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The Alternative Board Franchise UK

The Alternative Board (TAB) is the world’s largest peer-to-peer support and business coaching franchise.

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At a Glance

Established: 1990 in the US and 2009 in the UK.

UK Presence: TAB currently has 1 corporate unit and 31 franchise units.

Start Up Cost: £64,500

Min personal contribution: £20,000

International Presence TAB has presence in the US, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela

Development type: Single-unit franchises

BFA Status: Full

Franchise Info

TAB round table meeting

When was the last time you woke up before the alarm clock and couldn’t wait to get started with your business day? It’s not often that a business opportunity offers a real sense of personal satisfaction combined with financial freedom and flexibility, but a TAB franchise does exactly that.

We have over 30 years’ experience in the SME sector and our worldwide network of over 300 franchisees is supported by a team of experts in all essential business disciplines.

A franchise with proven demand during all economic conditions

TAB helps forward-thinking SME business owners grow their businesses, increase profitability and improve their lives by leveraging local business advisory boards, private business coaching and using proprietary strategic processes.

TAB franchisees lead these monthly business advisory boards and provide the coaching and consulting to the business owners (our ‘members’). TAB board meetings and coaching can be delivered in-person and virtually.

What does a TAB franchisee do?

As a TAB franchisee, you will nurture the growth of local businesses and deliver real-world advice that provides a results-driven advantage to help business owners stay focused on what matters most.

In addition to facilitating TAB Board meetings, you will also provide individual coaching sessions using TAB’s proprietary tools and processes. Working one-to-one with TAB members, you will analyse their business and help them create a customised strategic plan that will allow them to reach their business objectives and personal vision.

Group of TAB franchisees

Benefits of TAB ownership

While TAB franchisees love making a difference in their member’s businesses and lives, they enjoy the flexibility and control that owning their own business provides.  They appreciate earning a good income along the way, as well as the many other benefits that the TAB model provides:

  • Consistent revenue streams
  • Great ROI
  • Initial and ongoing world-class training and support
  • Proven lead generation and member retention programmes
  • Great work/life balance
  • Centralised billing/debt collection
  • Protected territories with no long commute
  • Home-based business that can be conducted virtually
  • Opportunity for life-long learning

Our ‘ideal’ franchisee

We are always on the look-out for great people to join our team. You will be someone with the following attributes;

  • Great communicator; must have gravitas in front of, and the ability to quickly build rapport with, business owners
  • Business leader; you will have either run a business (or had responsibility for a business unit or function), and have the ability to help an SME business grow through its people
  • Passion to learn; whilst you’ll bring your own expertise, you’ll also be passionate about continued learning
  • Can-do attitude; there will be ups and downs as you grow your business – our franchisees are resilient, glass-half-full people
  • Desire to make a difference; we strive to help local businesses, and the emotional rewards are just as great as the financial ones

Group of TAB franchisees

What can you earn?

In 2018, the top third of annual earnings of UK franchisees who have been running their The Alternative Board business for more than 2 years was between £113,790 - £196,178.

The Franchise Package

Full Franchise:

  • Franchise Fee of £40,000
  • Training Fee of £14,500
  • Marketing Spend Required in Year 1 of £10,000
  • Royalty of 20% payable
  • Term of 10 year with 5 year break clause

Option to purchase franchise:

  • Option fee of £10,000 (redeemable on conversion)
  • Training Fee of £14,500
  • Marketing Spend Required in Year 1 of £10,000
  • Royalty of 50% payable
  • Term of 2 years

TAB has relationships with high street banks, all of whom will lend 70% of the total costs. This means applicants for the Full Franchise only need circa £20k in personal funds.

TAB franchisees in meeting

Training and support

TAB’s support team assist franchisees in growing board membership and sustaining desired business levels through strong member retention.

Our support programmes include:

  • Initial on-site training at TAB Headquarters
  • An assigned campaign manager to guide the launch of your business
  • In-territory member recruitment support
  • Quarterly advanced training
  • Monthly peer board with fellow TAB franchisees
  • Annual UK and international conferences
  • Proven and effective member acquisition and member retention programmes
  • Support from a community of 100’s of other TAB franchisees and facilitators

TAB franchisees are proud to be part of an elite community of business advisors from around the world that help each other achieve more in their businesses.

Group of TAB franchisees

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Case Studies

Case Study
My TAB Franchise Story: Helen Mill (Aberdeenshire-East)

Helen Mill talks about what drew her to become a franchisee with TAB. Based in Aberdeenshire, the proactive TAB team have not disappointed Helen in helping her franchise grow. Learn how Helen is stating one step ahead of the game with TAB...

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Case Study
My TAB Franchise Story: Mark Kane

Mark Kane had always wanted to work for himself and the idea of being in control of his own destiny and schedule was a big draw. It was also important for him to find a role that suited the lifestyle he wanted i.e. less commuting, less office based and more suited to his family and he saw that a TAB franchise could deliver that.

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Case Study
Voluntary redundancy called for a change

Paul Winterbottom has been a franchise owner with The Alternative Board (TAB) since April 2014. When offered voluntary redundancy, Paul left his position at NatWest which he had held for more than 30 years in order to pursue a new career and his dream of being a business owner.

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Case Study
Interview with Jonathan O’Shea, The Alternative Board (TAB), Bristol North

TAB franchisees come from many different career backgrounds, Jonathan, for instance, was an accountant, then a finance director in the charitable sector and then a chief executive in the charitable/not for profit sector.

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Case Study
From headhunting for others to finding the perfect franchise for himself

David Abbott is The Alternative Board franchisee for Thames Valley West.  With a background in HR, David ran his own successful headhunting business for years before deciding that he wanted to try his hand at something new.  Not wanting to start from scratch, buying a franchise was perfect for David.  After much research, David decided upon The Alternative Board, a franchise that played to all his strengths and offered an invaluable service to the local business community. David has been running his TAB franchise since 2017.

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Franchisor Interview
Interview with MD of The Alternative Board, Ed Reid

Ed Reid, MD of The Alternative Board (TAB) UK discusses with us his journey into franchising. Initially Ed was a pioneer with TAB, starting as a pilot franchisee. Over his time with TAB he hasnow moved into the role of MD. Learn about Ed's plans for how he sees TAB growing in the UK and the type of experienced clients they are looking to work with...

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The Alternative Board nominated for major franchising award

Business coaching and advisory board franchise The Alternative Board has been shortlisted in the Leadership & Culture category at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.

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Great Feedback...

After 30 years of doing what we do, it’s still great when we receive complimentary feedback from people who come to one of our Discovery Days or from franchisees.

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