TAB launches Rise programme to help companies reach new heights

Source: press release, 14 May 2020

Chris Rigby, business coach and TAB facilitator Aberdeenshire East
Chris Rigby, business coach and TAB facilitator Aberdeenshire East (photo: TAB)

A national business support organisation has launched a free programme designed to help companies navigate today’s acute commercial challenges and shape a long-term plan to succeed and grow.

Devised for company owners or key decision-makers in large organisations. The Alternative Board’s RISE Above initiative directly addresses many of the key business-related questions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual training and engagement programme is aimed at bringing together senior business figures to share knowledge, views and experience – and thus help individual participants to develop a new-look action plan for their enterprise.

RISE Above – based on the principles of Reassess, Inspect, Strategy and Execute – is the latest development tool introduced by The Alternative Board (TAB), a peer-to-peer advisory and networking platform for business leaders.

Programme sessions will be professionally facilitated, and the four-part series starts on Tuesday, May 19 (2020).

Chris Rigby, business coach and TAB facilitator Aberdeenshire East, says, “RISE Above is a genuinely distinctive engagement opportunity because it is focused primarily on the practical realities of operating a business today – on how to steer a course through the current challenges and emerge in good shape for future success. It’s a platform for business owners and leaders to assess their business models and operations; to understand what needs to change and what a tangible development strategy might look like.”

“By engaging with their peers, they will gain fresh perspectives on their unique challenges and a sounding board for their own ideas. And the round-table nature of the programmes means they will be able to share their own knowledge and views with other businesspeople who, like them, need to map a way forward,” continues Rigby.

The online sessions will cover areas such as strategic decision-making, competitive strengths and weaknesses, prospective new opportunities and markets, and an assessment of supply chain, customers and revenue streams.

Rigby adds, “RISE Above is about sharing information, counsel and support in a confidential setting – about equipping participants to move their business forward with new energy and confidence.”

TAB was launched in Scotland in 2017 and has seven peer-to-peer boards, four in the north-east and three in the Glasgow area. There are plans to create a further board in the north-east. The combined turnover of participating companies at present is GBP 120 million.

Each TAB board comprises up to eight business owners, directors or decision makers at larger companies. The boards provide a trusted space for experienced entrepreneurs to share experience and knowledge at monthly meetings hosted by a TAB facilitator who also provides one-to-one support.

Additional management resources are also available, as is access to a worldwide network of business owners and leaders.

The Alternative Board started nearly 30 years ago in the United States. There are TAB boards across 20 countries, with 80 in the UK in total.

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