What's The Alternative?

Bondholder The Alternative Board Derby has become the most successful franchise in the UK after an upsurge in members. 

Dozens of businesses in and around Derby are thriving after mentoring and coaching, facilitated by Julian Smith and Jimi Ball who moved to new offices in Full Street earlier this year. 

The Alternative Board (TAB) gives business owners the chance to discuss issues and challenges and identify strategies to solve them with those in similar situations. Collective wisdom in a safe haven. 

Currently, 45 companies are with TAB Derby, an increase of 21% on the previous year, accounting for income growth of 20%. 

On average, companies stay with TAB for about 4 years but the collaboration has a long-term impact. 

Julian said: “Many owners of small to medium-sized businesses find themselves facing big decisions over the future of their companies or personal life plans. 

“They find it invaluable to open up to other experienced people who may have been in comparable positions in a confidential environment. The accountability they benefit from keeps them focused. 

“In Derby and Derbyshire we have some wonderful businesses and I am delighted that we have helped them prosper.” 

Jimi added: “I joined TAB because I could see how much difference the organisation was making to its clients. 

“It is inspiring to know that more and more are having faith in us and that we are the most successful franchise in the UK.” 

Ed Reid, managing director of TAB in the UK, said: “Julian and Jimi are a formidable team. Their passion for Derby and its businesses is beyond doubt, as is their ability to bring about significant positive change for the business owners they work with. 

“Of all the things that Julian and Jimi bring, two stand-out benefits are their combined experience and fantastic empathy with business owners. It's a privilege to work alongside them and if you're a business owner in Derby, I'd encourage you to explore what they have to offer!” 

Helen Wathall, managing director of fellow Bondholder G.Wathall & Son, said: "I initially had business coaching with Julian, which gave me greater clarity on so many areas of my business as well as the importance of creating both personal and business visions. 

“I’ve been a member of TAB for nearly 12 months now and really appreciate the insightful feedback I gain from fellow board members. 

“I am able to share with confidence any current issues or ideas and gain constructive, insightful, independent feedback. Joining TAB is definitely one of my best decisions over the last two years.”