdings Acquires John Dwyer Bakery
Seller
John Dwyer Bakery Limited
Acquirer
Bridgwater Bros. Holdings Limited
Industry
Consumer, Food, and Retail
The Pre-Wired Conduit Company Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByAmokabel Benchmark International Buyer Success
Seller
The Pre-Wired Conduit Company Limited
Acquirer
Amokabel AB
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Fastsms Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByEsendex Benchmark International Buyer Success
Seller
FastSMS Limited
Acquirer
Esendex Limited
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Strategic Communications Services Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByTTEC Benchmark International Success
Seller
Strategic Communications Services Limited
Acquirer
TTEC Consulting (UK) Limited
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Secure Care UK Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByBrightstar Capital (London) Benchmark Success
Seller
Secure Care UK Limited
Acquirer
Brightstar Capital (London) Ltd
Industry
Transportation
McPhee Bros Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByElaghmore Partners LLP Benchmark International Success
Seller
McPhee Bros (Blantyre) Limited
Acquirer
Elaghmore Partners LLP
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Altomed Acquired by ExochromeAcquired ByExochrome Benchmark Success
Seller
Altomed LTD
Acquirer
Exochrome
Industry
Healthcare
Taylor Partnership AcquiredAcquired ByNewland Chase Benchmark Success
Seller
Taylor Partnership (Immigration) Limited
Acquirer
Newland Chase Limited
Industry
Business Services
Partner Group Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByFastflow Group Benchmark International
Seller
Partner Group U.K. Limited
Acquirer
Fastflow Group Limited
Industry
Construction
Cumberland Platforms Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByGELEV Group Acquires Cumberland
Seller
Cumberland Platforms Limited
Acquirer
GELEV Group
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
OMS Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByWilliams Medical Supplies Benchmark Success
Seller
OMS Group Limited
Acquirer
Williams Medical Supplies Ltd
Industry
Healthcare
Henderson Site Services Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByWestern Thermal Benchmark Success
Seller
Henderson Site Services Limited
Acquirer
Western Thermal Limited
Industry
Construction
Jovic Plant Benchmark SuccessAcquired BySRBE Benchmark International Success
Seller
Jovic Plant Limited
Acquirer
SRBE Ltd
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Imscan Document Services Benchmark Client SuccessAcquired ByFirst Solutions Services Acquired Imscan
Seller
Imscan Document Services Limited
Acquirer
First Solutions Services Limited
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Smith Bellerby Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByThe Monarch Partnership Benchmark Success
Seller
Smith Bellerby Limited
Acquirer
The Monarch Partnership
Industry
Business Services
Topcrete LimitedAcquired BySigmaRoc
Seller
Topcrete Limited
Acquirer
SigmaRoc
Industry
Construction
Sui Generis AcquiredAcquired ByMilbank Acquires Sui Generis
Seller
Sui Generis International Limited
Acquirer
Milbank Concrete Products Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Levy Brothers & Knowles Benchmark Client SuccessAcquired ByNNZ Benchmark Success
Seller
Levy Brothers & Knowles Limited
Acquirer
NNZ
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Ibonhart Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByThe Bradman Lake Group Benchmark Success
Seller
Ibonhart Limited
Acquirer
The Bradman Lake Group Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Medisec Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByClanwilliam Group Acquired Medisec Software
Seller
A.C.J. Computer Services Limited (Trading as Medisec Software)
Acquirer
Clanwilliam Group
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
PBH Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByPrivate Investor Acquires PBH Benchmark International Success
Seller
PBH Precision Engineering Co. Limited
Acquirer
Private Investor
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Checker Leather Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByMedike Branding Solutions Benchmark Success
Seller
Checker Leather Limited
Acquirer
Medike Branding Solutions
Industry
Consumer, Food, and Retail
Airwise Ventilation Limited Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByDF Sales Limited Benchmark Success
Seller
Airwise Ventilation Limited
Acquirer
DF Sales Limited
Industry
Consumer, Food, and Retail
Precision Engineering Pieces AcquiredAcquired ByThe Pexion Group Benchmark Success
Seller
Precision Engineering Pieces Limited
Acquirer
The Pexion Group
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Care Relief Team Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByClece Care Services Benchmark Success
Seller
Care Relief Team Limited
Acquirer
Clece Care Services
Industry
Healthcare
Landscape Networks Limited Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByCommunicate Technology Acquires Landscape Networks
Seller
Landscape Networks Limited
Acquirer
Communicate Technology Plc
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Label Express Benchmark International SuccessAcquired ByLynx Acquires Label Express Benchmark International Success
Seller
Label Express Limited
Acquirer
Lynx Private Equity
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
H&G Systems Limited Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByATS Global Acquires H&G
Seller
H&G Systems Limited
Acquirer
ATS Global
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Scan Alarms & Security Systems Benchmark SuccessAcquired BySecom Plc Benchmark Seller Success
Seller
Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited
Acquirer
Secom Plc
Industry
Business Services
TWM Traffic Control Systems Limited Benchmark SuccessAcquired ByElectric Systems Holdings Limited Acquires TWM
Seller
TWM Traffic Control Systems Limited
Acquirer
Electric Systems Holdings Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors - Benchmark Client SuccessAcquired ByOgilvie Group
Seller
Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors
Acquirer
Ogilvie Group
Industry
Construction
Hi-Tech Products Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired BySiegwerk
Seller
Hi-Tech Products Limited
Acquirer
Siegwerk
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Lady Anne MiddletonAcquired ByThwaites PLC - Benchmark Success
Seller
Lady Anne Middleton
Acquirer
Thwaites PLC
Industry
Real Estate, Lodging, and Leisure
Dyson Energy ServicesAcquired ByDuality Group
Seller
Dyson Energy Services
Acquirer
Duality Group
Industry
Energy and Power
Informed Business Solutions Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByInspired Energy PLC - Client Success
Seller
Informed Business Solutions Limited
Acquirer
Inspired Energy PLC
Industry
Energy and Power
Clady Plumbing Supplies Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByBassetts N.I. Limited - Client Sucess
Seller
Clady Plumbing Supplies Limited
Acquirer
Bassetts N.I. Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Spectra Care Group - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByOctopus Investments Limited - Client Success
Seller
Spectra Care Group
Acquirer
Octopus Investments Limited
Industry
Healthcare
Jet Environmental Systems Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByWozair Limited
Seller
Jet Environmental Systems Limited
Acquirer
Wozair Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Oakwood Technology Group Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByThermotech Solutions Limited
Seller
Oakwood Technology Group Limited
Acquirer
Thermotech Solutions Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Network Defence Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByNovosco Limited
Seller
Network Defence Limited
Acquirer
Novosco Limited
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
Web Age Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByCloudstream Technology Limited
Seller
Web Age Limited
Acquirer
Cloudstream Technology Limited
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
The Osprey Management Company Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByK&C Reit
Seller
The Osprey Management Company Limited
Acquirer
K&C Reit
Industry
Real Estate, Lodging, and Leisure
Melpass LimitedAcquired ByVil Holdings Limited
Seller
Melpass Limited
Acquirer
Vil Holdings Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Pocketbond LimitedAcquired ByBachmann Europe PLC
Seller
Pocketbond Limited
Acquirer
Bachmann Europe PLC
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Titan New Lifts LimitedAcquired ByElevator Engineering Enterprises LTD
Seller
Titan New Lifts Limited
Acquirer
Elevator Engineering Enterprises LTD
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
Ship-Elec Limited - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByKEW Limited
Seller
Ship-Elec Limited
Acquirer
KEW Limited
Industry
Consumer, Food, and Retail
Tricorn Systems LimitedAcquired ByValuechain.com
Seller
Tricorn Systems Limited
Acquirer
Valuechain.com
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
UPS Systems PLC - Benchmark International Client SuccessAcquired ByData Centre Response LTD
Seller
UPS Systems PLC
Acquirer
Data Centre Response LTD
Industry
Technology, Media, Telecom, and Data
CH4 Gas Utility & Maintenance Services LimitedAcquired BySmart Metering Systems PLC
Seller
CH4 Gas Utility & Maintenance Services Limited
Acquirer
Smart Metering Systems PLC
Industry
Energy and Power
Endeavour International LimitedAcquired ByI.M.M Hydraulics Limited
Seller
Endeavour International Limited
Acquirer
I.M.M Hydraulics Limited
Industry
Industrial and Manufacturing
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professional

