Founder of the Financial HUG™ and Director of AG Finance Hub ltd.
I work with individuals that want change, that seek out the paths to success and who are committed to making positive things happen in their lives realistically.
With my hand on my heart, I can say my passion has become my profession. I enjoy meeting people and discovering new and fascinating facts about their lives, past and present. As well as hearing their plans and future aspirations. It is that very thing that keeps me in the field; no two days can ever be the same. No two situations are the same regardless of the similarities, making my days very diverse. The variance can is found in the differences in the lifestyles, people, characters, backgrounds, cultures, and the environments they have adapted to all make them unique.
A Little Bit About Me
I grew up in Hackney, East London, a vibrant part of London that has seen much change over the years. I enjoyed my childhood and attended Gayhurst Primary School, followed by Raines Foundation School in Bethnal Green. My memories are filled with love and laughter. Growing up in East London can be very exciting at times. It is colourful and provides much understanding of the different social levels and issues. The borough has an array of people from many cultures and social-economic backgrounds. Making it a cool and exciting place to be.
Along my travels and going about my day-to-day business, I have constant reminders of good times and times that have shaped my life for the better. I dare not call them bad, as every cloud has a silver lining. As a child, I loved science and problem-solving; I studied Biomedical Science and Nutrition at the University of North London. Huh, I know; how did I get into financial services from there? You see, life exists with many paths to follow in one lifetime.
Upon completing my time at Uni, I had a rethink about life and decided that science was not the route for me. It wasn't easy making that decision. However, I believed that 'as long as I went on to do something with meaning, it didn't matter the title.'
From there, I spent much of my early twenties exploring different industries. I have worked in the Retail, Insurance, Marketing and, later, Banking industries, providing me with broad fields of knowledge. I can now see that the various roles have shaped me to be who I am today. Nothing has been in vain.
Adult Life and Motherhood
In 2002 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, now 6ft 3" and eats a lot. We are the A-Team; we have much fun together on holidays and enjoy giggles; he is always laughing at me. Following much success with his GCSE's, he is now studying for his A'levels in Maths, Politics, Philosophy and Ethics and enjoying it immensely.
Motherhood is not an easy task, but every part is worth it.
My experience and understanding of raising a child are invaluable and worth sharing.
Mentors and competent counsel never go far, even as a point of reassurance. I worked full-time as a mother and have personally felt the pain of childcare and the associated cost of raising a child. I offer words of wisdom to other parents.
I joke and say, "children would be so much better if they came with a manual."
For the last 20 years, I have worked in the regulated financial services industry. I qualified as a financial advisor in 2005 and specialise in UK Property, Business & Personal Protection; as a proud member of Moneysprite Ltd. Moneysprite is listed as a five-star, award-winning financial services company based in the heart of the capital.
I hold an array of qualifications and experiences in cross fields. Inside disciplines such as business, accounting, mentoring, and training. I emanate a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm, which I feel guarantees something new and dynamic to offer in the topic of financial management.
In 2007 I took a 'leap of faith' into the independent world of self-employment. I left the constraints of a 9-5 role and have never looked back. At the time, my need was flexibility. I had to concentrate on my family and career simultaneously and work was not allowing this to happen. As a single parent, the work-life balance I craved was more significant than the income stability of a wage - Upon reflection, tough decisions pay dividends. To which I am finally reaping the rewards.
As well as a successful banking and financial services career, I have dedicated myself to knowledge sharing and networking. I would say I am a motivated speaker and dedicated blogger. Writing is a way of expression and an excellent source for increasing a creative spirit. Over the years, I have become passionate about financial education and interested in the black and ethnic minority communities, micro-business owners and families.
Ensuring I assist with the challenge of raising the financial capability of our nation.
Using my wealth of financial expertise, I specialise in promoting healthy and financially sound choices suited to every client’s individual needs and aspirations. I have a dedication to helping people achieve their goals through business and strategic life planning. Celebrated by my clients and through their success. I tell them, “their success is my success.”
I keep standards high, continuously working on my personal and professional development. I hold the clients' aspirations at the front of the agenda.
I have a signature mentoring style and give all my clients a Financial HUG™, which I describe as honest, unique and genuine advice. You can’t give a hug without receiving one back. A hug ‘can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.'
I work to remove the fear, frustration, and fluctuance often associated with financial management, embedding a feeling of confidence, which makes room for individual success.
My Vision is around providing accessible knowledge shared in a fun and interactive way using four delivery channels. Training - Empowerment - Accountability - Mentoring.
I aim to provide positive enhancements that aid your personal development and success.
I want you to gain Wealth/Wisdom - Order - Reassurance - Knowledge.
2 to 3-hour Meet-Ups arranged to discuss a topic, explain a concept, or meet the team. These sessions are for people who are not sure and want to experience what is on offer before they commit. Short but Sweet, packed with nuggets of information to Inspire and Empower you on your money journey. Great places to meet like-minded people and network your way to success
4- Hour to One-Day Workshops to enhance your financial capability. Tailored workshops for a specific topic, a dull moment arises in the classroom.
Case-Study and Scenario Based activities to help you keep the most intermit situations confidential.
A mixture of hard facts and adaptable tools to assist you along your way.
Goal Diggers Accountability Groups are designed to give individuals the encouragement, focus, and support required to achieve their personal goals.
The sessions provide the attendee with neutral support outside of their typical environment with on-hand expert advice.
Transform your dreams into a reality with manageable steps in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
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Meet with Aleka Gutzmore for Personal Financial Review - 90 minutes Face to Face provided with follow up suggestions and reports.
Where the magic happens of Aleka's signature style happens, expert coaching to unlock your full potential with your
Business, Family, and Personal Financial Planning.
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