Experienced leaders putting their business minds into helping you.
Their experience. Your passion. A winning formula.
Opportunities like this don’t come along every day.
Take your business to the next level with Be the Business Advisory Boards.
Free, 12-month programme bringing expertise, support and insights to your North West-based family business
You'll experience a wide range of benefits
Access new perspectives and insights from other sectors to inspire you and your team
Bounce ideas and define your business strategy with experienced leaders who are there to listen
Practical experienced-based support to help you find solutions to challenges and make critical decisions
Family businesses are the backbone of our UK SME economy and achieving incredible things. But improving productivity, embracing the technology and innovation needed to compete and grow and developing leadership skills at the top, can be an ongoing challenge.
This why our ground-breaking and well-received Be the Business Advisory Boards programme has been set up to support and empower family businesses like yours to continue to do great things.
“A great opportunity to tap into the experience of some much bigger longer established businesses. Initially we’ve begun to focus on the marketplace and product development. This process has already enabled me to start to focus particularly around long-term planning for the business."
Owner, Ginger Bakers
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A new way of tackling perennial issues
Hear what the programme is like from participants
Stay in the driving seat
Your advisory board will be there to advise. You know your business best. But with a supportive board, you'll be able to address issues, access specialist expertise and have the opportunity to talk through your ideas, solutions and business strategy. “It was positive and interesting, with some challenging questions for me to answer and work on.” Ian Riley, Central Group.
A fresh perspective
Enjoy invaluable non-executive director style support and insights. Board members are business leaders from disciplines including finance, marketing and HR, drawn from larger businesses including Peel Group, EY and Manchester Airport Group. "I found it really interesting how different the perspectives were of the people in the room" Dan Scott, PHX Training.
We plant, you grow
We'll add mentorship and development to extend your leadership skills. In quarterly meetings, you'll identify actions that you want to take to move your business forward. For family business owners, our programme is a springboard for change. "We started off with some info about the business, but pretty soon we got into some deep stuff" Chris Reeves, Cisco
Why family businesses are so important to the UK economy
of UK businesses are family owned
of family businesses have ambitious growth plans
of family firms have concerns about the profitability and sustainability of the business
I’m sharing info with my advisory board that has never left the business
With ambitious growth plans of 20 per cent a year, Hydraulics Online are using an advisory board made up of experienced business leaders to mark a clear route.
- Complete an expression of interest form upon emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, telling us about your business and what you would love to gain from the input and support of an advisory board
- If we are able to offer you a place on the programme, our co-ordinators (the Family Business Network) will visit you and talk through the board papers and offer any help you need to prepare for your first meeting
- Each board works with two different businesses on a single day – so you’ll either have a morning or an afternoon slot, and there’ll be a chance to talk more with the board members and the other business over lunch
- Dates for all four quarterly meetings will be arranged up front, and they’ll be held at the offices of board members located in the North West
- Before each meeting, you’ll produce a summary board report that gives the board members the information they need about your business’s performance
- At the meeting, you’ll talk the board through your issues, and they’ll give input and ask questions to help clarify your options
- You can then identify actions that you want to take in order to move your business forward
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