A little more about me

I’ve been in the banking space for most of my working life. For over 30 years, I enjoyed various roles at some of the biggest and best financial institutions in the world; I worked my way up over the course of 15 years to become Relationship Director at Barclays, and I later took on similarly high-level roles at BNP Paribas Fortis, Santander and Metro Bank.

Finance might be my ‘thing’, but I’m equally passionate about helping businesses succeed. In 2018, I decided to set up Sarah Padilha Consulting to bring my decades of expertise to companies large and small.

My specialisms:

In addition to offering expert insights on trade finance and global cash management practices, I work with businesses that need help with understanding their business dynamics, sourcing new skills, managing import/export operations, renewing outsourcing partnerships, and preparing to enter a new stage of growth. I am also able to act as a Non-Executive Director to bring new perspectives to the board and ensure all decisions are made in line with stakeholders’ best interests.

I have lots of experience in working with companies in the manufacturing, retail, wholesale and IT sectors – and I especially love supporting owner-managed businesses.

My values:

I’m known for my honesty, my transparency, and above all, my tendency to roll up my sleeves and get the job done!

I’m committed to developing myself personally and professionally, and I will always keep my finger on the pulse in order to bring market-leading insights into all my clients’ strategies. I’m also unique in that I offer complementary corporate photography services alongside my consultancy work; I can create bespoke imagery to add weight and credibility to any brand.

Testimonials

I have now been working with Sarah, for several months and if I am honest was wondering, in the beginning, were reaching out to a business consultant was going to take me. Happily, What I did find is that Sarah has many years of business and banking knowledge under her belt with which to draw on for advice and guidance helping clients like me move forward in the right direction. The meeting atmosphere she creates is both relaxing and informal allowing me to have my regular vent at the beginning, but which in turn is highlighting some of my issues within my business, and that is where she then sets about working with you and suggesting how we can possibly turn things more positive. Whilst we talk there is always things that she suggests that sound great or highlight what is available, but I am often too busy to handle a selection of options which is again where Sarah will roll up her sleeves and do investigating work herself and come back with the best options available for your circumstances. I do believe that people buy from people and trust them better as they get to know the person, I have a few similar likes with Sarah and so sometimes we tend to wander off project but after a few laughs, we do continue. For me personally, this relaxed mix of help and guidance in such a manic world is rewarding both personally and for my business. Sarah thank you for the invaluable guidance and many laughs.
Andy Parrott
I have now been working with Sarah, for several months and if I am honest was wondering, in the beginning, were reaching out to a business consultant was going to take me. Happily, What I did find is that Sarah has many years of business and banking knowledge under her belt with which to draw on for advice and guidance helping clients like me move forward in the right direction. The meeting atmosphere she creates is both relaxing and informal allowing me to have my regular vent at the beginning, but which in turn is highlighting some of my issues within my business, and that is where she then sets about working with you and suggesting how we can possibly turn things more positive. Whilst we talk there is always things that she suggests that sound great or highlight what is available, but I am often too busy to handle a selection of options which is again where Sarah will roll up her sleeves and do investigating work herself and come back with the best options available for your circumstances. I do believe that people buy from people and trust them better as they get to know the person, I have a few similar likes with Sarah and so sometimes we tend to wander off project but after a few laughs, we do continue. For me personally, this relaxed mix of help and guidance in such a manic world is rewarding both personally and for my business. Sarah thank you for the invaluable guidance and many laughs.
Andy
Andy Parrott
Sarah is a calm, practical and insightful business coach with a huge wealth of experience not only in the corporate financial sector, but in the smaller sole trader arena too. She brings a kind, yet clear and assertive approach to her guidance, and is highly recommended if you want to be able to get clarity on how to make your business flourish
Fiona Morpurgo IFA
Sarah is a calm, practical and insightful business coach with a huge wealth of experience not only in the corporate financial sector, but in the smaller sole trader arena too. She brings a kind, yet clear and assertive approach to her guidance, and is highly recommended if you want to be able to get clarity on how to make your business flourish
Fiona
Fiona Morpurgo IFA
Sarah provides a completely bespoke service for her clients. Not only has she delved into how I run my business, but why as well, so she can truly understand where I am and where I want to be. She is extremely empathetic and I feel she completely understands my business and what I want from it. With that insightful knowledge, she has led me through a process with structure and goals that is giving me clarity to make my business run the way I have always wanted it to. I can’t thank her enough for the focus she has given me.
Claire Naylor
Sarah provides a completely bespoke service for her clients. Not only has she delved into how I run my business, but why as well, so she can truly understand where I am and where I want to be. She is extremely empathetic and I feel she completely understands my business and what I want from it. With that insightful knowledge, she has led me through a process with structure and goals that is giving me clarity to make my business run the way I have always wanted it to. I can’t thank her enough for the focus she has given me.
Claire
Claire Naylor

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