The Supper Club is a membership club exclusively for fast-growth founders and CEOs. Our members join to learn from their peers in the pursuit of business growth. We think it all adds up to a relaxed and confidential environment which is all about growing your business in a constructive, collaborative way.
The Supper Club was founded by Duncan Cheatle in 2003, when he and a group of peers became fed up with the networking events on offer. Instead of meeting genuinely experienced entrepreneurs at these events, they were often left talking to someone who wanted to sell to them or were too early stage to offer any real value.
So, Duncan arranged a dinner for eight entrepreneurial friends in a private dining room, where he hosted an open discussion. They were all blown away by what they learnt in just one evening and insisted they meet again the following month. The Club grew from there. Hence the name: The Supper Club!
Since then, we have built a wide network of experienced and inspiring founders and CEO’s, who support each other and benefit from the host of events and opportunities that The Supper Club and Prelude Group have to offer, made effortless by the tireless work of our professional, highly skilled team.
We never want to get so big we don’t know every member personally but we continue to attract high calibre entrepreneurs who fit perfectly with the other members in the Club. We will continue to regularly create strong forum groups of well-matched business owners and we are always innovating and creating new ways of adding value to our members.
Sales growth is paramount for every business, but there are times when you are following several areas of sales growth and your focus is so divided that no one area gets the attention it deserves. Being able to identify your niche and/or finding an untapped segment in the market can be game changing for your […]
At this dinner there will be 8–10 entrepreneurs from the Technology sector. You’ll have the chance to discuss current issues and exchange ideas, thoughts and experiences in an informal setting. Meeting people in the same area of business as you can bring great depth to conversation and output will be invaluable. This is because you […]
Be one of 12 members to have dinner with Malcolm Walker, CEO of Iceland. Leaving school without conspicuous academic qualifications, Malcolm immediately identified retailing as the way to make his fortune, and began work as a trainee manager at Woolworths. Iceland was founded as a sideline in 1970 with a single small shop in Oswestry […]
Join us for our series of Breakfast Socials. These will be held in fabulous venues, with indulgent breakfasts giving you the opportunity to meet with other members in a social environment while discussing a business challenge. Whenever we bring members together, there is always incredible output. Whether that’s having a fascinating conversation and sharing invaluable […]
We have a fantastic dinner in the diary with Jonathan Moules the Business Education Correspondent at The Financial Times. Jonathan is a business journalist with special interest in high growth companies, entrepreneurship, new technology and macroeconomic issues, such as investment and trade. Dinner discussion will focus around current issues in the press that affect UK business […]
We are anything but a run-of-the-mill networking group. As a member of The Supper Club you have access to an extraordinary group of inspiring entrepreneurs.
Our extensive range of events and initiatives let our members share knowledge and experiences with each other, inspire and challenge, explore ideas and build strong relationships.
Founders/CEOs only: it is the entrepreneur who is the member, not their business
Minimum £1m turnover: qualifying criteria starts at annual turnover of £1 million
No professional services: we exclude consultants, professional services, life coaches, one-man bands, mentors and anyone joining to ‘sell’ to our members
Cross sector: we maintain a balance across sectors and B2B/B2C
Give and get: a community where you both help and learn from peers
Chatham House: Chatham House rules apply to all dinner events
No overt selling: although overt selling is frowned upon, it is not uncommon for our members to uncover business opportunities from their fellow members
To ensure a well-rounded club we need to retain a good balance across all sectors, and occasionally we restrict membership from certain sectors where there is a disproportionate number of members from that sector currently in the Club. We will be happy to discuss other options if this is currently the case for your sector.
If you do not yet qualify for membership, we may be able to support your growth through other services, so do get in touch.
We consider all applications on their own merits. We meet all potential members face to face to ensure a good fit and a commitment to the Club’s values and ethos of ‘give and get’. If you would like to explore membership then get in touch. We have two types of membership and would be happy to discuss which might be the best fit for you.
* A joining fee of £495 applies. All prices are quoted ex VAT and are inclusive of all events, excluding Special Guest Dinners and Special Interest Groups
This is your Club and we want you to get the most out of your membership. Below are some of the things you can enjoy and access through your membership. If you’d like to discuss how you can get more out of your membership then please get in touch!
I greatly value the connections that The Supper Club continues to give me. In particular the connections into two banks at senior level were incredibly helpful recently when we raised £350k of debt finance. There’s no doubt that made a big difference in the end result.
I like The Supper Club for the varied audience of members with interesting ambitious visions. The dinners are of particular value, rarely do I come away with less than 10 things I want to do better.
The Supper Club offers a safe and valuable environment to sound off, feedback and receive feedback from ones entrepreneurial peers.
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.
It can be incredibly lonely being an entrepreneur. Forum membership is a fantastic way to forge lifelong relationships with other business owners who you respect and admire, who you can share challenges with no matter how sensitive.
It’s been described as “the equivalent of having another board of non-exec directors” and only better because your forum group are active within their businesses so their advice is current and relevant. Plus, they have your personal interests at heart, not just the business’s. It is an extremely valuable way to get advice from and be challenged by a trusted peer group.
It is about the individuals connecting as well as their businesses being at similar growth stages and non-competing. A lot of time is spent curating forum groups.
Forums meet for half a day, 10 times a year to discuss a topic pertinent to the whole group
Each forum has a Chair and is facilitated by one of our team, who will spot regular opportunities and connections for you within the rest of the Club
It’s a group of around eight carefully matched entrepreneurs who meet regularly on an ongoing basis
Forum members get priority access to Special Guest dinners and other events
So much value is derived from forums that members of the first group we created eight years ago are still together!
Having led an MBO three years ago of a high growth business we’ve faced a variety of issues as we’ve scaled above the £50 million turnover mark. Forum is an invaluable part of my personal development as an entrepreneur and business leader. It can be a lonely place as an owner-manager and meeting like minded people in a similar situation has helped me tremendously to grow and develop as a leader.
Forums are my monthly injection of entrepreneurship. Group members are high achievers who are not afraid of tackling challenging issues from very different perspectives with no agenda other than to try and help their fellow group members succeed.
* If you are joining the Club on Forum Membership a £495 joining fee applies. All prices are quoted ex VAT and are inclusive of all events,excluding Special Guest Dinners and Special Interest Groups