Blue Sky Masterclass

Expert Speakers. Sensible Advice. Inspiration Guaranteed.

An engaging masterclass to help you define and plan a successful exit. 

Exit Strategy Masterclass

Take a day out of your business to consider what a successful exit really looks like to you. Be inspired, hear from experts and take away a 10-point workbook for planning your exit, when the time is right.


The Blue Sky team is delighted to be hosting a one-day Masterclass for entrepreneurs, business owners and directors based in Dorset and Hampshire.

This is a not-to-be-missed event for those beginning to think about the next chapter in their business life. Whether you are hoping to sell your business for the best price, or leave it to family as part of your legacy (or any of the other options!), it’s important to really define what a successful exit looks like to you and create a clear plan for how you achieve that within your timescales.

If you are asking yourself any of these questions, this will be a valuable day out to learn from experts in the industry:

  • How much is my business worth?
  • When is the right time to sell/what are the timescales?
  • Who would want to buy it?
  • How do I ensure my business is left in the right hands?
  • Should I implement a Managing Director first?
  • Can I leave my business to my children?
  • Are your business premises for sale too?
  • What are the tax implications?

After a morning with motivational speaker Miles Hilton-Barber, we will hear from eminent professionals in their field; Preparing Business for Sale, Selling Businesses, Tax, Commercial Law and Finance. They will provide expert advice on how to prepare yourself and your business – talking you through how you will need to examine your business operation and profitability from an outsider’s viewpoint, just as you would your home if you were putting your house on the market. 

At this Masterclass, Managing Director of Blue Sky, Gary Neild will share his knowledge of helping successful business owners plan effectively.

“Selling your business can provide the capital to complete one chapter in your life and move into a new one. However, you really do have to start at the end, in order to find the beginning… what’s your number?”

A vital part of preparing for a successful exit is a thorough review of your personal finances (including pensions, assets and liabilities) to find your magic number – the amount of money you need in order to live the live you want.

This Masterclass is for a maximum of 20 people. Each will be asked to sign a Confidentiality Waiver. The content has been carefully crafted to inspire, inform and open up your mind to all the possibilities ahead, with plenty of time to talk with speakers, experts and other professional in the room.

Each attended will leave with a10-point workbook for planning their exit, when the time is right and you will also have access to the professional advisors after the day who will be happy to talk in further detail about your situation.

Every attendee will also receive a complimentary Financial Review with Blue Sky’s Andrew Dunn if they wish to begin the process of understanding ‘their magic number’.

Monday 16th March 2020

9.30am to 4pm

Harbourview Suite, RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Parking is available on site.



Blue Sky are delighted to be hosting four talented speakers at this event; brought together to inspire, motivate, educate and guide you in your journey to a successful exit.

Miles Hilton barber

Blind Adventurer and Motivational Speaker

Blind Adventurer and international Motivational Speaker Miles Hilton-Barber is one of the most widely sought-after motivational speakers on the world circuit today, having had the privilege of speaking at over 1,000 corporate events in 69 countries around the world to date.

Despite losing his sight in his early twenties, his quality of life and level of success was radically transformed at the age of 50, not through sight restoration, but through changing his attitude to his blindness.

In his talk at this event, he will share with you why perspective is everything and how you have all the power you need to ensure your exit is successful.

Justin Levine

The Mergers & Acquisitions Expert

Justin is the MD of TheNonExec Limited, a boutique firm based locally specialising in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) with owner-managed companies £3M – £50M revenue.

Following Aeronautics (Imperial) and an MBA (Kingston), Justin’s early career was as CEO and EVP within the blue-chip industry. Having led a global technology organisation to achieve £0.25Bn revenue organically and through various acquisitions early in his 30s, he has since helped many business owners across the world prepare and successfully sell their companies.

Justin is a Non-Executive Director for several companies across Dorset and Hampshire and is a guest speaker at the West London Focus Business School forum.

Tim Stone

The Legal Expert

Tim is a partner and is the company and commercial team leader at Dorset law firm Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors. Tim is also the firm’s Chairman.

Tim acts for a wide range of business clients across various sectors. He has particular expertise in acting for both sellers and buyers of private companies (M&A) and during his career has been involved in some of the region’s leading M&A transactions.

The leading independent guide to the legal profession (Legal 500) acknowledge Tim as an ‘excellent’ lawyer, with ‘in-depth knowledge’ and being an adviser who ‘gets straight to the point’.

Andy Lee Cert PFS MIoD

The Tax Expert

Andy has over 35 years’ experience in the UK and offshore marketplace, gained from working for 3 major banks, an International Insurance Company and two tax and trust planning advisory businesses.

He has worked alongside many substantial businesses including a Swiss Bank, UK and International Investment Houses and Insurance Companies; advising clients on tax strategies and assessing the constant changes present in the UK and International tax planning environment.

He is a sought after speaker, working with organisations including the Law Society, Personal Finance Society, various IFA Networks, Fund Managers and property landlord organisations.


Tickets at £375 each.
Early bird price of £275 if booked before 29th February.

Booking is essential. 
Email Juliet Beardsley, for further info and booking: