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Advisory Boards

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

New ideas

Access new perspectives and insights from other sectors to inspire you and your team

Sounding board

Bounce ideas and define your business strategy with experienced leaders who are there to listen

Stress test

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."

Lisa Smith
Owner, Ginger Bakers

Apply to be part of the Be the Business Advisory Boards programme

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.

Read more about Helen's journey

Next steps

  • Complete an expression of interest form upon emailing, 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

Apply to be part of the Be the Business Advisory Board programme

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