What is The Supper Club?
Inspiring Founders and CEOs to build better businesses, together.
What is The Supper Club
The Supper Club was founded in 2003 as a members club with a difference. Our events aren’t stuffy, and neither are our members. We’ve curated a group of business founders who together provide inspiration, knowledge and support for each other. We do this through sociable and intimate events, connecting the right people at the right time and producing content that provides insight and guidance into key SME/scale up issues.
The Supper Club is more than a date in your diary, it is a community, a place to make friends, share hard-learned lessons and be inspired by other founders and CEOs. Together our team and members will be at your side throughout your business journey, from scale to sale and beyond.
Our members really understand the ‘Give and Get’ ethos - they support each other by openly sharing their experiences and learnings; helping each other grow and avoid often costly mistakes. Discretion is guaranteed, we’re friends after all, so what’s discussed at The Supper Club stays at the Club. Although overt selling is frowned upon, through the friendships they develop in the Club, our members often uncover business opportunities and partnerships that have transformed their businesses
We're creating experiences that help our members and their team learn, connect and grow together and build better businesses. So, why not get involved?
More questions? Check out our FAQs here
Who's in the Club
|The Supper Club membership community is made up of 500+ successful business founders and CEOs, across every sector, from traditional, generational family businesses through to new technologies and millennial founders. They have scaled, sold and invested in all types of businesses.|
|We’ve got members at all stages in their scale up journey and their turnover ranges from £1m to £200m in sales. It’s great for our members to know that they’ll have connections all the way through their growth journey.|
|Member’s businesses achieve an average growth of 34% year on year compared to the OECDs 20% growth definition of scale up businesses.|
Joining the Club
|Forum Membership||£400 + VAT|
|Foundation Membership||£250 + VAT|
* A joiners fee of £495 is payable and monthly fees include roundtables, speaker events and discounts on workshops
Each member is allocated a member manager who will get to know you and support you through your journey. They’ll connect you to the right people at the right time, guide you to tactical tools on our member only Insights Hub that will help you grow your business and they’ll point you in the right direction for roundtables that are suited to your challenges. They’re the “go to” person – highly connected, very knowledgeable about the Club and the challenges that members face.
We typically hold between 12-15 roundtables every month for our members and 3 - 4 workshops a month for them and their teams, so there’s plenty of topics to pick from.
These roundtables offer the opportunity to discuss and ask questions in an intimate and friendly environment on a subject of interest. There will be 8-10 other founders and CEOs who share and learn from each other and each event will have an expert chair. Chatham House rule applies and ensures absolute discretion at the events.
Members and their teams also have access to our workshops that aim to help them run better businesses and skill up their teams.
As well as this members receive:
- Media Opportunities
- Access to our Insight Hub Tools - tools and reports that are designed to guide your business growth
- Free Lounge membership to The Office Group
- Access to other special member offers
Forum Members meet for 3 hours each month to work on their businesses. It’s a bit like a non-exec board but with fellow founders and CEOs. They value the structure that forum provides and as they get to know each other, the conversations are increasingly open, frank and challenging providing profound impact both in their businesses and personally.
Members join Forums for a number of reasons:
- The giving & receiving of tactical advice
- Holding each other accountable
- Personal and strategic development
- Objective advice
Our forum groups are hosted all over the UK so get in touch and we’ll let you know of ones in your area
10 forum sessions per year are included
Members also receive all the benefits of social membership outlined above.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m really busy running my own business, how do I find the team?
We get it… as the founder of a business there’s never enough hours in the day/week so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re a bit concerned about the commitment involved when you join a peer community. But let me share some great news: The Supper Club is designed for busy Founders.
One big misconception about the Club is that you need to attend lots of events to make it work. In fact, many our members may only attend a couple of events a year! As we get to know each and every member, we connect them to the right people at the right time, share tools and insights when we know they need them, and help them to develop their team, who attend our Directors Community and Workshops.
Can I do a trial?
The roundtables are member only events. You can however come along to one of our Speaker Events or Workshops – where you’ll get a chance to meet some of our members and get a feel for the Club. Where do you host your roundtables?
Typically, beautiful private dining rooms across London and increasingly in growth hub cities around the UK. We like to delight and surprise our members and keep looking for new venues all the time.
What’s it like at a roundtable?
We carefully select 8-10 members who’d like to attend the roundtable. The host will invite everyone to briefly introduce themselves and their business and ensure they understand what each member hopes to get out of the discussion. Depending on the topic we may also bring an expert to the discussion to give valuable advice. As well as learning about tools and tactics you may want to implement – we want you to come away feeling inspired.
I’m hesitant about going to a roundtable as I don’t know if I’ll have anything valuable to say?
Don’t be afraid you’re amongst friends. Sometimes you’ll find that you’ll have a lot of input and other times you’ll just find your learning so much from the other members that you’re busy just taking it all in.
What’s the difference between roundtables, workshops and Speaker Events?
Roundtables are member only events with discussions over breakfast, lunch or dinner with 8-10 members in the room. Roundtables work well for peer learning and inspiration.
Workshops are for our members and their teams and also open to the wider community. They offer for structured, tools based learning, led by an expert in the topic area. Depending on the workshops, numbers vary between 15 - 40 delegates.
Speaker Events are a brilliant opportunity to hear from members directly who share their experiences, often where it has gone wrong, around a specific topic. These are open events and many of our members attend along with other business leaders keen to hear real stories about real issues.
I see you do a number of social events – are they included?
The Club hosts two Big Events each year which is a chance for our members to let their hair down, get to meet a few other members, make connections in a more relaxed environment and generally have fun – this is included.
Members also love doing other social events together and we arrange skiing trips, golf days, cooking classes and more. There is an additional charge for these.
What’s a Special Interest Group?
Our members and events are cross sector, but we sometimes run industry or interest specific events, for example EdTech, Property, US, Ecommerce, selling to government etc
What does the membership manager do?
They’re the “go to” person – highly connected, very knowledgeable about the Club and the challenges members and their teams face.
What happens if I want to cancel my membership
We’ll be sad to see you go! However, you can give us notice at any time of your membership, all we ask is for one full calendars month notice.
1 of 6
The direct and indirect connections that are made by the Club are valuable to us, and have made a significant impact on our financial performance. For example, one introduction resulted in £2m being added to our top line revenues, and there is potential for it to grow much further.
2 of 6
In Forum we bounce ideas off each other and discuss issues we face – getting honest and objective feedback. It is a chance to call on the experience that others have built up and to contribute in turn. The level of added value in Forum membership is excellent and I have recommended it to other members
3 of 6
I love coming to dinners and discussing tactics with like-minded entrepreneurs. We can all learn so much from each other and The Supper Club do it in such a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
4 of 6
I don’t get many chances to meet successful female entrepreneurs, so it was a delight to be able to do so in such a relaxed and friendly environment. The Supper Club's lunches are a great opportunity to share experiences with talented, forward-thinking individuals who are looking to make a genuine difference within their industry. The practical advice I've received from other Supper Club members will have a genuine impact on the growth of my business.
5 of 6
They say a problem shared is often a problem solved. The Supper Club is the sum of many valuable things but the most important to me is the sharing of information – issues faced, opportunities presented, with a peer group of business founders and entrepreneurs in a completely open, trusting and fun environment. It was a revelation for me and a revolution for my business.
6 of 6
Every time I have gone to an event or dinner, I have come away with such an amazing, positive energy, a list of things to improve within the business and networking contacts. I think it’s the best investment in time you can make.