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Business support services in Scotland

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Business advisory boards

Discover a different kind of business support in Scotland.

Imagine having the backing of a group of like-minded business owners who come together to advise one another on their most pressing business challenges.

An inspired solution that has proven results - our advisory boards run every month in a safe, confidential environment and mean you don’t have to go it alone.

 The boardroom, where business support services take place.
A TAB business support service session in Scotland
A TAB business support service session in Scotland
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One-to-one business coaching

Keep focused, accountable and on track to achieve your business and personal goals.

To complement the advisory boards, members get a monthly one-to-one session with their TAB facilitator and coach.

Business Builder’s Blueprint

Have access to our exclusive strategic business planning process: The Business Builder’s Blueprint.

This toolkit is designed so you can focus on getting your business working for you.

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Woman on laptop after business coaching session in Scotland
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TAB Connect

Share best practice with and seek help from like-minded individuals across the globe.

TAB operates in over 20 countries around the world, and through our exclusive online platform, business owners can collaborate with one another to solve their business challenges.

Scotland

Your TAB business coaches in Scotland

Originally trained as an engineer, Helen has a passion for taking new products and services to market. She spent 10 years at NCR as product designer for cash dispensers and later worked in the oil and gas sector for Schlumberger and PII Technomarine designing forecourt equipment and pipeline isolation tools, eventually taking on the role as strategic product manager.

She lectured at Strathclyde University in Design and Manufacture before establishing a product development centre in Tayside, providing hands on guidance to small companies in development, prototyping and intellectual property management before moving to Robert Gordon University where she managed the research and technology transfer function and, laterally, all commercial activity for a period of 16 years.

During this time she was involved in supporting companies to be investor ready and in negotiating investment deals on behalf of the University. She has been on the board of a number of spinout companies and is educated with 4 degree awards including MBA and LLM Commercial Law.

Find out more about business support services in Aberdeen.

Campbell is The Alternative Board’s Facilitator and Coach for the Glasgow North Region. Over the last 2 decades he has enjoyed key roles throughout many industries. His success in delivering within both operational and commercial roles at senior level ensures offers invaluable experience in helping business owners and leaders take their businesses forward.

Campbell’s keen negotiating skills helped him secure his childhood sweetheart, Suzy, as his wife and he now lives in Strathblane, just outside Glasgow. A proud father of 3, Campbell enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, hill-walking and wowing the locals with his general knowledge at the village pub quiz night! Alongside his kids, Campbell’s proudest achievement, to date, is trekking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for the British Heart Foundation after his own heart operation.

Campbell has a genuine passion for helping businesses align and deliver what is important to them and their customers. His role within The Alternative Board enables him to do just that!

Find out more about business support services in Glasgow.

Andy owns and operates The Alternative Board in Edinburgh.

Having worked in varied roles, Andy brings a range of perspectives and approaches that can challenge and support any business owner to achieve their goals. His real passion is helping businesses get more focused and aligned on what’s important to them and their customers. Andy’s role with The Alternative Board allows him to do exactly that.

Andy is a graduate of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Materials Science which was later supplemented by an MBA.

He has over 25 years of commercial and sales leadership experience, including several overseas assignments, much of it gained within the energy sector. Andy’s expertise has been developed working for both large corporations and having spent over 10 years as a sales leader of a fast growth, high performing SME.

His specialist areas are sales leadership, strategy and business build, new market entry and growth of recurring revenue, as well as delivering in many diverse cultures. He has a particular interest in sales development and enabling top performance.

If you are based in Edinburgh and would like to explore how Andy and TAB can help you grow and develop your business, then please get in touch.

Find out more about business support services in Edinburgh.

Following an early career in the agricultural industry, Steve has spent over 20 years in the technology sector, with a focus on retail, training, go to market, operations, marketing, events, and team development.

Including building his own Field marketing business to support clients in the technology sector, he created award winning field teams and unique solutions across many sectors to drive products in retail and beyond, across the UK and Europe.

He has a passion for getting the best from people. He loves helping them provide the best service to their customers via operational planning, training and development, and customer focus. He understands the many benefits of selecting the right staff from the start, building their skills and knowledge, and retaining them to help improve your business stability and costs.

With experience engaging with all levels of both local and global business, a strong operations background, a people centric work ethic, and the experience of what is involved in building your own company, Steve appreciates the opportunities and challenges business owners face.

If you are interested in how Steve and TAB can help you and your business, please get in touch.

Find out more about business support services in Edinburgh.

Discover the benefits of our business support in Scotland

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.

Hear from our Scottish members

There’s no doubt that being a member of TAB has saved me money. My TAB board members have given me advice and suggested things I might do that I would never have thought of myself. What I really like is that everyone is so open. There are no clashes, no one competes, everyone just wants to help one another... and importantly, it all stays in the room!

Colin Burney, SUBC

TAB has helped me with some delicate issues I’d been shying away from, or just wouldn’t have thought to address, I was constantly fighting fires but now I have the right people and procedures in place, and I am no longer just working in the business, I have time to work on my business.

Darren Aggasild, Rose Recruitment

TAB gives me a monthly task of thinking about a very specific part of my business. Without it, some of these issues may never get my fuller attention and with it, the attention of others. It motivates me to talk about things you may not want to discuss in the business. The sounding board, confirmation of my thinking, motivation to ‘get on with it’ are all very valuable to me. Honesty and an objective view to a sole owner is valuable in a quantitative way.

Mark Kemp, FortyTwo Studio

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

My working life before TAB was extremely challenging and often pretty lonely. It’s often obvious what needs to be done within a business, but TAB gives you the confidence, support, and momentum to take action. The monthly meetings challenge you. I’d have no hesitation in recommending TAB. It has changed my working life – which in turn has made me a happier person.

Anna-Marie Eardley, Waterloo Quay Properties
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
TAB is an excellent way to interact with other senior management from different walks of life and a variety of businesses. It offers the opportunity to draw on the experience and knowledge of others to guide your own business and to discover how they might tackle or interpret a situation you are facing.
James Walbrin, Dynamix One

Start your TAB journey

Get in touch with one of the team.

They will contact you to arrange an introductory meeting.

During which, you’ll chat about whether TAB business coaching is right for you and your business.

Attend your first TAB board meeting and coaching session to discover the power of peer support.

Find business support in Scotland by getting in touch.

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

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