58 episodes

Buy and Build is a weekly podcast that explores the nuances of buying and building small businesses, with a focus on the UK and Europe. If you are interested in small business acquisition or investing, then this show is for you! We will dissect the strategies and insights of small business owners, investors, and other deal professionals that we meet along our journeys to acquire and invest in our own profitable small businesses.

Buy and Build Paul Quirk

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

Buy and Build is a weekly podcast that explores the nuances of buying and building small businesses, with a focus on the UK and Europe. If you are interested in small business acquisition or investing, then this show is for you! We will dissect the strategies and insights of small business owners, investors, and other deal professionals that we meet along our journeys to acquire and invest in our own profitable small businesses.

    Ep 59: Regional ETA Mini-Series: Switzerland and Germany Focus with Tobias Raeber (Former Searcher turned Investor, Board Member)

    Ep 59: Regional ETA Mini-Series: Switzerland and Germany Focus with Tobias Raeber (Former Searcher turned Investor, Board Member)

    This week we speak with Tobias Raeber, a former searcher and now seasoned investor and advisor. In 2013, Tobias raised the first partnered search fund in Europe, focusing on Switzerland and Germany.
    In this episode, we discuss the Swiss and German markets and how they compare to other ETA markets in Europe. Tobias also shares his insights and experiences fundraising in a new market without the typical MBA experience, and we also discuss his successful (partial) exit from the business he acquired in 2015. Enjoy!
     

    • 53 min
    Regional ETA Mini-Series: Spain Focus with Jan Simon (Investor, Lecturer, Author)

    Regional ETA Mini-Series: Spain Focus with Jan Simon (Investor, Lecturer, Author)

    In today's episode, we welcome back Jan Simon, a well-known figure in the ETA community. Jan is the Managing Partner of Vonzeo Capital Partners and is also a lecturer and professor at various business schools.
    In this episode, we continue our regional mini-series by discussing the ETA/search fund market in Spain, the second-largest market for search funds outside of the US. 
    We start off by discussing the history of search funds in Spain. We get into other ETA models and Jan explains how market maturation leads to other ETA models developing. Jan also goes into detail as to why Spain is an attractive market for ETA. We hope you enjoy!

    • 54 min
    Regional ETA Mini-Series: UK Focus with Simon Webster (Investor, Entrepreneur, Lecturer)

    Regional ETA Mini-Series: UK Focus with Simon Webster (Investor, Entrepreneur, Lecturer)

    In this episode, Paul and Graeme are joined by Simon Webster, who raised the first search fund in the UK in the 1990s. That acquisition was an incredible success but not without its challenges.
    Since then, he has exited a few turnarounds and invested in over 50 search funds. He is also very involved in several key business schools across Europe as an advisor and lecturer for all things ETA.
    Simon shares his story of how he first learned about search funds and his thoughts on the UK market in the 90s. He also discusses the challenges and opportunities of being an entrepreneur and offers advice for those interested in the ETA journey today. Enjoy!

    • 55 min
    Why Fire Protection is Such an Attractive Sector for Consolidation? Luis Reyes (Managing Partner: Iberian Ventures)

    Why Fire Protection is Such an Attractive Sector for Consolidation? Luis Reyes (Managing Partner: Iberian Ventures)

    This week we speak with Luis Reyes, managing partner of Iberian Ventures.
    Luis discusses why his second acquisition, which was in the fire protection sector, has caused his fund to focus almost exclusively on consolidating the industry. Luis explains why the sector is attractive, why rolling-up smaller operations make sense, and how to acquire below the levels of the PE. Paul and Luis also discuss the similarities between the sectors across the UK And Spain. Enjoy!
     

    • 50 min
    Insights Gained from 7 Acquisitions in 18 Months - Craig Brennan (Founder: The Little Sports Group)

    Insights Gained from 7 Acquisitions in 18 Months - Craig Brennan (Founder: The Little Sports Group)

    This week we speak with Craig Brennan, founder and CEO of The Little Sports Group. Craig is building a group of companies in the sports, education and childcare sectors. After growing his first company to £1M in revenue organically, Craig acquired a competitor and doubled the size of his business overnight. Since then he has completed 7 acquisitions in the last 18 months. 
    In this episode, we discuss what makes the sports, education, and childcare sectors so compelling. We also discuss how Craig sources and structures deals, his insights on hiring key management, and his future plans. Enjoy the episode!

    • 48 min
    Introducing Graeme Wallis and Traditional Vs Self Funded Search Funds

    Introducing Graeme Wallis and Traditional Vs Self Funded Search Funds

    This week we speak with Graeme Wallis who is embarking on his ETA journey by pursuing a traditional search fund. Graeme is passionate about ETA and the UK ecosystem, and he will be joining us on future episodes. 
    In the episode, Graeme shares how he leant about search funds, and why the traditional route appealed most to him, and then Paul and Graeme discuss the differences between traditional and self-funded search funds and the UK- specific nuances. Enjoy!
     

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

eswga ,

The best ETA podcast focussed on UK and Europe

These podcasts have proved invaluable to me as I embark on my journey through entrepreneurship through acquisition from search through to my first acquisition. Highly recommended.

BudFox197 ,

Great podcast

Love this podcast. Massively helped improve my knowledge of buying a business. Great guest and a great host!

Sam Turner Advantos HVAC Group ,

Great insight on the Buy and Build approach

Love the pod, useful mix of guests from the ecosystem of ETA / Search as well as running / scaling SMEs.

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