Founder succession planning: The art of the possible

Founder succession planning: The art of the possible

Founder succession planning: The art of the possible

Rowan CEO Paul Waite on Looking to the Future Most founders reach a point where it’s time to step back from the business they’ve built from the ground up. How should they approach planning their own exit? Like many business founders, I take the time to think…

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The Agile CMO: Spearheading Change in a High-Growth Business

The Agile CMO: Spearheading Change in a High-Growth Business

The Agile CMO: Spearheading Change in a High-Growth Business

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, high-growth companies face unique challenges. To thrive in this dynamic environment, they need a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) who thinks differently, spearheads change, and embodies agility.   Utilising our PACE behavioural evaluation tool we are able to identify the behavioural traits most…

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5 Key Considerations for Succession Planning as an Owner Founder

5 Key Considerations for Succession Planning as an Owner Founder

5 Key Considerations for Succession Planning as an Owner Founder

How to ensure business continuity when building a succession plan As an owner founder you’ve worked hard over the years to build a successful business around a set of values that have driven the growth of the business to date. As you look to continue to scale…

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Spotting Tomorrow’s Business Leaders in your Senior Leadership Team

Spotting Tomorrow's Business Leaders in your Senior Leadership Team

Spotting Tomorrow’s Business Leaders in your Senior Leadership Team

Can you identify tomorrow’s business leaders with certainty? Appointing a first-time or future leader to your senior leadership team can be valuable and rewarding, but also risky. If an individual has no track record in a leadership position, is there a way to truly tell whether they’re ready…

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Join Team Empower for the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge

Join Team Empower for the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge

Join Team Empower for the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge

As a senior female leader or business owner, you know the value of coming together with like-minded individuals to discuss all things business. Networking and collaborating with other C-suite executives and senior leaders can lead to personal growth and remarkable opportunities. That’s precisely what our Empowering Women…

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The Critical Role of a CFO in Driving Financial Success in High-Growth Businesses

The Critical Role of a CFO in Driving Financial Success in High-Growth Businesses

The Critical Role of a CFO in Driving Financial Success in High-Growth Businesses

In the fast-paced and competitive world of high-growth businesses, having a capable and strategic Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is instrumental in achieving sustainable financial success. As the key senior leader within your finance function a CFO plays a multifaceted role, providing expertise and guidance in areas such…

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Navigating Growth: Top 5 Ways a Non-Executive Director Can Fuel Growth in a Scaling SME

Navigating Growth: Top 5 Ways a Non-Executive Director Can Fuel Growth in a Scaling SME

Navigating Growth: Top 5 Ways a Non-Executive Director Can Fuel Growth in a Scaling SME

Scaling your SME requires a strategic approach and as an owner founder you will need the right people around you to help you seize the right opportunities to fuel your growth. A Non-Executive Director (NED) brings invaluable expertise and guidance to navigate this journey successfully. Here we…

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Unlocking Success: Finding the Right Talent to Drive PE Investment

Unlocking Success: Finding the Right Talent to Drive PE Investment

Unlocking Success: Finding the Right Talent to Drive PE Investment

Is securing that initial, primary investment a goal of yours as an SME owner/founder?   Private Equity funding has the potential to revolutionise business performance, fast-track your growth journey, and bring you closer to realising your ambitions.  Embarking on a PE journey can be uncharted territory for many…

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The top 3 ways to maintain culture as you scale

The top 3 ways to maintain culture as you scale

The top 3 ways to maintain culture as you scale

A positive culture is critical to attracting and maintaining the right people in any SME and keeping them productive. But the goal of any SME is growth, and with growth comes change. As a founder-led business embracing a period of high growth ourselves, we wanted to share…

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Can data can bring greater objectivity to Management Due Diligence?

Can data can bring greater objectivity to Management Due Diligence?

Can data can bring greater objectivity to Management Due Diligence?

Management due diligence provides independent scrutiny on the present leadership and executive management team of a given business. But can a more data-led approach bring greater objectivity, and deliver additional insight to potential investors, than the traditional, hands-on approach? Typically, Management Due Diligence is performed via in-depth…

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Empowering Women Network – Supporting & Inspiring Senior C-Suite Female Leaders

Empowering Women Network - Supporting & Inspiring Senior C-Suite Female Leaders

Empowering Women Network – Supporting & Inspiring Senior C-Suite Female Leaders

As the Empowering Women network and series of events goes from strength to strength we catch-up with founder Louise Stephenson on the story so far. Louise Stephenson, Director – Rowan Group. Louise leads the PE Growth Division for Rowan Group and is the founder of the Empowering…

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Leadership in 2023 – is it time for change?

Leadership in 2023 – is it time for change?

