CEO and Founder, Unity Group
Jeremy Harbour is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unity Group, a private equity firm specialising in helping entrepreneurs grow their small to medium enterprises (SMEs). He is an expert in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) for SMEs, having bought and sold over 50 firms, as well as advised on more than 200 deals.
Through Unity Group, Jeremy is pioneering a new business model called the Agglomeration, whereby a group of SMEs, from within the same industry, group together under a central publicly-listed holding company. Each SME swaps their private shares for public shares in the holding company but retains a high degree of operational autonomy. This model enables entrepreneurs to continue running their business as before but benefit from share liquidity and the scale of being part of a larger group.
He also conducts lectures globally on the subject of M&A for SMEs, with a focus on distressed and motivated acquisitions. Jeremy has also coached leaders across a variety of multinational organisations including Moore Stevens, KPMG, Tesco and Microsoft on acquiring small to medium sized companies. He is the shareholder and advisory director of The Mint National Bank as well as co-founder and former Chairman of The Marketing Group (ST: TMG, FRANKFURT: 2MG). Jeremy is also a DBS Business Class advisor, a platform that allows SMEs to access business advice from industry experts.
Jeremy has been awarded Coutts Entrepreneur of the Year runner-up three times. He served on the fundraising committee of the Prince’s Trust, and has advised both the Buckingham Palace and the UK parliament on matters of business and enterprise. Jeremy is also the author of two books, “Go Do” and “Agglomerate: From Idea to IPO in 12 Months”.
In 2009, Jeremy founded the Harbour Club, which provides experiential training to entrepreneurs globally. The Harbour Club is a unique workshop to help entrepreneurs with real tactics for buying, fixing, and selling businesses.