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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 2020, 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.

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.

Sean Wood


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


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.

Michael Morley-Smith


Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07845 017 498

Trained as an accountant, Michael spent 10 years with a public company, finally in the position of Group Company Secretary. Since then he has run various small businesses and undertaken management consultancy assignments with a particular emphasis on turnaround finance and corporate recovery situations, gaining particular experience working with Insolvency Practitioners.

Michael has intimate knowledge of small business practice as well as company insolvency rules. He is therefore able to understand the difficulties many entrepreneurs are faced with and expertly able to assist with company recovery.

Jim James


Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07768 745 036

A former lawyer, Jim has extensive transactional experience especially in the distressed sector.  With over 30 years of experience working with directors, lenders, and shareholders, Jim has a deep understanding of the dynamics between the different stakeholders in a transaction.

As a former head of department in large law firm Jim understands the internal processes of a business.  Starting from an empty desk he built a unit of over 30 people over a number of years.  He therefore understands the issues that rapid growth can bring to a business as well as the importance of building close relationships both internally and externally.   

His extensive experience provides an ability to grasp the fundamental drivers of any business and identify the issues which will be of importance to providers of both capital and lending.

Nigel Wright


Mobile: 07719 614342

Based in London, Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and holds an INSEAD MBA qualification.  He is an investor, adviser and has senior roles in early stage businesses in the UK.

He was a founder of Industrial Technology Securities, a BES manager that raised £3.4M for early stage technology companies.  Other roles have involved preparing companies for fundraising and raising investment, strategic advice, turnarounds, voluntary liquidations, mentorships and senior management.

Nigel is a strategic thinker with extensive experience and ability to deliver value to clients, particularly in critical circumstances. He is passionate about choosing the right approach for each business in our everchanging economy.

Ash Hussain


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.

Glenn Pearson


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


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.

Bob Sneesby FCG


Tel: 020 7637 7755

Mobile: 07790 011 491

Bob joined Beer & Young in 2019 having previously worked with Nick Young. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute and acts as a business adviser and consultant to SME’s alongside his role at B&Y.

He has extensive experience as managing director in the hospitality, manufacturing and distribution sectors. He has led the negotiation, financing and management of over 40 acquisitions from sellers ranging from independent operators through to administrators and major plc’s - raising funds from business angels, private equity houses and stock market investors.

Possessing comprehensive business restructuring, turnaround and growth experience Bob enjoys helping entrepreneurs devise and implement strategies for the survival and growth of their businesses and with raising finance for the execution of their plans.


Sheena Shah


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.

Emma Knipe


Tel: 020 7637 7755

Emma is a Marketing, Brand and Sales Strategist.  She has spent the past decade supporting CEO’s and Managing Partners on business development by implementing creative marketing and sales campaigns.  

Having worked across a wide range of industries, including events, retail and the public sector, Emma brings a wealth of marketing expertise, including advanced digital marketing techniques.

With an entrepreneurial flair and record of consistently delivering impressive business results, Emma joins Beer & Young during an exciting period of growth and development. 

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