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Here's some of the latest news from pa-assist.com ......

 

April 2017:
Business growth drives demand for business support professionals with jobs up 32% year-on-year

  The number of secretarial and support roles increased by 32% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year. While executive and team assistants made up 10% of the total number of roles advertised roles in the first quarter of 2017
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March 2017:
Green Office Week Takes Inspiration from Next Generation to Turn Offices Green in 21 Days

  Green Office Week is back from 8th to 13th May and Avery is on a mission to help offices keen to go green. With scientific research showing that it takes 21 days to change your habits, Green Office Week will kick-start a campaign encouraging office workers to make continued small changes at work that will have a big environmental impact.
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March 2017:
Pa-assist.com Member’s Voice Awards – Most Popular Votes 2016

  Our first announcements and presentations of Member's Voice Award winners began at Office* Show 2017, at Olympia London on 1st March 2017.
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March 2017:
UK VA Awards 2017 – Winners announced

  As part of this year’s 10th Anniversary celebrations, we re-introduced the category title of Outstanding VA – and a large number of outstanding Virtual Assistants were in the room for the announcements! Presentations were made by our keynote speaker Aimee Bateman, Careercake.com
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March 2017:
VA Conference 2017 at Office Show 2nd March 2017

  VA day at Office* Show 2017 got off to a flying start with BeMyVA.com’s fifth VA Breakfast. With BeMyVA CEO John Palmer introducing this popular ‘early bird’ session
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February 2017:
Lack of career progression the number one reason women would leave a job

   
  • 66% of women said that they would leave a job if they felt there was a lack of career progression available.
  • By contrast, 50% of women said that they would leave a job due to long working hours.
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February 2017:
Searching for the UK’s Outstanding VA 2017!

  On 2nd March 2017, in the year of the 10th Anniversary of the UK VA Conference and Awards, one of three market leading Virtual Assistants will be announced as the winner of the prestigious title, “Outstanding VA 2017”.
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February 2017:
UK VA Awards 2017 – Shortlists and Finalists:

  February 2017 sees much activity amongst the diligent Panel of Judges as the first phase of the UK VA Award programmes for 2017 reach their final stages.
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February 2017:
Members Voice Awards 2016: Most Popular Shortlists revealed ...

 

Many thanks to all our members who have supported the 2016 awards, as we reached new records with almost 16,500 votes cast.

Since the inception of the MVAs in 2014, our member's feedback has now topped 32,000.

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January 2017:
Personal assistant salaries to grow in 2017

  Personal assistants will see the strongest salary growth among business support professionals at 10%. Salaries for permanent staff are rising faster than those for contractors.
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January 2017:
Global PA Training Academy – latest news

 

Global PA Training Academy have launched a new ILM recognised programme called The 7 Key Skills PA Management Programme.  It consists of 3 one day sessions and PAs can attend 1 session or all 3. 
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January 2017:
EUMA transcends to International Management Assistants (IMA)

  European Management Assistants (EUMA), the European professional body for Personal Assistants, will become International Management Assistants (IMA) as of 1 February 2017. 
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January 2017:
Last calls for 2016 Members Voice Award votes ...

 

Wow! Once again, responses are running at record levels!

The voting for the pa-assist.com Members Voice Awards  will now draw to a close on 31st January 2017
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November 2016:
England VA of the Year 2016

  We are delighted to announce that Gwen Backhouse of Curlew Secretarial Solutions, based in Cumbria, has been named the England's VA of the Year 2016.
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November 2016:
VA Awards 2016 - Best Newcomer

  We are delighted to announce that Clare Farthing of Your Virtual Assistant, based in Hampshire, has been named the UK's Best Newcomer VA 2016. 
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November 2016:
SecsintheCity announces PA of the Year Awards 2016 winners

  Amy Marsden EA to the CEO at WorldRemit was announced as PA of the Year 2016, at an awards ceremony hosted by SecsintheCity, the UK’s #1 job site for PAs and Executive Assistants.|
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November 2016:
Leetchi, a leading European money collection platform launched in the UK

  Leetchi.com is an easy, fast and secure money collection platform that allows anyone to create a ‘money pot’ in less than a minute and invite others to help finance projects such as group gifts for birthdays, baby showers and co-workers, as well as fundraising for projects, charities and events.
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October 2016:
Members Voice Awards 2016 – Vote now!

