Rowan’s ten year anniversary and £1b in exit value for clients

Rowan's ten year anniversary and £1b in exit value for clients

Rowan’s ten year anniversary and £1b in exit value for clients

We’ve been picked up by Insider Media – amongst other publications – for a piece celebrating: – Our ten-year anniversary– £1 billion generated in exits for our clients– Record turnover– New senior appointments– Our own ambitious growth plans! #PeoplePoweredGrowth https://www.insidermedia.com/news/north-west/rowan-executive-search-on-track-for-record-year Thanks also to Bdaily news, Entirely media, Business Mondays and Business Up North for the mentions.

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~ Rowan Employee spotlight: Johnathan Massey – passionate about creating value ~

~ Rowan Employee spotlight: Johnathan Massey – passionate about creating value ~

~ Rowan Employee spotlight: Johnathan Massey – passionate about creating value ~

Johnathan joined Rowan to head up our Non-Executive and Chair division, having gained a wealth of experience and developed a number of relationships in this world during his previous careers across private equity and corporate finance. However, as Rowan has grown over the past 12 months taken…

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“Navigating the dynamic digital retail market” – event recap

"Navigating the dynamic digital retail market" - event recap

“Navigating the dynamic digital retail market” – event recap

Rowan Executive Search and HSBC‘s joint event at The Ivy Manchester last week was a roaring success! We were brilliantly catered for by The Ivy with an outstanding 2-course breakfast, and HSBC’s James Sawley was a great host, who had some real insight to share. Special thanks also to guest speaker Online4baby‘s Tom Fotheringham….

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~ Meet the team – Sales & Marketing ~

~ Meet the team – Sales & Marketing ~

~ Meet the team – Sales & Marketing ~

We focus on our clients and candidates most of the time. After all, our mantra here at Rowan is, “People-Powered Growth”. But who are the people that make us what we are, and what do they do on a day-to-day basis to help us maintain our status…

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Happy International Women’s Day 2022!

Happy International Women's Day 2022!

Happy International Women’s Day 2022!

Today is International Women’s Day, and we asked our own Molly Chalfont Pollard to contribute some thoughts on how Rowan attempts to #Breakthebias. Molly is passionate about intersectional feminism and is also a contributing writer for Our Words, the book club and magazine of Our Streets Now, a campaign demanding the…

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National Employee Appreciation Day

National Employee Appreciation Day

National Employee Appreciation Day

As we say here at Rowan, “it’s all about the people”, and we wouldn’t be the industry leader we are without our fantastic employees. Today just so happens to be ‘National Employee Appreciation day’, and we want to take a minute to appreciate everyone in the business;…

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~ Mypura’s next phase of growth – Rowan client secures landmark investment ~

~ Mypura's next phase of growth - Rowan client secures landmark investment ~

~ Mypura’s next phase of growth – Rowan client secures landmark investment ~

Eco-friendly baby care products retailer Mypura has secured a £4.25m investment from private equity firm Maven Capital Partners. Guy Fennell, Mypura founder and CEO, said: “Maven’s investment and expertise will help us scale up to the next level in 2022. Ultimately, the funding will help us make it…

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~Our values – Commitment~

~Our values – Commitment~

~Our values – Commitment~

We’ve talked at length about the value system that underpins everything we do here at Rowan; from our candidate care to the way we work with our clients on appointing leaders and future leaders, to our own internal recruitment policy. Those values are:AuthenticityCommitmentProgressivenessCollaborationRigour Let’s look at the…

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~Our values – Authenticity~

~Our values - Authenticity~

~Our values – Authenticity~

We’ve talked at length about the value system that underpins everything we do here at Rowan; from our candidate care to the way we work with our clients on appointing leaders and future leaders, to our own internal recruitment policy. Those values are: AuthenticityCommitmentProgressivenessCollaborationRigour Let’s look at…

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~Behind the scenes at Rowan – Luke’s 1-year anniversary~

