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Engaged Business Turnaround
Engaged Business Turnaround

Engaged Business Turnaround is a multidisciplinary business turnaround team. Established in 2016, it has an outstanding track record in turnaround, restructuring and business rescue. It provides stakeholders in distressed companies with credible, independent advice and implements sustainable turnaround strategies that restore profitability, minimise risk and manage stakeholder exposure.

Highly regarded by debt financiers and shareholders alike, Engaged Business Turnaround has the skills and know-how to achieve the best possible financial outcome for a distressed company, its staff and its stakeholders. It formulates bold, effective and practical strategies, and implements them expertly and professionally.


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IQbusiness
IQbusiness

IQbusiness is the leading independent management consulting firm in Africa. Since 1998, we have helped our clients solve their problems by providing innovative, fast and cost-effective solutions. While we are a for-profit company, we are a mindful and purposeful one too. As a certified B Corporation and Conscious Companies Award winner, we are committed to using our business as a force for good to help grow people, organisations, and Africa.


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Schindlers
Schindlers

Schindlers Attorneys is a multi-disciplinary law firm, offering a full range of legal services to both corporate and individual clients in South Africa and around the world. As experts in the law of Business Rescue, Schindlers took the first precedent setting case on Business Rescue to the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2013. Ever since, Schindlers have had a dedicated area of practice with a team of over twenty professionals dealing with all aspects of Business Rescue.


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Enabling Associate Partners of COBRA
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Adept Advisory

Adept Advisory delivers flexible and personalised business-defining solutions through a highly experienced and globally aligned team. We have built a reputation for providing the EMEA market with specialised expertise, tailored to provide our clients with sustainable value and an ongoing competitive advantage. Adept Advisory is a global leader in professional resourcing and project-based workforce solutions


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Africa Forensics & Cyber
AFC

Africa Forensics & Cyber was established out of a rising demand to combat this scourge. There is an increasing need for specialist skills, particularly as international regulators turn their focus on the South African and the African markets. Launched in March 2018, Africa Forensics & Cyber is a Pan-African, corporate forensics investigations company, headed by Dave Loxton, a widely-recognised, leading practitioner with formidable experience in the corporate fraud investigations and prevention space.


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Agility
Agility

Agility delivers outcomes that realise financial benefits for our clients. We achieve this by enhancing the approach to a transaction or a business process. Agility specialises in the areas of accounting, taxation, valuations and transaction restructuring.


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Amplify Business Group
AMPLIFY BUSINESS GROUP

Amplify Business Group offers expert leadership and resource on the "how to" execution of strategy. Their services include Business Transformation; Business Rescue implementations; Outsourcing and Shared Services expertise; and Procurement Consulting. One of the founding partners retains specific focus on Negotiation Consulting to lead and/or support clients in significant deals; negotiations with suppliers, lenders or clients; and managing conflict resolution in the workplace.


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Aon South Africa
Aon South Africa

Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.


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Atlassian
ATLASSIAN

Atlassian is a global software company helping teams around the world unleash their potential. We build tools that help teams collaborate, build, and create together.

With our 150,000+ customers and team of 4,000+ Atlassians, we are building the next generation of team collaboration and productivity software. We believe the power of teams have the potential to change the world—one that is more open, authentic, and inclusive.


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Broll Auctions and Sales
Broll Auctions and Sales

For over forty years The Broll Group has continuously grown through both expansion and diversification. With the company’s roots firmly cast in the commercial property market, the Group and its subsidiaries have extensive knowledge and understanding of the principles and fundamentals of commercial property management, maintenance, broking, leasing, research and valuation. With time, not only has the Group been able to expand on its offering, but geographically Broll have extended their footprint far into Africa and today have representation in a vast number of countries across the continent.

With expertise, resource and know-how that extend across the real estate asset class, auctions and sales became a natural and obvious direction for the Group to pursue. In 2015 a joint venture between Broll Property group and Greenday Property signified the beginning of Broll Auctions and Sales, a subsidiary of the Broll Property Group that focuses on the sale of commercial property by way of auction, tender and private treaty.


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Capitalworks
Capitalworks

Capitalworks is a leading independent private equity manager and invests in a diversified portfolio of equity investments in mid-sized companies alongside strong partners, entrepreneurs and management teams.

CashFlowStory
Cash Flow Story

The core belief behind everything we do, is that business should be simple and understanding your financial numbers should be simple, fun and repeatable. We've taken the knowledge and expertise developed over the last 25+ years by our founders

Alan Miltz and Joss Milner on how to unearth the wealth of information in your financial story, and combined it with over 20 years of technical expertise of our founder Tim Lokot to bring you Cash Flow Story. World class software designed to “make business simple”.