  The voting for the pa-assist.com Members Voice Awards is now open 2016 (from 21st October 2016) - cast your vote
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October 2016:
VA Conference 2017 – Special 10th Anniversary Announcement

Announcement - pa-assist Member's Voice Awards - be sure to get involved!   With its original inception in 2007, the UK’s VA Conference will be celebrating its 10th birthday in 2017 by moving to a new date and venue! …
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October 2016:
VA Awards 2016 - Important Announcement

Announcement - pa-assist Member's Voice Awards - be sure to get involved!   BeMyVA.com proudly announce that the largest Business Show in the UK, with more than 25,000 visitors over 2 days, The Great British Business Show have invited the presentation of the 2016 VA Awards for the UK’s Best Newcomer VA to be made at their Autumn Show in Olympia, London (17th to18th November 2016).
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October 2016:
VA Awards 2016 – England South Region

  With more than 30 exhibitors and more than 300 attendees, the inaugural Ask Abbie Show at St. Ermin’s Hotel, St James, London also played host to the presentations for the VA of the Year 2016, England’s South Region.
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October 2016:
Today’s PA Conference – pa-assist.com member’s discount

  Today’s PA would like to invite members of our network to attend the Today’s PA Conference  on 3rd-4th November in Central London. They have kindly offered our members a 15% discount to all our members!
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October 2016:
Members Voice Awards – get ready to vote …

 

Members Voice Awards are on the move for 2016 … we are adjusting our diary to take in the full year.

Voting for the 2016 Members Voice Awards will open on Friday 21st October 2016 and run through to 20th January 2017.
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October 2016:
Your Excellency Announcement – IAM Qualification Launch

  Executive training and coaching organisation Your Excellency Ltd have announced the launch of two PA qualifications. The IQ/IAM Level 3 Award in Professional PA & Administration Skills and IQ/IAM Level 4 Certificate in Office & Administration Management will add 12 one day and 4 two day courses to the company’s learning and development offerings.
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September 2016:
VA Awards 2016 – England Midlands Region

  More than 800 entrepreneurs and business owners attended the Midlands Expo 2016 held at the meeting and conference suites of Birmingham City Football Club on 29th September 2016 http://www.greatbritishexpos.co.uk/midlands-expo/ . As part of the Expo event the VA of the Year for England’s Midlands Region 2016 were announced and presented.
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September 2016:
The Ask Abbie Show - London, Friday 14th October

  We are delighted to announce that The PA Club (http://www.thepaclub.com) have invited BeMyVA.com to host the VA Awards 2016 for England’s South Region at their prestigious launch event for The Ask Abbie Show (www.theaskabbieshow.com).
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September 2016:
Members Voice Awards - Nominations stage now closed

 

The Members Voice Award nominations are now closed for 2016, and Member's voting will now commence at Midday on 20th October 2016.
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September 2016:
The Ask Abbie Show - London, Friday 14th October

  Brought to you by The PA Club, alongside comprehensive development and training streams, over 50 suppliers of high-quality goods and services will be exhibiting over one day providing everything you need to plan ahead. There are also extensive Development and Training streams to the day.
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September 2016:
Virtual Assistants - Latest VA News and VA Awards 2016 updates.

  Our partner BeMyVA.com provide their latest updates on the Profession's news and the 2016 VA Awards programme.
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September 2016:
Todays PA

  Multi-Award winnning PA Trainer, Paul Pennant, will be taking to the stage once again in November 2016 with the second Today's PA Conference, building on last year's hugely successful launch event.
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September 2016:
New Event Health & Safety Course from emc event courses

 

After industry consultation we are pleased to announce our new Event Health & Safety Course, which provides a deeper practical understanding of:

  • Event health & safety legislation
  • Method statements
  • Risk assessments
  • Disaster recovery
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September 2016:
20% of secretarial and support professionals didn’t take their full leave allowance last year

  18% of secretarial and support professionals reported that they hadn’t used all of their annual leave last year.
Among those who didn’t take all of their annual leave, a quarter did so because they were under pressure to complete a project or were too busy for it to be viable.
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September 2016:
Exeter PA Network - Conference and Charity Dinner Announced

  The lovely and lively Exeter PA Network have been busy once again! Two major undertakings have been announced for October 2016 with a Charity Night dinner one week after their first Development Conference as a collaboration with the networks in Bristol and Cardiff.

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September 2016:
Peterborough PA network - Event Announcment

 

Wednesday 19th October 2016  at Buckles Solicitors, Grant House, 101 Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough PE1 1NG Time: 15:30 until 17:30 – refreshments will be provided

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August 2016:
September 23rd 2016 - Jeans for Genes Day

  Jeans for Genes Day will take place on Friday 23 September and we've noticed you haven't yet signed up your workplace to take part. By inviting employees to come to work in their jeans in exchange for a small donation of £2, your company will make a difference to more than half a million children in the UK who live with the challenges of a genetic disorder.
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July 2016:
Member’s Voice Awards 2016 - It's time to Nominate your favourites ...