~Behind the scenes at Rowan - Luke's 1-year anniversary~

~Behind the scenes at Rowan – Luke’s 1-year anniversary~

A year ago to the day, Rowan hired Luke Williams (this post’s author) to a newly created, internal position within the business – Content Designer. Everybody knows Paul Waite and the rest of Rowan’s Directors and Associate Directors, but what goes on behind the scenes here at Rowan? What do I…

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~ Non-industry hires boost Rowan’s capabilities ~

~ Non-industry hires boost Rowan's capabilities ~

~ Non-industry hires boost Rowan’s capabilities ~

We’ve been picked up again by Insider Media, amongst others, for our recent hires of Lexi Graty, Molly Chalfont Pollard, Sara Jackson and Jennie Adamson. True to our values-based recruitment strategy, three of our four new ‘Rowanites’ come to us with no prior recruitment or Search experience. Lexi and Jennie have backgrounds in…

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~ Rowan’s new Director – Congratulations Carl! 🥂 ~

~ Rowan's new Director - Congratulations Carl! 🥂 ~

~ Rowan’s new Director – Congratulations Carl! 🥂 ~

Congratulations to the Finance team’s Carl Meyler, who has recently been promoted to a Director position at Rowan Executive Search. A ‘Rowanite’ of almost 8 years, Carl was here when the Finance team was in its infancy. He’s had a real hand in the strategic direction and success of…

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**Rowan expands further through the acquisition of Claro Search and Selection – welcome Josh Guest**

**Rowan expands further through the acquisition of Claro Search and Selection - welcome Josh Guest**

**Rowan expands further through the acquisition of Claro Search and Selection – welcome Josh Guest**

We’ve added further capacity to our Executive Search and Assessment offering with the opening of Rowan Life Sciences Division. Read the full story in TheBusinessDesk.com here: https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2092591-executive-search-firm-boosts-life-sciences-service-with-acquisition

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24th January – International Family Business Day

24th January - International Family Business Day

24th January – International Family Business Day

Today is ‘International Family Business Day’, so we sat down with long-time Rowan client Stephen Lord, the 4th-generation owner of industrial services supplier the John Lord Group (comprised of Canal Engineering Ltd, Rizistal, John Lord Specialist Flooring and SLS Design), who shared his thoughts on the challenges & considerations when running…

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8 years and counting! Katie Seabrook’s Rowan anniversary 🥂

8 years and counting! Katie Seabrook's Rowan anniversary 🥂

8 years and counting! Katie Seabrook’s Rowan anniversary 🥂

It’s the 8-year Rowan anniversary of Associate Director Katie Seabrook; employee number 6 and one of the first ‘Rowanites’ to join after the business was started by the founders over a decade ago. Since then, Katie has taken the Finance market by storm, achieving improved results year-on-year,…

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📈 Rowan Growth Stories – Online4baby eyes £100m turnover after Rowan helps restructure and appoint Senior Leadership Team

📈 Rowan Growth Stories - Online4baby eyes £100m turnover after Rowan helps restructure and appoint Senior Leadership Team

📈 Rowan Growth Stories – Online4baby eyes £100m turnover after Rowan helps restructure and appoint Senior Leadership Team

Rowan Executive Search has been picked up by BusinessLive, amongst other publications, for its help supporting E-commerce retailer Online4baby restructure its Senior Leadership Team, in order to drive business growth. Rowan’s Finance practice Director Peter Holt and Sales and Marketing practice Director Louise Stephenson (Associate CIPD) worked with the business to appoint new CFO Nick Cooling and…

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✨Seven Years of Success – Sarah’s Anniversary✨

✨Seven Years of Success - Sarah's Anniversary✨

✨Seven Years of Success – Sarah’s Anniversary✨

Massive congratulations to Executive Researcher Sarah Morrell, who celebrates her seven-year anniversary today with Rowan Executive Search! Typical of Rowan’s value-based internal recruitment policy, Sarah comes from a legal background, having started her career as a Paralegal after attaining a Law degree. She showed great aptitude for the job,…

