Speaker named for FD awards

Suc­cess of pri­vate eq­uity group hailed

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - GREG WRIGHT DEPUTY BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR Email: greg.wright@ypn.co.uk Twit­ter: @greg­wrightyp

IN­SPIR­ING:

The co-founder of one of Bri­tain’s most re­spected mid-mar­ket pri­vate eq­uity houses will be the key­note speaker at the York­shire Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Awards 2017. Garry Wilson along with Dar­ren For­shaw launched End­less LLP in 2005 and trans­formed it into one of the UK’s most suc­cess­ful pri­vate eq­uity houses.

THE CO-FOUNDER of one of Bri­tain’s most re­spected mid-mar­ket pri­vate eq­uity houses will be the key­note speaker at the York­shire Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Awards 2017.

Ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Garry Wilson and co-founder Dar­ren For­shaw launched Leeds-based End­less LLP in 2005 with a small team of ac­coun­tants and trans­formed it into one of the UK’s most suc­cess­ful pri­vate eq­uity houses.

This sum­mer has been its busiest-ever pe­riod. Re­cent deals in­clude Jones Boot­maker, Sewtec Au­to­ma­tion, Go Plant, Car­pet & Floor­ing, Affin­ity, Imtech, Ar­ran Aro­mat­ics and Antler.

End­less has also de­liv­ered mar­ket-lead­ing re­turns on sev­eral of its ex­its, no­tably Imtec, which achieved a mul­ti­ple of three times the orig­i­nal in­vest­ment, Karro Food Group, a mul­ti­ple of six, and Ex­cel­sior Tech­nolo­gies, a mul­ti­ple of nine.

The firm has 26 busi­nesses in its port­fo­lio with com­bined rev­enues of £2bn and more than 10,000 em­ploy­ees.

In­vestors com­prise worldlead­ing uni­ver­si­ties, global char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions and pen­sion funds. The awards have at­tracted sup­port from ac­coun­tancy and busi­ness ad­vi­sory firm BDO LLP, in­sur­ance bro­ker­age Lock­ton Com­pa­nies, ex­ec­u­tive re­cruit­ment spe­cial­ists VRS Ex­ec­u­tive and law firm Walker Morris. The York­shire Post

is me­dia part­ner for the event on Oc­to­ber 11.

Mr Wilson said: “We are proud to be head­quar­tered in Leeds and I am per­son­ally de­lighted to be able to help cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion made by York­shire’s fi­nance di­rec­tors to our re­gion’s health and pros­per­ity.

“Our suc­cess at End­less has

been built on a supremely tal­ented com­mu­nity of fi­nance pro­fes­sion­als.”

The awards pro­gramme is open to FDs work­ing in lim­ited com­pa­nies, plcs, pri­vate eq­uity busi­nesses and pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony at The Queens Ho­tel in Leeds on Oc­to­ber 11.

Cliff Sewell, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of VRS Ex­ec­u­tive, said: “To have Garry as our key­note speaker is a great tes­ta­ment to the York­shire Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Awards.

“Garry is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple to all of what can be achieved with pas­sion and de­sire, along­side abil­ity and knowl­edge.

“He is also a role model for any am­bi­tious ac­coun­tant. The op­por­tu­ni­ties are there for those who are brave enough to chal­lenge the norm and be­lieve in a vi­sion.”

Deb­bie Jackson, a cor­po­rate part­ner at Walker Morris, said: “We’re de­lighted to be able to de­scribe End­less as one of our long­stand­ing clients, hav­ing worked closely with them since their for­ma­tion.

“We have seen them go from strength to strength to be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful pri­vate eq­uity houses in the UK, help­ing to se­cure thou­sands of jobs and trans­form­ing many busi­nesses into suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tions. As one of the founders of End­less, Garry is tremen­dously ex­pe­ri­enced and recog­nised as a lead­ing deal­maker in the in­dus­try.”

Paul Davis, the head of au­dit at BDO Leeds, said: “Garry em­bod­ies the spirit of the York­shire mar­ket place with his de­ter­mi­na­tion and drive to suc­ceed.

“We are very pleased that Garry will be the key­note speaker as I am sure he will bring his ex­ten­sive wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to bear at this event.”

Matt Davies, part­ner at Lock­ton, said: “End­less has for many years been one of the most dy­namic and suc­cess­ful pri­vate eq­uity firms across the UK. It will be fan­tas­tic to hear Garry’s views on the York­shire mar­ket and what he thinks the fu­ture holds for us all.”

To en­ter or nom­i­nate, visit www.fdawards.co.uk or con­tact Lauren Hil­ton on 07587 034586 or email lauren.Hil­ton@vrslife.com. Read­ers can fol­low the progress on Twit­ter at #YFDA17 IN­VEST­MENT:

End­less has been one of the most suc­cess­ful pri­vate eq­uity firms. Matt Davies, part­ner at Lock­ton

PIC­TURE: SI­MON HULME

Garry Wilson, left, and Dar­ren For­shaw, the co-founders of End­less. Mr Wilson is to be the key­note speaker at this year’s York­shire Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Awards to be held in Leeds.

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