Consumer & Leisure


Quercus’s consumer and leisure credentials are significant and range from Department Stores and retailers of personal and household goods to Catalogue/on-line retailers and tour operators.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consumer and Leisure sector had been enjoying year on year growth driven primarily by increasing levels of disposal income and an increased focus on a healthy work/life balances. Not all sub-sectors have had an easy ride though, and the overall growth in consumer belies a continuing shift from traditional bricks and mortar retail to online, which has been accelerated by the COVID-19 situation and the resultant Lockdown. With ‘non-essential’ shops closed for three months and guidance to stay and home, e-commerce businesses reaper the rewards and are arguably one of the few parts of the economy that have benefited from the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the other end of the spectrum, the leisure and tourism sector has been impacted on an unprecedented scale and is unlikely to recover to pre-COVID levels for many years, if at all. This has seen the unfortunate demise of some businesses but equally, as the leisure industry adjusts to the new normal, there will inevitably be new opportunities that arise


Comprehensive service offering

We leverage our vast experience and tradecraft gained from 350+ successful transactions to deliver you a Partner-led bespoke service.  We can advise you on:

  • Private company sales
  • Corporate divestments
  • Buy-outs and Buy-ins
  • Acquisitions
  • Raising equity and debt capital


The Quercus approach

  • Experienced
    Our business model is built on providing clients with access to a highly experienced team with over 200 years’ cumulative advisory experience. All our projects are led day-to-day by experienced partners.
  • Connected
    We have meaningful relationships with strategic acquirors both domestically and internationally though our membership of the Terra Alliance. We are also well connected with sources of capital including private equity, venture capital, banks, commercial lenders and family offices.
  • Insightful
    Our experience of transacting at every stage of the economic cycle means that we know how to present businesses to maximise interest and deal creatively with issues that may subsequently arise.
  • Principled
    We are proud of our reputation for discretion and independence, and our advice to clients is guided by our values: Integrity, Commitment and Excellence.


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