The Alternative Board (TAB), which provides a membership organistation for SME business owners, has recruited its 200th UK member.

Alan Mitchell who owns Maltech (UK) Ltd, Chartered Structural Engineers and is based in Malton became the TAB 200th member.

TAB believes that every business owner deserves the right for their business to deliver for them what they want out of life, and through a combination of advisory support and business coaching helps business owners achieve this. Memebers belong to a local TAB board and Mitchell sits on a board in York, which is run by franchise owner Ed Reid.

The projects Mitchell’s company has worked on include design work on Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, the Sage building in Gateshead, and numerous Sainsburys supermarkerts in the UK. Keen to look ahead and grow the business, Mitchell said: “I realise that we do not have the in-house skills to achieve this, and having been to a couple of TAB meetings I am impressed with the format, the skills and honesty of the TAB faciliator and the other board members.”

TAB boards are comprised of owners of similar-sized but non-competing businesses. Members access the combined expertise and wisdom of their peers in order to solve issues affecting their own companies.

Mitchell added: “This is the sort of real-work information that is useful and we feel that TAB will allow us to make the transition from a tiny business to a little business and who knows thereafter.”

Paul Dickinson, Managing Director of TAB (UK), said: “I am delighted that Alan has joined a TAB board. I am sure we will benefit as much from his input as he will from ours. 12 months ago we had less than 100 members, so we’re delighted that TAB is moving at a great pace and that many business owners are now benefiting from our way of working.”

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