K3 Capital Group Limited was incorporated on 14th February 2007 by Tony Ford and a co-investor, to acquire KBS Corporate (then called Knightsbridge Business Sales plc), a business broker and business transfer agent. At that time, KBS Corporate traded under two distinct brands of “Knightsbridge Business Sales” and “KBS Corporate”.
K3 was established as a holding company, under which it acquired 100% of the issued share capital of KBS Corporate from its founders.
In 2010, a new senior management team was formed as John Rigby was appointed to the role of Managing Director and Simon Daniels was promoted to Sales Director. In 2012, Andrew Melbourne joined the Group as Finance Controller, subsequently progressing to the role of Finance Director.
In 2013, a national legal partner relationship with Gateley was established to offer inclusive, fully contingent legal services to the Group’s clients. This has proved very successful, with 76% of KBS Corporate and 59% of Knightsbridge clients opting for this service, to date.
In 2014, KBS Corporate Finance was incorporated to offer a deal execution only and director led corporate finance service to larger mandates. At around the same time, KBS changed its name to KBS Corporate Sales Limited and Knightsbridge Business Sales Limited was incorporated to distinguish the trading brands.
During 2015, the Group launched CVS, an online portal to generate additional sales leads and collate contact and performance data of sale-intent businesses, companies and shareholders. Stuart Lees joined the board as Non-Executive Director in late 2015.
Since 2011, the number of staff has increased from 45 to over 125 in 2018. In order to facilitate this growth and future planned expansion, the Group moved into its new 12,000 sq.ft. Head Office in 2016.
In March 2017, prior to Admission of the Company’s Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM, the Company acquired the business, goodwill and assets of Triskell, a provider of strategic and corporate finance advice to entrepreneurial companies.
In May 2018, Knightsbridge was rebranded to Knightsbridge Commercial to better reflect the target market of the brand. The rebrand was complemented by a fresh website and newly designed marketing collateral to provide comprehensive information about the refined service offering.