The way we look at acquisitions
We do things differently
In an industry filled with consolidators, AssuredPartners UK & Ireland is different.
Our focus is on relationships and people. We understand that the best way to get the most out of an acquisition is to build on the core values that attracted us in the first place, not to override with our own. We might acquire your business, but we know that clients cannot be so easily bought. We want the leaders of businesses we acquire to stay; buying into our vision and taking ownership of their own growth. We want these businesses to retain their autonomy and not look to us to make wholesale change.
Not every opportunity will be the right fit and it’s important that both sides can see the potential benefits of working together from the outset. The partnership and the culture needs to feel right and we recognise that the type of synergies we look for cannot be achieved simply by writing the largest cheque.
We have a very simple approach to achieving successful acquisitions; it’s all about fit. The best deals are those that work for all stakeholders; owners, clients and staff alike. As an organisation, we want to work alongside management teams in order to support their long term growth. This is what sets us apart from the competition.
For us, the acquisition of a business should be seen as a start of an exciting new journey, rather than the end. Financial performance is always important, but our view is that profitability is a product of good culture. If we can invest in and nurture good culture, we firmly believe we will benefit from sustainable profitability over the long term.
What we look for
Passionate management teams who are keen to remain involved with the business post-deal.
Sector specialism and a reputation for being thought leaders in a niche area.
Innovative approach and a new view to running the business (for example processes, automation or technology)
Opportunities for synergies and overlaps in expertise that can lead to accretive growth for both sides.