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Nick Young

Managing Director

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07957 367 783

Nick is the founder and managing director of Beer & Young Ltd having established the business in 1998. B&Y are best known for raising equity capital, predominantly from their network of private investors, for trading SMEs that are seeking to grow or experiencing financial pressures.

As a trusted member of the business finance community Nick has been privileged to participate in the Angel Expert Group Roundtable at 10 Downing Street, a panel chaired by Lord Young of Graffham, lending his experience to their meetings on raising awareness and understanding of the market for business angel investing in the UK.

As we move through 2016, Nick will say that, on a business front, he is most proud of B&Y’s track record for delivering finance to business owners quickly, whether for growth, project work or to save jobs. A worthy example of this was the Seas of Red Poppy exhibition at the Tower of London – a project B&Y raised all the capital for in just three weeks.

Gavin Heys

Managing Director - Equity Division

Mobile: 07956 139123

Gavin joined B&Y as an Associate in 2014 and brings with him a wealth of experience to benefit his clients.  Following a successful career in strategic business consultancy, Gavin has been involved at Director level for some 20 years in SMEs encompassing retail, food retailing, FMCG, DNA testing, logistics and food manufacturing sectors.  Most of these businesses have been VC or angel financed, and he has successfully negotiated these companies through twenty rounds of financing amounting to over £15million of total investment.

Gavin has been at the sharp end of running critically stressed businesses and has experienced all of the pressures of such situations.  He is fully aware of the obstacles that such companies face, and able to help with the right approach to financial restructuring and growth. Whilst working at B&Y, Gavin has advised on the sale of and investment in companies in Manufacturing, Big Data, FMCG, Medical Devices and Recruitment sectors. Gavin has also assisted businesses in completing Company Voluntary Arrangements.

Gavin currently owns an innovative food ingredients business that he runs alongside his role at B&Y.  Gavin has an MBA from top European Business school, IESE, and a first class degree from the London School of Economics.

Rob Southwell

Associate Director

Mobile: 07801 227 049

Based in the South East, Rob has been an Associate of B&Y since 2009 and brings with him many years of sales and marketing experience. 

Rob spent over 10 years working for a non-prime lender in the vehicle finance sector giving him a unique perspective on the many challenges small businesses face.  For 25 years prior to this, Rob was a Sales Director of a SME manufacturing company.  It is this practical hands-on experience that business owners value most. 

His success in completions are right across the board from manufacturing businesses to service industries.  Two contrasting examples are these: A safety door manufacturer securing £700,000 in equity financing within 8 weeks; and a childrens nursery that required start up funding.  

John B. Cowper, FCA

Associate Director

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07827 768 493

John qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young joining B&Y in 2009 after a 20 year financial brokering career spanning the globe from the City of London, Isle of Man, Detroit, Bangkok, Beijing to Harare.

John has completed many notable high-end turnarounds and various rescue financing.  His achievements include 11th hour rescues of two historic UK manufacturers.  He raised funds for the UK’s first water drilling manufacturer on the South Coast and one of the UK’s oldest lighting companies in the Midlands. Both of these transactions ran into £millions, saved hundreds of jobs, enabled future business growth and high returns for investors.

John has numerous other funding successes - his primary strength is his intuition for the interaction of the personalities involved in a deal.  He travels anywhere in the UK providing his expertise to business owners at whatever stage of the funding cycle they are at.

Paul Rayner

Associate

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07722 219 181

Paul is an experienced finance professional with more than 30 years of international experience. He has worked with businesses of all sizes, building up an in-depth knowledge across multiple industries – particularly commercial and residential property, construction, retail, automotive, leisure, manufacturing and healthcare.

Funding growth as well as supporting the turnaround and restructure of underperforming operations, particularly in cash pressured situations, are Paul’s specialties. He understands how to finance businesses and the critical impact of changes to the business model on cash flow.

A previous member of the Turnaround Management Association of Australia, he is now an active mentor member at the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, and a loan panel member for Fredericks Foundation, a charity where he volunteers his time to help disadvantaged people change their lives by starting their own businesses.

Bruce Butler

Associate

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07715 704778

Bruce has over 35 years of experience of working in, and providing business consultancy to, organisations of all sizes and across a wide range of sectors. In particular, his interest is in helping them maximise their growth potential though the creation of robust business strategy, providing access to finance to fund growth and through the development of new products and services to enter new markets.

At Grant Thornton, Bruce led a number of programs to enable high growth businesses to access finance and expertise. In his prior role as KPMG’s Head of Innovation, Bruce worked with small and medium sized entrepreneurial businesses to build growth through the provision of tailored business services and gain access to high quality mentoring. He subsequently led KPMG’s business strategy group operating across both the private and public sectors.

Bruce holds a PhD in Physics, an MBA and a Diploma in Marketing. In the early part of his career worked as part of the senior management of a number of high-tech organisations leading new product development. This has given him a deep understanding of the challenges facing entrepreneurial organisations and the solutions they require. He is committed to working with growing businesses, no matter what their size, to help them realise their ambitions.

Jon Radford

Associate

Mobile: 07979 857 614

Jon has worked in SME finance since 1986 when he joined Industrial Technology Securities, a venture capital firm, before moving to the corporate finance department of Belmont Bank ltd, a boutique bank specialising in raising money for privately owned companies.  

Jon began his career as a civil engineer for Cleveland Bridge and RT James and Partners, progressing to Technical Director for Hoteles Cryns, a Spanish hotel company, and subsequently owned and operated a printing company, giving him many years of practical experience in SMEs.

