Strategy, review and advice for businesses doing the interesting stuff.
We’re specialists: we get creative and digital businesses.
We listen: we put ourselves in your shoes.
We’re connected: we know other great professionals and we provide access to the federal government’s Entrepreneurs Programme.
We help you stop and take a breath. We review the world around you. We map out your options.
We think about what it is you’re trying to do. We suggest a way forward which suits you and helps you get where you’re trying to go.
Only then do we implement. We track your progress. We review and recalibrate as necessary.
David Sharpe is a management and business consultant, specialising in creative and digital industries companies. His focus is on assisting business owners to identify and pursue opportunities for growth. Hundreds of clients around Australia have benefited from his ability to mix business nous with a keen understanding of the creative process.
His clients include companies in design, app development, games, film & TV, performing arts, media & communications, events management and architecture. In all, he has over 10 years’ experience in coaching and advising creative industry clients.
As well as undertaking bespoke consulting engagements through Sharpe Advisory, David is contracted to Deloitte Private to work with ICT, Digital and Professional Service companies. He has held senior positions with, Generate (specialist accountants to the creative industries) Creative Industries Innovation Centre and Australia Council for the Arts.
He holds a Masters in Management (UTS), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is undertaking a PhD on entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries.
Wendy brings to this role her experience as an entrepreneur and small business person. As a creative herself, she understands how creatives operate and takes great pleasure in helping other creative businesses reach their full potential. It’s her ability to know what it’s like on the inside while being on the outside that makes her a valuable counsel to her clients.
Wendy is highly strategic and able to sort through information to create clear priorities and actions. She is known for building trust quickly in order to challenge her clients to create real insights.
Her clients span the full range of creative services from Government to film production companies.
David provides ongoing strategic and process related advice to Grade. His wide ranging knowledge plays a pivotal role in what has been a period of intense growth and increased workload. This combination of strategic 'big picture' thinking and practical spreadsheet-based detail means he's a rare breed, and is an integral part of the business' success and viability.
Matt Bachle, Director, Grade Creative and Founder/CEO, Realy Pty Ltd
We engaged with David when we were first developing ideas for our new company, Saber. There were so many possibilities and directions we wanted to take the new company in – all of them seemingly daunting and almost impossible to achieve! David worked closely with us to bring out the essence of what we wanted our company to be. I can’t recommend working with David enough. He really helped us to translate an idea into a successful and sustainable company.
Brad Maiden, Managing Director, Saber
Working with David Sharpe gave us an opportunity to see our company with fresh eyes and to really understand what we needed to grow. David's understanding of creative industries meant that his support and recommendations were right on target for what we needed. David assisted us in formulating a five year strategic plan for the business - and with his guidance, we hit our targets in three.
Alice Cook, General Manager, Studio Mondo
David Sharpe is a business adviser for the federal government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme.
Under this programme, eligible businesses can access a free business evaluation and up to $20,000 in matched funding to implement strategies to improve productivity and profitability.
Sharpe Advisory is contracted to Deloitte Private to provide services under the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, an initiative of the federal Department of Industry, Innovation & Science.