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Stewart Holness, CEO at Integrity Software Group

Sale of Integrity Software Construction Division to Explorer Software

With a limited number of potential acquirers, all of whom were our competitors, it was essential that we ran a focused & confidential process

Ignition’s ability to access the key decision makers and their hands on management of the buyers meant they ran a hugely effective process – agreeing terms to completion in 6 weeks, including Christmas!

A great outcome that most M&A teams would not have achieved or even tried.

Sale of Integrity Software Salon Division to CSI

Our acquirer audience were either direct competition, or known to us but only operating outside Europe, and all were non UK HQ, hence requiring very careful approaches.

Ignition did a great job of getting us into the right meetings very efficiently.

With strong supporting materials and a very hands on team approach we got the results we wanted. Very few M&A partners would have done such a good job.

Our acquirer audience were either direct competition, or known to us but only operating outside Europe, and all were non UK HQ, hence requiring very careful approaches.

Ignition did a great job of getting us into the right meetings very efficiently.

With strong supporting materials and a very hands on team approach we got the results we wanted. Very few M&A partners would have done such a good job.

Andy Boteler, Chief Financial Officer at Gooch & Housego

We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of Spanoptic which strengthens Gooch & Housego's core precision optics manufacturing capabilities and provides a sound foundation for developing our sub-systemsbusiness. It was great to work with Peter again, and I would like to thank him for all his support. His relationship with G&H now goes back over 15 years and 6 acquisitions. This knowledge and experience of our business, together with his strong technology track record, ensures a very proactive aspect to his advice as he understands those key elements of any acquisition which are important to a company of our type.

Tom Curran, CEO at Kings Court Trust

At Kings Court Trust, we seek to put the family first and are constantly looking for ways in which we can help them through a difficult time. We want to work with partners who share these values and this was critical when choosing an investor with whom to work. We believe the probate market is going to change dramatically in the next few years and Smedvig's experience in building innovative legal businesses should stand us in very good stead.

We would like to thank Peter for all his help in the smooth management of the transaction. Peter's substantial experience of working with entrepreneurial private companies and his understanding of the demands of venture capital investors allowed us to continue to focus on running the business whilst the process was underway.

I have completed a number of transactions with Peter over the last 10 years but this is the first one with Ignition. As an owner manager, I believe that Ignition's 100% partner model is a key differentiator against a number of the larger firms. To have someone of Peter's experience offering strategic advice, whilst also knowing the detail, is a great combination to work with.

Fraser Smeaton, CEO at AFG Media

We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of Digital Dudz in time for this year's Halloween. We are committed to reinventing the consumer's expectations of fancy dress and incorporating smartphone technology in our designs is another innovative step on our roadmap of new costumes.

There are 31 million smartphones in the UK and Google searches for wearable technology have increased six fold in the last 6 months. We've applied this insight by using mobile devices to bring our costumes to life with animations from bleeding wounds to moving eyes.

It was great to team up with Peter again, less than a year from taking the investment from the Business Growth Fund. We operate in a very specialist but truly international market, however Peter understands our business and provides an effective challenge process on new investments.

His experience of US acquisitions was key in structuring a transaction that allowed that allowed us to maximize the benefit of integrating Digital Dudz's technology into AFG's new costumes, but still incentivizing Mark to grow the acquired business.

Peter Greenhalgh, CEO M+W (UK)

The acquisition of Senior Hargreaves is the second deal that Peter has advised us on in the last 18 months. His knowledge of the sector coupled with his ability to integrate with our team allows us to focus on the key operational aspects of the target, while he manages the transaction process.

Fraser Smeaton, CEO AFG Media Limited

We would like to thank Peter and Finbar for all their help. They believed in Morphsuits when we were just starting out and have advised us throughout all our key stages of growth. We look forward to working with them as we expand our business following the new investment.

Bill Elliott, Business Development Director Tamar Energy Limited

We chose Ignition Corporate Finance because of their track record of working with acquisitive and fast growing privately financed companies.

Finbar provided us with the advice and challenges we needed throughout the entire process, not just on the transaction itself, but also to ensure we maximised the value opportunity post acquisition.

Tim Roberts, Group Business Development Director TT electronics plc

I would like to thank Peter for all his support on the transaction, his experience of structuring transactions with administrators was key in helping us negotiate the deal we needed in a short time frame

Nick John, Chief Executive of FCP Internet Holdings Ltd

We are very pleased to have completed this deal with Dillistone. Although we have had a number of lucrative offers from potential buyers, we were always very clear that we would only sell to an acquirer that would offer an acceptable level of service to our clients and a future strategy for the business.

We would like to thank Peter for all his help and guidance over the last couple of years, he has always played the long game, and focused on the best deal for all the stake holders in the business irrespective of time. His previous experience of acting for listed acquirers on the buy-side provided us with invaluable insight when we were negotiating the deal with Dillistone.

Jennifer Denning, Director of Corporate Development, brightsolid innovation Limited

Transferring the operation of Friends Reunited Dating to Cupid Plc was the fourth successful deal that Peter has advised us on. Since 2004, we have worked together on a wide range of transactions including helping raise capital to fund the early growth of FindmyPast to selling the business to brightsolid/D.C. Thomson. Peter was subsequently retained by brightsolid to advise on the acquisition of the Friends Reunited Group from ITV. His track record of deals on the buy and sell side coupled with the ability to work alongside entrepreneurs, private equity investors and public companies has meant he has experience to advise us on a wide range of transactions both in the UK and overseas.

Jim Cartwright, Shareholder in Cygnet Foods Limited and Chairman of Dine Limited

I have engaged Finbar for every corporate finance transaction that I have sought to do over the past fifteen years. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He brings a wealth of experience to each and every transaction and his drive and ability to get things done are truly admirable. As we embark on the next phase of the growth of our businesses, there is only one person I would turn to when we next need corporate finance advice.

Jonathan Lee, Chief Financial Officer, Planit Holdings Limited

We have greatly appreciated the advice Finbar and Peter have provided to Planit throughout our ownership of the business. Their experience and expertise in every type of transaction we contemplated was invaluable in assisting us to create the shareholder value we achieved on our ultimate exit in a tight timeframe.

Tom Nawojczyk, CEO, in4tek Limited

We would like to thank Peter for his support throughout the process. His detailed knowledge of the market and the potential buyers ensured we delivered the best deal for all of the shareholders within a tight timeframe.

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