Leadership in 2023 – is it time for change?

As businesses kick off the new year, important decisions must be made about the direction of travel, and the best leadership team for the journey. Leaders must combine strategic vision, agility, curiosity, and the right functional balance, to anticipate and capitalise on the risks and opportunities ahead….

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The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion on Leadership: Best Practices for Building Strong and Inclusive Teams

The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion on Leadership: Best Practices for Building Strong and Inclusive Teams

The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion on Leadership: Best Practices for Building Strong and Inclusive Teams

Diversity and inclusion are more than just buzzwords. They are an increasingly important component of creating effective leadership. Diverse perspectives and inclusive environments can help to foster a dynamic leadership environment. What impact does diversity and inclusion have on leadership and how can organisations build strong and…

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Private Capital and the road to Primary Investment 

Private Capital and the road to Primary Investment 

Private Capital and the road to Primary Investment 

The journey of an entrepreneur is often fueled by the short term desire to create something for themselves, but more longer term for the ambition to generate wealth.  The SME owner accepts a greater deal of risk than the employee for the opportunity to transform their idea…

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The Benefits of Partnering with an Executive Search Firm for Your NED Search

The Benefits of Partnering with an Executive Search Firm for Your NED Search

The Benefits of Partnering with an Executive Search Firm for Your NED Search

Non-executive director recruitment can be a time-consuming process. Finding people with the right combination of experience and insight for the role sometimes feels like a hit-and-miss affair. Whether you’re looking for someone with previous non-executive director experience or you hope to persuade someone into becoming a non-executive…

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The ‘Tipping Point’ – Propelling Your Business Forward with a Non-Exec Director

The ‘Tipping Point’ – Propelling Your Business Forward with a Non-Exec Director

The ‘Tipping Point’ – Propelling Your Business Forward with a Non-Exec Director

The ‘Tipping Point’ Every successful business is built on the foundation of passion, knowledge, and hard work invested by its visionary leaders. You’ve come a long way, establishing yourself as a key player in your industry, driven by your expertise and dedication. However, now you find yourself…

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Navigating the Executive Search Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Navigating the Executive Search Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Navigating the Executive Search Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Finding the right talent for executive leadership roles for your organisation can be challenging. Understanding the talent that’s available, who may be interested and how they should be approached takes skill, time, and a deep understanding of the executive level market. For this reason, many companies will…

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Diversity & Inclusion at Rowan

Diversity & Inclusion at Rowan

Diversity & Inclusion at Rowan

Diversity & Inclusion is a core part of Rowan’s ESG agenda, and underpins everything we do here internally, as well as for our clients. We believe that greater Diversity & Inclusion enriches businesses and leadership teams; providing different perspectives, experiences and voices that businesses can benefit from….

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Using LD and PACE to support a positive culture as your SME scales  

Using LD and PACE to support a positive culture as your SME scales  

Using LD and PACE to support a positive culture as your SME scales  

  You’re an ambitious owner/founder who realises that a strong, positive culture in your SME is integral to your success, and to attracting and retaining top talent.     But how do you sustain your culture as your business scales?        Recently, Rowan appointed a ‘People’ leader to a growing SME that…

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The Insider Media Dealmakers awards 2022 is here!

The Insider Media Dealmakers awards 2022 is here!

The Insider Media Dealmakers awards 2022 is here!

As well as sponsoring the £10-50m category, we’re really looking forward to seeing some of our clients battling it out in the £50m+ category: DA Languages and Foresight Group: Sale of the business to IK partners Rowan appointed MD Matt Taylor and Chair Diane Cheesebrough alongside the owner in 2018 after Foresight’s initial…

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~Rowan’s client APEM nominated for Insider Media Dealmakers £10-50m award!~

~Rowan's client APEM nominated for Insider Media Dealmakers £10-50m award!~

~Rowan’s client APEM nominated for Insider Media Dealmakers £10-50m award!~

  APEM provides independent advice and guidance to support government and regulatory guidelines in the B2B space, with a sharp focus on sustainability. The business took on investment from WestBridge in early 2019, and has doubled in size by pursuing an acquisitive strategy. This includes the acquisition of GoBe Consultants…

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Dealmakers awards week – Made Tech

Dealmakers awards week - Made Tech

Dealmakers awards week – Made Tech

It’s a big week for North-West business, with this year’s Insider Media Dealmaker’s awards taking place at the sold-out Manchester Central arena this Thursday 27th October.   We’re proud to again be sponsoring the £10-50m award category.  Rowan has always been a big advocate for the awards, which showcases the…

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Appointing leaders with ‘situational experience’ to achieve growth plans

