Alex Heslip & Chris Earle

Alex Heslip & Chris Earle

Former CCO & CEO (Verastar)


Senior leadership team of UK Business Services Aggregator, Verastar, which they scaled through 20+ acquisitions and exited via Private Equity secondary buy-out at a valuation in excess of £400m in 2020


To harness the teams experiences at Verastar by building a new SME-focused managed services group covering IT Support, cloud services, connectivity and communications

Targeting build of a platform that reaches the scale range of £7m-10m EBITDA, filling a market-gap for upper-mid-market consolidators and private equity

Transaction type

  • Minority Investment
  • Capital raise
  • Advisory MBI – Management Buy-In
  • Advisory Buy-Build – Accretive acquisitions originated/structured/funded
  • Advisory Refinance – Maximising liquidity and cost of funds


  • 2023 – Acquisition of £5m turnover, RISC IT, a cloud services platform

How did IC help?

  • Market research

  • Target outreach

  • Target negotiation

  • Deal Structuring

  • FDD & LDD project management

  • Fundraising – equity, loan notes and senior debt

  • Post-deal board support

  • Stakeholder management of funders

  • Succession planning

  • Rolling acquisition targeting/planning


After exiting Verastar, I spent a lot of time talking to the market to find partners able to help on my next project. Independence were the only party I spoke to where there was very clear alignment of expertise, interest and risk. In the short time we have been working together they have made great progress originating and structuring off-market opportunities and I look forward to counting on their support as we build the group over the years ahead

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