Share ideas, challenges, pitches & problems


Our sounding board sessions are confidential environments for members who are serious about progress – both personally and in their business. The sessions are an opportunity to share with other people in similar positions to you, the things that keep you awake when your head hits the pillow; money worries, business development, HR issues, client troubles, PR challenges and more.

They’re also an environment where you can privately pitch an idea or presentation you’ve been working on and get honest, critical feedback from people who truly get you.

Get involved!

These sessions can be incredibly liberating and we invite you to join us in a session, as a YENA member. Learn more about memberships here.

How we run Sounding Boards


Maximum 8 people

Ensures the best quality conversations and experience for all around the table.

Chatham House Rules

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Input & Receive

We ask that all who take part in a Sounding Board both give and receive during the session. We expect people to have talking points they want to discuss but we also expect them to want to help others on their topics of discussion.

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Not having any entrepreneurial friends or family around me, the sounding board was a great opportunity to discuss my own personal challenges as well as share my own experience and ideas to help others. I'd definitely recommend the sounding board to anyone starting up or at a stage where they just need a challenge resolved.

Becky Parker, Parker Petite

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect but certainly wasn’t expecting it to be as good and useful as it was!

Jon Basker, Locatune

The YENA Sounding Board allowed me to discuss challenges with people who may have experienced similar to what I am going through. I spend most of my time working, so it was brilliant to have the opportunity to take time out to think about the business and discuss openly about my challenges and solutions.

Lloyd Kelsall, No24

'A problem shared is a problem halved' - well, a problem explored in a confidential environment with other like-minded YENA members is a problem quartered.

Katharine Agg, Gradino Agency

I found the Sounding Board incredibly useful. It was great to be able to share my struggles with fellow business owners who may have experienced the same issues, I left with some action points to help move my business forwards.

Rob Leat, Rob Leat Fitness