Jo-Anne and Mark sold their business in July 2020 to Fairmountain Partners Chris, Darren and Kurtis (CDK) and have built their dream home in Austria.
Steve and Sarah sold their business to Fairmountain in 2017, Steve talks about the process and how he feels about remaining with a shareholding and working with Fairmountain Partners Richard Brady and Allan Presland. His summary at the end will be helpful for any potential seller of a business.
Joanna has worked in recruitment for over 20 years. Fairmountain Group bought Advantage Recruitment in October 2019 and Jo has stayed with the business since then.
"The energy levels, honesty and integrity is second to none, I would thoroughly recommend speaking to them"
"We sold to Fairmountain in October 2017, we got on well with Allan and Richard and it was all fairly straightforward and happened within a few weeks"
"The thing that I was most impressed by was their straightforward approach."
"They've been fully supportive at each stage and even though I felt that I was laying myself bare by opening up the business to someone from outside, Richard explained what they were doing and mitigated my concerns at each stage."
"Since selling we've found that we can enjoy work again".
"I would recommend Allan and Richard and found that you don't get to know the true worth of a person until you've handled difficulties, but they've acted with integrity throughout and I'd thoroughly recommend working with them."
"We dreamed of selling the business and moving to Austria. We were impressed by Chris, Darren and Kurtis and really liked them".
"We discussed the offer and after negotiation it was agreed, then the process happened very quickly and we sold the business".
"All three of them have impressed us and after a handover period of a few months, we've spent a lot of time in Austria".
"We're happy to help them out on an ongoing basis if needed." "They've kept our team on and have promoted one of them into a managerial role".
"If it's right for you to sell, then they are all professional and have done a great job for us". "We are kept up to date with financial information, all in all it's a very positive decision".
Joanna had worked in recruitment for over 20 years when Fairmountain Group bought Advantage Recruitment in October 2019.
"The energy levels, support, flexibility and autonomy within the business is fantastic. Knowing that you have all of that knowledge and support behind you has been very reassuring. We've had a challenging year due to the Covid pandemic but the support that we've had from Fairmountain has been second to none. I can't recommend them enough for their honesty, integrity energy and knowledge; I would thoroughly recommend speaking to them"
"I sold my shares to Fairmountain in 2018, after building the business for 12 years it was time for me to retire and transfer it to an organisation which would add energy and value.
I came into contact with Richard and Fairmountain through a business broker.
The process of selling the shares was quick and easy. The thing I was most impressed and happy with was that Fairmountain were extremely supportive and professional throughout the process. The biggest challenge for me as Managing Director was letting go after building and running the business for so long.
Since selling the shares and remaining in the business for a short period of time, I found working with Fairmountain that they were professional and quickly added value to the business.
I am now able to spend my time after leaving the organisation to focus on my voluntary work in the Education sector and Advisory work for business.
I would highly recommend any organisation wishing to sell their business to do this with Fairmountain".
"CDK Group Services came into contact with Fairmountain through an intermediary. After several meetings, we realised that being part of Fairmountain would help our business but also bolster our experience and knowledge that would take the group to the next level.
Fairmountain has a clear plan and strategy with a streamlined set up that will facilitate growth within our businesses. We were impressed how professional the guys within Fairmountain were and the ability to access information and strategies unknown to many business owners".
"We saw the value of being part of a group to help increase sales, management expertise and opportunities to do more business as well as having a greater value when we sold our remaining shares on the group exit. It was a no brainer for us."
"Fairmountain has helped us with business growth strategies and always been easy to deal with and supportive."