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ESG at Rowan – Johnathan’s Walk for Children

ESG at Rowan - Johnathan's Walk for Children

ESG at Rowan – Johnathan’s Walk for Children

An excellent effort from our Chair/NED practice Associate Director Johnathan Massey, as he undertakes the NSPCC‘s 23km Walk for Children with Freshwalks next Friday night. Two of our values (aside from authenticity, progressiveness and rigour) are commitment and collaboration, and John and his team will certainly need these as they hike…

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Managing Director to C-Suite Delivery Superstar – Claire Powell celebrates 7 years with Rowan Executive Search 🐶

Managing Director to C-Suite Delivery Superstar - Claire Powell celebrates 7 years with Rowan Executive Search 🐶

Managing Director to C-Suite Delivery Superstar – Claire Powell celebrates 7 years with Rowan Executive Search 🐶

In keeping with our values-based recruitment policy, Rowan recruited Claire from Archive Solutions, where, as Managing Director, she successfully oversaw an exit and trade sale to Restore plc. Claire loves helping others, and wanted to support other SMEs on their growth journeys after leaving Archive. She initially joined…

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Rowan Exit Stories ~LDC successfully exits SRL after £24m investment~

Rowan Exit Stories ~LDC successfully exits SRL after £24m investment~

Rowan Exit Stories ~LDC successfully exits SRL after £24m investment~

*Rowan Exit Stories* ~LDC successfully exits Rowan client SRL Traffic Systems after £24m investment~ Rowan has worked closely with SRL over a number of years, appointing a number of key hires: CFO Mike Marrison, CFO Designate John McLaughlin and Marketing Manager Stuart Coleman. LDC’s John Clarke said: “Richard [Richard Tredwin: CEO and now Non-Exec…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…or at least it was last night as the Rowan team got together for a Christmas night out. It was great to be back together in person and if the volume of laughter around the table was anything to go…

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The 10 questions to ask your Executive Search firm

The 10 questions to ask your Executive Search firm

The 10 questions to ask your Executive Search firm

~ The 10 questions to ask your Executive Search firm ~ As an SME owner with a critical leadership (or future leadership) appointment to make, you’re understandably keen to get it right first time. There is a wide choice of organisations offering true Executive Search services, but…

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Rowan supports the appointment of musicMagpie’s incoming CFO, Matthew Fowler

Rowan supports the appointment of musicMagpie's incoming CFO, Matthew Fowler

Rowan supports the appointment of musicMagpie’s incoming CFO, Matthew Fowler

Rowan’s Paul Waite, Mark Fahy and Claire Powell worked together on this appointment, which follows Ian Storey‘s promotion to group COO at the time of the Stockport-based tech ‘recommerce’ business’ IPO.  Matthew said: “I am extremely excited to be joining a business of musicMagpie’s calibre and ambition.  “Given its unique circular economy model…

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Rowan is GROWING – LCap investment fuels Rowan Executive Search’s internal expansion plans

Rowan is GROWING - LCap investment fuels Rowan Executive Search's internal expansion plans

Rowan is GROWING – LCap investment fuels Rowan Executive Search’s internal expansion plans

Last week we announced our investment from the LCap Group, which also owns Drax Executive and technology consultancy Aavistus. This, and our subsequent expansion across the North-West and beyond, has created a number of key opportunities within the business, at varying seniority levels. But just who are we looking…

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9 years, 10-fold growth – Peter Holt’s 9-year Rowan anniversary!

9 years, 10-fold growth - Peter Holt's 9-year Rowan anniversary!

9 years, 10-fold growth – Peter Holt’s 9-year Rowan anniversary!

