We are greentreeonline ltd, a social enterprise that launched in 2019.
We tackle anything digital, taking a problem-solving approach that’s a cross between mentoring and coaching to best suit our customers’ needs.
We offer web and social media consultancy and digital mentoring, ranging from web design to blog writing, SEO, web copy and social media management and training, but also covering basic computer skills and other digital aspects such as volunteer management and email software.
Our target customers include micro businesses, small community groups, charities, small scale public sector bodies such as parish councils and schools, as well as startups and private individuals.
We also have a corporate offer. Larger companies can benefit from our services while at the same time supporting their local communities by helping to subsidise our work.
We are based in Yarm in the heart of the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire.
Access the digital world
Commercial web design and digital marketing services are usually priced way beyond that which small communities can afford. Greentreeonline Ltd is different.
We step outside of this overpriced market to build high quality websites, and provide social media consultancy and training, at low or no cost to small organisations, startups, individuals, and non-profit groups with a limited budget.
We keep costs low by helping communities break the barrier of digital inclusion. Rather than holding the keys of a complex website that needs constant input from a developer, we help you to learn to access for yourself the free and low cost self-service tools that exist online, with the option to leave you completely in charge, or to move to an arms-length ‘hand holding’ support.
And if you’ve got trustees, volunteers, staff or family around to help, through group and one to one tuition we will accompany you to become autonomous in digital marketing.
A non-profit company, ethically run
We hope to help small groups access funding to help pay for our digital services. But fees are kept low through the non-profit nature of the company, which is built in to its legal structure. ‘Limited by guarantee’ means that, with no shareholders, all profits are put back in, enabling our fees to remain low while guaranteeing to customers that they are dealing with a company run in an ethical way.
Greentreeonline Ltd is a local business operating in North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley in the north-east of England. Face to face support is particularly important to us, because in an increasingly digital world, nothing replaces human interaction.
However, if you’re further afield, do get in touch, as we may still be able to help.
An autism-friendly workplace
We are starting off solo, run by founder Victoria, an experienced web editor and social media consultant who is also on the autistic spectrum. In a second phase of greentreeonline, we hope to employ talented and highly skilled staff to extend what we can offer to local communities, and will be particularly open to autistic employees and apprentices.
Since autism can pose challenges in the traditional workplace, we want to run an alternative, local but home-based, flexible workplace producing real benefit not only to our local third and public sector through the services we provide, but also to a talented and sometimes under-appreciated workforce.
We’ve taken the first step towards embracing an alternative way of working by joining the community co-working space Studio 109 in Middlesbrough.
It is the skills, focus and specific talents of autistic people that we want to harness for the good of local communities.
A vegan business
Greentreeonline Ltd is run by Victoria, who is vegan. As well as not knowingly consuming or using any animal products in the business, we operate ethically so as not to take advantage of humans, either. We like to support ethical organisations wherever we can.
About Victoria Sauron
An academic art historian by training, ten years ago while living in France Victoria discovered a taste for third sector entrepreneurship when she founded and ran for three years a charity offering bilingual literacy classes for children. After a move to the UK, Victoria volunteered then freelanced in web marketing and digital communications working with organisations such as the National Trust and Making Music. During this time, she did a lot of pro bono work, having discovered a real need for digital marketing services among very small community groups, such as village hall committees, for whom funding was a genuine barrier to digital inclusion and growth.
Five years spent working in North Yorkshire’s library service, particularly during the time of the restructure towards a community-based model where she trained and supported the new cohort of library volunteers, deepened Victoria’s understanding of the importance of, and challenges faced by, the 21st century voluntary sector. The experience also reinforced her desire to be of use at the coal face.
In 2018 Victoria spent 10 months at the heart of North Yorkshire County Council’s communications department, editing the council website and writing web content. She gained a solid understanding of writing for the web, keyword optimisation, and honed her skills in translating complicated processes into appealing, user-friendly, logically ordered and helpful web pages that serve the customer rather than reflect the obscurities of corporate council-speak.
The project of launching greentreeonline represents a merging of Victoria’s natural entrepreneurial drive, with her digital, web and training skills, and her desire to help community projects.
Victoria’s diagnosis on the autistic spectrum in 2015 put both her difficulties and strengths into perspective. Working for greentreeonline represents a move to a format of working – flexible, home-based, self-driven – which suits her personality, needs and work ethic and motivates her to develop the enterprise in the future to be neurodiversity friendly.