Why don’t businesses sell in the UAE?

Capital Club, DIFC, Dubai
9 / Sep / 2019    Time: 08:30 - 11:00

Abacus Financial Consultancy, in association with business sales specialists EvolutionCBS, will be hosting an exclusive free Masterclass on 9 September 2019.

Whilst no company is guaranteed to sell you can do your best to avoid this situation when you go to market by putting a strong exit plan in place. The Masterclass will cover key reasons why businesses fail to sell first time including; lack of preparation, poor financial reporting, owner reliance and unrealistic price expectations.

Our speakers will discuss what you can do to combat these common problems, enabling you to maximise the value and saleability of your business when the time comes to sell.


Rob Goddard, Founder and Executive Chairman: EvolutionCBS
Rob is an astute businessman, with more than 30 years senior level experience in Financial Services, including Banking and Insurance, for the last 17 years being involved in the M&A industry. He has, to date, helped over 350 business owners to achieve successful business exits, representing more than £2Bn in transaction values. Rob founded EvolutionCBS in 2011. Operating from the UAE and the UK, it is focused specifically on the growth and investment in SMEs across the country and wider Gulf region.

EvolutionCBS also has a significant role concerning inward and outward investment across the Emirates, promoting cross border business activity to enhance trading opportunities between nations



Billy Harkin, Managing Director and Business Owner

Billy is a highly dynamic and distinguished leader of business, acclaimed for his achievements in the industry for over 27 years. Billy developed a Rope Access and Inspection Services organisation from 60 employees to over 600 and exponentially expanded strategically and demographically throughout the GCC within 10 years. This focus and structured achievement of documented goals ended with a headline making are acquisition and take over by a globally recognised stock market leading company in 2013. His success has been based on his remarkable ability to Motivate, Inspire and Engage, to develop Long Standing Relationships with noteworthy Market Leading Clients, and inspire loyalty and commitment at all levels within his team, to together achieve shared and commendable success. Billy now spends his time assessing and investing in other business opportunities whilst competing in the Ironman Triathlon Series worldwide.



Bob Symons, Symons, DipPFS, Chartered MCSI

Having gained much experience in both personal and corporate financial planning, primarily centred on wealth creation, protection and management, Bob has built a significant and loyal client base. He has built his reputation through hard work, providing conscientious advice and his ability to provide his clients access to a extensive technical knowledge built through many years of experience combined with access to a large network of professional contacts. This enables his clients to be confident that Bob is the “go-to person” for anything to do with financial planning related issues. Financial planning is about goal setting and ensuring clients are aware of all aspects of the financial risks (business and personal) that can jeopardise those goals. Planning provides ways of mitigating them in the most appropriate way to ensure client financial goals are achieved.


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