Announcement - pa-assist Member's Voice Awards - be sure to get involved!   Yes, what many of you have been telling us that you have been waiting for - the MVAs are back! The nomination stage for our Members Voice Awards 2016 are open and they will close at Midnight 9th September 2016
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July 2016:
37% of employers expect a shortage of secretarial and support professionals in H2 2016

  •  37% of employers say that they anticipate shortages of secretarial and support professionals in the second half of the year and 21% say that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will compound the shortage.
• 74% of employers plan to recruit primarily for mid-level professionals in the second half of the year
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June 2016:
VA Awards - North West England 2016

 

The second annual 2 day North West VA Conference 2016, organised by Executive VPA founder Joanne Hawkins and her team – hosted this year’s VA Awards for North West England.
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June 2016:
Secretarial and support professionals place the highest value on finding an employer with positive values and culture

 
  • 86% of secretarial and support professionals said that they would be willing to change profession for the opportunity to work for an employer known for its positive values and culture.
  • By comparison, just 56% of other professionals said that they would change careers for the same reason.
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June 2016:
Virtual Assistants - 21 years and more?

 

How long have we had Virtual Assistants?
What do they do?
Where do I find a VA?
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May 2016:
Professional Services and Property Firms Drive Demand for Support Professionals

 

ROBERT WALTERS MANCHESTER JOBS INDEX – MAY 2016

* The number of jobs for secretarial and support professionals in the North West has rose by 69% in May compared to the same time in 2015.

* Growth has been driven by financial and professional services firms moving back office functions to the region as well a surge in activity among local construction and real estate companies.
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May 2016:
Office* Show changes hands, dates and venue!

 

The organisers for 2017 Office* Show will be Mash Media, and the show will move back ‘home’ to Olympia for 1st and 2nd March 2017
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May 2016:
Sue France book signing office* 2016

 

Best selling author and PA trainer, Sue France delighted visitors to the pa-assist.com stand.
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May 2016:
The Successful VA at office*2016

  On Day 2 of Office* 2016, (VA Day), there was standing room only to learn from England's VA of the Year 2015, Jennie Bayliss of Office Wings Ltd., and the Award winning Q & A panel.
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May 2016:
Office* Show scoops Member’s Voice Awards

  For the second year running, Office* Show scooped the pa-assist.com Member’s Voice Awards for Best PA Industry Event
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May 2016:
Full breakfast at office* 2016

  The second day of Office* 2016 was once again designated as "VA Day"., with BeMyVA sponsoring The VA Breakfast
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May 2016:
‘How to be a PA’ by Maria Fuller

  ‘How to be a PA’ is a new book for PA’s, EA’s and Admins, now available on Amazon Europe.  Written and published by UK Executive Assistant, Maria Fuller, ‘How to be a PA’ is the only practical ‘go to guide’ for PA’s, and tipped to become the market leading reference book, for career focused assistants. 
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April 2016:
The UK Virtual Assistant Survey

  Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the doors of the UK's virtual assistant businesses?  Well now you can find out, without going undercover or utilising subterfuge...  Each year Society of Virtual Assistants collates a series of questions that build into a snapshot of the VA industry.  The report itself is full of info about the kinds of clients who use VAs, what services are proving to make the most money, what marketing works best – essentially everything you’d need to build a successful VA business.
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April 2016:
VA Breakfast sponsored by BeMyVA @ Office* 2016 12th May 2016

 

Starting out - get your VA business off the ground

Start your VA Day learning experience with the VA Breakfast sponsored by BeMyVA.com.

VA Day’s opening breakfast session will start at 8:30am with a tasty menu of complimentary pastries, tea, coffee, orange juice, networking and learning!
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April 2016:
The Successful VA @ Office* 2016 12th May 2016

  England’s VA of the Year 2015, Jennie Bayliss of Office Wings Ltd, based in Bedfordshire will be presenting her own insight into what has made the business a success, and share her own experiences on what makes her business work for her and her clients.
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April 2016:
Secretarial professionals in demand to support businesses growth – jobs up 28%

 

The number of  secretarial and support jobs advertised in the UK rose 28% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that secretarial and support vacancies rose by 28% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year. Read more

     

April 2016:
pa-assist Member's Voice Awards

 

Member’s Voice Awards – did your favourites win ”Most Votes” in 2015?

It’s time to unveil the second batch of Award winners that attracted “Most Votes” in our Member’s polls for 2015

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March 2016:
Meet Award Winning and Best Selling Author Sue France with pa-assist.com @OfficeShow

  We are pleased to announce that award winning and best selling author Sue France will be joining us on the PA-Assist.com stand 527 at Office*2016 for book signings on 11 May at 14:00 to 15:00 and also on 12 May at 12 noon to 13:00.
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March 2016:
Human Resources: New legislation from April 2016

 

From 1 April there a number of changes to employment legislation.
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March 2016:
Women in secretarial and support roles are the most likely to gain new qualifications during a career break

  Original research from Robert Walters has revealed that women in secretarial and support roles are the most likely to pursue training or further education during a career break (often to have children, but also for a host of other reasons), with 43% saying that they had compared to just 23% of women in other professions.
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March 2016:
Newsletter 395 and counting ….

