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Are you a confident leader with a proven track record in business? Build your own consultancy with The Alternative Board

  • Chair regular peer advisory boards
  • Deliver 1:1 business coaching
  • Run consultancy projects
  • SLT development programmes

With a TAB franchise you can use your experience to REALLY help local business owners thrive.

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Why choose TAB to power your business…

Deliver far more
than just coaching

The business model is very clever, enabling
you to forge deep client relationships through your lucrative regular peer advisory boards. Becoming the trusted advisor of your clients enables you to target your business coaching, consultancy and development programmes very effectively and efficiently.

This is a booming market, proven to be
even more so through periods of uncertainty, which seems to be the world we live in today! The advisory boards and coaching deliver a solid regular recuring income, with the consultancy projects and development programmes on top.

Multiple income

Client relationships
average 4 years+

TAB is very cost-effective for clients, delivers them huge ongoing value, and is profitable for you – WIN:WIN. The result is a four-year plus average customer retention, which beats other dedicated business coaching, gym and home care franchises by a mile.

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Choose your TAB business journey

TAB Owner / SOLO  TAB Owner / SCALE UP
Build your own portfolio of local business owner clients, leveraging the TAB brand, systems, support and processes so you can focus on people and not paperwork.Move from working in your business to employing and directing your own facilitators and scale up your own business consultancy, an asset you can sell in the future.

Whichever route you take, starting your own business with the TAB franchise provides you with a proven roadmap to follow from the sector’s leading brand and a clear exit strategy. You’ll have professional content and collateral, proven systems, and ongoing personal guidance and support to call on at all times.

And you’ll be part of a close-knit network of collaborative fellow franchisees.

Join a community of like-minded business leaders

Our most successful franchisees are confident and compelling, people who care – leaders who enjoy the reward of helping business owners flourish. They utilise the power of the brand, systems, support and content to deliver ongoing value to business owners in their local area.

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“The business I have started helps me to achieve a lot of my personal goals. I won’t say it’s always been easy, but I have taken back control over my life and the rewards are certainly worth it. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Elliot Rich, TAB York

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“It’s been challenging, but it’s been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I like that I can work when it suits me.” - Tom Morton, TAB Harrogate

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“The values of TAB are very much around people. It’s about keeping one step ahead of the game and looking ahead and being able to see constant innovation. It’s a high calibre community.” - Helen Mill, TAB Aberdeenshire East & TAB Dundee

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“It gives me real independence, the opportunity to collaborate with great people and I’m in control of my own destiny. It is just as much about helping people to achieve their personal vision and improving their lives – a key driver for me.” -Dave McCartney, TAB Leeds North & Centre

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Leadership from a former franchisee who’s been in your shoes

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Our leader – Ed Reid – moved from being a franchisee to take over as franchisor with his business partner Mags Fuller back in 2017. Ed’s been sat right where you are now and knows the TAB journey personally – he’s committed to helping franchisees by sharing his experience. And Ed's original TAB business is still trading, the franchisee who purchased it has grown the business further too!

As UK franchisor we still run a few territories keeping our finger on the pulse and testing new initiatives, before developing further with the network.

We have been in the UK since 2009, but actually trace our roots back to the USA when in 1990 our founder first developed the business concept to share the power he had experienced of non-exec directors. There are now over 400 TAB franchisees serving over 5,000 business owners each month across 25 countries.

34 territories operating in the UK, 75+ available across the country

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“If you’ve been successful in your business career and you’re ready to enjoy the emotional and financial rewards of giving back, we look forward to exploring the TAB opportunity with you.” Ed Reid – TAB UK Franchisor

With very low overheads, this high margin business model delivers a regular income with an initial investment of £66,700, including comprehensive initial training and first-year marketing costs. Each high street bank with franchise specialisms knows the model well and provides funding packages appropriate to individual circumstances.

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The Alternative Board News

The Art of Navigating Seasonal Peaks and Troughs

For businesses up and down the UK, the year's rhythm brings its own challenges and opportunities. Whether it's the Christmas rush for high street retailers, the summer surge for coastal hotels, or the daily lunchtime demand for sandwich shops, seasonality is a fact of life.

The Best Advice – and We All Know It…

Ed Reid, TAB UK co-owner, offers his advice for business owners.

We’re finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2023

We are pleased to announce that The Alternative Board (TAB) UK has been recognised as a finalist in the prestigious Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2023.

Leeds businessman announced as National Awards Finalist

Leeds based Ed Reid has been recognised as a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2022. Ed is one of just six finalists in the Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year category for the North West & Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Eureka moment leads to new support business

A new company offering support to small business owners has been launched in the North Chilterns by former investment banker, James Ross from Chalfont St Giles.

My TAB Franchise Story: Mark Kane, Manchester South

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How long have you owned your franchise?

8 months (but launched in June 2020, 2 months after signing)

How did you discover franchising?

I have always been aware of franchising but as I always had an idea that I would one day run my own business I did keep an eye out on the BFA website every now and then to do some research on poten- tial franchises.

What was your job / career immediately before buying your TAB franchise?

I had worked for one of the UKs biggest and best Investment Management companies where I had been the operational lead for a new online portfolio management offering, I was responsible for a number of different operational teams and was also responsible for a multi-billion pound ISA plan managership.

Why did you choose TAB over other franchises that are available?

For me TAB stood out in a number of different ways; the service that is provided to TAB members greatly appealed to me and I saw a huge amount of value in that, there is poten- tial to scale the business, the TAB community as well as the support and training from HQ were and are all really positive points. I did say at the start of my TAB due diligence that if it didn’t work out for me with my TAB territory that I would still look to join a TAB board as a business owner.

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How have you found the training and support you received from your franchisor?

It is very good, there is a lot to learn and take in at the start but the support from the HQ team and also other TAB franchisees has been excellent and we have the ability to join any future training session for a refresher if we want.

What challenges have you faced while getting to know / running your TAB business?

Training, launching and building the business during the Covid 19 pandemic has been a challenge but the TAB model lends itself very easily to an online/virtual format.

What ‘highs’ have you experienced in owning your TAB business?

Launching two boards within my first two months was amazing and beyond my expecta- tions but receiving really positive feedback from members about how valuable their TAB experience has been particularly pleasing.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans are to get to three boards and to start to look for a partner to come into the business to help with growth by taking on their own boards.

What would your advice be to someone thinking of buying a franchise?

Research, do your due diligence Talk to several current franchisees. See if you can experience the franchise as a customer/service user

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Launching a TAB Franchise during the robust has the TAB model been?

It’s been extremely robust, the model translates very easily to an online format. I have held all my board meetings online so far and whilst we all look forward to having them in person we have still been able to deliver real value to members.

What can you say about the support from tab head office and the wider community during this time?

Great support received, there’s always someone you can contact no matter what the issue, and everyone is open and willing to help.

What difference do you think you have made to your members?

Feedback received so far has been really positive and encouraging, the relationships built up in a relatively short period of time has been great and being contacted by a member because they need to discuss a particular issue or simply want to share good news is a very privileged and pleasing position to be in.

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Single unit franchise opportunities available in England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland
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