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The Alternative Board Marks a Decade of Success

August 29, 2019

The Alternative Board (TAB UK) is celebrating a decade of helping SME businesses achieve average annual revenue growth of more than five times the national average.

TAB (UK) was the first master franchise outside of North America for The Alternative Board. Launched by Paul Dickinson and Jo Clarkson in June 2009 from their head office in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where the head office team still remain.

Paul and Jo sold TAB (UK) to new owners Ed Reid and Mags Fuller just over 2 and a half years ago. This was a perfect transition for the TAB (UK) community as Ed had been one of their first franchisees, running his own TAB Boards in the York territory.

During the 10 years of UK operation, TAB (UK) has worked with over 1,000 businesses, making a positive impact on over 100,000 people’s lives.  

Ben Leach, from Swinton Technology Ltd, has been a member of The Alternative Board for 5 years. This is what Ben said about TAB, “I recognised the potential benefit of reviewing key challenges facing the company, with impartial and experienced business owners. The format is very simple, but is very effective, as it ensures that each month, each member of the Board reviews a key issue in their business, which almost always leads to them making improvements. I was astounded by the similarity in the issues faced by my Board members, regardless of the company size and business sector, which enables relevant advice to be given by all members of the Board.”

Ed Reid adds, “Over the last 10 years I’ve seen demand grow among business owners in this area for impartial, real world advice, help and support from others in the same situation. That’s exactly what TAB provides, and I want to give more business owners and leaders the opportunity to tap into that support network.”

Julian Smith, TAB franchisee in Derby adds, “As a business owner myself, it’s incredibly reassuring to have the backing of a business that has been operating in the UK for ten years, and internationally for almost 30. The knowledge, expertise and experience within our global network is vast, and not only is it hugely beneficial for our members to have access to that network; it’s also fantastic for me.”

There are currently 40 TAB facilitators operating across the UK from Exeter to Aberdeen. The Alternative Board now operates in 20 countries worldwide.

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