 

The latest edition of pa-assist.com is the 395th edition since the newsletter was launched in May 2000. Our 400th Newslettter will coincide with …
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March 2016:
PA Awards - Manchester

  Applications are open for the 2016 Manchester PA of the Year Awards, with the awards dinner to be held on Thursday October 27th this year at The Palace Hotel.
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March 2016:
office*2016 - New Venue - New Date

  Any PA or EA knows a trip to office* on 11-12 May 2016 at ExCeL, London will leave you motivated and better informed in your job - empowering you to be the best you can be. Returning for its seventh year, office* 2016 has an impressive Keynote line-up which is not to be missed.
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March 2016:
pa-assist Member's Voice Awards

 

Member’s Voice Awards – did your favourites win ”Most Votes” in 2015?

First three Award winner details released at The PA Show ….

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March 2016:
The PA Show - See you in 2017 - Save the Date!

 

Save the date, The PA Show will be back on 1st and 2nd March 2017, once again co-locating with International Confex.
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February 2016:
Legal Support Awards - 2016 Winners

  Huge congratulations and well done to the high-flying professionals in the Legal sector, The 2016 presentation event at The Brewery...
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February 2016:
VA Awards 2016

 

BeMyVA have begun to release the initial details for the VA Awards 2016. With so many of the 2014 and 2015 winners reporting great progress with their business …
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February 2016:
The Legal Support Awards 2016, Presentations @ The Brewery, London

  The Legal Support Awards, now in their third year, has once again attracted a a talented group of candidates for the 2016 Awards. Winning one of these Awards is now seen as the ultimate recognition throughout the legal industry.
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February 2016:
The PA Show - Olympia, London - 2nd and 3rd March 2016

 

Register for The PA Show today for the complimentary educational programme, hands-on experiences and an introduction to fantastic suppliers designed to make your life easier.

Hear from the inspirational Verity Smith, the blind International GB Dressage Rider sharing her experiences on achieving the impossible as well industry colleagues and experts covering management & leadership, event & project management, HR & career development, personal development, health & wellbeing.
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January 2016:
Rising business confidence drives up secretarial and support salaries in 2016

  The results of the Robert Walters Salary Survey have shown that secretarial and support roles are set to see salaries rise in 2016. Overall, salaries are set to grow by 2%, but will increase by up to 15% for some specialist positions.
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December 2015:
Legal Support: Annual awards scheme is back - bigger and better!

  Shining a light on the legal world’s most inspirational support staff, the Legal Support Awards ceremony is attended and fully supported by legal industry leaders.  Our awards are unique because they are dedicated purely to legal support staff.

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December 2015:
Workation with Sue France Training – A new concept in PA training

  The Sue France Training ‘Workation’ involves an all inclusive stay in a beautiful Finca in the foothills of the mountains of Andalucia for 6 nights/7 days. It includes 4 x 4 hour morning workshops with Sue France FCIPD FInstAM INLPTA who is a renowned motivational trainer for Assistants and an award-winning Assistant herself and a qualified learning and development trainer, a certified TetraMap behavioural practitioner and a certified coach.

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November 2015:
VA Conference was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

 

From  “Absolutely Brilliant’ for 2014 to ‘A-M-A-Z-I-N-G’ and ‘Surpassed expectations’ in 2015, the VA Conference continued with it’s high quality content standards for this year.

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November 2015:
Best Newcomer VA 2015 – The results ….

  November 2015 has seen the VA Conference and Awards host the final elements of the 2015 VA Awards programme for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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November 2015:
Member’s Voice Awards - Most Popular Shortlist 2015 announced

  Many thanks to all of our Members who have taken the time to vote. Votes cast hit a new record, and we can now reveal those that have made it to the 2015 Final Shortlists for our 2015 MVAs. Members get teh preview of the lists from today ....

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November 2015:
Manchester PA of the Year Awards - 17th November 2015

  The first annual Manchester PA of the Year Awards has recognised nine of the most outstanding secretarial and support workers in the region and attracted an audience of over 250 guests.

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November 2015:
Secs in the City PA Awards – 12th November 2015

 
 

PA of the Year Awards announces their 2015 winners.
Sheila Lyburn from Peter Vardy Ltd was announced as winner of the PA of the Year Awards 2015, hosted by SecsintheCity, the UK’s #1 job site for PAs and Executive Assistants.

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November 2015:
UK secretarial and support vacancies up 41% in Q3 as businesses look to grow

  The number of secretarial and support job vacancies advertised across the UK has grown by 41% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same time last year, as UK businesses look to increase head count to support business growth.

