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Before joining Marktlink I completed my BSc in Biology at the University of York and following that spent over a year with Deloitte working at their Leeds office. I have always been passionate about pursuing a career in M&A, and with Marktlink’s prestigious reputation and the added excitement of building Marktlink’s market eminence in the UK – it was an opportunity too good to miss.  What I love about operating in the SME market is that I get to work with business owners, and get to know them on a personal level. I get to understand where they see their business heading, at which point I can determine whether Marktlink can support with their future plans. 

One of my best memories so far is my trip to the Netherlands on my second day with the firm, where I got the opportunity to spend a few days meeting the teams at the Amsterdam and Deventer offices, and learnt about how we function as a firm, how we approach the work that we do, and what is at the core of our ethos.  My long-term ambition is to become a partner at Marktlink. At the point that Marktlink’s leadership team decide that you are ready to become a partner, you know that you’ve made it and you’re an expert in your field – a fully fledged name in the M&A industry. That is the ultimate goal. In the meantime of course, by ambition is to work with my colleagues in Manchester to build a thriving M&A practice in the UK, and to make sure that Marktlink are growing into the same leading SME market advisors in the UK as we are in the Netherlands, and to make sure that local business owners have access to our wealth of M&A expertise. 

I would recommend Marktlink to any business owner that requires M&A advisory. The personable approach that Marktlink takes – we look to build relationships with entrepreneurs, and whether this means that we provide assistance immediately, or years in the future, we are invested in getting to know the business owner, the plans that they have for their business, and how this feeds into their ambitions personally. With this in mind, we invest our time into building a strong relationship with our Clients, that lets them know that we will act with their best interests at heart, and will always be driven by achieving their desired outcome, meaning that Clients can place their full trust in us to get the job done. In addition, Marktlink place the team’s wellbeing at the pinnacle of the way that we operate, having a flexible approach to working, and operating a policy of unlimited holidays. Thanks to Marktlink’s talented HR department, we have a team of people that utilise these employee perks to ensure that we are working at our peak performance when deadlines are tight, and crucial points are approaching in the deal process. 

From an employee perspective, it is the perfect place to flourish in your M&A career. Marktlink put staff wellbeing at the forefront of the business, with regular social, unlimited holidays, and an approach to business that allows team members to be directly in contact with Clients, and manage projects and Client relationships from day one. It’s important too to mention that there is always someone to turn to if you ever need advice. By working this way, I think Marktlink unlocks the maximum potential out of their team members. Managing my workload and building relationships with business owners, along with working on deal teams make my work varied and exciting, and this allows me to approach my own work with an entrepreneurial mindset.