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Understand,Guide,Deliver

Polestar is an independent corporate finance advisor to private businesses and shareholders looking to fundraise, make an acquisition or sell all/part of their business.

  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Consulting, legal and financial services businesses have historically been reliant on the people employed for their customer relationships and service delivery; this reliance was often reflected by lower business valuations and extended consideration periods...
  • PROCESS OUTSOURCING This can be outsourced information technology-enabled services, knowledge process outsourcing or manufacture/fulfilment outsourcing. As organisations focus more on their core offering, greater elements of their required services are outsourced...
  • MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Whilst the move to digital has driven this sector, human creativity is still the foundation stone. To achieve an organisation’s full potential, there needs to be a great balance between its brightest minds...
  • FACILITIES MANAGEMENT With commercial and residential property users requiring an ever higher quality built environment and the increasing burden of security and compliance the future for facilities management (FM) providers looks strong...
  • EQUIPMENT RENTAL We have worked with a number of businesses be they straight hire or “wet” or “operated” hire. A correct understanding of the true asset value, ongoing CapEx requirements and asset utilisation will position a business for a successful sale...
  • LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION Order fulfilment and delivery of IT supplies, consumer delivery or just-in-time manufacturing processes rely on quality systems and efficient asset usage....
  • AGRI BUSINESS At over £108 billion, Agri-business is critical to the health and wealth of the nation. Hands-free farming is one of the many changes coming as food production seeks to increase its efficiency and sustainability...
  • FOOD SERVICE The UK foodservice market is worth c.£90 billion, with c.£20bn in retail, travel and leisure, £5bn contracted and £65bn being hotels, pubs and restaurants...
  • CONSUMER GOODS The market has been driven by globalisation: you can buy the same kind of TV, phone or car in China, the US or the EU...
  • BRANDED PRODUCTS Brand differentiates. Differentiation gives protection to margins and the opportunity to develop a loyal following which will pay so long as your values are aligned with theirs...
  • HOTELS The UK hotel market has turned over c.£20 billion and has enjoyed 3% growth over the last four years...
  • LEISURE PRODUCTS With more leisure time and a growing desire to seek experiences, especially amongst Generation Y and Millennials, there has been very strong growth in the leisure sector, be that travel, cycling, cooking or gardening...
  • MANAGED CARE UK adult social care is estimated to be valued at £42bn. Providers are coming under increasing pressure as the prices paid by local authorities are not representative of the costs of delivery...
  • HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY The global healthcare technology market is forecast to grow at more than 15% CAGR from 2006 to 2021. This growth is needed to meet the ever-increasing costs of delivery...
  • HOSPITALS – CARE CENTRES The UK hospital market is estimated to be worth £75bn and is forecast to grow at 2% p.a. for the next five years. We have worked with charities, private hospitals and clinical...
  • YOUTH SERVICES Recent trends include the reconfiguration of services in the context of reduced budgets and the need to achieve greater efficiencies, a move towards integrating services...
  • EDUCATION The UK spends in excess of £85bn on education, one of the UK’s largest markets. We have worked with service providers, supply and technology businesses. Of these...
  • TRAINING Training for all sectors has developed rapidly through the use of technology. Organisations with excellent content, software and market reach are very enticing to funders...
  • SPECIALIST MANUFACTURING Specialist manufacturing is forecast to grow to nearly $400bn by 2023. The market is driven by the need for ever-increasing efficiencies and visibility across the supply chain...
  • INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY Manufacturing and industrials are being transformed by physical and process automation. This is reducing employee costs, energy usage, batch sizes and tooling reset times...
  • AEROSPACE & DEFENCE Aerospace & defence (A&D) is forecast to grow at 4.1% in 2018, nearly twice that of 2016. The drivers for this are strengthening GDP and growth in air travel, with commercial...
  • RECYCLING & RENEWABLES The move to a carbon neutral environment has led to an explosion of firms which support recycling, clean energy, electric vehicles and energy management...
  • PRINTING & PACKAGING Packaging is undergoing a revolution, with all market participants looking to reduce the use of plastics through reuse or substitution. Printing, which is highly asset intensive, is consolidating....
  • CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Construction has for many years suffered from the cyclical nature of the property market. Furthermore, the failure of Carillion has made funding construction business difficult to achieve...
  • SOFTWARE & SERVICES Software and services are rapidly merging into a single sector as the market moves from traditional perpetual licencing models to cloud-based/SaaS subscriptions...
  • DATA & ANALYTICS With the exponential growth in data production, there is a burgeoning requirement by business and government for data analysis, data mining and data integration...
  • DIGITAL MEDIA Digital Media and Internet businesses include technology-driven companies with both subscription and transaction-based business models across all on-line subsectors such as gaming...
  • E-COMMERCE Across all areas of e-commerce (B2B, B2C, B2A, C2C, C2B and C2A), online transactional trading is growing fast. Businesses that provide solutions to enable secure transactions...
  • CONSULTING Consulting and professional services are becoming rapidly automated. The international practices are often investing more in AI and automation than anything else....
  • MEDIA & TELECOMS Digital convergence is now. Deals are about data, infrastructure or content production, management or ownership. Data is no longer merely transported but is manipulated....

At Polestar, we see our role as understanding first, then advising on the most appropriate way to achieve your goals, and finally – delivering.  We are often asked what makes us different.  It is a difficult question to answer, given the many suitably qualified advisors.  But we think our unique position is that we will simply tell it as it is.  If it is a bad deal for you, we will tell you to walk away, and if it is a good one and you are less sure, we will reassure you.

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