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November 2015: A pioneer for the PA profession: Susie Barron-Stubley

  Sadly, we have learned today, 2nd November 2015, that one of the leading lights of the PA profession is no longer shining bright amongst us. We have lost a great friend, advocate, supporter and professional thought leader, Susie Barron-Stubley.

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October 2015: The 'Star' recognition for PAs may never be the same again ...?

 

Creating one of the most appropriate and innovative recognitions for PAs ...

As the landscape for PA Events, Shows, and Awards get set for significant change in 2016, pa-assist.com have been busy discussing with our Members what they would like to see provided by the supporting groups and industry that serves the profession.

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October 2015: VA of the Year for England 2015

 

As the this year's VA Award programme continues to progress, VA Day at Office* Show 2015 kindly facilitated the lunch-time announcement and presentation of VA of the Year for England 2015, sponsored by BeMyVA.

All of England's Regional finalists attended to find out who would win the coveted title for 2015.

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October 2015: VA Breakfast at Office* Show 14th October 2015

 

One of the 2015 Office* Show's best attended sessions was the VA Breakfast on VA Day, 14th October 2015, sponsored by BeMyVA.

With pre-registration reaching a record high for this session, more than 100 attendeees made the early morning effort on the day to get along to Olympia, for the Office Show's second day - more commonly known in recent years as VA Day.

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October 2015: office* show announces the results of National PA Survey 2015

 

Diversified Communications UK, event organiser of office* – the UK’s leading annual two day exhibition and conference for PAs, EAs, VAs, secretaries, office managers and executive support professionals, has released a summary of the results of this year’s National PA Survey.

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October 2015: Shortlists announced for Manchester PA of the Year Awards

 

The final shortlist for the first Manchester PA of the Year Awards has been announced. The awards, created and produced in partnership by Robert Walters and the Manchester PA Network, seek to celebrate exceptional PAs, EAs and support professionals in the region

The 21 shortlisted entrants will be recognised at an exclusive red-carpet gala dinner at the Imperial War Museum North on November 17th this year.

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October 2015: VA Breakfast at office* 2015

  BeMyVA.com will introduce and host an interactive session with three Award winning Virtual Assistants – providing an insight of a selection of top tips of ‘How to survive and thrive as a VA in 2016’.

Panel include: Amanda Johnson, Andrea Osborne and Joanne Hawkins

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September 2015: VA Awards - East England 2015

  Another recognised Award winner - Jennie Bayliss of Office Wings, based in the Bedford area, has been named as the VA of the Year 2015 for East England. Jennie continues to grow her business, and has previously won the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) "Best New Business" for Bedfordshire Award in 2014. Jennie now joins the other Regional winners in the VA of the Year for England 2015 final at Office* next week.

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September 2015: VA Awards - West England 2015

  Multi-award winning Stephanie Middleton-Foster (pictured left) of Outhouse UK, based in Redditch, has been announced as VA of the Year for West England. Steph founded her business in 2010, and has previously won Pitman Training's Young Achiever of the Year 2012; the Winner of the Janet Jordan International VA Award 2013; twice finalist for the National Entrepreneur Awards (Best Business Enabler) in 2013 and 2014; and now adds VA of the Year for West England to an obviously well stocked Awards cabinet! Steph now goes forward to the VA of the Year for England 2015 final at Office* next week.

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September 2015: PA Awards - their current value, the new benchmark and the future?

 

Of course, winning or entering for an Award can do much for the self confidence, and may help a winner's or participant's progress towards a career move at some stage in the future.

With the PA profession still 'taking in' Today's PA Conference announcement for their launch Awards in 2016 and the high '£' value first prize (the much Tweeted #10kPA), we understand that there are plans for more PA Awards to be launched for 2016.

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September 2015: Artificial Intelligence and the role of the PA?

  Alongside all of the challenges of the role, in more recent weeks, there has been speculation that at least some elements of the scope of the role could become automated further - indeed, potentially replaced by software or a robot - simply science fiction we may like to think?

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September 2015: Mash Media launches new exhibition for PAs

 

Mash Media Group is to launch a new exhibition solely dedicated to PAs, EAs, Executive Secretaries and other senior office professionals; The PA Show. 

Taking place 2-3 March 2016 at Olympia London, the PA Show is set to become the must attend event for PAs providing a comprehensive educational programme, hands on experiences, innovations and office products. The new show will run alongside established venues and events exhibitions International Confex and the Event Production Show.

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September 2015: Member’s Voice Awards - Most Popular Nominations for 2015 announced

 

With the 2015 process kicking off with suggestions for new additional categories proposed by our Members we have expanded the scope of this year’s Awards too include ‘Most Popular Books for the PA’, ‘Venue Finding Services’ and ‘Travel Management Companies’.