Appointing leaders with 'situational experience' to achieve growth plans

Appointing leaders with ‘situational experience’ to achieve growth plans

As an ambitious SME owner/founder, you might well have prioritised ‘industry experience’ when making appointments to your leadership team.  It only makes sense, right? You sell software (for example), so you want your next Senior Leadership Team (SLT) member to know how to sell software. We would…

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~Leadership as a value creation lever~

~Leadership as a value creation lever~

~Leadership as a value creation lever~

As an SME owner/founder, you’re an expert in your field, and you’re passionate about your business. Your drive and leadership have brought your business this far – now it’s time to leverage more value from your leadership team and take your business on the next stage of its…

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The best possible leadership matches – research powered by Leadership Dynamics 

The best possible leadership matches – research powered by Leadership Dynamics 

The best possible leadership matches – research powered by Leadership Dynamics 

For over a decade, we have worked with owner/founders to provide the leadership expertise, experience and contacts to achieve their business ambitions and attract primary investment if that is their goal.  Rowan operates a tried-and-tested research-based model when undertaking Executive Search assignments to appoint business leaders. Our…

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The Intrinsic Links Between The Sales And Marketing Functions

The Intrinsic Links Between The Sales And Marketing Functions

The Intrinsic Links Between The Sales And Marketing Functions

Sales and marketing are sometimes wrongly perceived as siloed activities within an organisation. Although both work together towards the common goal of promoting and selling a company’s products or services to customers, this foundational fact can sometimes be lost regarding how the roles are understood. When sales…

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PACE – What does a high-growth leader look like?

PACE – What does a high-growth leader look like?

PACE – What does a high-growth leader look like?

  Our market-leading, proprietary behavioural analysis tool, PACE, can define behavioural archetypes for upper-quartile, high-growth leaders. Unlike generic psychometric tests, PACE goes beyond abstract insights, delivering targeted results tailored to meet the needs of business owners and investors in high-growth companies. With PACE, defining behavioural archetypes for…

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The importance of ‘complementarity’ in leadership teams

The importance of 'complementarity' in leadership teams

The importance of ‘complementarity’ in leadership teams

What is ‘Complementarity’? ‘Complementarity’ refers to the ability of business leaders to work together effectively, based on complementary behavioural traits. A leadership team that is high in complementarity has the best chance of driving growth, working through problems and fostering a harmonious, productive atmosphere throughout the business….

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Executing a successful ‘buy-and-build’ strategy

Executing a successful 'buy-and-build' strategy

Executing a successful ‘buy-and-build’ strategy

One of the ways to boost growth is through acquisition, but what makes for a successful ‘buy-and-build’ strategy? Firstly, the acquirer must be aware of the entry point into the new business. Is it a pure start-up or an established entity? For start-ups, there is a great…

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Understanding the role of PE investment in supporting business growth

Understanding the role of PE investment in supporting business growth

Understanding the role of PE investment in supporting business growth

At its core, private equity is an investment approach that involves buying a significant stake in a company with the goal of improving its financial performance and operational efficiency. Private equity firms typically work closely with company management to identify areas of opportunity and to develop and…

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Chief Operating Officers – their importance in driving efficiencies in a high-growth SME

Chief Operating Officers - their importance in driving efficiencies in a high-growth SME

Chief Operating Officers – their importance in driving efficiencies in a high-growth SME

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) has a position of key importance in any organisation. In an ambitious SME, their role can be particularly pivotal. Any small or medium-sized business that is looking to grow, diversify, develop, and expand will lean heavily on the skills, vision, and expertise…

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How executive search is different to recruitment

How executive search is different to recruitment

How executive search is different to recruitment

When a company is looking for the kind of exceptional talent they need to initiate change, drive growth or see the company through a period of transformation, then they are likely to turn to an executive search firm. In short, executive search is a process through which…

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~A 360’ view on leadership~

~A 360’ view on leadership~

~A 360’ view on leadership~

Here at Rowan, the concept of ‘leadership’ is close to our hearts. We appoint leaders and future leaders to our SME clients, and are acutely aware of the difference strong leadership can make to a business’ outcomes. It’s a multi-faceted concept with a lot of variables, however,…

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 More than just matching – a partner for the growth journey ~

 More than just matching – a partner for the growth journey ~

 More than just matching – a partner for the growth journey ~

  Executive Search is one of our consultancy services. Finding, assessing and introducing senior talent to our private capital and PE-backed SME clients is what we’ve traditionally been know for – but when we partner with clients, we are so much more involved than that. We partner…

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Why Should Businesses Have A Leadership Review?

Why Should Businesses Have A Leadership Review?

Why Should Businesses Have A Leadership Review?

