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Simon Greenly is passionate about the creation of a more vibrant cadre of developing mid market companies (the Brittelstand). He sees this as a central plank in developing the UK economy post Brexit. Such companies are recognised by many as being the most innovative and responsive part of the UK business scene. Over a lifetime of working Simon has acted in the role of both chairman and independent non executive director of quoted and unquoted companies. Since 1973 he has been investing both his time and money in SMEs. He is regarded by some as one of a small group of individuals who truly understand the difficulties of turning a small company into a medium sized one with secure and long lasting foundations.
Simon has surrounded himself with innovative and talented Strategic Partners to foster these ambitions.
All investments are made by adhering to an investment template based around a company's perceived ability to achieve dominant Brittelstand status.
I was first introduced to Greenly's by a local accountant that I knew well, as I was coming to the conclusion that my family founded and owned business would thrive better with easier access to larger financial resources. In a resource hungry manufacturing business with large potential export markets, cash is difficult to accumulate organically and we can now see what happens to companies who over extend themselves at the bank.
Two years later, the business is thriving under new ownership, sales are expanding and the ability of the expanded team to manufacture world class marine hovercraft is greatly increased. The family is extremely happy with this outcome. I feel that the company my father started and I developed into a British engineering company of which we are immensely proud, will now achieve really significant critical mass, particularly in vital export markets.
He initiated many commercially sound ideas which have proved to be winners. He was always brilliant at focusing on the things that really mattered and showed great tenacity of purpose in seeing something through to a conclusion. As a business advisor, his actions were always based on sound principles with 'doing what's right for the business' and 'experimenting in order to learn' being conspicuous examples. He was resolute and brave in making some tough decisions that put the company on sound, sustainable footing.
Simon exhibited two parallel talents; an intimate understanding of financial matters and what makes a business tick with a deep appreciation of peoples' motivations and feelings. In my experience, this is a rare example of multiple intelligences emanating from one man to the benefit of all concerned.
Probably the best money I have ever spent.
Simon Greenly has been instrumental in creating a realistic longer term plan for the business which we are now implementing as a team. He has been round the block a few times and this experience shows through. There have been a number of occasions where his previous experience in parallel situations has proved to be invaluable. For instance, he has also made a significant contribution to the successful bedding down of an acquisition we made of a competitor. The relatively easy bit is making the acquisition. Much more onerous is making a success of the business afterwards and growing shareholder value. This is where his help, direction and sage counsel has proved so relevant.