With nominations gathered from our members up to 31st August 2015, we can now reveal the most popular nominations in each category this year, with voting commencing from 2nd September until Midnight 31st October 2015 (pa-assist Member Votes can be cast here..

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September 2015:
Strong business growth sees 77% of employers plan to hire secretarial and support staff

 

77% of employers claim that they are planning to hire secretarial and support staff in the second half of 2015. 

The results of the Robert Walters Hiring Intentions Survey have also shown that demand is highest for junior level employees (54%) with mid-level employees also widely sought (43%).

Anticipated new business opportunities have been cited by 79% of employers as the main factor guiding their hiring strategies. 

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September 2015: VA Awards - South East England 2015

 

With the VA Awards final for England forthcoming (14th October at Office*2015), BeMyVA.com have been managing the final stages of the VA Awards across the England regions.

Last week saw the intrepid team head off to London Bridge station to pop-along the road to present the VA of the Year for South East England 2015.

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August 2015: Jeans for Genes Day 18 September 2015

 

pa-assist is a supporter of Jeans for Genes which raises money for Genetic Disorders UK http://www.geneticdisordersuk.org/  and aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders.

Individually, genetic disorders are rare but together they affect 1 in 25 children born in the UK - that's more than 30,000 babies each year. Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 years and under.

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July 2015: VA Awards North West England 2015

  Early July saw the launch of the VA Conference for North West Virtual Assistants, organised by BeMyVA's 2014 North of England VA of the Year Joanne Hawkins of Executive VPA. The event was also supported by the local network of VAs, the North West VA Hub, with other previously honoured VA Award winners in attendance, including Catherine Smith of CAS Business Services (who has been in business for more than 20 years).

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July 2015: Post election confidence sees secretarial and business support roles leap 33%

  Figures from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, which charts vacancy numbers posted to online platforms, has revealed that the number of secretarial and business support jobs advertised year-on-year in Q2 has increased by 33% across the UK according to research from specialist recruiter Robert Walters.

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June 2015: VA Awards South West England 2015

  With last year's South of England winner Dawn Lane of Your Office Online moving out of the region in the last 12 months, and 2014 Runner Up, Amanda Johnson of Your Executive Secretary professionally stepping aside as a supporter and presenter at the VA Conference, the door was open for more multi-talented VAs to move into the spotlight for the South West.

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May 2015:
A third of secretarial and support professionals take less than 15 minutes for lunch

  Data from the Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey has revealed that a third of secretarial and support professionals take just 15 minutes or less for lunch, second only to HR workers. The survey has also shown 60% of secretarial and support professionals spend their lunch at their desk rather than getting outside or spending it elsewhere in the office.

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April 2015: VA Awards for 2015 are GO!

  Saturday, 25th April 2015, saw the first VA Awards for 2015 presented to the winners for the North East of England as part of the Northern VA Collaboration Event at the Copthorne Hotel, Quayside, Newcastle - organised and co-ordinated by Angela Dawson (The Admin Doctor - www.theadmindoc.co.uk). Sponsored by our partner BeMyVA.com, the final shortlisted candidates are extremely professional and multi-talented business owners, and the Judges had a tough choice to make.

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April 2015: Avery’s Green Office Week

  Avery’s Green Office Week is returning for the 7th year on 11th May 2015 and offices everywhere are invited to be part of it with the launch of the Big Green Crowdsourced Guide.

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March 2015: Treat yourself with Rexel Rewards

  To celebrate 75 years of leading office product innovation, Rexel is offering you the chance to claim great rewards when you buy the Rexel products you use everyday.

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February 2015: 18-19 February 2015 OMPA release details of their speakers

 

Office Management & PA Show - the new management team have now released the full details of their program for OMPA 2015. We are looking forward to the show - many more details now available.

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February 2015: New PA Conference Announced: Today's PA Conference 14th August 2015

 

Paul Pennant of Today's PA has announced the details of their PA Conference. A fresh look with some new faces to deliver the learning experiences.

See the website: http://todayspaconference.co.uk/

     

January 2015: Launch of Avery Rewards

 

Avery Rewards is back for 2015 and better than ever! Avery Rewards is the in-pack promotion that rewards you for choosing Avery products and to celebrate its 2015 launch, Avery is looking to thank unsung heroes in UK offices.

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January 2015: More news from OMPA - 18-19th February 2015

 

 

The Office Management and PA Show (OMPA) is taking place on 18th & 19th February at Olympia, London. Office Management and PA Show 2015 is recognising the increasing importance of Event organising in the PA profession. 

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December 2014: Global PA Network becomes Global PA Association

  We are excited to announce the launch of the Global PA Association on 2nd December 2014 and we invite EAs, PAs & Secretaries to join us.

