UK tech sector is positioned for a global challenge

By the end of this year, the US technology company Apple could see its cash reserves outstrip those of the US government. While the UK hasn't yet produced an equivalent, there are signs that technology might be the key sector in Britain's future. Last year, the sector outperformed the broader equity markets, with investors being attracted by strong balance sheets and higher growth rates. This increased confidence translated into a healthy ... read more


ICON advises SaaS company Atlantic Global on its sale to US based KeyedIn Solutions

Software and consulting company KeyedIn Solutions has made a formal, recommended offer for the acquisition of Atlantic Global at a price of 22p per share. Atlantic Global, which is based in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, put itself up for sale in September after receiving two preliminary takeover offers. Atlantic won a number of new customers last year including FriendsLife, The Lewis Group, Happy Customer and TAH Limited. Eugene Blaine, Atlantic Global's ... read more


ICON advises AIM listed SaaS business, Atlantic Global Plc, on its sale to US based KeyedIn Solutions.

Atlantic Global has developed world-class, cloud-based, SaaS solutions that help businesses plan, resource and manage complex projects and enterprise transformation programmes. The company's customers include: Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Kingston Communications and Serco. KeyedIn Solutions is a US-based SaaS company founded by IT entrepreneurs George and Lauri Klaus, who were part of the executive leadership team at Epicor. Epicor was sold last year for nearly $1billion. KeyedIn Solutions helps companies maximise their ... read more


Business Moneyfacts Awards 2012 finalists

Business Moneyfacts Awards finalists have been announced, and ICON Corporate Finance has been shortlisted as The UK's Best Corporate Finance Boutique of 2012. The winners will be announced on the evening of 29 March 2012 at the eleventh annual Business Moneyfacts Awards ceremony. read more


ICON Wins The UK’s “Best Overall Corporate Finance Advisory Firm 2011

ICON is delighted to announce that they have won the InterContinental Finance Magazine 2011 End of Year Country Awards. The awards provide the magazines global readership with a comprehensive guide to those firms that are noted for demonstrating consistently high levels of ability and informs their readership as to who the firms of note are, why they have won such a prestigious award and the contact details to ensure they can partner them in any financial ... read more


ICON’s Eddie Harding in Top Line up of Speakers at Venturefest 2011

Innovative business talent comes to the fore today at Venturefest Bristol 2011, the showcase event at the Bristol & Bath Science Park. The event aims to bring together new technology and innovation-based business ideas with the funding and support they require to help them grow. Core to Venturefest is the Innovation Showcase where new businesses are able to demonstrate their innovative products and services and new entrepreneurs able to perfect their pitch techniques in The ... read more


Look out: The 10 Rising Tech Trends of 2012

Here's TechRepublics breakout of the Gatners Top 10 Tech Trends for 2012, with select quotes from Gartner's David Cearly. 1. Media tablets and beyond - "The implications for IT is that the era of PC dominance with Windows as the single platform will be replaced with a post-PC era where Windows is one of a variety of environments IT will need to support." 2. Mobile-centric applications and interfaces - "When building user interfaces for multiple ... read more


Maximising Value on Your Exit

5  Key steps and areas to Maximise your Value Planning for the Exit properly Identify strategic acquirers Creating competitive tension and leverage for the deal Negotiation Avoiding the Bear Traps   1. Planning for Exit If you want to maximize the value of your company on exit you need to plan properly - but what exactly do you do to prepare for your sale? Timing / Valuation expectations Timing is a ... read more