Timeline & History
Appointment to the Board of Charlotte Stranner
Acquisition of Quantuma Advisory Limited
Acquisition of randd uk limited
Rebranded Knightsbridge to Knightsbridge Commercial in May 2018
Listed on AIM in April 2017
Moved into new Head Office on 30 September 2016
2016 – Graduate Academy launched
New Head Office identified (2015)
Company Valuation Services online portal launched (2015)
KBS Corporate Finance Limited incorporated on 25 July 2014
KBS changed its name to KBS Corporate Sales Limited on 25 July 2014
A new Knightsbridge Business Sales Limited (“Knightsbridge”) was incorporated on the 5 March 2014
2013 – Formed a national legal partner relationship with Gateley
Simon Daniels appointed Sales Director (2010)
John Rigby appointed as Managing Director (2010)
2008/10 – Founding Shareholders exit the Group
2007 – Incorporation of K3 Capital Group Limited (formerly Knightsbridge Group Holdings Limited)
Recruited national sales force in 2004
2003 – KBS Corporate brand launched
Incorporation of KBS on 16 January 2001
1998 – KBS established as a non-incorporated entity
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 Chief Financial Officer.
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 145 by November 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.
In June 2020, K3 Capital Group successfully completed a fundraising of £30.45 million in order to undertake acquisitions.
In June 2020, K3 Capital Group successfully acquired randd uk limited. randd is a UK based private company specialising in securing research and development (“R&D”) tax credits for clients.
In August 2020, K3 Capital Group completed the acquisition of Quantuma Advisory Limited. Quantuma is a UK-focused business advisory firm with overseas operations, specialising in corporate finance, financial advisory, pension advisory, forensic accounting and investigations, creditor services and restructuring and insolvency. Quantuma has a strong and experienced management team. Quantuma has demonstrated significant fundamental growth in recent years, underpinned by 35% revenue and normalised EBITDA CAGR over the last 3 years.
In August 2020, K3 Capital Group announced the appointments to the Board of Carl Jackson as Executive Director and Charlotte Stranner as Independent Non-Executive Director. In addition to these Board appointments, Martin Robinson was appointed as Senior Independent Director and Stuart Lees as Non-Executive Director.