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E-mail: AHartley@TheAlternativeBoard.co.uk
Phone: Andy: 07816 272762 or Nick: 07977217743

Team TAB Bradford West

Andy and Nick are experienced business professionals who love helping other business owners to be more successful, to grow the business or to align more comfortably with your personal vision.

We have experience in a variety of sectors and aspects of business including sales, marketing, strategy and planning, and in personal effectiveness, time management and leadership coaching.

We are supported by a brilliant HQ team in Harrogate and over 30 colleagues around the UK, all with their own specialist knowledge: from investment finance to accountancy, and HR to exit planning. All added to our most powerful resource – the real world solutions that come from our peer advisory boards.

For more information on TAB just click on the links below, or give us a call and we will organise a short informal meeting to learn more about you and see if TAB could be a fit for you.

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Director
E-mail: AHartley@TheAlternativeBoard.co.uk
Phone: 07816 272762

Andy Hartley

Andy is a director of The Alternative Board in Bradford West. He is a creative business leader with a passion for helping other business owners succeed. He has operated at a senior level in major manufacturing and large public sector organisations, and in small family owned and start-up businesses.

Andy’s particular expertise lies in business development (sales and marketing), leadership, vision and values, and business planning. He has specialist knowledge in the manufacturing and sustainability areas.

Andy studied industrial design at university and has always brings this creativity into his work. In 17 years with Europe’s leading glass manufacturer, Ardagh Glass, Andy developed through a range of design, marketing, strategy and business development roles, culminating in winning a Queens Award for Enterprise in 2003.

In 2005 he had “an amazing journey” to set up a new organisation for ‘Yorkshire Forward’, the  then regional development agency. Over 8 years this grew into a 50 strong company with a £5m turnover. They supported 1,500 SME’s, developed a £12m investment fund, built a consultancy unit and delivered three successful European funded business programmes. Following a change in Government policy Andy then managed a ‘spin-out’ into the private sector and downsizing to meet commercial realities. Tough times, but  learning he draws from regularly.

Andy’s MBA and coaching qualifications developed his passions for leadership, communications and business strategy. He has grown two SME businesses during the recession and his focus is now to help business leaders to do best, what matters most. To plan, to inspire others through great leadership and to deliver on their business and personal visions. The Alternative Board is the business that allows him to do this.

Andy is a guest lecturer at the University of Leeds on Corporate Governance MSc, and an associate on the University of Bradford MBA programmes. He is also a highly active Growth Accelerator coach.

He continues to work as an associate to the Learning and Development Consortium and retains an advisory role for Leeds City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Contract Facilitator
E-mail: NHowcroft@TheAlternativeBoard.co.uk
Phone: 01274 561411

Nick Howcroft

Nick is a director of The Alternative Board for the Bradford West region and became involved because of his passion for making a difference in people’s lives.
He has lived in Bingley for the past 35 years and worked with a number of business organisations including Bradford Metro as a secondary school teacher helping young people achieve their dreams of university or going into the workforce.

After leaving teaching in 1988 he returned to university and completed a PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 1991 before entering the Pharmaceutical Industry as a sales representative. After 15 very successful years with companies like Bayer and Lundbeck at management level he took the opportunity to join The Alternative Board in January 2009.

He has been running boards of local business owners for the last 6 years helping them improve profitability and take greater control of their lives. Nick has also been involved in the training of new TAB franchisees at our Head Office since it was brought to the UK in 2010.

“Over the 6 years with TAB I have helped many businesses prepare for such things as restructure and succession planning and worked at a strategic level with a firm of accountants to get them to the next phase of their business growth” says Nick.

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Dr N S Howcroft Ltd t/a The Alternative Board (Bradford West)
Registered no: 6826174

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