I’m Sharon Gaffney and Verde Business Solutions is my company.
I’m an experienced company director, business advisor and trainer. I ran my own businesses from the age of 22 and I’ve dedicated most of my working life to helping entrepreneurs like you become successful in their businesses and in their lives. I’ve been supporting business owners for over 20 years and it’s been my privilege to help thousands of business owners start up, grow and thrive through my Business Advice and Training programmes.
Being a business advisor is all about helping you find the right strategy to build a successful company and supporting you to put that strategy into action. It’s also about delivering the lifestyle you’re looking for and defining success in your own terms. It helps that I’ve been there before and experienced the highs and lows of running several fast-growing small businesses myself, so I can really empathise with what you’re going through.
I specialise in small business start-ups and companies with less than 50 employees – sometimes with just one or two people. I love working with companies where I honestly believe that the business has the potential to grow and develop. Whether that’s a part-time business that brings in a small additional income but that you really believe in, or you have dreams of being a corporate mogul, I’m interested! It’s not the size of your business that matters to me, only the extent of your vision.
I’ve supported over 2500 businesses to start their own businesses and developed and delivered more than 1,000 training courses over the years to support business start-ups and business growth. I’ve written EPQ education courses, the Beacon Green environmental audit for schools Beacon Life, managing finances all highly interactive, educational and develops business skills . I’ve also written entrepreneur programmes for the Universities of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and for Oxford Brooks University. I ran the Carbon Cut programme to support over 300 businesses in their goals to become more environmentally sustainable, and I ran the EEDA Inspiring Women’s Enterprise programme which supported 500 female entrepreneurs and developed and delivered Women in Broadband project supporting 1000 womens in the digital industry.
I’ve worked with the Shaw Trust training other business advisors. I’m a consultant for Building Better Opportunities helping people from the hardest to reach communities set up their own businesses. I’m a judge for the Annual Best Business Women’s Awards and the Young Enterprise County Finals.
I also organise the annual Watford Fringe Festival and I’m on the boards for Visit Watford and Cultural Leaders.
In 2020 I was thrilled to be given a Heroes of Hertfordshire Award.
I know how to run a business. I started my first company aged 22 and have since developed and sold two thriving businesses. I will inspire you and give you the confidence to believe in yourself, help you focus and realise the potential in your skillset.
I’ve helped over 2,500 small businesses get started, from all categories and all industry sectors including non-profit. I’ve also helped a further 1,000 small businesses to grow and their owners to achieve their ambitions and have fun while they’re doing it!
I’m up to date with all the current government grants and business incentives and I will help you identify and access the right funding sources for your business.
I have a particular interest in supporting female entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs, and I’m enjoying helping more and more business owners develop their environmental strategy, including accessing the latest environmental incentives and grants.
Verde Business Solutions uses a network of associates and advisors, each of whom has been vetted by me and who are all business owners and entrepreneurs in their own right. They can be deployed at just the right moment in your business start-up or growth journey to provide focussed support when you need it.
Our extended team includes experts in marketing, market planning, market research, finance, GDPR, business planning, business strategy, sustainability, forecasting, social media and compliance.
By using associates we can ensure that if we do not have the solution in house we can refer you to an expert in the field you require, creating a seamless service.
My only desire is to see you be successful, however you decide to define it. I will listen to you carefully so that I can understand where you want to go and how I can help you to get there. I’ll then recommend a plan that’s tailored to you based on our advisory and training packages.
And that all starts with a coffee and a chat where we can work out if I’m the right business advisor for you.
Contact us now to find out how we I help you.
Verde- Business Solutions
316 Wenta Business Centre
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