Phil Smith & Mark Allen

Phil Smith & Mark Allen

Former COO & CFO (GCI Managed Services, now know as Nasstar)


Senior leadership team of IT Managed Services provider, GCI, who they scaled through 23 acquisitions and exited for £200m to Mayfair Private Equity in 2018


To harness the teams experiences at GCI (and other leading IT service companies) to build a new platform which leads from top-of-market expertise in Cloud & Remote Desktop, Network & Security, Voice & Contact Centre and Managed IT support

Targeting build of a platform that reaches the scale range of £7m-10m EBITDA within 4 years before considering the next phase of growth/development for the group amid a market lacking in mid-market consolidation targets.

Transaction type

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


  • 2021 – Raising of private capital and senior liquidity
  • 2021 – Acquisition of Remote Desktop expert, IT Farm
  • 2021 – Acquisition of innovative Teleswitch handler and carrier grade call centre solutions provider, Nexbridge
  • 2021 – Acquisition of managed IT services, hardware, connectivity and document solutions provider, CSS Group
  • 2022 – Acquisition of modern workplace practice, Everything Tech (now the lead brand of the group)
  • 2022 – Advisory refinance to a new senior structure affording increased liquidity and lower cost of fund
  • 2024 – Refinance of Senior Credit facilities with Natwest, increasing liquidity and reducing margin by 40%
  • 2024 – Acquisition of private cloud specialist, Your Office Anywhere – taking run-rate to in excess of £3.5m EBITDA with double digit organic growth

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


Having scaled and exited with private equity before, we knew that building our own group without traditional private equity was our aim. Independence have a unique proposition built exactly for our purpose and have been exceptional partners in helping us deliver on that dream. We have made great progress in a short space of time and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Independence to other teams and leaders in our position

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