BUSINESS owners in Kirklees gathered around the boardroom table to discuss issues affecting their operations.
Huddersfield accountancy firm Revell Ward hosted a taster session for The Alternative Board, a Harrogate-based peer support and business coaching organisation which brings together business owners to share experiences and seek solutions to problems.
About a dozen delegates from West Yorkshire firms attended the event at Revell Ward’s Market Street offices to consider issues including how to deal with procurement people in large organisations and how to get managers in a company to work together as a team.
Jo Clarkson, of TAB, said it was hoped to invite other companies to a second taster session before officially launching a TAB for the Kirklees area.
"We already have two TABs covering Harrogate and Ilkley and Leeds and Doncaster," she said. "We also have someone interested in starting one in Manchester and another for York."
Jo said Revell Ward had agreed to host the event after one of their managers came across TAB and suggested it might be helpful for some of the firm’s clients.
Each TAB board comprises similar-sized, non-competing businesses who meet monthly to share experiences and get unbiased advice.
TAB managing director Paul Dickinson said: "We combine hard-won practical experience from like-minded board members with individual coaching and sophisticated online business analysis tools.
"Owner-managers can benefit from meeting with their peers to air their concerns and receive unbiased counselling on the challenging business issues they face – the sort of advice they are unlikely to find anywhere else and certainly not from their own organisations!"