Cleveland Scott are corporate finance advisers to independent SME and family business owners. We specialise in advising on company sales and have an impressive track record of successfully selling businesses from a combined experience of more than 25 years in the industry – we have completed more than 100 transactions.

Delivering for our clients is at the heart of everything we do and we only work with a small number of businesses each year to ensure they receive the best possible service. We are totally committed to achieving a successful outcome for the people we work with and are recognised as expert negotiators with a relentless approach.


Slide "For most business owners, selling their business is probably the single most important and emotional decision they will ever make and for most of our clients, they will only do it once. Many of them have worked long and hard in building their empires making personal sacrifices along the way. It can be often hard to let go. At Cleveland Scott we understand this"


Our approach is designed to generate the best result for our clients whilst minimising the disruption to their business, after all, many of our clients view their business as part of the family, something they have nurtured over the years, taking the rough with the smooth and something they have sweated blood and tears to grow – we understand this and our approach reflects the individual relationships our clients have with their own business.

Our contact base is second to none and we have advised on business sales to a wide variety of acquirers, including domestic and international trade parties, high net worth individuals, private equity and existing management teams.

We are a partner-led organisation – the person you meet will be with you throughout the deal.


Our core focus is advising family and owner managed businesses on their succession strategies. This includes a comprehensive approach to business sales including:

• Preparing your business for sale

• Identifying and contacting appropriate buyers

• Leading the negotiations

• Managing the due diligence and legal process through to completion



Slide "Richard's unwavering support, guidance and unflappable character ensured that we exceeded our goals. He is and will remain one of our most trusted advisors and I would have no hesitation recommending him to any of our clients" Tim McNulty Managing Director, Integro Richard Thacker Slide "Richard delivered on time, every time and his ability to be all things to all people was vital. I know we would not have achieved the sale price, the terms, nor enjoyed the experience we had, without Richard’s skill set, humanity and dedication." Julia May Senior Partner, May Figures Limited Slide "Tim played a pivotal role in keeping what was a highly complex international transaction on track. The deal we got could not have been achieved without him" Selwyn Jones Founder, Selwyns Travel Limited Slide "Our acquisition of China and Co Props Hire Ltd, simply put, would have slipped through our fingers were it not for the exemplary service provided by Richard Higham. He led us through some dark times during the bid process. Five words: knowledgeable, responsive, thorough, committed, connected" Nick Lees Managing Director, China & Co Props Hire Limited Slide "I'm very thankful to Tim Scott who has done a fantastic job" Mike Bielinski Founder, Vodat International Limited Slide "I was delighted with the deal. Tim worked hard to keep the deal moving forward and on track" Jason Reece Founder, Reece Safety Products Limited Slide "Richard quickly became an extension of our team and helped us navigate the investment landscape which was something we were completely unfamiliar with. We would recommend Cleveland Scott to any business looking to raise investment." Danny Costello Chief Operating Officer, Built For Athletes


Tim Scott
Managing Director

Tim has over 20 years’ experience in business sales and acquisitions as both an adviser and a private equity investor, having led over 60 transactions in the sub £50m market. He has a real passion for helping family businesses with their succession planning and is an expert at getting the best deal for his clients when they are selling their companies.

Richard Higham
Managing Director

Richard qualified as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2008 and has spent the last 15 years advising independent business owners through the process of selling their companies. Richard brings a wealth of technical knowledge and real-world business experience to his M&A mandates.