The Alternative Board Manchester West
Tackle your greatest challenges and connect with other business owners and leaders in Manchester.
Paul Winterbottom runs TAB advisory boards in Manchester and loves what he does – helping business owners identify opportunities and solve key challenges they face in their businesses.
Book a call with Paul to chat about you and your business needs, and how TAB might make a difference.
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Discover the benefits of advice from others like you
Start with you
Focus on what you want in life and how your business can help get you there.
Be held accountable to meet your business targets.
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.
Our members are stronger together
One of the best business decisions of my career was to join Paul and the TAB board. Paul is a fantastic Chairman and superb mentor who challenges you to raise the bar every time you meet be it within the board structure or on a one to one basis. At times running an SME is a lonely place so it’s extremely reassuring to know that within the TAB board we have an extremely tight knit team of critical friends/ Non exec directors for support. Linking up with Paul and TAB was one of the defining moments in the development of Howorth Air Technology and it will continue to have a major impact for years to come.
I’ve had the pleasure of being mentored by Paul for over a year and the difference that his counsel has made, together with my membership at The Alternative Board, has exceeded all my expectations. Paul has a brilliant coaching style which helps you work through the many challenges that come from running a business. Owning and running a business can be a lonely tough place at times – and working with Paul and my membership of The Alternative Board has been one of my best purchasing decisions of 2016. Having had quite a few ‘business advisers’ seek my attention the past two years – I can honestly say that Paul’s way, his knowledge and his commitment puts him in a league of his own.
Paul is a skilled coach, great diplomat but has a real knack of making everything simple and therefore more sticky.nnTo be an effective Board member you need only two things, an open mind and the common sense to accept you haven’t got all the answers, if that’s the case working with Paul & TAB will make your business better.nnI would strongly recommend you give it a go & would be happy to share a few of the gems that have helped us to develop & grow wisely.
Working with Paul through The Alternative Board (TAB) has completely transformed my approach to running the business. From the 1-2-1 coaching sessions to the monthly board meetings with other business owners, Paul's input and professional approach has helped my business mature from a small "friends and family" operation to a well-structured and strategically sound operation.
Paul has been instrumental in facilitating this transformation with a personable yet professional style that really suits our manner of working. I would recommend Paul and TAB membership to any business owner looking at taking the next step.
I’ve known Paul for over 3 years and joined a TAB Board facilitated by Paul just under 2 years ago. The support I get from Paul and the other members of the board has been and is invaluable to me. The coaching and mentoring compliments the regular TAB Boards superbly and Paul’s style has helped me make real progress the effects of which are being felt in my business and personal life. I have a clear vision and goals that are driving initiatives which are making a real difference to me and the business.
Almost a year ago I asked Paul if I could join one of his boards, it was one of the best things I could have done for both my development and the growth of my company. Having worked with Paul for the last year, I know first-hand why he has been awarded facilitator of the year by his peers for three years running. The input from Paul’s board and the direct mentoring he has given to me and my co-director have been vital during what has been a massive growth curve for Linten Technologies. In my view, every company owner who wants to grow should be asking to join a board.
I first met Paul in early 2015 and he introduced me to The Alternative Board. It is no exaggeration to say that this was a turning point in my professional life.
The support that I received from Paul and the other members of our board was a key element in the improvement of our business. TAB helped us to define our company vision; to set goals; to plan strategies to achieve those goals and most importantly for me - to not let me off the hook if I was slacking!
It is not easy being a small business owner, but Paul and the rest of the TAB team make it much easier.
Member successes and celebrations
On achieving his 2019 Champagne Moment
Rob has achieved his 2019 Champagne Moment.
MD John Bradshaw & Sons
For extending their business into Liverpool - September 2018
Sharples Group Ltd
March 2016: Mark Brocklehurst celebrating his 2016 Champagne Moment - Being awarded the High Sheriff’s Award for Responsible Business Practice.
Howorth Air Tech
TAB Board Member of the Year 2019
Nominated for Board Member of the Year 2019
Head Over Heels
November 2016: Cathy Dunlevy celebrating her 2016 Champagne moment – Well done Cathy, a great achievement.
Cath was Board Member of the Year for 2017 and 2018, and has now been recognised for being on her TAB Board with Paul for five years.
Andrew Wood Photography
For achieving his best month ever - February 2019
Andrew Wood Photography
MD of Amspec
Andrew has achieved his 2019 Champagne Moment.
October 2016: Adrian celebrating his 2016 Champagne moment – the successful delivery of a major project for a key client.
Nominated for Board Member of the Year 2019
Start your TAB journey
Get in touch with Paul.
He will contact you to arrange an introductory meeting.
During which, you’ll 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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