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November 2014: pa-assist.com PA Awards for Wales 2014

  Thursday 6th of November 2014 Marriott Hotel, Cardiff hosted the pa-assist.com PA Awards for Wales 2014 with Aimee Bateman of Careercake.tv

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November 2014: Member's Voice Awards - Most popular announced

  Details of the most popular vote for the pa-assist Member's Voice Awards has been announced.

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pa-assist Member's Voice Awards - Voting closes 31st October 2014

pa-assist Member's Voice Awards   Have you voted for your favourites yet? If not, why not?
You can be even luckier than our MVA Nominations stage free prize draw winner, Charlotte Logsdon, PA with Dell Corporation who won a lovely bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.

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October 2014: Office* 2014 - Our Highlights

Office* 2014   As the latest of Mike Caridia's "in the spotlight" series of interviews, Freda Kelly is the former secretary to The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

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October 2014: VA of the Year for England 2014 announced at Office*

VA Awards - Outstanding VAs - Business Specialist Categories   Lunchtime in the Interactive Theatre saw the remaining announcements and presentations for the VA Awards 2014 with the Regional winners considered for the title of VA of the Year for England 2014.

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VA of the Year for Scotland 2014 announced at Business Women LIVE

  As the crowds gathered in Glasgow at the beginning of the month for the Business Women Scotland LIVE event, three professional VAs prepared themselves for the final of the coveted title of VA of the Year for Scotland. The winners received their prizes from TV style Guru Nicky Hambleton-Jones.

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Nominate - pa-assist Member's Voice Awards - be sure to get involved!

Announcement - pa-assist Member's Voice Awards - be sure to get involved!  

As we continue to meet and discuss the profession with our members, we are aware that the world of EAs, PAs and VAs etc frequently says - 'very few people listen to us'!

So as part of our response to that - it's time for us to help you to have your say!

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BeMyVA announces VA of the Year, National Final Details for Scotland

BeMyVA announces VA of the Year, National Final Details for Scotland  

Glasgow - VA of the Year Awards - in association with Business Women Scotland LIVE!

Date: October 2nd 2014 Venue: Radisson Blu, Glasgow
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pa-assist.com's PA Awards for Wales 2014 - new date

pa-assist.com's PA Awards for Wales 2014 - new date   New date announced, with career coach Aimee Bateman joining us for the evening
Date: Thursday, 6th November 2014 Venue: Marriott Hotel, Mill Lane, Cardiff, CF10 1EZ. Web site: www.pa-awards.com/wales Please follow us on Twitter for more updates and news @paofyearwales https://twitter.com/paofyearwales
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BeMyVA announces VA of the Year, South of England Region

BeMyVA announces VA of the Year, South of England Region  

Exeter - PA and VA Networking + BeMyVA.com VA Awards, South of England Region

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 – an event that attracted a keen mix of EAs, PAs and VAs to listen to the (very recently) past President of the Association of Celebrity Assistants (UK): Deborah Shaw, with Prize draws and the VA Awards for the South of England. Read more

     

BeMyVA announces VA of the Year, East of England Regional

BeMyVA announces VA of the Year, East of England Regional   Peterborough PA Network + BeMyVA.com VA Awards, East of England Region
Monday 22nd September 2014 – an event hosted by Peterborough PA network, organised by Bethany Fovargue, supported by Jan Bradshaw of Hays Recruitment and by the Park Inn Peterborough. Read more
     

VA Awards - Outstanding VAs - Business Specialist Categories

VA Awards - Outstanding VAs - Business Specialist Categories   As expected BeMyVA.com are announcing today their
Business Specialist Categories for Outstanding VA,
in addition to the VA of the Year award and Best Newcomer VA.
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VA of the Year for London - BeMyVA.com Presentations 11th Sept 2014

VA of the Year for London - BeMyVA.com Presentations 11th Sept 2014   More than 100 EAs, PAs and VAs gathered at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel for The PA Club’s Late Summer BBQ (www.thepaclub.com) – and find out who the winner of the VA of the Year for London 2014. After some delicious food and event announcements, the BeMyVA team took centre stage to make our Award presentations. With Elizabeth Wakeling, President, EUMA (UK and Ireland), representing the Panel of Judges, and on hand to present the Awards - BeMyVA's CEO, John Palmer, made the following announcements for VA of the Year for the London Region 2014: Read more
     

Pioneer Group for the PA Industry - The 4 degrees!

Pioneer Group for the PA Industry - The 4 degrees!  