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CREST CAPITAL

In 2003 Crest Capital’s founder, Peter Gordon, formed Crest Gordon Consulting to provide business turnaround services to distressed companies and advice on distressed debt to the banking industry. In 2014 the company was rebranded as Crest Capital with the introduction of new partners and an expansion in the service offering to include broad corporate finance services. Our research has shown that investment banks and the larger accounting firms target the listed market for their corporate finance requirements,largely ignoring the many privately owned businesses as well as small to medium listed companies, which require a more bespoke and personalised service – this is our sweet-spot.

We provide both corporate finance and risk services. Our corporate finance offering provides an end to end advisory service which takes the anxiety and risk out of complex financial engineering, including M&A advisory, Capital raising, Company Valuations and Due diligence. Our risk services encompass, Strategy formulation and implementation, Business plan preparation, Financial modelling, Feasibility assessments, Litigation support, Business Turnaround and Business Rescue and reorganisations.


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Disruptive Leap
DISRUPTIVE LEAP

Disruptive Leap is an Advisory and Investment boutique firm. It specialises on getting organisations to 10X their growth and margins through a distinct disruptive journey.


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EBS Advisory

EBS Advisory is an environmental and sustainability service provider to business and industry and is committed to enhancing profitability through proactive environmental and risk management. The company was started in 1999 and has performed over 1000 studies for more than 120 clients, across every sector, in 62 emerging market countries across four continents. In recent years,

EBS has concentrated on the community investing in agriculture, health care, hospitality, education, FMCG, ICT and manufacturing. As a result, EBS has established itself as the leading adviser in the application of ESG in emerging markets. EBS is the dedicated strategic ESG advisor to over 100 private equity funds, asset managers, hedge funds, banks and micro finance institutions. The company has therefore developed a broad view of developing economies and how capital can be deployed efficiently and sustainably.


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Envision
Enterpriseroom

Enterpriseroom is a transformation consultancy that assists businesses to develop and implement high impact, sustainable enterprise and supplier development, supply chain, economic inclusion and community outreach solutions.



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Envision
Envision

Envision Advisory Services (EAS) is a majority black-owned, management consulting and advisory firm, based in Johannesburg, South Africa Focused on strategy development and execution, digital disruption, transaction advisory, procurement excellence and supply chain, corporate real estate


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five0six
five0six

Five0six is a specialist design studio operating in the areas of branding, corporate identity and communication design. In operation for over 18 years and having worked on clients across both big and small businesses.

We would look at offering our strategic thinking or design capabilities to businesses in need to get them exposure and awareness as they start building again.


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Fleet Elite
Fleet Elite

DealersOnline set out to solve their own used-car sales problems in 2007. In its fight for fairer markets, the business has continuously evolved and is constantly re-engineering its technology and service offering.

Today, we're leveraging their business process expertise, deep industry insights and technology capabilities to tackle problems for South Africa’s tier-one financial institutions like WesBank and Standard Bank as well as global automotive brands like Ford, Toyota, VW and Jaguar Land-Rover.

An acute awareness of our customers' needs led us to develop a special services division to DealersOnline. FleetElite was forged to relieve the pains and solve the problems that many fleet owning businesses were facing.


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Fletcher
Fletcher Advisory

Fletcher Advisory is a small, globally experienced strategic communications firm specialising in working with boards and EXCOs both locally and internationally to advise on situations such as crises, license to operate issues, corporate action and employee engagement. Each member of our team averages 20 years plus in experience.


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Global Business Solutions
GLOBAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

As one of South Africa’s leading, Labour Law and Human Resources Consultancies, Global Business Solutions offers a diverse range of services aimed at empowering business with practical solutions.

With over 25 years of experience and expertise and an integrated national footprint, Global Business Solutions is well positioned to respond quickly and effectively to clients’ needs by providing practical and sustainable solutions. Our client base includes the full range of private, public, governmental and parastatal organisations from large blue chip multinational companies to small and medium enterprises and start-ups across Southern Africa.


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Kirchmanns Incorporated
KIRCHMANNS INCORPORATED

Kirchmanns Incorporated was founded in 2002 with a goal to create a firm with core values dedicated to client service, legal excellence and success. Our firm has become well established in the corporate and public sectors as a competent professional business partner proficient in the legal domain. Today our sought after firm has a national footprint with experienced attorneys who have contributed towards a well-earned reputation as a successful legal practice. We focus on our clients, their interests, reputations and financial wellbeing in every decision that is made. We don’t just litigate, but also assist our clients with high level executive consulting formulating corporate strategies and implementing operational executive decisions. While Employment Law is our most widely known area of expertise, our firm is equally accomplished in all other areas of law. Success depends on our understanding of complex issues and the proper management of cases. Our firm defies conventional thinking and is based on experience, creativity and intelligence to solve complex legal problems.