Peter Holt, Rowan’s Head of Finance and de facto ‘Number 2’ to Paul Waite, celebrates his 9-year anniversary with Rowan today. Peter, who has worked with Paul for a total of 22 years now, has racked up some impressive achievements: – Rowan’s Finance practice performance has grown 10-fold…

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Rowan Sponsors ‘Deal of the Year’ at Awards Ceremony

Rowan Sponsors 'Deal of the Year' at Awards Ceremony

Rowan Sponsors ‘Deal of the Year’ at Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the winners at last night’s Insider’s North West Dealmakers Awards 2021. We are proud to sponsor the Deal of the Year (£10m to £50m) category for another year and last night’s worthy winners were LDC for their investment into vehicle accessory manufacturer Rhino Products Ltd. We…

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The SME Owner’s Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3

The SME Owner's Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3

The SME Owner’s Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3

The SME Owner’s Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3 – “Getting the best ROI from Sales & Marketing, with Rowan’s Head of Sales & Marketing Practice Louise Stephenson” Direct link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1753092/9386705 Amazon/Spotify/Apple links to follow.. Rowan’s MD Paul Waite sits down with our Head of Sales and Marketing Practice Louise Stephenson (Associate…

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People-Powered Growth: Louise Ellis’ Maiden Rowan Anniversary

People-Powered Growth: Louise Ellis' Maiden Rowan Anniversary

People-Powered Growth: Louise Ellis’ Maiden Rowan Anniversary

People-Powered Growth: Louise Ellis’ Maiden Rowan Anniversary Our philosophy here at Rowan is simple: appoint the right people for our clients and their businesses will grow. Put succinctly: “People-Powered Growth.” However, that mantra applies internally as well; we can only grow as a business by bringing the…

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ESG at Rowan – Rowan’s values

ESG at Rowan - Rowan's values

ESG at Rowan – Rowan’s values

Today is World Values Day with a broad theme of ‘reconnecting’.   “We are all living through a time of enormous uncertainty and disruption. This means we need to deepen our understanding of values and how they connect us with our sense of self, with others, and with the wider world.” -> https://lnkd.in/dYKdxBA At Rowan,…

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Mental Health at Rowan – World Mental Health Day 2021 💖

Mental Health at Rowan – World Mental Health Day 2021 💖

Mental Health at Rowan – World Mental Health Day 2021 💖

We’re all about business growth, but as a people-centric business with a very tight-knit, supportive team, we also take our ESG (Environmental, Governance and Social) responsibilities very seriously as well. We’re proud to promote good mental health and wellbeing here at Rowan, and studies have shown that…

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Rowan in the running for Insider, Inc.’s Dealmakers ‘Deal of the Year’ Award

Rowan in the running for Insider, Inc.'s Dealmakers 'Deal of the Year' Award

Rowan in the running for Insider, Inc.’s Dealmakers ‘Deal of the Year’ Award

Save the date! The 28th of October is the 2021 Dealmakers Awards ceremony at Manchester Central. We’re up for ‘Deal of the Year’ in the under £10m category, for our contribution to BGF‘s £7.5m investment into fulfilmentcrowd. Prior to the deal, Rowan worked with MD Lee Thompson and NX Chair Michael McGrath to restructure…

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Rowan at the Races! 🏇

Rowan at the Races! 🏇

Rowan at the Races! 🏇

To celebrate our first decade in business – including £1bn generated in exits for our clients – we took the whole team to York Races last Friday. Congratulations go to Teresa Gundry, Claire Powell, Sarah Searle and Louise Stephenson (Associate CIPD), who all celebrate their 5-year Rowan anniversaries. A special mention has…

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Rowan advises Made Tech on CFO appointment to support their IPO on London Stock Exchange’s AIM – congratulations!

Rowan advises Made Tech on CFO appointment to support their IPO on London Stock Exchange's AIM – congratulations!

Rowan advises Made Tech on CFO appointment to support their IPO on London Stock Exchange’s AIM – congratulations!

