Who We Are

Our Story

Established in 2018 by it’s three founders, Marlborough Scott is a privately owned investment company set up specifically to acquire small and medium sized companies with annual sales above £3.5m. We provide exit solutions for owners of stable and profitable business who are looking to retire or move on to other opportunities. We ensure sellers achieve a fair and accurate value by utilising our pragmatic, transparent and ethical deal making approach, providing you and your family with the opportunity to focus on your other priorities and goals going forward.

Above all else we are committed to working in an open and fair way, ensuring that you achieve your desired outcome in a tax efficient manner, rather than just closing.

We Are

We are highly-experienced and well-connected investors, with complementary skill sets and broad, genuine expertise. At Marlborough Scott, we understand the myriad of stresses and pressures that business owners face, having owned and managed several business ourselves.

Collectively, we possess and have access to unrivalled expertise in business cost management, operational improvement and driving sales growth. We leverage these skills to improve business performance in ways that are difficult for long-term owner-managers to achieve by themselves due to their closeness to the day-to-day operations and limited wider industry contacts.

As acquirers of businesses, we are neither financial intermediaries nor marketers of businesses, and consequently we are able to make an appropriate offer for your business, following initial assessment. The time taken to complete can achieved be within two months.

Our Team

Andrew Robertson


Andrew possesses extensive senior executive level experience in creating value and optimising performance within UK and international PLC’s operating in manufacturing, construction and building systems sectors.

Over 22 years, his demonstrable track record of executing high-profile sales and marketing, product and process development and logistics strategies together with organisational change programmes that enhanced market presence, grew revenues and delivered P/L objectives.

With wide ranging board and general management experience, he runs his own consultancy business, advising and supporting a variety of companies from SME’s to multinationals, delivering cost optimisation and improving profit performance.

Clive is an experienced business developer and manager with over 25 years’ experience in developing new business. He has worked for a number of large multinationals at senior management and director levels and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise with start-ups and growth of new divisional businesses. Clive is positive and energetic and sees the world as full of possibilities and opportunity; there is always something to be gained from a situation.

In 2008 Clive started his own consultancy business and has helped hundreds of businesses to successfully improve their profitability. Operating his own successful business, he fully understands the challenges business owners face in trying to grow sales.

Clive Cowan


Simon Atkinson


Simon has had an extensive management career in the software and services sectors, in senior management and board level positions. He held domestic and international responsibility, including European, EMEA and Asia Pacific remits in both public and private companies, specialising in both turnaround and high-growth situations, building world-class teams. He has led solution teams for a number of blue-chip clients, including JP Morgan, UBS, BP, Vodafone and VW.

Over the last five years, Simon has focused mainly on his own business, delivering IT consultancy services to medium and large corporate and institutional clients. He has experience of raising finance to support company growth and both growing and running established businesses.

Tom is a Director at Chartered Accountancy practice Afford Bond and acts in an advisory capacity to Marlborough Scott. Tom provides portfolio Finance Director support for the acquired companies as well as playing a key role in the financial due diligence process for potential investments.

Prior to joining Afford Bond in 2017, Tom gained extensive corporate finance and financial due diligence experience before going on to lead a Strategic Analysis team at a FTSE250 organisation.

Tom has experience across a variety of industries and sectors and draws on this breadth of knowledge to support Marlborough Scott and its portfolio of businesses in achieving their objectives.

Tom Hornbuckle

Advisor and Portfolio Finance Director