Since October 2020, The Sounding Board have been helping Norfolk and Suffolk entrepreneurs navigate real-life business challenges through a six-session programme aimed at supporting business leaders with growth and strategic direction.

Their mission is to not only help others in crisis periods but to offer their time and energy to collectively give a little back to both business and good causes. They pledge to raise £50,000 to support the Norfolk Community Foundation in tackling food insecurity.

A chance to meet with this group of professional advisors and generally nice people will be at Hethel Engineering Centre on Tuesday 19th September, between 8 am and 10.30 am. They are hosting a Discovery breakfast: this face-to-face event will be a great opportunity to meet some of the mentors, who have exceptional knowledge, to share and hear experiences from alumni and to understand how it all works. Essentially, this session allows time for participants to come together to share what challenges they face right now and how best to put a plan into action.

John Nortcliffe, Architect & Director, Redhead Architects Ltd, who completed the programme in 2023, said,  “My repeated thanks go to Kevan & Saul for all their support on my Sounding Board journey. They both engaged and took the time to understand some of the unique challenges we face as a growing business. As the name suggests, it was useful to sound out many of my thoughts on where to go next and build on what we have. I have already raved on about it to many of my industry peers”.

Founder and Mentor, Richard Ross defines the purpose of the programme; “The entrepreneurial journey is rarely a smooth one and, in good times and bad, there are always big decisions to be made. The Sounding Board is a group of experienced business leaders who you can talk over your dreams and challenges with and together come to better decisions to drive your business forward. It was important to all of us that we give our time free – any fees go directly to support vulnerable families”

Already, they have raised over £13,000, helping SME businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk. All funds raised go directly to, The Nourishing Norfolk Network, who so far, have opened 15 affordable food hubs to ensure communities have access to affordable, healthy food. Norfolk Community Foundation – JustGiving.  

To find out more, contact Angela Brett at or register your place today: The Sounding Board. Discovery Breakfast. W. Home | The Sounding Board

TSB mentor pic PHOTO: Some of The Sounding Board members, Chris Sargisson, Dr Kevan Williams, Vanessa Fletcher, Peter Ballard, Saul Humphrey, Richard Ross.

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