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Tim Ward, Partner, Head of Corporate in Cheltenham


Direct Dial: +44 1242 211 646
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A bit about me

For me, deal making is the beating heart of organisational growth and allows me to work with business leaders with the courage and drive to grow their business. I am, at heart, a frustrated entrepreneur, so I love the infectious energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs whose ambitions stretch my imagination, tenacity and insight.

I focus on:

  • helping people to deliver their goals
  • providing a great service
  • making the process as painless as possible for the customer
  • engaging fully with their objectives
  • getting the deal done.

My experience with a wide range of clients, from start-ups with great people in charge, to firms needing to grow and those ready for sale, means that I am both flexible and technically strong and have seen most things before. So I know when to challenge the status quo and how to think beyond what clients see as possible in order to achieve their goals.

Outside work, I am an incredibly proud dad, a keen cyclist, runner and tennis player – I’m no Nadal, but I’m OK –  and I take any chance I can get to be outside or on a campsite; it gives me a totally different perspective on life.

Want to know more?

Believe in your own vision

Decide what really matters and stick to it – don’t get side tracked

Work with those that speak your language, work in the way that you want, will deliver for you and won’t become a drag.

Ensure that your support team can open doors for you and have connections.

How can I build on and retain my key team?

Just bunging them lots of cash is not the best plan – consider EMI share options or growth shares, because they deliver long term buy in.

How can I attract investment and grow?

EIS investment is always worth trying; don’t underestimate the possibility of people being out there who may be interested in taking a punt and might be like minded enough to provide funding solutions.

What equity should I give away at an early stage?

Who knows? There is a lot of talk about how you value a business and lots of discussion about the process, but in my view you might as well stick a finger in the air and count to 10 – business owners should not get too fixated on valuation methods.

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Where I work

Hear what our clients say about our Partner Tim Ward

Transatlantic marketing deal completed with expert team

Helen Higginbotham and Tim Ward recently helped to complete a deal in which a Florida-based market research...

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Clear advice on business sale from corporate team

Our Cheltenham corporate team, led by Tim Ward, have been praised for their clear advice, attention to...

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Corporate team win Advisory Firm of the Year award at Business Leader Awards 2022

Cheltenham’s corporate team were celebrating on Thursday night – having won the Advisory Firm of…

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Protect the future of your business with an EOT

If you have spent years building up your business, but it’s time to step away,…

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Cheltenham corporate team helps achieve deal for builders’ expansion

Our corporate team in Cheltenham led by Tim Ward has helped the Independent Builders Merchant…

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Corporate support for healthcare recruitment MBO

Our corporate team in Cheltenham, led by Tim Ward, advised fast-growing healthcare and life sciences…

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Watch now: David v Goliath – selling out, partnering, or carrying on – what’s next?

Building your business from series A and start-up to a substantial organisation is a challenge.…

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HCR support Canadian acquisition of Cheltenham software firm

HCR’s corporate team led by Tim Ward has supported Cranham Haig, trading as CHL Software,…

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EOTs – the way ahead beyond the pandemic?

There has been a growth in the use of Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs); the pandemic…

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Entrepreneurs driving new business forward

The economic challenges of the pandemic are clear and many sectors have been hard-hit. But it…

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Spotlight on Tim Ward

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