Chris Kelly (Bury St Edmunds)

Chris was appointed a partner in 2002. He is head of the firm's Corporate Finance department, where his forward thinking approach is valued by clients. He specialises in advising owner managed businesses on improving profitability, business growth and exit planning. He is also the firm's Finance Director. Chris has many interests and is a keen supporter of cultural events. His wife and daughter are musical and have inspired him to take up the ukulele. A weekly game of squash keeps him fit. He is also an Ipswich Town FC season ticket holder.
 
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Chris Kelly
5th September 2017 Whiting & Partners find a safe home for IT security firm

Whiting & Partners, The Corporate Finance Network’s representative firm in Suffolk, has successfully advised an IT security company on its sale to a larger industry player.   The vendors had originally acquired the business via a Management Buy-Out a few years earlier and had significantly grown the business under their ownership. The company had reached…

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24th January 2017 Exit Planning

We have set up a specialist corporate finance team to offer bespoke services in exit planning, including assisting with: Timing the exit: To fit in with your personal goals. To show a record (ideally, 3 years) of growing maintainable earnings and profits. Having a three-year business plan in place which includes strong revenue and profit goals,…

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18th October 2016 Protect Valuable Assets from Business Risks

Once clients have built up a successful business, their focus will naturally evolve from business development to protecting the valuable they have buily up from the risks associated with running a business.

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7th October 2016 Exit Planning

If you own and run a business that you do not intend to pass on to the ‘next generation’ or liquidate, then, one day, you will have to exit this business. Exit planning is the process by which you plan and prepare for this exit.

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22nd June 2016 Planning

Business Exit Planning: A case study. Three years ago, I was approached by business owners who wanted advice on exit planning. The owners had built up a successful business over 20 years and were now in their late fifties. The business is a leader in its field and operates with a high level of professionalism. The owners…

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7th June 2015 Exit Planning

Plant Hire Business: Sale successfully agreed. This plant hire business owner had unexpectedly taken over as managing director of this long established company five years ago, following her husband’s death. Since then she had reorganised the business and improved profitability, but had decided it was now time to retire. Whitings marketed the company for sale…

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3rd March 2015 MBO Exit for Jet-Setter

Whitings aid business sale deal for jet-setting client. The corporate finance team at Whiting & Partners, specialists in advising on the acquisition and sale of SME businesses, have recently helped their client to ‘jet off’ on the next stage of his business career. The deal was led by Chris Kelly, partner at the Suffolk-based firm.…

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24th January 2015 Protect Valuable Assets from Business Risks

We can assist in this process by assisting in assessing risk and then advising on introducing appropriate mitigation: Robust Financial Management Undertaking a voluntary or statutory audit as, both, a preventative and detective measure. Introducing appropriate financial controls, timely financial reporting procedures and other examples of best practice governance. Registering for the Companies House PROOF…

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9th August 2014 Crowdfunding Certification

PRESS RELEASE:  Whitings Accredited as Member of Association of Crowdfunding Experts. Full press release: Click Here Blog entry by: Chris Kelly

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1st October 2012 Audit Exemption

New audit exemption rules for small companies and for subsidiaries The government has recently announced changes to company law that allow many companies and limited liability partnerships more choice in deciding whether to have a statutory audit. The changes apply to financial years ending on or after 1 October 2012. Who is affected? Broadly, there…

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