Meet Clive Margetts
Clive Margetts is a business consultant specialising in helping business owners wanting to buy or sell a business. Whether you want to grow through acquisition or exit your business through a successful sale, Clive has the knowledge, experience and network to help make it happen.
About Clive Margetts
As a serial entrepreneur, Clive has personally walked the walk himself. Launching, scaling, acquiring and selling multiple businesses. So he’s not just got the theory! He’s been there and done it before himself. This expertise and hands-on experience are priceless, but when you work with Clive, you also get access to his network.
Who You Know Matters…
While you will work directly with Clive, you’ll also gain access to his network of over 270 other business acquirers across the US, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Portugal. This can be an invaluable resource when you’re looking for someone to buy your business.
There are investors and business owners out there who could be looking to buy a business just like yours right now. Clive will help you find the right people, at the right time – and equip you with the knowledge you need to negotiate and navigate a successful merger or acquisition.
Who Clive & His Network Work With
Clive and his network of business acquirers work with business owners, entrepreneurs and new investors who want to buy or sell a business and need help understanding the process or finding a buyer.
With hundreds of years of experience between them, Clive and his network can work with most sectors but they have a special interest in:
(particularly those selling digital products/services)
Commercial Real Estate
Is The Business Success Consultant Right For You?
As with many successful business mergers and acquisitions experts, Clive is in the fortunate position that he doesn’t have to do deals that don’t sit right. Opportunity and relationships are more important than the financial rewards, so it’s important that you, your business and Clive are a good fit.
Of course, there does have to be a commercial benefit that rewards everyone involved in the end! But most importantly, you need to be on the same wavelength for the magic to really happen.
So, whether you are looking to build a significant group or sell your life’s project, the first step is a virtual meeting of minds over Zoom to see if you and Clive “click”.
No need for any fancy or grand plans (you’ll sort that together if you’re a good fit), just bring yourself and a clear vision of what you want to ultimately achieve. If there’s a connection, Clive will work with you to create the road map to achieving your goals.
The Journey So Far…
Clive’s first recalled entrepreneurial experience. Clearing snow with his younger brother from the neighbouring houses. (Well actually his brother did the clearing, and Clive handled the communication and cash).
Clive operates a very successful Sandwich business at Secondary school.
Life challenges for the family result in Clive having to give up on full-time education and instead seek employment. His first role within an Accountants firm provided an early insight into the need for a grasp of your business numbers!
Disillusioned and uninspired with the ‘Corporate’ world, Clive’s ever present fire of desire to return to being in charge of his own destiny returns. He sacrifices everything he has worked for to date to embark on a moral journey to assist others to get out of debt. Gemstone Financial Management Limited is born and latterly becomes the subject of multiple acquisition attempts.
Clive founds his second business, a debt collection Company that delivers improved results through empathy rather than ‘bully boy’ tactics. It receives high acclaim, becomes the preferred provider for over 76% of the UK funeral sector.
Clive receives an approach to buy Gemstone for £500,000 plus an offer to join the ‘Main’ Board of a Listed Company. He respectfully declines.
Gemstone has become one of the most respected businesses in its’ sector, driving industry change rather than following it by founding and leading what became the most trusted Trade Association in the industry.
Clive receives an approach to buy Gemstone for £1.6 million. Again he respectfully declines.
Gemstone moves into a prestigious offices in the heart of Solihull, commanding over 5000 square feet, employing almost 40 staff and handling 20,000 referrals for help a month.
Clive’s Debt Recovery firm goes international, boasting the second largest credit insurer in Spain as it’s first international client.
Clive is invited to become the Chair of the local business forum covering a swathe of Solihull, incorporating nearly 300 businesses. He improves the membership of the forum by over 40% by the time he passes on the baton.
Clive is asked to join the Solihull Visioning Group, headed by the Chief Executive of the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and including Chief Executives from Land Rover, Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham and Solihull Chamber of Commerce and other blue chip organisations.
Clive sells his interest in the Debt Recovery firm and sets up a Claims Management Company (CMC) driven by assisting those excluded from mainstream ‘Claims’ services due to their financial status.
Clive receives and accepts an offer for Gemstone. His CMC thrives and accumulates a clear cash balance of £108000 within 7 short months.
Clive acquires a failing Educational Procurement Company with cash. It is turned around into cash positive within 3 months and moves to larger premises commanding over 2600 feet of warehousing space, latterly developing an additional mezzanine space to cater for increased growth.
Clives sells his CMC for a lump sum and residual earn-out.
Clive exits his educational procurement business having decided to take a lifestyle change and launches The Business Success Consultant!
Clive is invited to join two other independently successful entrepreneurs in building a respected Digital Marketing firm that delivers contemporary and cutting edge digital marketing services and assets to private audiology clinics across the US. He latterly becomes CEO of Orange & Gray.
Despite the Coronavirus pandemic Clive helps to steer Orange & Gray and its’ clients through possibly the most challenging commercial landscape ever, almost doubling the turnover of the business in the process as it crashes through the $ 1 million turnover threshold.
Clive sells a partial equity stake in Orange & Gray, valuing the business at $10m.
Clive aquires an equity stake in a US marketing company.
With big plans, Clive seeks to invest in and acquire businesses where an exit is sought whilst also helping other forward thinking business owners achieve their own personal plus business goals.