We had had several opportunities and offers to sell to competitors, who were open with long term plans and would have dismantled the company as well as totally changed the culture of ESP Salon Sales. After entering into initial conversations with Equicapita, we were confident that ESP Salon Sales would operate and remain intact, continuing with the same culture and the company would focus on the same strengths which allowed ESP Salon Sales to become successful from the beginning.
ESP Salon Sales
What our Partners are saying
It’s hard to believe how quickly the acquisition process happened, everyone from our key management group, MNP, PwC and our respective legal teams worked very hard to make this deal happen. And after the many tireless hours the future looks very bright for Nutter’s, our employees, franchisees and suppliers and I’m very excited to be part of the Equicapita group of companies and working together building our new company.
Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods Inc.
The deal provided our employees with job security for now and in the future while ensuring a reliable supplier for our customers going forward. Equicapita fit our company’s needs perfectly by supporting current management and allowing Levy’s to do what has worked in the past. It was very much a win-win for everyone involved.
Darcy & Kathy Downs
Levy’s Machine Works Ltd.
Michael Cook and the Equicapita team were forthright from the very start and a pleasure to deal with. When they said they would do something, they did. We look forward to watching Smitty’s grow under Equicapita’s ownership.
W. Chan Investments Ltd.
Months after closing we remain happy that we chose to deal with Equicapita, and our former employees are as well. I am confident that I-XL Building Products is in great hands and will continue to serve its customers and suppliers for decades to come.
Senior Vice President & Board Member
I have always felt that Shaw’s 50+ year success has been due to the contribution of each of its employees. I took a lot of pride in creating a culture that focused on their well-being. It was always important to me to provide them with a working environment where they felt respected as a member of a team but also allowed them the autonomy to take risks to achieve their own personal and professional goals. The continuation of this type of environment as well as job security for the employees was very important to me. After meeting with multiple interested parties, it quickly became clear that the team at Equicapita, led by Adam Jezewski and Mike Cook, shared my belief that a culture focused on employee well-being is key to a business’ success.
After our first meeting with Adam Jezewski and Mike Cook we felt that the Equicapita group was going to be a good fit. As the first Master Mechanic franchisee, I had a personal relationship with every other franchisee within our group. In many cases I know their wives and children as well, making sure that they were going to be dealt with in a fair and consistent manner was top of the list for my business partner and me.
The Master Mechanic Inc.
Right from our initial meetings with Adam Jezewski and Mike Cook it was clear that Equicapita was aligned in how they sought to run their portfolio companies. Their philosophy of learning first and then adding resources and expertise to an already strong management team worked well with our business. They were personable, approachable and relatable to our key staff and executives and took a genuine interest in learning about the business and the people in our business.
Visage Cosmetics Limited