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LABOURNET
LABOURNET

LabourNet is one of the largest Human Resources consulting, litigation and technology providers in South Africa. We employ 440 professionals who service in in excess of 5,300 retainer-based clients from our 16 branch's throughout South Africa.

PSIber (a wholly owned subsidiary of LabourNet) develops world class Payroll and HR technology systems, with clients such as Sanlam, MMI, Woolworths, several universities and approximately a thousand small and medium companies.


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LifeLine Johannesburg
LifeLine Johannesburg

LifeLine Johannesburg was established in 1969 as an emotional wellness organisation. Our workforce consists of 85 employees and 110 volunteers delivering psycho-social services at 20 sites spread across the City of Johannesburg from Alexandra in the north to Lenasia South. Our focus is to offer accessible free quality psycho-social services filling the gap between over-extended government services on the one hand and unaffordable private services on the other.

Our work is based on the Person Centred Approach, a humanistic therapeutic model developed by Carl Rogers. The thread running through all our programmes is to facilitate psychological wellbeing, personal empowerment and social cohesion for individuals and groups, both for their personal benefit as well as at the workplace. Our strategic focus areas are personal growth and development, crisis intervention, youth development, gender based violence and health. Our services include counselling, corporate soft skills training, gender based violence prevention and support, youth development and training as well as HIV, TB and COVID-19 prevention, detection and treatment.


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MICROSOFT
MICROSOFT

Microsoft South Africa’s mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. The breadth and depth of our mission unlocks unprecedented opportunity as technology transforms every industry and has the power to make a difference in the lives of everyone. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create and speaks to our new worldview which is rooted in the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud. The intelligent edge is the interface between the cloud and the real world. It is the layer of mobile devices we use to access the data in the cloud, speeding up the processing power of the internet of things, helping this new world to react faster to changing conditions, and become more efficient.

Our Business applications, Applications and Infrastructure, and Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, are designed to help accomplish effective digital transformation, by empowering employees, engaging customers, optimising operations and transforming products. Through gaming, Modern Life, and Modern Workplace we are driving quality engagement to create empowered experiences.


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Missing Link

Missing Link is a presentation powerhouse founded in 1997. We work with many of South Africa's top executives and public speakers, helping them take to the stage with confidence - in person, or online.






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NEU CAPITAL
NEU CAPITAL AFRICA

Neu Capital Africa offers capital matching by discreetly connecting global and domestic investors with African opportunities. Our unmatched network of over 280 funders is seeking to invest R50m to R500m+ in vetted African businesses with an established track record. Awarded “Best Capital Matching Platform in Africa, 2019”, our highly experienced team and UK-regulated online platform facilitate confidential access to debt, equity and hybrid investors. Neu Capital Africa’s deep understanding of investor requirements and partnerships with high quality mid-market advisors enables capital-seekers to efficiently navigate the most critical piece of the capital-raising puzzle with the highest probability of a successful outcome.


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Okusha Corporate Finance Pty Ltd
Okusha Corporate Finance Pty Ltd

Okusha Corporate Finance offers a new approach to corporate advisory mandates including material financial services acquisitions, debt and equity capital market transactions, property finance, capital raising, structured finance and commercial solutions, mergers, acquisitions & disposals, B-BBEE, wealth creation, business restructuring and related services.

Our highly skilled team combines a range of longstanding expertise and professional backgrounds with specific sector knowledge that underpin the successful execution of strategic, commercial and financial advice for all corporate advisory transactions. We offer you trusted financial markets experts and B-BBEE transactors underpinned by market recognised and active corporate, funds and tax lawyers.


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ORT SA
ORT SA

ORT South Africa is an accredited, award winning educational NPO, specialising in STEM, IT, Coding, Skills and Enterprise Development. The unique ORT Jet model assists businesses with mentorship, training and networking using the acumen of top business professionals. ORT SA is affiliated to World ORT which operates worldwide.


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Paramount
Paramount Capital

Paramount Capital facilitate private equity transactions in the local and international property markets. As your capital partner we invest our own resources and expertise to source the right capital for you.

We pride ourselves on our multi-disciplined approached in evaluation and structuring of investment opportunities. Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals has a proven track record of investments and business development success in South Africa

The company employs a range of dedicated professionals able to deliver a professional and timely service based on a collective of more than 50 years of experience in the property sector.

