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Val King of BFG Associates on her experiences of Business Succession planning and Business Exits


Val King of BFG Associates on her experiences of Business Succession planning and Business Exits

By , March 2, 2021

Val King acted as Managing Director of The Rooflight Company for 26 years before exiting with an Employee Ownership Trust. This successful transition led to the founding of BFG (Business as a Force for Good) Associates, her company which facilitates exiting business owners to decide on the best ownership option for them. After effectively managing the transition to employee ownership with The Rooflight Company, Val has been able to remain as a Trustee and member of the Employee Ownership Council, allowing her to remain in practice in the EO space.

For over two decades, Val was able to productively run The Rooflight Company by applying essential processes gained from her cooperate career, whilst relinquishing the less necessary disciplines. She found these processes to be particularly beneficial to SMEs and growing mid-market businesses. Val recognises that when a business gets to a certain size, this is when cooperate disciplines need to be involved, such as trusted advisors, and outsourcing for coaching, strategic marketing and project management. Through her experience, Val has perceived when expertise is outsourced, new process are more likely to stick, and thus the benefits more evident, employees are happier, more productive and effective. Val promotes The Employee Ownership Association, a non for profit association representing all organisations which are employee owned or transitioning to employee ownership across the UK, which you can read more about here.

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Darryl Bates-Brownsword

Darryl Bates-Brownsword

CEO | Succession Plus UK

Darryl is a dynamic, driven Business Mentor and Coach with over 20 years of experience and passion for creating successful outcomes for founder-led businesses. He is a great connector, team builder, problem solver, and inspirer – showing the way through complexity to simplicity.

He has built 2 international multi-million turnover businesses; one now operating in 16 countries. His quick and analytical approach cuts through to the core issues quickly and identifying the context. He challenges the status quo and gets consistent, repeatable and reliable business results.

Originating in Australia, Darryl’s first career was as an Engineer in the Power Industry. Building businesses bought him to the UK in 2003 where he quickly developed a reputation for combining systems thinking with great creativity to get results in challenging situations.

A keen competitive cyclist, he also has a B Eng (Mech) Engineering and an MBA.