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on 13 January 2012
Thank you for producing such a great book! Myself and two other directors started our own company at the start of 2010 (after a thought was triggered when having a meeting with a high profile estate agent). When starting out our vision was to become 'the future of property promotion' (the autotrader for houses), a portal to help people sell or let their properties without having to pay estate agent fee's!

After a frustrating year we kind of lost our path / 'vision' during 2011, but after reading this book it has really helped us re-focus and confirm our original vision is the way forward.

So, thank you (again) as this book has really helped and it will definitely be at my side for 'reference' along the journey. A MUST READ!

Graeme Risby
Matching Properties
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on 17 October 2011
Having attended the official book launch I got stuck into the first few chapters on the train back home and can say what a breath of fresh air it was to read, having studied academic executive MBA books for the last two years! Having now read cover to cover, I can thoroughly recommend this book to business students, aspiring entrepreneurs and those already on the journey to business success. The book blends fascinating insights from well respected modern icons of business, but is also packed with pearls of wisdom from Guy and practical advice to give you clarity and focus to achieve your goals as an entrepreneur. Buy it today!
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on 12 January 2012
I have had the pleasure of meeting Guy. That's not a declaration of interest, but rather an opportunity to tell you that as an avuncular and clubbable yet focused chap, that's exactly his writing style, too. In this book, you won't be mired in academic treacle, but he doesn't skimp on the lessons either.

The key fact for prospective buyers of 'From Vision to Exit' is that the world is currently chock-full of how-to-start-a-business books; some of which are excellent, and some of which are as full of hokum as a homeopathic apothecary. But this isn't a start-your-own-business book. This book deals with the rarefied air of the developing, growing or maturing business; and there are all too few books which tackle this properly. Guy brings a forensic accountant's eye to the job, with a healthy dose of common sense too.

I recommend this book to you specifically if:
- You've lost the wood from the trees and you're happily doing what you've done for a while, but have no idea how to get off the treadmill
- You have a long-running business (a family business, for example) and no plan to speak of
- You're on the brink of making a major decision and need some neutral advice
- Your business is running you, instead of the other way round
- You need to make a step change in either profitability or value
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on 20 October 2011
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Guys book. It does not have to be read Chapter by Chapter, you can pick a subject about building your business to exit and then study that part. Well written, clear, not to heavy and academic and includes some quotes from well known UK entrepreneurs that we can all follow and admire online. I shall be recommending it to people who ask for my guidance. Thank you Guy and his team of experts and supporters.
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on 1 November 2011
This book could make MBAs redundant. If you are thinking about starting - or want to grow - a business, this is an essential primer. Packed to the gills with clear and concise commmon sense, this is a commercial compendium to warm the cockles of your corporate cardiac organ. I can't recommend it enough; you will need not purchase another business book for a very long time. A triumph.
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on 14 October 2011
There really is something for everyone in this book, all in one place. Too often you spend time searching for inspiration and advice only to be hit by 'management books' that preach a language no one understands. What we need is helpful practical advice and this book provides it in spades.
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on 24 July 2012
This is an excellent businessbook for aspiring entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs who have hit a plateau and entrepreneurs specifically preparing their companies for exit. From Vision to Exit takes you through all aspects of running a business - from the heady highs at the start, through the growth stages and finally onto the perfect sale.

The book is well-written, clear and contains valuable information, case histories and helpful tips. It is a real compendium of everything you need to know at every stage of the life of a business and the comprehensive text, as well as being informative, also works as a reminder of the areas of your business that you might need to specifically work on at various times.

Although the basic principles of running a business are always unchanging, nevertheless the speed of progress in the 21st century means that more entrepreneurs will become serial entrepreneurs rather than hold on to their businesses for many years. Because it is harder to obtain funding from banks and because many more VCs and angel investors are taking stakes in companies at earlier stages, there is now much more pressure on entrepreneurs to grow their companies very fast and exit within a few years so that investors can take their money out. More entrepreneurs will be selling their companies for valuable sums at earlier stages and will then use their new money and expertise to go back into the fray. This alters the perspective for many startups who are having to think about their exits at an earlier stage than previously. From Vision to Exit makes this point very clearly and explains how to pitch for funding and what it really means to give away equity in your company.

From Vision to Exit is a valuable tool for all businesspeople, a useful store of essential information covering all the important stages in the life of a business. Highly recommended.
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on 4 May 2012
This is the most practical guide on how to start, grow and sell a business. For an entrepreneur it covers all the stages a business goes through - and has lists of things to do, and just as interestingly things not to to. A great book to keep by your side as you start running your own business.
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on 15 August 2012
The best thing about this book is that it is extremely comprehensive and yet at the same time a very easy read.

This country needs more entrepreneurs and I cannot think of a better guide for them to take on their journey. It is full of practical tips and also helpful quotes from those who have been there, done that and got the T shirt.

The plaudits from the many successful builders of business say everything that needs to be said about this book.
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on 18 November 2011
This book is easy to read and relevant to every entrepreneur, no matter what stage of the business journey he is on. A great asset to any entrepreneur who wants to be successful.
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