This week on the Rainmakers platform – is the deals process terminally inefficient?

Our lively new Rainmakers platform continues to look under the bonnet on some of the key deals and trends in the Northern mergers and acquisitions market.

This week we’re going to be asking the question – is the whole process of doing a deal just too slow and inefficient?

Later today, we’ll be looking at a couple of recent venture capital deals that appear to have bucked the trend and secured investment.

Last week, we included a deep dive into the investment strategy of private equity investor Inflexion, in the light of their backing for Manchester-headquartered global fitness business Ultimate Performance.

The link to that subscriber only piece is here.

Last week, we took a closer look at some of the trends in the professional services market.

Other recent highlights have included a confessional from entrepreneur Jo Sellick who told his story about the profound sense of detachment and loss of purpose as his golden handcuffs loosened and his five year earn-out from selling the Sellick partnership to French services group Samsic.

Also, in readiness for the release of Welcome to Wrexham on Disney Plus, we shared the prequel story about how the oldest football club in Wales was briefly owned by a couple of Cheshire-based developers and ended up in a perilous state. And you’ll learn what a Dismal Jimmy is. What a tale.

We ran a big piece on the trend for carve out the week before, which has been the topic of much debate.


Here’s now this is going to work going forward.

On Friday, free to everyone who signs up, we’ll pull out a few of the completed deals from that week and look under the hood a bit more. We might even have an educated guess at some of the prices paid on all of the “undisclosed” prices on deals we get to hear about.


We have built RAINMAKERS on the well-established Substack platform, making the content easily and quickly available in an unfussy and elegant interface.

We have also been supported commercially by Grant Thornton.

Dan Rosinke, national head of transaction advisory at Grant Thornton, said: “We are supporting the launch of Rainmakers across the regions. Despite the challenging market conditions, we saw some outstanding deals across the region in 2023 and an increase in the number of processes in play in the second half of the year. This, coupled with pent up supply and demand for deals and private equity with capital to deploy, is setting the scene for a more buoyant M&A landscape in 2024.”


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