Franchise launches with US pedigree

A new franchise opportunity is being launched by peer support and coaching organisation The Alternative Board (TAB). Members pay approximately £500 a month, for which they get, in addition to board meetings, one hour's one-to-one coaching and access to a range of sophisticated on-line business tools.

Chairman Martin Allison explains: "TAB has been operating successfully in the US for nearly 20 years and now has boards established in more than 1,000 towns and cities in the US, Canada and South America. The TAB concept aims to provide support for the owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to help them to grow and develop more quickly than they might otherwise do. The key element of our offering is the creation of peer advisory boards, comprising owners or CEOs from non-competing businesses, who meet monthly to share insights and experiences."