In this interview, Marc Harris chats with Oliver Wilson of Shawbrook to discuss funding the sale of your business to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Oliver gives the lenders’ perspective on what they are looking for from the borrowing company, he gives insight into what percentage of the value of your business you can realistically expect to extract on day one of the sale, and runs through the options available as the deal matures. As you’ll discover, there is much a company can do to improve their chances of raising finance, and the terms of each deal are often customised and flexible.
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Oliver Wilson – Managing Director – London & South
With 20 years’ experience in a variety of corporate banking, alternative credit, sponsor buyout and asset based lending roles, Oliver has extensive knowledge of how to support SMEs with a range of funding needs, including transitions to Employee Ownership. Oliver also has direct experience owning and running a business so has a unique insight into the challenges facing businesses.
Oliver has been with Shawbrook for 4.5 years and is responsible for its Commercial Loan proposition, as well as leading its Corporate Lending business across the London, South and South West regions. This encompasses driving the origination and execution of both cashflow and asset based lending transactions to support growth, MBO, acquisition and refinance in the South SME market.
Specialties: Leadership, Origination, Corporate lending, Asset Based Lending, Alternative Lending, Leverage Finance, Cashflow Lending, Employee Ownership Trusts & Acquisition Finance.
Case Study: Supporting Retrac Group’s transition to employee ownership
Empowering employees, growing businesses
Whether you want to introduce an employee ownership scheme to improve engagement, provide added benefits for your staff or exit the business, we can help you achieve this transfer of ownership.
Our experienced team arrange funding for a wide range of scenarios, including acquisitions, buy-outs and restructures. We work with advisors, accountants, SMEs, sponsors and trusts and create bespoke solutions to support businesses and provide financial stability as they transition to Employee Ownership Trusts (EOT).
Find out how we helped Retrac Group accelerate their EOT here.
Making it happen, side by side
“I just felt the day we met Shawbrook they were part of our team. They were not only interested in our business but explained solutions we hadn’t even thought about.” – Andrew Fowlds, CEO of Distinction Doors
Watch this video to learn how Shawbrook’s relationship with the UK’s leading composite door manufacturer, Distinction Doors has enabled it to not only grow its business but also kickstarted its carbon neutral sustainability journey.