Experience

Before joining Benchmark International, Nick was a national corporate finance partner with a top-five international firm of accountants, and ran a successful award-winning corporate finance boutique firm that advised on acquisitions, disposals, funding, restructuring, and more. Benchmark International was looking for a strong personality to join the UK Board and influence the development of the business and brand, and Nick joined the team and has never looked back. He personally handleseveral major transactions each year and has been involved in hundreds of deals, ensuring that each is handled with the commitment that each client deserves. He also supports central business development and other central functions.

Passion

Nick has been part of the Benchmark International journey from the start: from the early days when we had a small team of transaction leaders to now, where we have deal teams across the world that are the envy of M&A providers worldwide. He finds success in seeing the people he mentors become the best dealmakers in the industry and the best individuals they can be so that they can provide the most successful outcome for clients.

Success

Worked on the UK's first £1m deal, first £10m deal and first £50m deal, and handled deals with a transaction value of c£150m in the 12 months to August 2019. 

SKILLS

Leadership, Strong Negotiation & Deal-Doing Skills, Training, Coaching

giving

demanding

Nick has had a fantastic impact at Benchmark International. He’s built a highly effective team of deal managers there and the results, in terms of the sheer number, value and quality of deals won and successfully concluded by them, speak for themselves. It’s clear that the clients have every confidence in his deal managers and, with their recommendation, KBL receive a constant flow of instructions on excellent deals across a wide range of sectors. Nick rightly deserves huge credit for all that he has achieved at Benchmark International and for his invaluable contribution to the success of our corporate team at KBL.
Phil Stephenson
Corporate Partner, KBL Solicitors
I am delighted to say that Freeman Fisher LLP has been working with Benchmark International as a panel lawyer now for over 12 months, completing some 8 deals. Both the quality of the deals and the professionalism of the transaction team led by Nick are testament to Nick’s vision to create a business that is head and shoulders above the competition.
Gary Black
Senior Partner, Freeman Fisher
Having worked with Nick Hulme for several years, I have witnessed the growth of Benchmark International and Nick’s deal teams first-hand. An excellent corporate financier in his own right, Nick has trained and coached his team to a high standard and it’s no surprise to see the number of high-quality deals and referrals he brings back to the North West.
Simon Lewis
Partner, Brabners