Over the years many colleagues and contemporaries voiced strongly that brokers were not to be trusted and that they would take your money and push you into the first offer, even if it wasn't a fit for your business.
I might have agreed until I tentatively picked up the phone to Benchmark with trepidation to enquire about the process. From the first discussion with Tony Yerbury, I knew I was in excellent hands and if I was going to choose to use a broker to sell my business it was going to be Benchmark.
Which I did in September 2020. By the October we had agreed the Information Memorandum and Benchmark were exploring multiple potential suitable organisations. By the end of November, 20 plus organisations had shown an interest and of that I’d chosen 8 to progress with. By mid-December we had received 7 offers culminating with accepting an offer by Christmas eve.
Every step of the way the Benchmark team comprising of the bright, positive and proactive Erica Skittrall, alongside her colleagues, Andrew Roberts and Jonathon Parkinson, who are both consummate professionals and expert advisors, were by my side making sure that the negotiation was completed in the most fair and equitable way for my business to go on its next journey. By the first week of March 2021, following a short sharp but intensive due diligence process, the business sale was completed. If I had ever doubted using a broker, I am a convert, and if you are wavering to use a broker reach out to Benchmark first. I can't recommend them highly enough.