Raizcorp
Raizcorp

Celebrating its 20th year in 2020, Raizcorp is, according to The Economist, the only genuine incubator in Africa, which provides full service enterprise and supplier development programmes that guide entrepreneurs to profitability. Raizcorp has created “Prosperation™” – its own unique, world-renowned model of business incubation. Founded in 2000, Raizcorp has become Africa’s premier business incubator model.


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RMB Ventures

We are innovative and unconventional in our thinking. Our ability to think differently, and our belief that great minds do not always have to think alike, is what sets us apart. We are in the business of finding innovative solutions beyond equity for our partners’ unique business challenges. As an on-balance sheet investor, RMB Ventures have a unique advantage to invest over longer periods without exit timing pressure – giving our clients flexibility in terms of investment time horizons. We invest predominantly in established South African businesses with demonstrated track records. We partner with companies and management boards to provide flexible equity and debt funding packages and turn challenges into innovative opportunities.


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SHL South Africa
SHL South Africa

SHL, the global leader in talent innovation, helps companies transform productivity through deeper people insight. Powering the future of business, our data and tools are proven to drive stronger, more sustainable business outcomes.

Our unrivalled assessment science, benchmark data and analytics empower leaders and their teams to make confident, data-driven people decisions, when it matters most – transforming the way organisations recruit, manage and develop talent. With 40-years of talent expertise, we're a trusted technology partner to more than 10,000 companies worldwide. We work with companies of all sizes in every industry across more than 150 countries, including 50% of the Fortune Global 500 and 80% of the FTSE 100.


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simplify
Simplify

Simplify the Science of recruitment. Simplify enables companies to improve productivity through improved and effective recruitment process optimisation. We align our solution with our client’s goals and aspirations and help them achieve strategic milestones through the use of consultation and technology applications. We believe that recruitment shouldn’t be a complex, difficult or a costly process but rather Simple and Effective, having a positive impact on both applicant and Simplify employer.


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Singular Africa
SINGULAR AFRICA

Singular Africa is a South African owner-managed strategy and investment consulting firm with a global footprint. For more than ten years our clients across Southern Africa, Europe, Russia/CIS, Asia and Latin America have enjoyed working with us due to our forward-thinking yet practical approach, first-hand knowledge of the most innovative technologies and solutions, and thorough execution focus. We are a truly South African management consulting firm within a global group of 7 offices across 5 continents.


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Sirdar Group
Sirdar Group

The Sirdar Group are Africa's leaders in boardroom performance. Sirdar Group’s unique methodology to create and sustain high-performance boards blends best practice thinking, holistic governance models, the practical application of governance principles, the provision and performance management of independent non-executive directors and a team to guide the board. Working with privately-held and family-owned business, we walk with companies on their journey to success through ensuring businesses receive the benefits of having an effective high-performing board.


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Spectrum Valuations and Asset Solutions
Spectrum Valuations and Asset Solutions

Spectrum Valuations and Asset Solutions prides itself in offering decades of experience in providing competitive, reliable and credible Valuation and Asset solutions anywhere in the country. No matter the size of the risk, we take the exact same care when undertaking your valuation or asset solution.


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The Vertical Film Academy
THE VERTICAL FILM ACADEMY

The Vertical Film Academy or The VFA has noticed the need for a video short course based entirely on the mobile device.

Most people in South Africa and Globally are engaging with video content on their mobile phones. Why use expensive camera equipment and non-mobile native editing software when your product is going to end up on a social media feed on a mobile?

We have also seen the need to help mobile film makers use the “tool set” and create a business that will help them enter the economy. The “township economy” is a huge market and young South African’s can use what we teach them, to start their own businesses.


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The Vertical Film Academy
THINKROOM

We understand big business. We also understand small business.

This is a big statement, but this is where we have found our niche. We have helped big business to develop their own customised programmes, and helped them implement based on our programmatic approach. Ultimately, showcasing what small business development should be all about.

Thinkroom is passionate about helping businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and develop. We use our networks to introduce them to corporate programmes, use management best practices as well as the latest technologies to reach existing and new markets.


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Transaction Capital Property Mezz Partners
Transaction Capital Property Mezz Partners

Pre-eminent real estate mezzanine financier, debt advisor and debt arranger.



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TransUnion
TransUnion

TransUnion is a global information and insights company that makes trust possible and allows you to confidently deliver customer value in an ever-changing and rapidly digitising operating environment. . We are the largest and most established credit bureau in South Africa, and have helped provide a comprehensive picture of consumers and businesses so they can be reliably and safely represented in the marketplace. As a result, businesses and consumers can transact with confidence and achieve great things. We call this Information for Good.®



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