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Our Story

Knight was founded by Adam Zoldan and Paul Billingham in December 2008 with the specific aim of advising businesses and entrepreneurs in the technology and telecoms sector

Since Knight CF formed in 2008, it has completed over 100 transactions across the technology and telecoms sector.

We make your ambition a reality. Our expertise is to listen, understand and deliver the success you deserve. And, we can do this because we have sat in your seat: starting, building and successfully exiting businesses.


Knight was founded by Adam Zoldan and Paul Billingham in December 2008 with the specific aim of advising businesses and entrepreneurs in the technology and telecoms sector.


Our founders have both spent long periods of their careers in senior commercial and operational roles in the telecoms sector including Martin Dawes Telecommunications, Opal Telecom (Talk Talk Business), Cellcom and V Networks, as well as corporate finance roles in Gartner and PWC.


The company is now a dedicated team of 12 professionals operating from offices in Warrington and London. Each member of our team understands the critical role they play in our clients’ lives. Our team is on your side from day one.


Our unique sector experience has been bolstered by key hires with advisory, commercial, and accountancy expertise. This blend of experience allows us to see opportunities from multiple perspectives and ultimately deliver the best possible solution to our clients.


The detail is critical in M&A and with over 100 transactions under our belt, we have proved our ability and stamina to deliver at the highest level. Our ethos is to spend time understanding our clients' businesses and what they want to achieve, and then set out options accordingly.


Here's how else we add value:


Knight R&D – rewarding your innovation

We’ve been where you are. We’ve started, grown and sold businesses. We know how valuable R&D is and how it can give back to the business. Our specialist R&D consultancy works solely in R&D tax relief, a government sponsored incentive. We work to help you realise your full R&D relief entitlement fast and with minimum risk. Since launching in September 2016, we’ve helped companies make over 100 claims – many unaware that they could even make a claim.


>_fund:tmt – flexible, intelligent investments

In partnership with Spark Impact, Knight’s founders have launched a new fund focussed on the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector. They make Investments of c£500k to £750k for a range of purposes (development capital, shareholder equity release, buy-out minorities, M&A).

Since Knight CF formed in December 2008, it has completed over 100 transactions. Meet the team that have delivered results for clients across the UK.Meet the Team

Our approach

Find out more on how we work, with our 2016 interview with Comms Vision.
  • Having worked with Adam and the Knight team on our debt funding three years ago, we knew Knight had the expert knowledge of the sector and strong funder relationships to deliver a deal that would meet the business’ growth ambitions.

    Kevin Timms

    EACS

  • Knight’s industry expertise was invaluable in running a disciplined and professional process. We were delighted with the outcome, having found an ideal partner in Babble Cloud, where the two business cultures are so closely aligned.

    Erica Lewis

    Diva Telecom

  • We’ve enjoyed the journey with Knight. They ensured the business and our team were fully prepared for the transaction and delivered a deal that fully realised our aspirations for the business. I enjoy working in the hospitality sector and now have the firepower to develop the business at home and abroad, potentially with another bite of the cherry in due course.

    Simon Catterick

    QDOSsbl

  • I have worked with Paul Billingham at Knight for a number of years and his advice has been invaluable. Whilst I was not expecting to sell the company at this stage, the opportunity from Enreach was too good to turn down. The Knight team ensured that we got the right deal for everyone at Network Telecom and the transaction could be completed efficiently with the minimum of disruption to the business.

    Paul Maxfield

    Network Telecom

  • Knight Corporate Finance were a great help in the process, leveraging their industry knowledge and debt funding expertise to ensure that the process ran as smoothly as possible

    Rob Booth

    Invosys

  • We are extremely pleased with the team at Knight who ensured we found the right deal from the right buyer in what is a difficult and very emotional process. Knight ensured that all of our requirements from a buyer were met, and they ensured the transaction went through very smoothly.

    Suzanne Chappell

    TM Solutions

  • Knight were able to identify the right battles to fight, the important pieces of information to focus on, and the key areas of risk to ensure that we got the deal over the line on time. I am convinced that we wouldn’t have achieved this without them and we were very grateful to have them on our side.

    Steve Tutt

    DV02

  • We are delighted with the outcome of this deal and we greatly appreciate the support and expertise of the Knight team in bringing it to a conclusion. We had probably not appreciated the varying intricacies of a transaction until we undertook the process, but Knight were there every step of the way to ensure that any difficulties were dealt with efficiently.

    Oliver Marsden

    360 Solutions

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