Meet like-minded founders

For established founders to grow themselves and their business to the next level

Explore Helm

Growth. That’s what drives us.

What separates us is our common desire to innovate and deliver positive impact: to give back more than we take.

This ethos of ‘give and get’ is at the heart of the who we are as pioneering founders.

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At a glance
400+
Members
£21m
Average annual revenue
19
Years since our first event

What you'll get

Business Growth

Are you ready to take your business to the next stage of growth?

Tap into the experience, not opinions, of founders who've solved the challenges you're facing today.

Better Growth

Our members are innovative and impactful.

Access inspiration and ideas on how to build a business that delivers on people, planet and profit.

Personal Growth

Develop better health, wealth and legacy.
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Join rich conversations with our community on topics to help you improve as an individual.

Our members

Jo Geraghty
Culture Consultancy

They coordinate this amazing group, facilitate the discussions we need to have and use their years of expertise to support us at all stages of our business journey.

Rob Hamilton
The Instant Group/littleparmoor

I have been a member of Helm for 15+ years and joining was the biggest single thing I did to help grow a business fast - through all the ups and downs to exit.

Kemi Madumere
Compass Supported Living and Domiciliary Care

When I went to my first event the conversations were so rich. Because of the members experiences and knowledge.

Adam King
SwipeStation

Together we are so much stronger.

Jo Geraghty
Culture Consultancy

They coordinate this amazing group, facilitate the discussions we need to have and use their years of expertise to support us at all stages of our business journey.

Rob Hamilton
The Instant Group/littleparmoor

I have been a member of Helm for 15+ years and joining was the biggest single thing I did to help grow a business fast - through all the ups and downs to exit.

Kemi Madumere
Compass Supported Living and Domiciliary Care

When I went to my first event the conversations were so rich. Because of the members experiences and knowledge.

Adam King
SwipeStation

Together we are so much stronger.

Jo Geraghty
Culture Consultancy

They coordinate this amazing group, facilitate the discussions we need to have and use their years of expertise to support us at all stages of our business journey.

Rob Hamilton
The Instant Group/littleparmoor

I have been a member of Helm for 15+ years and joining was the biggest single thing I did to help grow a business fast - through all the ups and downs to exit.

Kemi Madumere
Compass Supported Living and Domiciliary Care

When I went to my first event the conversations were so rich. Because of the members experiences and knowledge.

Adam King
SwipeStation

Together we are so much stronger.

Peter Dolukhanov
Decoded

The advice I have received in the reasonably short time I've been a member has been profound.

Nicola Shimwell
Dialogue

It’s a fantastic space to meet like-minded people and get support. It’s so much more than a networking vehicle.

Ben Dhesi
Hugo Technologies

Helm is a sanctuary for the lonely founder. It's a place where people understand each other, can share the difficult choices and long road to success, so those hard-to-reach goals get that little bit closer.

Bruce Bratley
First Mile Recycling

It’s great to be challenged by other members and get help on areas you’re struggling with.

Peter Dolukhanov
Decoded

The advice I have received in the reasonably short time I've been a member has been profound.

Nicola Shimwell
Dialogue

It’s a fantastic space to meet like-minded people and get support. It’s so much more than a networking vehicle.

Ben Dhesi
Hugo Technologies

Helm is a sanctuary for the lonely founder. It's a place where people understand each other, can share the difficult choices and long road to success, so those hard-to-reach goals get that little bit closer.

Bruce Bratley
First Mile Recycling

It’s great to be challenged by other members and get help on areas you’re struggling with.

Peter Dolukhanov
Decoded

The advice I have received in the reasonably short time I've been a member has been profound.

Nicola Shimwell
Dialogue

It’s a fantastic space to meet like-minded people and get support. It’s so much more than a networking vehicle.

Ben Dhesi
Hugo Technologies

Helm is a sanctuary for the lonely founder. It's a place where people understand each other, can share the difficult choices and long road to success, so those hard-to-reach goals get that little bit closer.

Bruce Bratley
First Mile Recycling

It’s great to be challenged by other members and get help on areas you’re struggling with.

Adam Blomerley
Quick Release

My forum colleagues helped us to prove our eligibility for US payment protection programme, worth $300k.

Clare Harris
Talking Tables

Helm offers a unique forum to discuss with other founders who are inevitably facing similar challenges. Helm makes doing business a continuous learning experience and a less lonely place.

Julia Beran
The Vintner

Being part of an inspiring community of business leaders who support and challenge one another, as well as the opportunity to learn directly from each other's businesses, something that is pretty unique.

David Haylor
Internal Audit Connections

I've looked at other networks where I could be connected with other scale up Founders and couldn’t find anything as good as Helm.

Adam Blomerley
Quick Release

My forum colleagues helped us to prove our eligibility for US payment protection programme, worth $300k.

Clare Harris
Talking Tables

Helm offers a unique forum to discuss with other founders who are inevitably facing similar challenges. Helm makes doing business a continuous learning experience and a less lonely place.

