If your business is to grow, take care of your people
Passionate about people, I believe that building strong and engaged teams is the key to business success.
Choosing prevention over cure, I build long-term relationships with business leaders to ensure you have the company culture, people management processes and policies in place. 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, 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 (and cost) is a no-brainer.
Our Core Services
Let us take care of the things that keep your business running so you can focus on making it grow
Outsourced HR Services
HR Policies & HR Processes
New Starter Onboarding
Mediation and Grievances
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 – creating strong teams who are dedicated and focussed (because they want to be there)
- improving recruiting practices – first impressions count
- putting the right structure in place – enabling businesses to develop and grow
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.
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“Maria is a great person to have if you “need sorting out”. She has the ability to rapidly identify and implement effective solutions, bring value and enable an organisation to grow. She communicates well, wanting to make sure not only her personal interactions are good, but also supports and advises senior managers on effective communications with the organisation.”
“We were particularly busy earlier in the year and needed to add resource to our team, most critically we needed someone we could trust to work remotely. Maria stepped in seamlessly; working with us three days a week, she quickly understood our business and was deliver operational improvements which enables our business to run more effectively, saving us time and money, as well as improving stress levels into the bargain. I’d definitely call on her services again.”
“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.”
“Acorns & Oaks were referred to me when I needed help with a staff disciplinary matter. Maria was quickly able to understand the situation, provide appropriate outcomes and paperwork, as well as attending an onsite meeting at short notice. Having Maria there to advise and mediate on a difficult situation was a huge help. She is professional, yet personable and I’d happily recommend her to others.”