Mark Bentley, Alison Cooper (Lessmann) & Andrew Sesemann

A hugely successful entrepreneur and active investor, Alison founded award-winning, global airline foodservice business En Route International, high-end property rentals firm Palm Grove Investments, and visionary interior design company (design''d living).
Advised by BCMS, Alison sold En Route to dnata, part of The Emirates Group. Here, she’ll share the story of how she founded, grew and sold that business, now a £40m corporation with offices in the UK, USA, Middle East and Australia. A candid, insightful and engaging speaker, Alison will offer fresh perspectives on the demanding business sale process.

Also compèring the session will be Mark Bentley MA MCIPR, Managing Editor at BCMS. An experienced journalist, Mark leads the content team at BCMS, working closely with clients to create key business-sale documents. He also presents BCMS’ acclaimed on-demand webinar series, which covers a wide range of important topics, from M&A jargon-busting to due diligence and business valuation.

What is it really like to sell a business? Live Q&A with former business owners

Thinking of selling up? Here’s a unique opportunity to hear from entrepreneurs who’ve been there and done just that. Former BCMS clients will talk though their sale experiences, discussing the commercial and personal challenges of a business sale. They’ll offer expert tips on preparing for sale, and essential advice on how to get the right deal for you. There’s an open Q&A, so whatever you need to know, just ask!