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Bambrugh Castle Northumberland

The Alternative Board Northumberland


Improving the lives of business owners: coaching and advisory boards in Northumberland

The Alternative Board (TAB) Northumberland is run by business coach and facilitator, Liam Kane.

In Northumberland, Liam supports business owners to take their business to the next level through a supportive advisory board, made up of other local business owners, expert 1-2-1 coaching and mentoring, and our suite of business tools.

Our members come from a wide area in Northumberland including: Berwick upon Tweed, Alnwick, Morpeth, Ashington, Cramlington, Blyth, Ponteland and Hexham.

Client Testimonials

Bambrugh Castle

Your Northumberland facilitator

Liam is The Alternative Board’s facilitator and business coach for Northumberland.

He has a wide range of commercial and leadership experience gained from his career of over 30 years in financial services across the UK. This includes, since 2016, Regional Managing Director of Commercial and Business Banking, North of England and Scotland for the NatWest Group.

He has extensive experience in sales, performance and risk management and is passionate about providing an outstanding customer experience and developing people through coaching. Liam is a professionally qualified Executive Coach a qualification attend through the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), and is a certified team coach again through the AoEC.

As a senior leader in the banking sector Liam was instrumental in the rollout of a UK wide leadership programme and recognises the critical role leaders play in the ongoing success of their business from setting the vision, to strategic planning and outstanding execution.

Having supported ambitious SMEs throughout his career Liam was determined to remain close to a segment of the market which he considers to be the heartbeat of the UK economy.

But how do we differ from a traditional business coach and mentor or small business coach?

They may concentrate on improving your sales, sorting out your HR or helping you with your finances but that’s where it often ends. At TAB Northumberland, we’ll look at these too of course, but we’ll start with you, the business owner, as a person.

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.

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.

Our members are stronger together

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

Start your TAB journey

Get in touch with Liam.

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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