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At HW Corporate Finance Darlington, our broad sector knowledge and industry experience drives everything we do.

Corporate finance services in Darlington

At HW Corporate Finance Darlington, our broad sector knowledge and industry experience drives everything we do. It allows us to address risk and identify opportunity early, while tailoring our services and solutions to your specific situation. We offer our clients straight talking, hands on advice which sets us apart in the crowded corporate finance market. We take a bespoke approach to all of our clients, building long-term business relationships in the process and ensuring our services go beyond expectation.

Our focus is on the owner managed businesses, with typical transactions in the range of £1m – £25m.

Lead Advisory: Raising finance, business sales, business acquisitions, management buy-outs and buy-ins, mergers and integrations.

Transaction Services: Due Diligence and investigations.

Consultancy: Strategy and business planning, grant applications and claims


Organic growth can often be a difficult thing to achieve, especially in the current economic climate. Acquisitions can quickly expand your business, by boosting your company profit through a new product/service or geographic location.  Our approach to business acquisition is based on understanding buyer’s motivation and providing expertise to help you maximise your investment.  We’re with you and your team every step of the way, providing a solid sounding board for your business decisions.

  • Target identification and approach
  • Agreeing the deal
  • Raising external finance
  • Undertaking investigation work / due diligence
  • Providing specialist advice on taxation
  • Project management with other professionals and lawyers


The sale of a business is undoubtedly one of the most important moments in the life of any business owner. As such, it often requires years of pre-planning and collaboration to ensure the final transaction results in maximum value being created. Our advice is robust and driven by a wealth of experience in buying and selling businesses both nationally and internationally. We can guide you every step of the way, ensuring you find the best possible buyer for your business.

We provide a flexible and thorough approach, maximising the value of your investment when you decide to sell. Our comprehensive service includes:

  • Exit planning and analysis
  • Outlining valuations
  • Identifying and selecting strategic buyers
  • Agreement of tailored marketing plan
  • Providing a high quality information memorandum
  • Obtaining indicative proposals
  • Project management to completion
  • Providing advice on the tax aspects of sale

Raising finance

Raising finance is a challenging procedure for most businesses but having an expert advisor at hand can play a pivotal role in achieving growth. We have excellent relationships with both equity and debt providers in the UK.  Our independent, unbiased advice can enable you to secure backing from the right financiers, who in the long-run add more than just cash, but also bring significant industry expertise.

With numerous financing options available, it is important to understand which are most suitable for your business and long-term plans and we’ll be there to assist you from start to well after you secure funding. The types of finance available to you include:

  • Asset-based lending
  • Mezzanine debt
  • Bank debt
  • Cashflow loans
  • High net worth investors
  • Venture capital and private equity
  • Grants

Due diligence

HW Corporate Finance Darlington provides financial due diligence services to banks, acquisitive companies and providers of private equity.  Financial due diligence is an investigative process by which a potential investor in, or lender to, a business validates the assumptions on which the investment decision is based.  We have extensive experience in transactions of all types and sizes across a variety of sectors.

Our approach limits up-front costs, provides support at each stage of the process and ultimately ensures that a sound investment decision can be made. Our service is driven by six key qualities of strong financial due diligence:

  • Highlighting potential deal-breakers and issues for price negotiation promptly
  • Presenting concise conclusions on the ability to meet financial forecasts, linked into a clear analysis of historical results
  • Addressing the key risks and concerns
  • Focused and not enshrined within caveats
  • Working to a set timetable
  • Communicating clearly and regularly with all parties
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