A leadership review can make a critical contribution to the success of a business. It’s used to thoroughly evaluate and assess the effectiveness of the leadership team within an organisation. It can identify strengths and accomplishments, as well as highlight areas that need improvement. What exactly is…

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When might be the right time to look for private equity investment?

When might be the right time to look for private equity investment?

When might be the right time to look for private equity investment?

Private equity investment can offer significant benefits for owner/founder led and independently owned businesses looking to access capital and accelerate growth. Private equity firms provide not only capital but also operational support, industry expertise, and strategic guidance to help companies reach their full potential. Private equity investment…

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D&I – Kellie Rixon

D&I - Kellie Rixon

D&I – Kellie Rixon

Diversity and Inclusion means different things to different people. In fact, Diversity and Inclusion can mean different things to the same person at different times in their life. It is exactly what Kellie Rixon MBE FIH spoke about recently when she addressed a room of 19 other professional female…

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Data-Driven Insight

Data-Driven Insight

Data-Driven Insight

Data is all around us. Leadership, financial, people, operational, customer – the list goes on. However, without the correct insight, data is useless. As leadership performance moves towards being more data-driven, it’s critical to have the correct insights that will allow you to optimise for growth and…

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Diversity & Inclusion at Board level

Diversity & Inclusion at Board level

Diversity & Inclusion at Board level

~ By our Marketing Consultant Laura Ball ~ You know it’s been a good event when you’ve laughed and cried in equal measures! And that is exactly what happened when a group of twenty like-minded business women got together to start their conversations around Diversity and Inclusion…

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CEO – more than just a fancy job title

CEO - more than just a fancy job title

CEO – more than just a fancy job title

There is much more to being a CEO than just a title on a nameplate on their office door. It is a complex, multifaceted role with a range of responsibilities and organisation-specific challenges. Chief executive recruitment agencies look for outstanding individuals with a broad skill set who…

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What will PE investment mean for my business?

What will PE investment mean for my business?

What will PE investment mean for my business?

Despite uncertain global economic conditions, UK mid-market PE activity in H1 ‘22 remained high, albeit slightly down in terms of volume and value on the post-lockdown surge of 2021. Business services and technology, media, and telecoms accounted for nearly 60% of PE investments in H1, fuelled by…

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Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

We believe that effective leadership teams take time to develop, and the appointments we make are always with a view to the long-term ambitions of the business leader, underpinned by the strategic plan. The ‘Leadership Dynamics’ product suite was built on these principles. Working towards a specific…

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The Science behind Leadership Dynamics

The Science behind Leadership Dynamics

The Science behind Leadership Dynamics

‘Leadership Dynamics’ is the product suite designed and built to benchmark a leadership team against its peers, provide analysis as to the effectiveness of that team, and suggest a route to optimising that team; giving it the best chance to deliver on the business’ strategic growth plan….

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Driving value through the use of data 📊📈

Driving value through the use of data 📊📈

Driving value through the use of data 📊📈

Data used to be perceived primarily as a marketing tool; used mainly for tweaking and improving customer journeys. This has changed dramatically in recent years. The capture, analysis and exploitation of data is now fundamental to the performance of most businesses. All business systems are awash with…

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The role of HR in your ESG strategy    

The role of HR in your ESG strategy    

The role of HR in your ESG strategy    

                    ESG matters. Employee attraction, retention and satisfaction is at least somewhat contingent on your business’ clarity and transparency around these issues. Investors want to see real, tangible steps towards improving your ESG efforts, and prospects are more likely to be turned into customers if your values…

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How an executive search firm can help you find the right finance leader for your business

How an executive search firm can help you find the right finance leader for your business

How an executive search firm can help you find the right finance leader for your business

There are few roles more crucial to the success of a company than that of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). They are a key member of the company’s executive team and are responsible for managing the financial operations and resources of the organisation. CFOs play a determining…

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UK VC-funding activity still strong despite global uncertainty 💸

UK VC-funding activity still strong despite global uncertainty 💸

UK VC-funding activity still strong despite global uncertainty 💸

GlobalData Plc‘s recent analysis found that the UK is among the top five markets for global venture capital funding activity, as well as being the top European market. In H1 2022 there were over 1,000 VC deals, with a value of over $18 billion. Whilst the month-to-month trend…

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Why the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical industry needs a sector specialist Executive Search firm to fill their talent needs

Why the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical industry needs a sector specialist Executive Search firm to fill their talent needs

Why the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical industry needs a sector specialist Executive Search firm to fill their talent needs

Life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry are wide-ranging and increasingly important sectors that are experiencing exponential growth. This growth is creating a range of opportunities, but also significant challenges, not least that of ensuring a pipeline of talent for an expanding industry. Finding the right people to…

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