13 February 2017
At BizSpace, our aim is to help as many small businesses and startups as possible to get on the first rung of the ladder, then grow and develop. In order to do that, we have big growth plans ourselves, and we’ve appointed a new Chief Financial Officer, Phil Dennis, to help us achieve that vision.
Phil joined the BizSpace group last year following our acquisition by investors Värde Partners, a global alternative investment adviser. Phil believes his experience of leading change and acquisitive growth at private equity-backed and listed groups across different sectors offers an excellent fit for his new role with us, as we embark upon the next stage of our exciting journey.
Phil says: “This role enables me to use my experience, gained over many years, of private equity-backed and listed groups which are undergoing major growth programmes to support the chief executive and Värde Partners in their strategy for growth and greater success'.
“As BizSpace had been acquired recently by Värde Partners, I saw this as an exciting opportunity to work with the management team on the change agenda for growth and building further success. I’ve already introduced a number of new initiatives to enhance transparency, strengthen the finance team and support the development of the strategy whilst we build momentum in our growth strategy.”
Investing in the future
Our plans for the coming years involve growing our portfolio of UK business centres through acquisitions and new development sites, as well as investing in facilities and refurbishment of current business centres.
Chief executive of BizSpace, Gareth Evans, adds: “We are delighted to have Phil as a key member of the management team and have already witnessed his skill and experience in helping BizSpace successfully shape its strategy. We have an ambitious plan to strengthen our brand, enhance our service offering to our customers and expand our portfolio enabling us to be ‘the business space that Britain’s small businesses are proud to call home’.”
Wealth of experience
Phil’s previous roles include eight years as Chief Financial Officer at FiveTen Group, a private equity-backed international recruitment group built through acquisition and for which he led the sale to Manpower of the largest division trading across Australia and Asia Pacific. He has also served as Group Finance Director of a listed plc, Divisional Finance Director of Caradon plc’s largest division, FD and MD of Ideal Boilers and roles in Group Planning and Group Corporate Finance for FTSE 100 & FTSE 250 businesses. Phil qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen.
Welcome to the BizSpace family, Phil!