Rowan Executive Search is delighted to have supported CEO Rory MacDonald, Pete Wild and the Made Tech team with their successful listing yesterday morning. This remarkable achievement was underpinned by the appointment in August of Debbie Lovegrove, Made Tech’s CFO. Debbie was introduced to the business by Rowan; this nuanced, time-critical mandate was delivered on by Mark…

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Rowan’s Exit Stories – Eque2 Ltd sold to WestBridge Capital for £46m after £16m LDC investment

Rowan's Exit Stories - Eque2 Ltd sold to WestBridge Capital for £46m after £16m LDC investment

Rowan’s Exit Stories – Eque2 Ltd sold to WestBridge Capital for £46m after £16m LDC investment

We’re proud that we’ve had a hand in generating c£1billion in exit value for our clients over the past 12 months or so. This series on #exits will shed light on some of those deals, showcasing the success stories that Rowan-appointed candidates have helped to effect. This episode looks…

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5 years in 5 minutes: Louise’s 5-year Rowan Anniversary

5 years in 5 minutes: Louise's 5-year Rowan Anniversary

5 years in 5 minutes: Louise’s 5-year Rowan Anniversary

“We have something really special at Rowan, and it’s all about where we go now.” Rowan’s Head of Sales & Marketing practice Louise Stephenson (Associate CIPD) sat down with Luke Williams to celebrate her 5-year work anniversary, and talk about what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, plans for the future and…

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ESG at Rowan

ESG at Rowan

ESG at Rowan

Business growth is our goal, but #ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) concerns are also very important to us here at Rowan. With World Charity Day having just passed us at the start of September, we thought we’d share a couple of our own charitable efforts with you from the…

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Rainmakers Awards for multiple Rowan clients

Rainmakers Awards for multiple Rowan clients

Rainmakers Awards for multiple Rowan clients

Last week, TheBusinessDesk.com‘s North-West Rainmakers awards brought success to some of our favourite clients. Clubhouse Golf won International Deal of the Year for its sale to German retailer All4Golf – Golf Versand Hannover GmbH. Rowan appointee Jocelyn Morgan was a key figure in the deal. Matillion won Private Company Deal of the Year…

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fulfilmentcrowd wins ‘Small Cap Deal of the Year’ at the TheBusinessDesk.com’s North-West Rainmakers Awards!

fulfilmentcrowd wins 'Small Cap Deal of the Year' at the TheBusinessDesk.com's North-West Rainmakers Awards!

fulfilmentcrowd wins ‘Small Cap Deal of the Year’ at the TheBusinessDesk.com’s North-West Rainmakers Awards!

The deal involved Pinesh Mehta leading PE House BGF‘s investment of £7.5m in the cloud-based, tech-led services provider, which will help the business’ growth plans via both national and overseas customer acquisition. In the last 12 months or so, fulfilmentcrowd MD Lee Thompson worked with Rowan Executive Search‘s Paul Waite, Carl Meyler, Louise Ellis and others to…

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International Read a Book Day – ‘Turning the Flywheel’

International Read a Book Day – 'Turning the Flywheel'

International Read a Book Day – ‘Turning the Flywheel’

Yesterday was International Read a Book Day, so what better chance to showcase one of our favourites? ‘Turning the flywheel’ is the sequel to Jim Collins’ Number-one best-seller (and one of Jeff Bezos’ key inspirations for Amazon) ‘Good to Great’, which is nearing its 20th Birthday! It’s a…

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Back in Business: strong uptick in M&A activity for local law firms

Back in Business: strong uptick in M&A activity for local law firms

Back in Business: strong uptick in M&A activity for local law firms

The Corporate teams at Lancashire’s Napthens LLP and Manchester’s Brabners have both seen a marked increase in M&A activity for H1 of 2021, with both set to far exceed the number and value of deals during the Pandemic-stricken 2020. Napthens advised on 24 transactions, with a deal value of £210m in the…

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Rowan appoints new CFO for Preventative Healthcare specialist PAM

