Delivering Results – Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies 

Icebreaker, in collaboration with SMT, builds bespoke support package for VC and PE

Portfolio performance has polarised; with only the minority doing well. The majority are struggling (source: 3i).  The average annual return in PE & VC has collapsed from 17% in 2007 to 2% in December 2008 (source: GS).  Deleveraging will be an ongoing and painful process for many investments and few managers have any experience of a severe recession.  The biggest single priority for many investors today is getting the existing portfolio right.  Icebreaker and strategic partner SMT Consulting offer hard facts on competitors, suppliers and the market that is unique and otherwise unobtainable.  We give deep insight based on proven analysis methods and extensive industry expertise.  We will produce actionable and immediate recommendations which are then deliver using Icebreaker’s experienced interim executives. Learn more:

Icebreaker selected as preferred partners for emerging Recovery Fund

Icebreaker, in collaboration with Insolvency specialists Bridge, have been engaged to support the implementation of a new recovery fund aimed at investing in and turning around businesses that, whilst currently struggling, rest on solid underlying fundamentals. For qualifying companies, Bridge’s specialists will deal with creditors and arrange re-financing whilst Icebreaker’s Executive supports the business from within to ensure a successful exit from the turnaround phase. Learn more

Time to Optimise

There is a new phrase circulating at the moment: “good business, bad market”. Many businesses are using this as cover for a failure to address the need for fundamental change. Now is the time to be honest and self-critical about performance and ask the difficult questions to ensure the business is fit for the future. Icebreaker can help you answer these questions, help you drive change programs through in sensible timescales and leave an enduring legacy behind. Learn more

Icebreaker Continues to Build on Success

We are now moving into implementation on two significant projects, one of which within a month has achieved a £350k saving without the need to replace management (who have been coached to take the business to the next stage). We also starting work in a VC backed technology start up, a waste project, an automotive business growth project and a retail turnaround. In addition, since our last Newsletter our team has been significantly strengthened by the addition of  four new experienced Executives. They are: Sandra Brown, Phil Cooper, Dan Phelan and David O Byrne. Review their profiles here

Tom Pickering CEO Icebreaker Executive Interim Management Limited