Marla Ubhi

Chief Executive Officer

Marla Ubhi is a serial entrepreneur and investor with over 30 years’ experience in buying, starting, and exiting SME businesses with proven revenue growth and net return on equity. She has a reputation for creating executive teams that present effective leadership, a culture of empowerment and a shared vision. Marla delivers strategic business advice, finding financial partners, and providing creative and practical solutions for growth.
She is a professional speaker having delivered extensive talks on growth strategies and the importance of securing emotional value for

Chris Beevers

Chief Operating Officer/Legacy Partner

Chris is a senior leader with significant
experience in fast-growing startups and SMEs. With a skillset which cuts across operational, commercial and financial expertise he can quickly gain an understanding of strategic challenges and, crucially, ensure that teams are assembled, enabled and empowered to take the necessary actions. He is comfortable in both exec and non-exec roles and is passionate about working with businesses to help them reach their potential. He supports SME business owners with their financial planning strategies from both an individual and corporate perspective, including specialist advice on tax efficiency and legacy planning.

Quentin Crowe

Chief Marketing Officer

Quentin Crowe FCIM,MA, CAM.Dip(Ad) is an award-winning marketer with more than 30 years’ B2B and B2C experience. He began his career in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market, progressing to Marketing Director of a £250m. managing agency. He has since worked with brands around the world in the construction, education, and IT sectors.

Ian Walton

Chief Financial Analyst

Ian is a qualified accountant with significant experience in a variety of industries, both in the UK and Europe, with the ability and experience to bring stability and control to an unstable environment. He won the 2007 Journal North East Business Award for MBO/MBI of the year. He has integrated finance functions in acquisitions and shared service centres, implemented strategies to de-risk financial positions, and managed cash flow positions. His years as a Mathematics Teacher means that he is adept at using interpersonal skills to build relationships and upskilling staff by improving financial literacy. He was the head of the GB Sport Climbing Team for 5 years overseeing the implementation of the support systems necessary to give athletes the best chance to maximise their potential in one of the world’s fastest growing sports.

Charlotte Starkmann

Business Transformation Coach

Charlotte Starkmann is a management consultant of over 20 years’ experience, working with company directors to improve their operating models and systems. Her focus is the people elements that can make or break a company’s performance. Charlotte started her career as a petroleum engineer and has subsequently worked for a number of the big four consultancies, developing strategies, designing and implementing new operating models, processes, cultures and organisational structures. She advises directors on strategy and supports them to deliver on their implementations.

John Krafts

HR Business Partner

John has over 25 years’ experience of work in supporting employers in all sectors and in particular, general practice, primary care and the complex world of the NHS. John believes that commercially focussed HR that supports the efficient delivery of business objectives is key to any organisation, large or small. John consults for employers both large and small in the public, private and third sectors specialising in change management, redundancy, transfers of undertakings and contract variations. He also consults on the management of discipline and grievance investigations and process management.

Sheila Taon

PA to Executive Team

Shiela started her career providing assistance to various heads of offices from organising events and activities to preparation of presentation materials and arranging meetings for the Team. She has carried out multitasking successfully throughout her PA career helping managers perform their daily tasks. Her 10 years experience as PA equipped her with technical and personal skills that will bridge individuals to the expertise and services that only Marla Investments provides.



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Exit Planning

Protecting your legacy. Planning for your future. Exit Planning made easier by selling to Marla.

Investment Criteria

We acquire businesses from SME owners that are seeking investment and business development support

About Marla

Marla Ubhi has earned a renowned reputation for her work and is one of the leading authorities on emotionally intelligent acquisitions.

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