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The Alternative Board Hillingdon Borough

Improve your business and change your life with The Alternative Board

Tired of making solo decisions under the weight of leadership?

Imagine a confidential peer group where experienced business owners like you share insights, hold each other accountable and celebrate victories together.

No more isolation or overwhelm – just a supportive network fueling your journey forward.

This is the power of The Alternative Board (TAB).

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Confident decisions, faster growth

TAB connects you with a diverse board of business owners and leaders who understand your unique challenges.

  • Gain fresh perspectives: Challenge your assumptions and discover blind spots with valuable peer input.
  • Tackle tough issues: Break down obstacles and strategise solutions with a team of experienced advisors.
  • Celebrate successes: Share your wins and motivate each other to reach even greater heights.

Over 5x

TAB members’ sales growth is 5.5 times the national SME average

96%

TAB members said their advisory boards added real value to their business

91%

TAB members report improved ability to address personal and business issues.

Your Hillingdon Borough facilitator

With a dynamic career spanning nearly two decades, Irena has gained extensive experience working with large corporations, private equity firms, and PE-backed businesses as an advisor, consultant, and senior leader.

Her journey has been marked by a commitment to creating a global impact. Now, she is channelling this passion towards empowering Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) within her local community, aiming to stimulate the local economy by offering:

  • Peer Advice and Business Coaching: Business owners will benefit from collective wisdom and experience, helping them navigate challenges and seize opportunities.
  • Support Network: A group of non-competing business owners will provide invaluable peer support, sharing insights from their own journeys.
  • Focused Strategy Sessions: Monthly one-on-one sessions will be dedicated to setting priorities and outlining actionable steps towards achieving business goals.

If you’re an SME business owner, or if you know any SME business owners in the borough of Hillingdon or surrounding areas, get in touch. We’d love to get to know you all and help you transform your business in a way that improves your life.

Discover the  power of peer advice

Start with you

Focus on what you want in life and how your business can help get you there.

Increase profitability

Be held accountable to meet your business targets.

Improve decisions

Take control of your decisions through peer support and proven planning tools.

Make better time choices

Spend your time well by utilising the experience of others.

Become a better leader

Motivate your people with the guidance of peers and an expert coach.

Plan a successful exit

Get the best result for you with tailored, hands-on support.

What our members say...

"TAB is an independent thought process, away from the influences and pressures of work. In the day-to-day job, you can get drawn into distractions, you often don’t have time to think, and you’re just firefighting problems. However, with TAB, getting out of the office and speaking with the board for the 3-4 hours we have together allows me to think more independently."

David Scalley, AJT Engineering

"Before TAB, I didn’t really have anyone I could talk to about business issues. Getting reassurance from my board on things I’m thinking of doing gives me more confidence to get on with it. I really value the openness of my board and facilitator, which allows me to say what I’m feeling and thinking.  I’m now making longer-term plans and decisions about the business.  As a result, I enjoy running the business more because I know we’re heading in the direction, rather than focusing on short-term fixes."

Geoff Hunt, Hey Group

"I have a debt of gratitude to TAB after a 400% turnover boost. I can’t speak highly enough of The Alternative Board. It has made a huge difference to our agency. It’s something I would encourage business owners to think about. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve the growth we have without TAB."

Adam Bell, Moment

"I always feel uplifted and more confident following a board meeting.  The challenges we face as business owners are invariably those shared by the other board members. Bringing them to the table puts them in perspective and usually provides several options on how to tackle them.  Support, being non-judgemental and really trying to understand each other's businesses help make the meetings fun, enjoyable and, most of all, invaluable to the growth and well-being of my own business.  The regular one-to-ones help build on this with tough constructive advice.  I would be lost without the support of TAB."

Jan Buckett , JMB Accounting

"Having a Peer Board is an amazing asset to me. It’s a safe and supportive environment where you get the support of other business owners who are committed to your success. It’s allowing me to be candid and get different views on sorting out knotty problems."

Professor Deborah Eyre, High Performance Learning

"TAB has given me coaching sessions, focusing on the positive elements of my business and helping to grow and develop during what is probably the most difficult trading period we have encountered. TAB has also invited me to a monthly board meeting where I joined six existing members, all of whom have extensive business experience and have provided me with some invaluable advice, guidance and accountability."

Kelly Smith, Juice Personnel

Start your TAB journey

Get in touch with Irena using the forms on this page.

She will contact you to arrange an introductory meeting.

 Chat about whether TAB is right for you and your business.

Attend your first TAB board meeting and experience the power of peer support.

There’s no obligation, only an opportunity to find out more.

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