M&A for most agency owners is a rollercoaster ride. But we don’t always recognise the impact it can have on culture and staff. This side of the coin definitely has its ups and downs but focus will always drift to the numbers….right?
Join us for a BIMA Directors Lunch where the topic of conversation will explore the long term impact M&A can have on company culture and whether it’s inevitable that you lose it when acquired.
This lunch isn’t just for those in the midst of the process, it’s for anyone with one eye on a longer term exit strategy who wants to make sure that culture is addressed from the very beginning.
Join a small group and our guest chairs Danny Bluestone and Paul Winterflood for an informal lunch and the chance to meet other agency peers.
Danny Bluestone, CEO & Founder of Cyber-Duck
Danny Bluestone is the CEO & Founder of Cyber-Duck, a UK based digital transformation agency (recently acquired by CACI) fusing Service Design and User Experience (UX) with high pedigree Laravel and Drupal open source Web technology developing the worlds most accessible Web Applications and Web Portals for governments and bluechips alike. The agency started in 2005 and has grown organically to include clients like Bosch, Compare The Market, The Bank of England, The European Central Bank, Mitsubishi Electric, The British Government and Cancer Research. The team includes Designers, Web Developers, DevOps Engineers and Technical SEO specialists as well as Data Analysts.
With over 105 people the team is highly diverse. Danny was an entrepreneur finalist at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards entrepreneur of the year. Danny spoke at SXSW in Austin, Texas about trust in digital and what brands and governments to build trust through their products and services. He also is a keen advocate of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data transformation and why ethics in AI is so important.
Paul Winterflood, Head of Media Corporate Finance, Moore Kingston Smith
Paul Winterflood leads the firm’s Media Corporate Finance team specialising in transactions in the media and technology sectors. Paul regularly speaks and contributes on the topic of ‘Selling Your Media Business’, and the Media M&A landscape.
Paul has experience advising entrepreneurs, strategic acquirers and private equity investors. He is passionate about the importance of creativity and culture to getting deals done. Clients appreciate this as well as his commercial and straight-talking approach to deal-making.
Some of the notable transactions that Paul has advised on include the sales of 23Red to Capgemini, People Made to the Positive Change Group, the Theatre Royal Haymarket to Access Entertainment and edtech platform HegartyMaths to Sparx.
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Thu, 14 Mar 2024
12:30 - 14:30
Cafe Murano Pastificio,
34 Tavistock Street, London, WC2E 7PB