Natalie Sherman, who runs the Trowbridge-based social media consultancy Naturally Social, has been named as one of the UK’s top ten advisers 2019 in the Top 50 Advisers Competition.
Naturally Social is based at the White Horse Enterprise Centre and advises firms on social and traditional marketing as well as blogging and digital advertising. At the event, Natalie picked up the award in the Marketing category for the outstanding work she does to help entrepreneurs grow their business.
Natalie set up the business in 2015 after taking voluntary redundancy from a local employer.
She said, “People kept encouraging me to set up my own business because of the results I’d achieved and the impact I was having. I decided to take a leap of faith and once I got going it quickly became apparent there was a huge need for trusted social media and digital advice in the private sector.
“A lot of the work we do is behind the scenes, helping firms get more traction, increasing sales efficiently in a frictionless way. It’s nice to be recognised for the impact we’ve had because service-based businesses like mine rarely get a lot of exposure for the work they do.”
The Top 50 Advisers Competition is hosted by small business support group Enterprise Nation at the city headquarters of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) and is sponsored by Direct Line for Business and Square.
Emma Jones, MBE, Founder of Enterprise Nation, said, “All research points to the fact that businesses that take advice at the right time become more successful than those that don’t.
“Yet our own research has found small firms are still reluctant to take advice, often relying on family and friends. These awards are about raising awareness about the benefits of guidance, increasing the ease with which you can find advisers you can trust and recognising the signs when it’s time to seek the help of an expert.
“Without these amazing advisers, great British businesses wouldn’t be doing great things.”
The competition also named 50 advisers in the nine core disciplines from across the UK that specifically offer quality advice to smaller firms to help them expand.
Enterprise Nation has developed an adviser platform with the ICAEW that can help improve the speed and efficiency of selecting and connecting with a good adviser.
For more information visit www.enterprisenation.com/top50
Pictured above: Natalie with the award on July 30th