40 years scaling 17 businesses teaches you some hard lessons. Here are a few on 7 slides.
I hope it saves you time.



Ian Smith is the founder of The Portfolio Partnership, a Value Creation Company. We build businesses buyers love to buy. We collaborate with existing management teams to transform their visions into remarkable businesses. We have scaled businesses organically and through M&A across most sectors including print, labels, packaging, material testing, life sciences, manufacturing, and service businesses globally from Revenue of $20m to $1 billion.