He earned his MBA from IMI (International Management Institute, Geneva) and has built-up a consultancy business, under the aegis of the Institute for Independent Business (IIB). 

While sector agnostic, Jon focuses on financial management and fund raising.  He is a sympathetic listener, with significant experience of the issues besetting private companies, as well as the practical problems of raising finance for them. 

 

John Dodsworth

Associate

Tel: 020 3701 3806

Mobile: 07881 308818

John has spent 20 years working with SME businesses.  With a Chartered Accountancy background, John has subsequently worked extensively in Asset Based Lending, managing and structuring financial transactions predominantly for owner-managed businesses.

Having held positions to Regional Managing Director and Strategy Director, John has first hand experience of leading large teams, profit and loss responsibility and creating and successfully implementing plans to drive income and profitability.

Results driven, John prides himself on his integrity and client focus.

Ash Hussain

Associate

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07837 367 864

Ash is a veteran of the software industry, with two decades of leadership experience working for small (private) and large quoted software and solutions providers. He has led geographically dispersed teams of up to 100, and worked with clients across many verticals, spanning the EMEA region. Having had full P&L responsibility for both high growth and more established concerns, Ash has developed and refined his skills at the sharp end in managing revenue and profitability, whilst delighting and expanding his customer base.

Ash enjoys analysing business fundamentals to help understand areas that need attention, and then to help devise solutions (including any funding needs) to help the business move forward. As a businessman, he also understands the value that external investors can bring to the table, whilst being cognisant of the rewards that a serious investor shall seek even if the risks (perceived or real) are backed up by detailed mitigation plans to make it an attractive proposition.

Ash is a graduate of Bristol University, with a degree in Engineering Maths. He is keen to work with any businesses that require growth acceleration.

Sean Wood

Associate

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07557 474654

With over 25 years corporate banking experience Sean has been working closely with SMEs and Corporates across the UK helping them to achieve long-term success.

He has strong deal origination and execution experience across all industry sectors but particular success in technology, media, financial services, manufacturing, recruitment, transport, retail and leisure.

Using the skills and experience he has gained as both a senior relationship manager and business development director, Sean maintains a common sense approach and can do attitude to the funding needs of businesses providing simple solutions to complex problems.

Being able to identify the right mix of capital and debt funding enables a tailored solution to be delivered, whether it be to finance growth, working capital, acquisitions or property purchase.

Through close collaboration with his professional contacts, entrepreneur groups and other business communities Sean is able to leverage the power of these networks for the benefit of all involved.

Simon Donegan

Associate

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07846 259549

Simon joins us with an outstanding pedigree in business and consulting for SME’s. He is based in Shropshire and looking forward to working with business owners and the professional community across the Midlands and North West.

He is an ex CEO of a 600 employee PLC with extensive experience as a General Manager in four companies managing workforces ranging from 30 to 1500 employees.  He has assisted some 60 MD's in the last 11 years as a Business Consultant to the SME sector in 8 different countries including Ireland where he grew a consultancy business from nothing into a six figure practice just before the banking crash of 2008.  His experience ranges from clients such as Irish hardware stores to advising Government Ministers in the third world on affordable housing.

Tony Wilson

Associate

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07970 802 071

Glenn Pearson

Associate

Mobile: 07966 584771

Based in the South West, Glenn has spent the last 12 years working across the broad spectrum of the SME market providing practical business support to companies that want to grow or those that require help in turnaround.

Working with a variety of clients that include restaurant and bar chains, high-end clothing manufacturers, service companies, recruitment companies and metal coating specialists across the region, Bristol and London, he has a strong portfolio of successful client growth, turnaround and consolidation.

Previously involved in the automotive industry working for both manufacturer and retailers for 15 years before owning and running various businesses. In the past he has worked in the public sector with a stint in the NHS setting up quality systems for all the acute hospitals in Glasgow. 

David Rich

Associate

Mobile: 07919 918623

Based in East Anglia David has 15 years experience in raising debt and equity funding for businesses.

After 14 years as a litigation lawyer David moved onto creating his own businesses and a successful career in helping other businesses to raise funding and achieve growth. He also has experience of turn around situations and understands the challenges faced by those in such a position.

He has built and sold businesses in the software, catering and financial service sectors and holds board positions in a variety of businesses ranging from 3D rich media, retirement planning and academy schools. David works closely with the regulators in the Pensions, asset management and Insurance industries and is passionate about using collaboration and creativity to drive positive outcomes.

Sheena Shah

Operations

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Sheena joined B&Y in January 2013.  Responsible for day-to-day running of the office, streamlining administration processes, maintaining the in-house CRM system, handling data and documentation, as well as social media and web updates.

With a degree in Interior Design and a professional background in Project Administration and Coordination in both public sector working on LEGI, LDA and ERDF funded business support projects; and private sector working at Engineering companies, she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and technical ability to the team.

Sarah Vickery

Branding & Communications

Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07745 975 327

Sarah has worked for the past 15 years across engineering, financial services and marketing.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Diploma in Design from top institutions, Queens University in Canada and KLC School of Design in London. 

She has extensive experience with high net-worth clients having managed the operations for a $2 billion full-service portfolio manager in Canada.  With an education in engineering, a career in financial services and a professional portfolio of design, she brings a unique balance of business, technical and creative skills to her branding and communications role at B&Y.

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