On Demand: Balance Sheet Hacks


Financing Options for Independent Media Companies


With the current market and macro economic climate, many independent media companies will need to strengthen their balance sheets.

Balance Sheet Hacks will enable you to go from defence to attack in an uncertain world.

Topics include:

  1. Customer financing
  2. Supplier financing
  3. Invoice factoring
  4. Loan options
  5. Fundraising options including corporate venturing models
  6. Divestments and asset sales vs company sale
  7. What the government’s pledges really mean for your business
  8. The position of company directors

Speakers:

Piers Bearne, CEO, Collingwood Advisory

Piers has built and sold three events businesses and is a director and co-founder of three more, two of which are hybrid events/digital publishing. He advises independent media companies on value creation and exit.

Daniel Pitchford, Senior Adviser, Collingwood Advisory

Daniel, Founder of Futurum Media and Senior Adviser with Collingwood Advisory, built a hybrid digital community / events business and sold it to Informa within 18 months of launch. He is also a venture partner with SuperSeed, a fund which invests in recurring revenue models.

Jonathon Whiteley, CEO, Incisive Media

Jonathon is a b2b media leader with 25 years experience of publishing digital information products, conferences, awards and exhibitions. He has led b2b digital and live event media brands through different market cycles, in multiple territories and with varied business models, and been involved in M&A, acquisition integration, asset sales and business development in both Europe and Asia Pacific.

Incisive have been active in entrepreneur-friendly venture investments in recent years.

Amanda Barnes, Chief Executive, Faversham House

After leading the MBO of Faversham House, Amanda subsequently divested non-core assets in order to take the company private again. Faversham House owns media brands in the utilities, sustainability and visual communications sectors, including Utility Week.

Chris Downham, CFO & Senior Adviser, Collingwood Advisory

Chris has worked mainly with startup / scaleup businesses, ranging from pre-revenue to £100m+ revenues, helping founders, senior management and investors to drive value.

He was CFO and then CEO of the VC-backed Boat International, leading its transformation from a legacy media business to a broad-based content company with diversified print, data, digital, subscription and events revenues. Chris acts as a “virtual CFO” as well as working on corporate finance transactions with Collingwood Advisory.

Richard Churchill, Partner, Blick Rothenberg

Richard is a chartered accountant and tax adviser who has been providing resources to help media entrepreneurs navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, interpreting government initiatives and bank loan policies.

Gayle Hawke, Associate, Joelson

Gayle is an Associate in Joelson’s Corporate and Commercial team and deals with a broad range of corporate transactions, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), private equity and venture capital investments. Gayle works with a variety of clients including owner managed businesses.