• Maximise The Value of Your Growing Media Business


    You’ve created great products. You’ve built a loyal, high performance team. Your customers love your business, and profits are growing.

    If you’re thinking about exit, have you made the investments, resourcing decisions and organisational improvements that will maximise the value of your business?

    If you’re planning to scale up, how will the decisions you make today impact on the value of your business in 18-36 months’ time?


  • Dedicated to entrepreneurs. Trusted by buyers.


    Since 2006, Collingwood Advisory has been working with media, events, subscriptions and data entrepreneurs on strategy, scaleup, value creation and exit planning.

    Our directors have centuries of experience in publishing, events, digital media, memberships and business intelligence, and have worked on numerous deals for major acquirers as well as entrepreneurs raising funds or selling their businesses.

    We work exclusively for entrepreneurs, and have personally invested in several media businesses at startup stage, supporting MBOs and inhouse M&A, and through to exit.

“You ensured we got the best possible deal from the best possible buyer... My only regret is not asking you to help us 12-18 months before our target sale date, when we would have had more time to implement your value adding ideas”

Kieron Osmotherly, CEO, TowerXchange (sold to Euromoney, December 2017)

We are changing the way entrepreneurs grow and sell their businesses

We know that you aren’t just doing this for the money: you want to build a great company, create value and legacy, and achieve your life goals. Our process takes your company from startup to scaleup, prepares it for sale from 18-36 months out, and creates competition to maximise value.


We know the buyers

During our careers, we have worked on a significant number of transactions as acquirers of independent media brands and businesses. We know the buyers: how they think, what they’re afraid of, what creates competition.

We are entrepreneurs like you

We have founded, invested in and helped to build many media businesses, and we have to make the same difficult decisions you’re facing today.


Whether you are looking to enhance your Board, build a three year strategy, plan for exit or align your company’s growth with your life goals, we have the experience, contacts and know-how to support you.

“I have worked with Piers Bearne for almost a decade. His vast consultancy and M&A experience give him an excellent eye for maximising value. Within two years of the launch of one of our businesses, he secured us a 7-figure exit.”

Alex Williamson, Founder & CEO, Bio-Based World Founder & CEO, SmartRail World Managing Director, Tank World Expo (sold to Easyfairs)

Working with the Collingwood Advisory team was a breath of fresh air. Their involvement with the board of one of our investments during a global restructuring brought a high level of energy and a whole new perspective to our deliberations. I echo the comments of other Collingwood clients when I say, I ardently wish we had found and engaged them two years earlier.

Gordon Mackenzie Husbands, Partner, Four Seasons Ventures UK LLP

Exit Hacks

7 Ways to Maximise Your Company’s Sale Value

Preparing your business for sale starts before you even begin trading. If you keep value creation and exit at the heart of your business planning, investment and scaleup decisions, you will reach your financial and personal goals more easily.

To find out more, request your copy of Exit Hacks.

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“We’ve been working with Collingwood Advisory for the past year, which has had an immediate and significant impact on our business. Through regular and structured board meetings, and ad-hoc support, they have helped us rethink how we grow our business, retain more clients and increase our operating margins. We view them as an integral part of our Board.”

Toby Daniels, Founder & CEO, crowdcentric - owner and operator of Social Media Week

Selling your business


Putting you, the entrepreneur, first

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Matching your company’s brand and values to the buyer

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Advising on profit growth and creation, not just brokering the deal

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Getting inside the mind of the buyer

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“I've known Julian since 2012 when he approached me to acquire an interest in my training business. From day one he understood me and the business. His market insight, strategic thinking and supportive approach have been refreshing and an enormous help to me.”

Lucien Wijsman, Founder and Shareholder, Totally Gaming Academy

“You really want to know what ‘good’ looks like. That’s where Piers is an invaluable adviser and partner. He has great experience in all stages of development, mapping out growth to create a sustainable, valuable company.”

Alex Johnson, CEO, GFC Media Group

The Sale Process


The Sales Process - Collingwood Advisory

About us


Decades of experience launching, growing and selling media businesses

Piers Bearne

Piers Bearne is an entrepreneur and investor who has built and sold his own media businesses, and who has worked on M&A for major buyers, both as CEO and consultant.

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Rewa Bouji

Rewa Bouji has 15 years of experience advising on and delivering large-scale, complex, IT-enabled change and business transformation in blue-chip organisations, through new and innovative approaches to collaborative delivery and commercial models.

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Julian Graves

Julian Graves has worked across a wide variety of industry sectors and in a number of capacities, from content to marketing and business leadership.

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Jenefer Thoroughgood

Jenefer Thoroughgood is an expert in engaging customers to develop great products. She has over 20 years' experience in digital media and SaaS.

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Daniel Pitchford

Daniel Pitchford is an entrepreneur and tech VC whose first business was acquired by Informa within 18 months of launch.

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Fergus Gregory

Fergus Gregory is an experienced B2B media business leader who has spent over 15 years in the world of media, subscriptions, and events.

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Carolyn Morgan

Carolyn Morgan has over 25 years' experience as a media and events executive and adviser. She has successfully led media businesses to profitability and taken brands onto new media platforms including print, TV, digital and events.

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Chris Downham

Chris Downham is a Chartered Accountant and experienced CFO with extensive SME experience.

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Amy Sheridan

Amy Sheridan has over 15 years’ experience in corporate communications, events management and public relations, and is the Founder of Bespoke PA.

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Rosie Nixon

Rosie Nixon is Co-Founder and COO of Bio Market Insights, a specialised media and events business.

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Mark Bethell

Mark Bethell is a highly experienced CFO and business adviser who has worked on transactions both as a buyer and on behalf of entrepreneurs. He is a chartered accountant and holds a law degree.

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