If your business is to grow, take care of your people
Passionate about small business and the people who work in them, I provide HR services for small businesses. I believe that building strong and engaged teams is the key to a business’ success.
Choosing prevention over cure; I work with business leaders to ensure you have the company culture, people management processes and policies in place before something goes wrong. This limits the amount of time and energy spent putting things right and allows us to focus on developing great teams of great people who will help drive your business. HR shouldn’t be about policing policies and ticking boxes, but growing great teams. If you value your people, they will value your business as much as you do.
You have an accountant to look after your money; having HR support to look after your biggest asset, investment and risk is just good business.
Solving common issues and challenges
You’re not alone, most small businesses suffer the same challenges.
There just aren’t enough hours in the day
Perhaps there are financial or requirement challenges
People Management is not everyone’s area of expertise
Hi, I’m Maria.
I have 15+ years’ experience working in people and operations management in the corporate world across several industries. Tired of helping big business, I now use my knowledge and experience by helping start-ups and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) on a flexible basis to make a difference to real lives by:
- working with business leaders to improve the way they manage their people – saving time and money
- creating strong teams which are dedicated and focused – because they want to be there
- putting the right structure in place – enabling businesses to develop and grow
- limiting problems from arising – prevention is always better than cure
On a personal note, I’m a travel and adventure addict. I love nature and wildlife, getting away from cities and into the wild are what keep me sane.
I’d love to help you improve work/life balance, your business flourish and keep your people happy.
“Acorns & Oaks has been absolutely amazing to work with! They set great expectations & deliver the work on time. Maria is incredibly helpful & takes the time to listen & understand our business so that she can implement a tailored approach to us directly. Very relieved to have finally found great HR support.”
“Maria offers everything you need from an HR consultant and more! She’s professional, reassuring and provides the essential support for a growing business. She can help with the standard framework but also the more complex scenarios that HR can throw at you. She’s also really good just to talk things through when you need a bit of clarity.
I can highly recommend Acorns & Oak, not sure what we’d do without Maria.”
“I had an HR issue that I had never had to deal with before and, although ignorant of the procedures, I was aware that the consequences of getting it wrong could be very serious. I therefore asked Maria for help, and her knowledge and advice were invaluable. She understood my concerns and, as well as setting out the legal requirements in detail, she offered practical solutions that meant the issue was dealt with before it became a major problem. I will definitely be turning to Maria for assistance in the future, she offers great support in a number of areas that most small business owners do not deal with on a regular basis – an extremely useful and financially effective service.”
“Acorn & Oaks have been a fountain of knowledge and support to me in my small business as I transitioned from a one-man band, into bringing on contractors and later employees. Maria’s easy going approach really put me at ease and I 100% would recommend her to anyone looking for HR support. Thank you Maria!”
“We use Maria for a host of HR business used and beyond. She really fits in and becomes one of the team. Not only can she provide the business with policies and procedures, but recruitment, strategy for growth, staff performance and so on. She can lead the full HR function of a business ranging from small to large. She was recommended to us and I would not hesitate in recommending her to any SME looking to up their game in the HR department.”
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