Testimonials

Positive feedback from just a few of our happy clients.

“We engaged Optima to prepare a valuation of Spencer Ogden as the basis for agreeing a share price for the sale and purchase of shares between the two founding shareholders. The business is in a transitional phase meaning that a simple multiple-based approach to valuation was not appropriate.

We were impressed with Optima’s approach and their report, which incorporated a range of valuation methodologies and drew on their extensive knowledge of the recruitment sector. Working with Optima we were able to agree a valuation between buyer and seller without incurring the unnecessary expense of a larger traditional advisor.

Optima is a professional boutique providing well researched corporate finance advice and I would happily recommend any recruitment business seeking corporate finance advice to work with Optima.”

Sir Peter Ogden

Co-Chairman, Spencer Ogden Limited

“My partners and I first retained Optima to assist one of our businesses Gabem to explore a range of acquisition opportunities in the umbrella services market, which resulted in us making an acquisition which Optima found as a result of their deal origination process. Following a legislative change, we decided to dispose of Gabem and we again instructed Optima to advise us on this process. We completed a successful sale to a large acquirer during a period of change in the market – Optima certainly added value to this process.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Optima. They are hugely professional, have an excellent acquisition methodology and have been true ambassadors for our businesses as they have represented them in both buying and selling scenarios. The advice we have received has been first rate and ultimately every transaction has been successful, which is an appropriate testament to the negotiating and deal-making skills Optima have brought to the table.”

Neil Hollister

CEO, The Learn Centre Limited
Former CEO, Gabem Management Limited

“This is to confirm that we appointed Philip to advise us on our merger. Optima’s recruitment sector expertise meant that they really understood our business. We had not been through a transaction of this nature before, but Philip explained all aspects of the process to us and guided throughout the deal. His advice was honest, straightforward and clear, which enabled us to secure terms with which we were extremely happy. I would not hesitate to recommend Philip and his company to any recruitment business owner looking to acquire, sell or merge their business and would be very happy to speak with anyone about our experience.”

Chris Batten & Simon Hember

Director & Shareholder of Acumin Consulting Limited

“Optima presented the MTrec acquisition opportunity to us and we knew that this would be of strategic interest to our client, Trust Tech Inc. We worked closely with Optima to prepare a successful bid for the company. We faced a number of challenges to make this a successful process including understanding the UK way of managing deals, terminology, the use of umbrella companies and the cultural differences between UK and Japanese businesses. Philip played a crucial role in the UK deal process and enabling Trust Tech to complete this valuable acquisition which established their first presence in Europe.”

Yoshiharu Ohi

CEO, Global Business Consulting Corporation Limited

“Ship Shape Resources appointed Optima to advise on the sale of our recruitment business, which was no longer a core part of our business strategy.  We selected Optima due to their obvious understanding of our market and deals already completed in the sector.  A thorough marketing process resulted in interest from several potential acquirers.  Ultimately we accepted an offer from CDI AndersElite, the UK subsidiary of a listed US group, CDI Corp Inc.  An international buyer introduced an additional layer of complexity to the deal process as the US team were closely involved in the transaction.  Philip helped to manage this process and steer us through to completion with a structure to achieve our strategic objective. I am happy to recommend Philip and Optima to anyone looking to sell their business.”

Howard Hughes

CEO, Ship Shape Resources Limited