In choosing a corporate finance adviser, we look for proven experience, expertise and the ability to generate ideas, all of which were qualities I found in Smith Cooper. Their exceptional and personal service, creative and practical advice, and hands-on approach were key in structuring and negotiating a deal that achieved all parties’ objectives and in securing a positive outcome to the transaction. The deal was very complex, involving the interpretation of complex legal and financial agreements dating back to a previous transaction.
The team was a pleasure to work with and delivered on what they promised at the outset.
The expert opinion on value, backed by robust evidence, was essential to this case and although pitched against a top-five global accounting firm, Smith Cooper’s depth of knowledge in this specialist fast-food franchise arena was clearly superior. Smith Cooper Corporate Finance played a pivotal part in achieving a fair settlement.
We have been working with Smith Cooper for over 18 months and have found their service and support absolutely invaluable since our conversion to a multi-academy Trust.
Our first contact with Smith Cooper occurred some eight months prior to our conversion. They provided some free preliminary guidance to the Federation regarding some of the pitfalls of academy conversion. We found this initial contact to be very beneficial and supportive in our planning, management and implementation of the conversion process.
They undertake our internal and external audit, producing our statutory accounts. We have found the team led by Sarah to be excellent; they have been outstanding in their support to us during the first year. They have supported our EfA submissions and provided VAT, audit and general advice. The biggest compliment we can pay them is the collaborative relationship that has developed between us since the conversion; we are not considered a “cash cow”. We know any help or support is a phone call away. We are aware of other services that Smith Cooper offer and are looking to transfer further support services to them, for example payroll.
Because of the strong relationship that has been created, we would highly recommend Smith Cooper to any school considering conversion to academy status. We are more than happy for you to contact us direct should you wish to discuss the service provided to us.
We contacted Smith Cooper to undertake diligence of the business plan because of the sheer volume of transactions it has undertaken in the sector and hence its knowledge of market comparators. This is an exercise we would normally have asked the 'big four' accountancy firm doing the FDD to undertake but we knew they would not have the depth of experience to provide the insight we were looking for. Smith Cooper delivered a detailed report to a tight time frame that far exceeded our expectations. If you are looking to undertake a fast food or coffee franchise transaction, these are the people to speak to.
Following several months researching the best company to sell my business, I came in contact with John and David from Smith Cooper. Both of these gents far exceeded my expectations and gave me exemplary service; they were both extremely professional, intelligent and accurate with their support, were very proactive and always responded quickly to emails and telephone calls. I could not fault these gents who did exactly what it says on the tin. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Smith Cooper who are the experts for any business owner wishing to escape!
We have been working with Smith Cooper for over three years during which time they have installed a new accounting system and provided complete support for this system. We have always found the support team to be very knowledgeable about the products, and, unlike other support teams, they have been able to answer the majority of our queries at the point they are raised, which is always very useful for a busy team.
Smith Cooper quickly became a valued business adviser during the course of an intense deal involving the sale of IP. They provided accurate and insightful analysis whilst showing creativity and resourcefulness contributing to a successful conclusion. Their hands-on business experience was a tremendous asset to me during the transaction. We had no hesitation in engaging them as advisers and contributors to our strategic business development process where their understanding of business issues is critical. Smith Cooper are a pleasure to work with, and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them.
We are a global services company with two offices in the UK being managed from our head office in Australia. The services provided by Smith Cooper’s HR services have been invaluable to our business in ensuring that we are compliant with UK legislation and that we treat our employees with respect and dignity when dealing with difficult circumstances. We will continue to rely on Smith Cooper’s HR services now and into the future.