Julia Beran
The Vintner

Being part of an inspiring community of business leaders who support and challenge one another, as well as the opportunity to learn directly from each other's businesses, something that is pretty unique.

David Haylor
Internal Audit Connections

I've looked at other networks where I could be connected with other scale up Founders and couldn’t find anything as good as Helm.

Adam Blomerley
Quick Release

My forum colleagues helped us to prove our eligibility for US payment protection programme, worth $300k.

Clare Harris
Talking Tables

Helm offers a unique forum to discuss with other founders who are inevitably facing similar challenges. Helm makes doing business a continuous learning experience and a less lonely place.

Julia Beran
The Vintner

Being part of an inspiring community of business leaders who support and challenge one another, as well as the opportunity to learn directly from each other's businesses, something that is pretty unique.

David Haylor
Internal Audit Connections

I've looked at other networks where I could be connected with other scale up Founders and couldn’t find anything as good as Helm.

Success Story

“Members at Helm helped me navigate a stock market listing, floating at over £100m market cap”

Alex Cheatle
CEO and Founder, Ten Lifestyle Group
Success Story

“I can’t speak highly enough of Helm. In 5 years as a member, we’ve 10X our business. Ranking 36th best company to work for in the UK and recently won a Queens Award for International trade.”

Spencer Gore
Founder and Executive Chair, EMJ Health
Success Story

“Helm is a friendly, experienced and thought-provoking community of businesses from all sectors. Joining a Forum within Helm, increases the efficacy of your business journey.”

Christine MacKay
CEO and Founder, Salamandra.uk

One community, tailored to your stage

Our members range from those early in their scale-up journey, to exited founders who are looking to give back.

The diverse sectors and sizes of our member businesses means there will always be someone who has dealt with the challenges you’re facing today. They've made the mistakes, so you don’t have to. They learned the lessons and can share them with you.

All about growth

£1M-£10M / 10+ staff
Still in the first flush of fast growth and scaling, you'll be running £1m to £10m turnover businesses and are busy dealing with the daily challenges that come with this.
Common challenges: 
• Finding and keeping the right people
• Continuing to find new customers, while keeping existing ones happy
• Maintaining margin and growing profitably
• Avoiding hitting a ceiling in their growth plans
• Innovating without losing focus

Time to step back

£10M-£20M / 100+ staff
Having scaled and started to step back, you might be in the process of preparing yourself and your business for an exit or are focused on your personal journey and legacy.
Common challenges: 
• Keeping the business running successfully while working on an exit
• Understanding the different exit options and their implications for you and the business
• Managing communications with senior team and wider staff
• Finding the right advisors
• Attracting and retaining a world class senior team

Life after your business

After stepping back from daily operations, you might have sold your business, started a new venture and/or act as an advisor, NED or investor.
Common challenges: 
• Finding a purpose after exit
• Understanding investment options
• Is a non-executive role right for you?
• How to enjoy the rewards without feeling guilty

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Frequently asked questions

Who should apply?

Helm members are founders of established, high-growth businesses. Many have been with us as they took the journey from scale-up through to exit or stepping away from the business. We welcome applications to join from founders of any stage from scaling (£1-10m, 10 staff), through scaling and stepping back (£10M-£20M / 100+ staff) to life after your business.

What is the time commitment?

You get out of Helm what you put into it. There are multiple ways to get value from accessing the experience of other members in our digital community, to attending Forum (for 3 hours per month) to attending our digital or in-person events but there is no fixed time commitment. But you will get more value from Helm the more you spend time sharing insights and experience with fellow members.

How many events are there?

We run 2 to 3 events per week but do not expect you to come to them all. We put on a variety of events to help members with different challenges and interests. We normally see members come to an event every 1 to 2 months.

Will this be a distraction?

No. One additional benefit that Helm members often mention is how a tip, insight or piece of wisdom from a fellow member has saved them repeating mistakes made by others. Helm can help you navigate a better route to business success.

I’m fairly well connected and plugged into other communities, do I need this?

We have a lot of respect from the entire founder ecosystem. But from experience, each network offers something unique. If you’re looking to support business growth and develop your own personal journey to health, wealth and your positive legacy, there isn’t a better place than Helm.

Will members be trying to sell to me?

Helm was founded in 2003 to create a space for founders to have open and honest conversations, without being sold to. A lot has changed since those early days, but our 'Give and Get' ethos has held true. Helm started as a reaction to the feeling of being sold to at networking events and we protect that feeling every day for our members.

I work in corporate finance/law/recruitment, is this community for me?

No. While our members might be your target market, we’re a network for pioneering founders. Our events are a safe space for members to share experiences and be open and honest with other founders and to learn from each other. We don’t accept non-founder staff as members.

What are the Guiding Values of Helm?

You can view our Guiding Values here, including the Give and Get ethos which shapes everything we do and ask of members. To summarise though we are inspired and driven by growth. We want to help our members succeed in their journey of business and personal growth that creates positive impact and delivers more than it takes.