Planning for growth: ICT Investment Forum agenda announced

The inaugural ICT Investment Forum, launched by Comms Dealer, is set to drive the business growth agenda with a stand-out conference line up (see below).

The event will be held on February 28th 2019 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, and facilitated by TV and radio business journalist and presenter Simon Jack. 
“The ICT Investment Forum is a platform for leading acquirers, M&A professionals, investors and advisors to share their insights on the key issues for entrepreneurs wanting to take their growth strategy to the next level or prepare for a transaction,” commented Comms Dealer MD Mike O’Brien. “The Forum aims to facilitate investment and dealmaking and provide a stimulus to M&A growth in the comms sector.”


09:00 - 09:45 
Registration & Coffee
09:45 - 09:50
Welcome comments
09:50 - 10:10
Opening Keynote
TV and radio business journalist Simon Jack 

We are delighted to welcome Simon as our guest conference chair. In his opening address, Simon will share insights on the wider business landscape and will introduce the day’s agenda and objectives
10:10 - 10:40
Navigating the growth landscape
Adam Zoldan and Paul Billingham, co-founders and Directors, Knight Corporate Finance  

Adam and Paul's session will provide an overview of M&A and investment activity in the ICT sector, explore how the financing environment is evolving and offer insights into how delegates can make critical evaluations of their own business and think more strategically about their future planning.
10:40 - 11:10
M&A value creation - how to get it right for buyers and sellers 

Interview with Chris Russell, CEO, Arrow Communications 
This session will explore M&A value creation and consider how to identity potential acquisitions while sharing insights into the factors that define a trademark takeover target and successful transaction. The discussion will also provide an understanding of the exit process. 
11:10 - 11:40
Coffee break
11:40 - 12:10
Choosing the right financing option

This session will provide an overview of the different financing options and explore how they affect the running of your business (e.g. equity vs. debt). We also explain investment criteria, reasons for funding, and the corresponding criteria to meet investors' pre-deal conditions. Insights into how funding methods differ and create value in your business will also be offered.
12:10 - 12:40 
Grab Life: Aligning business with personal 
Adam Carolan, Managing Director, Xentum
In his session Adam will share insights into his 'two circles' approach to business and personal assets, and discuss the key points to consider when running your business for exit or income.  
12:40 - 14:00 
14:00 - 14:30 
Is your firm ready to harness future expansion opportunities?
Philip Carse, Chief Analyst at Megabuyte

In his session Philip will explore the key drivers of the ICT market and give the inside track on where to find growth, profits and cashflow in comms and IT services – and offer tips on how to guard against your business value slipping away.
14:30 - 15:15
DEALTalk: The Simon Jack interview
Daisy CEO Matthew Riley on becoming a comms channel tour de force 

Matthew's business success is as visionary as it is jaw dropping. In his exclusive interview the self-made entrepreneur behind the comms channel's greatest reseller growth story will open up on his golden rules of building a business, the watershed moments, the challenges he faced and overcame and what makes him tick from day-to-day. And as one of the most inspirational and recognisable comms sector business leaders Matthew's growth plans for the future show no signs of slowing down.
15:15 - 15:20
Closing comments
15:20 – 16.30
Drinks and networking 
To find out more about the ICT Investment Forum and to register your interest in attending the event please visit

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