Spectrum continues to expand with two senior hires

Spectrum continues to expand with two senior hires

04 November 2019

Bruce Dove (L) and Paul Stewart (R)

Spectrum is delighted to announce that Bruce Dove and Paul Stewart have recently joined the firm as Business Development Directors.

Now entering its 10th year of trading Spectrum is widely recognised as the leading independent corporate finance firm in the South, focused on lead and debt advisory. The firm has grown to a team of 25 professionals based across offices in London, Reading and Southampton, and with ambitions to expand the team further, particularly in London, to support the growing market demand.

Bruce and Paul are prominent and well-connected business professionals in the South and join Spectrum as Business Development Directors, focused on corporate deal origination. Bruce and Paul will work alongside the existing Director team to meet future potential clients, understand their business objectives, provide market and sector insights, and offer support with respect to preparation for future transactions.

Commenting on the recent appointments, Simon Davies, Managing Director at Spectrum said, “We are delighted to welcome Bruce and Paul to the team, as we continue to expand our operation across London and the South. Personally, I have known both Bruce and Paul for many years and have had the pleasure of working with them on previous transactions. They are both knowledgeable business professionals with extensive experience advising business owners through company growth, maximising value and the preparation of future transactions. We believe they have a lot to offer our clients and will prove valuable additions to the Spectrum team."

About Bruce Dove

Business Development Director - Technology

Bruce has had a long and successful career in Technology – holding senior positions within both growing SME’s and large corporates, as well as running his own technology consultancy business, advising entrepreneurs through company growth, organisational operations, raising finance, maximising value and preparing for company sales.

Prior to joining Spectrum Bruce was Managing Director of Brand View (now Edge by Ascential), where he was responsible for building the business from a technology start-up with less than £2m revenue, to a leading global provider of vertical data and analytics solutions. In 2018 Bruce supported the company through its £38m sale to Ascential PLC, working alongside Spectrum as lead advisors to the shareholders. Bruce then remained in the business to support the team through the integration.

Bruce’s zest and entrepreneurial approach coupled with his knowledge of the technology space and experience of the sales process has led directly to his appointment at Spectrum.

Commenting on his recent appointment Bruce said, "The selling of my company, with Spectrum, was possibly the most exhilarating chapter of my business life. Understanding when and how to sell, or raise funds, ensuring the company was market ready and ultimately closing the deal with the most appropriate partner, was an incredible journey. I am now looking forward to supporting and advising others who are contemplating a similar journey!"

About Paul Stewart

Business Development Director

Paul Stewart, has lived and worked in Hampshire and the surrounding counties for nearly 35 years, helping business owners in the commercial and corporate marketplace to grow their trading operation, become more successful, and effect exit strategies.

Paul is an experienced commercial / corporate banker and has held senior Relationship Director positions at Bank of Scotland and RBS NatWest, where he has gained an in-depth knowledge of the transaction and funding process, and latterly with a particular emphasis on healthcare.

Paul has an extensive and widespread contact base across the south within both the professional services and business communities. He has a long-standing reputation for identifying new business opportunities, connecting contacts and forging strong relationships – an invaluable skill when planning for future transactions and helping and guiding business owners in realising their strategic objectives.

Commenting on his recent appointment Paul Stewart said, "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Spectrum Team, where in the market place their reputation, brand and the quality of the management team speak for themselves. I look forward to exciting times and assisting Spectrum in achieving continued growth and success".

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