What we do
Prelude works with some of the most experienced entrepreneurs in Britain to provide expertise and support that really drives businesses forward. It is also a campaigning voice for the fast-growing, job-creating businesses that the economy needs so badly.
Prelude is home to The Supper Club, an exclusive club of high-calibre entrepreneurs from across all sectors. It offers access to a vetted peer group, dinners and socials as well as media opportunities from local, trade and national press.
Prelude offers advanced learning for entrepreneurs in the form of our ‘Master Class’, ‘Growth Partner Programme’ and ‘Speaker Boutique’ initiatives. Each programme harnesses years of entrepreneurial experience and channels it to members in digestible form.
We also run a programme for Britain’s future talent called ‘Rise To’, which connects enterprising young talent to Britain’s most entrepreneurial businesses.
The bottom line is we’re here to help your business grow. We have been described as ‘a Do Tank, not a Think Tank’. We like that; why think about making your business better when you can make it happen right now?
Prelude is passionate about enterprise and we are involved in several campaigns to push forward Britain’s entrepreneurial agenda.
Prelude recently staged a 12 month mentoring scheme connecting successful entrepreneurs with start-ups and early-stage businesses. Supper Club members pledged 1600 hours of their time to 150 business owners, sharing contacts and advice and establishing lasting partnerships.
Duncan Cheatle, founder of Prelude, is a co-founder of Start Up Britain, a national campaign fronted by entrepreneurs which aims to accelerate enterprise in the UK. The campaign was launched in March 2011 by the Prime Minister.
In 2012, Duncan was selected to the board of Start Up Loans, a government-sponsored initiative providing mentors and cash advances to 18-25 year-olds who want to start their own business.
Prelude acts as the collective voice for entrepreneurs, highlighting the contribution that SMEs make to the British economy through lobbying, thought pieces and white papers, and relentlessly campaigning in Whitehall for a level playing field for growing businesses.