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The Sounding Board

Making big decisions better

The Sounding Board is a group of entrepreneurs, professional advisors and generally nice people who love the challenge of running businesses and are happy to volunteer their time to try and help. We want to share that knowledge and experience we have of running organisations in order help others with theirs... and raise some money for charity along the way.

What can I expect?

Business owners talking about the Sounding Board experience

Coming Up Next

  • The Sounding Board Half Day Seminar - Making the Unknowns, Known.
    The Sounding Board Half Day Seminar - Making the Unknowns, Known.
    Tue, 30 Jan
    Ravenwood Hall
    30 Jan 2024, 08:30 – 14:00
    Ravenwood Hall, Rougham, Blackthorpe, Bury Saint Edmunds IP30 9JA, UK
    Spotting the Signs your Customers & Suppliers are Struggling - and what to do about it.
  • The Sounding Board Discovery Breakfast
    The Sounding Board Discovery Breakfast
    Tue, 19 Sept
    Hethel Innovation
    19 Sept 2023, 08:00 – 10:30
    Hethel Innovation, Chapman Way, Wymondham Rd, Hethel, Norwich NR14 8FB, UK
    Meet the Sounding Board team and find out how we can help you make big decisions better
  • The Sounding Board Discovery Breakfast
    The Sounding Board Discovery Breakfast
    Tue, 24 Jan
    Norwich Theatre Royal
    24 Jan 2023, 07:30 – 9:30
    Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre St, Norwich NR2 1RL, UK
    Meet the Sounding Board team and find out how we can help you make big decisions better
  • The Sounding Board Discovery Day
    The Sounding Board Discovery Day
    Thu, 16 Sept
    Online
    16 Sept 2021, 10:00 – 11:30
    Online
    Meet the Sounding Board team and find out how we can help you make big decisions better
  • Behavioural Economics - an introduction
    Behavioural Economics - an introduction
    Tue, 22 Jun
    Online Masterclass
    22 Jun 2021, 10:00 – 11:30
    Online Masterclass
    Theories from the field of Behavioural Economics are being used increasingly by governments, regulators and companies to 'nudge' us towards the right decision. What is it and how can you use it?
  • Life 2.0: The New Normal
    Life 2.0: The New Normal
    Tue, 18 May
    Online Masterclass
    18 May 2021, 10:00 – 18:05
    Online Masterclass
    The last year has seen the world of work turned upside-down. Thankfully, it’s starting to feel as if normality, if not quite here, is just around the corner. What will the ‘new normal’ look like?
  • Exploring Pathways with SUNA
    Exploring Pathways with SUNA
    Mon, 17 May
    SUNA Exploring Pathways
    17 May 2021, 13:00 – 21:05
    SUNA Exploring Pathways
    Discover your 'light at the end of the tunnel' with Scale Up New Anglia's 'Exploring Pathways' event

Who are we?

  • A group of entrepreneurs, professional advisors and generally nice people who love the challenge of running businesses and are happy to volunteer their time to try and help. We want to share that knowledge and experience we have of running organisations in order help others with theirs and hopefully raise some money for charity along the way.

What do we do?

  • Each quarter we run an informal programme of 6 x 1-2 hours meetings, where 2 relevant Sounding Board members meet with you to provide; guidance, advice, insight, experience, support & generally act as a sounding board, to help you achieve your goals.

  • After being accepted we match you up with 2 x Sounding Board members with relevant experience and skills to meet with you over the 12-week period.

Why do we do it?

  • Our experience to date leads us to think that we can help almost every business that is willing to be open about their goals, challenges and invest some time in talking them through and listening.

  • We enjoy helping, want to give a little back to both business and good causes.

Who is it for?

  • All businesses great and small who aspire to improve.

  • Businesses that are struggling with:

    • Growth (too much as well as not enough)

    • Strategic direction and planning

    • Shareholder planning (planning for exit, succession planning, …)

    • Stress or a specific crisis

    • …… or any business issue/problem/thinking you want the share.  These are driven by you.

Who is it not for?

  • People who are not willing to commit and invest the time.

    • Please do take this point seriously. We invest our time and energy free of charge into this process and there are a limited number of spaces.

    • Accepting a space and then not participating (without a good reason) will make you a bad person.

How do you get accepted?

  • Just email Angela with a brief outline of who you are, your business, approximate scale of the business and a brief outline of some of the challenges you are facing.

How much does it cost?

  • Not a lot!

  • It will cost you time – we aim for a minimum of 6 meetings of circa 2 hours over the 12-week period but often provide more.

  • We ask for people (their businesses) to commit to paying at least £1000 to our supported charity at the end of the 12 weeks if you feel we have added value.

  • We say commit because, if at the end of the 12-week period, you feel you have not received at least £1000 of value, then we will not hold you to it.

  • We also do not want the £1000 commitment to be a barrier or another thing adding to the financial worries of your company. If you are struggling, we are happy with an “IOU” to donate when you are enjoying happier times.

We're raising £50,000 to support vulnerable families

Helping the Norfolk Community Foundation tackle food insecurity

The Sounding Board members aren't paid but it you've found our input valuable then please help us reach our goal. You can read more here

Judy Dow of the Norfolk Community Foundation explains how the money raised by the Sounding Board is helping families in Norfolk

The Sounding Board Team

voices of experience