Meet your ready-made peer group

Our community of high-growth founders meet regularly to share knowledge, ideas, and sometimes just vent with people who get it.

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Success stories

Rob Hamilton
The Instant Group/littleparmoor

“I’m happy sharing my experiences of a Warranty Claim after selling to Private Equity and particularly trying to help those exiting from avoiding this in future or at least reducing the damage if it happens to them!  I also like being involved in the Supper Club Investment club - trying to help earlier stage founders develop their businesses and raise money from exited founders too.”

Louise Dell
Founder, Kyero

"Membership of Helm has been invaluable for me both personally and professionally. The support from other members is incredible and I’m always blown away by how generous and open other business owners are with their time, advice and ideas.

My biggest learning has been that every business, no matter the size, industry or revenue, has the same fundamental issues and that every business owner can support and learn from each other. The ability to share in a confidential setting is critical for personal and business success."

Stuart Miles
Founder, Pocket-lint

"Becoming a Helm Forum chair has been a great experience. The role allows me to hear and learn from other founders, as well as working with the group to support and guide the forum members through complex situations, issues, or puzzles. It’s really rewarding to see many of the things I’ve learnt running my own businesses helping others."

Stephen Sacks
Founder, Funding Nav

"I have bought, sold and developed businesses throughout my career that have reflected my changing interests and opportunities that presented themselves. I started in fashion, building the Muubaa leather brand before going into furniture, then finance, founding Funding Nav and most recently property with the acquisition of Forward Thinking Lettings.

I have been a member of Helm for almost 20 years now and the learning and network that it has given me has been invaluable in helping me on my journey."

Take the next step on your founder’s journey

So what happens when I join?
Interview with the Helm team

Speak to the Helm team to help us understand you, your challenges and to make sure you're a fit for Helm.

If successful, we work to get you involved straight away – booking onto events and discussing the right Forum for you.

Connect at our in-person events

Experience the rich conversations and connections at our in-person events. Connect with others at a similar stage and be inspired by those further along their journey.

All in intimate private dining rooms to give you the best experience in the company of 10 other founders.

Crowdsource advice

Ask ‘that’ question to the Helm community of over 400 founders who get it. Connect with the right founder to hear their experience and take action; saving you time or helping you be inspired faster than before.

Learn from an expert in digital events

Join our expert led digital events that are focused on subject specific learning in a way that uses your time efficiently. Members enjoy the way they can join discussions with the expert and other founders from their desk or home.

Join your Forum

Within three months you'll join your Forum. Chaired by an experienced Helm member, the Forum meets 10 times a year and includes six to eight founders. Forums develop deep relationships and allow members to get challenge, accountability and inspiration from a group acting like a non-exec board and a group of critical friends.

Give back to other founders

Have you stepped back from your business? Our later stage members gain a huge amount of personal value and development from mentoring founders earlier on their journey and we'll speak to you about this as an opportunity.

So what is a Forum?

Within 3 months of joining Helm you'll be placed into a chaired Forum peer group.

Who will be in my Forum?
We aim for a diverse mix of business size and industry in each group to allow for ideas and inspiration from a range of founders.

Who is the Chair?
Your group will be chaired by a Helm member further along on their founder journey, usually exited (sometimes multiple times), with NED experience.

What do I get out of it?
Think of Forum as a ready-made board of NEDs at your disposal, ready to challenge you, keep you accountable and provide inspiration when you need it most.

Most Forum groups become life-long friends as they ride the waves of their founder journey.

Members per forum
Meetings per year
Retreat per year

Meet some of our Forum Chairs

Stuart Miles

Founder of Pocket-lint and Squirrel. Now a Strategic Advisor & Board Member.

Stephen Sacks

Founder of muubaa sold to management. Now active angel investor and founder of Funding Nav.

Rob Hamilton

Founder of The Instant Group sold to Private Equity. Now active angel investor including Grubby, Frameworks & Revvies.

Richard Coombes

Executive business coach working with founders of fast growth SMEs & large corporate clients.

Jane Gomez

Previous Managing Director of Helm with incredible knowledge of scaling to exit to help members grow their business faster.

Mark Colquohon

Founder of Solar Communications sold to Private Equity. Now active angel investor & advisor working with scaling businesses.

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