Rowan appoints new CFO for Preventative Healthcare specialist PAM

Rowan appoints new CFO for Preventative Healthcare specialist PAM

Peter Holt and Sarah Morrell from Rowan’s Finance team have worked with Warrington-based Preventative Healthcare specialist People Asset Management Ltd, to appoint a new CFO, Phil Foster. Phil was appointed to help facilitate Private Equity firm LDC’s minority investment into PAM, which was completed in June. LDC’s backing will help drive PAM’s organic…

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Get to know Rowan….5 minutes with Carl Meyler

Get to know Rowan....5 minutes with Carl Meyler

Get to know Rowan….5 minutes with Carl Meyler

People-powered growth is our business mantra, but who are the people that make Rowan what it is? We sat down with Finance Associate Director, and Rowan original Carl Meyler, to discuss: – Growing Rowan’s Finance team– Growing vegetables, and, most importantly…– SME business growth If your Finance function…

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International Beer Day – how two underdogs conquered the world

International Beer Day – how two underdogs conquered the world

International Beer Day – how two underdogs conquered the world

You may not know it, but today is ‘International Beer Day’, which presents a great opportunity to look at a subject that’s very close to our hearts. Surprisingly, it’s not beer… …but business growth. True, bootstrapping rags-to-riches stories are rare, and if you’d predicted that this business…

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The SME Owner’s Podcast

The SME Owner's Podcast

The SME Owner’s Podcast

The SME Owner’s Podcast – S1 E2, “Why an IPO should be on your agenda. Top tips from Rowan’s Corporate Finance and IPO expert Mark Fahy” The podcast’s second episode is hosted by Rowan MD Paul Waite and features Associate Director Mark Fahy, who spent over 14 years with the…

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Channel 4’s “The Money Maker”

Channel 4's "The Money Maker"

Channel 4’s “The Money Maker”

One show that we’ve been following, and that is sure to be of interest to SME owners, is Channel 4’s “The Money Maker”, starring the brilliant Eric D. Collins. We’ve watched with interest as Eric works with SME owners to help them scale with his business knowhow, experience, contacts,…

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Rowan sponsors The Dealmaker Awards 2021

Rowan sponsors The Dealmaker Awards 2021

Rowan sponsors The Dealmaker Awards 2021

We’re delighted to announce that we’re sponsoring the Insider Media’s 2021 Dealmakers awards! Rowan’s category will be the ’£10 to 50 million’ award. This award is for the standout regional-led deal, with a transaction size between £10m to £50m, which involves the buying, selling or growing of a…

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*Job alert* – CFO position with a sustainable, eco-friendly e-commerce and wholesale business.

*Job alert* - CFO position with a sustainable, eco-friendly e-commerce and wholesale business.

*Job alert* – CFO position with a sustainable, eco-friendly e-commerce and wholesale business.

The Rowan finance team; Peter Holt, Carl Meyler and Sarah Morrell are looking to appoint a Chief Finance Officer, for a high-growth e-commerce and wholesale business, which prioritises and promotes its eco-friendly agenda. This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in a business that is striving to drive genuine…

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Steamforged Games – Commercial Director and Head of Marketing – Rowan Case Study

Steamforged Games – Commercial Director and Head of Marketing – Rowan Case Study

Steamforged Games – Commercial Director and Head of Marketing – Rowan Case Study

Privately Owned with recent Foresight Private Equity Investment – International Games Designer & Manufacturer Full Commercial, Sales and Marketing team appointed to support ambitious growth plans after PE investment from Foresight Group. Background Steamforged Games is a privately owned business (founded by two good friends) who design…

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*Liverpool / Manchester FD Network Events*

*Liverpool / Manchester FD Network Events*

*Liverpool / Manchester FD Network Events*

What these events will cover: The Rise of ESG: Is this the defining moment for business sustainability and growth? Since the COVID 19 pandemic, Environment, Social and Governance has become an even more important subject. Every business is deeply intertwined with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns….

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