Four determined PAs collect their degrees from Middlesex University

Having started their studies under the umbrella of APA, after the APA closed in January 2014, four resolute PAs have now successfully battled their way through to be awarded their BA Degree in Business Administration by Middlesex University. Read more
     

12 new speakers announced for office* 2014

12 new speakers announced for office* 2014   The essential annual event for executive support professionals, office* is where 1000’s of PAs, EAs and office managers network, get inspired, and learn new skills. Packed full of invaluable tools, office*’s 32-strong, 4-theatre, seminar and master class training programme is now available. Read more
     

Northern VA Collaboration Event - 31st May 2014:

Northern VA Collaboration Event - 31st May 2014:   Our partner's BeMyVA.com's event travels took them to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland for the Northern VA Collaboration Event, sponsored by MinuteDock, where we all had the pleasure of meeting a talented group of VAs and PAs.
The event was organised by: Angela Dawson of AdminDoc and the NEVA committee. Read more
     

PA Awards - All-Ireland 20th May 2014

PA Awards - All-Ireland 20th May 2014  

What a fabulous night to mark the return of the PA Awards to Dublin.
Just don't ask what time the celebrations concluded - all great fun!

The evening was hosted by TV3 presenter Sybil Mulcahy, with on-stage interviews with Deborah Shaw (President, Association of Celebrity Assistants), Liz Wakeling (Chairperson, EUMA UK + Ireland), and Marion Lowrence of the PA Hub (Leeds, Yorkshire PA Network), and our recruitment sponsor Cpl Office Support. Read more

     

Survey Update: The Prize Draw Winners

Survey Update: The Prize Draw Winners   Four surveys and 1,223 responses, that's simply fantastic!

We must send a HUGE thank you to all who took the time and effort to take part, especially to those who actually completed all four of the surveys. However, every response from you is potentially significant feedback for us.

All the surveys are now closed and we have made the final draw. Read more

     

Courses for PAs – new page introduced on pa-assist.com

  Great news! I promised you that I’d keep you up to date on new developments from pa-assist and this is the very latest. Now, with our new ‘Courses’ page, you and your organisation can plan ahead and book a varied selection of training courses around the UK. In addition to Reed Learning, our preferred partner, you’ll currently find courses being run between December this year and April 2014. Read more
     

Recommend your favourite Service Providers for inclusion in our Directory Listings

 

Did you know that, as a member, you can now recommend suppliers you use and trust, to be listed in our popular Directory?

Provided you are logged in you will see, on the majority of menu accessed pages, a simple form that will let you type in the name of the business, type of business, web address, telephone number and a space for you to give your reason for recommendation. Once we’ve received and checked it out, we’ll add the supplier to our directory as a “Member Suggestion”. So, get thinking and let me have your recommendations – it’s as easy as that!

     

IAM has entered into liquidation – Blog posting dated: 20th November 2013.

 

Sadly, the Institute of Administrative Management (IAM), the oldest management Institute in the UK, founded in 1915 “has entered into liquidation and ceased trading” – more details here
http://www.instam.org/blog/89-iam-has-entered-into-administration

This blog post also has some brief news about the associated courses – we will try to provide updates as soon as we learn of them.

     

Record Number of PAs register for pa-assist in October

 

After breaking through the 10,000 members mark at the office*2013 show, yet another member record has been created. In October 2013, we have now seen our highest number of applications on-line to become members of pa-assist.com.

Any day now, we will be hitting 11,000 members …… and rising!

If you know a friend or colleague who would benefit from pa-assist membership, you can recommend pa-assist to them by putting their e-mail address in the box below the main menu buttons on the home page.

     

pa-assist sponsor the weekly learning and development event with Twitter

Executive Secretary - weekly learning and development event for the Twitter  

Twebevent: Every Thursday - sponsored by pa-assist.com and @panetworking

The weekly #adminchat hosted by Lucy Brazier provides FREE online training for administrative professionals - at 10am PST/1pm EST/ 6pm GMT/ 7pm CET every Thursday.

#adminchat is an online discussion using Twitter and is open to anyone with a Twitter account. To find out more click here: http://www.executivesecretary.com/

     

LinkedIn for pa-assist members

  Don't forget - you can always join our discussion group on LinkedIn - here's the link: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3380000
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Snapshots of Office*2013

pa-assist at London UK Office*2013   Office*2013 was a huge success with attendances up on previous years, and that has been reflected in the large number of new members we welcomed to our stand.

Once again taking place over 2 days, (8th and 9th October), the show had an action-packed line-up of free and feature seminars, inter-active panel sessions, first-class speakers, leading-edge experts, and more than 175 exhibitors - there will be much more from us in our newsletter of 16th October 2013 – some highlights for us included: Read more
     

Executive PA Magazine PA of the Year Awards 2013

  As the Office*2013 event drew to a close, there was a quick dash across London to catch up with our partners Hays Recruitment  at the Grange City Hotel and celebrate the achievements of these outstanding PAs: Read more
     

New look newsletters ....

 

We had a fantastic response from you, our members on which of three templates you preferred for our future newsletters. In fact, four hundred and forty-four of you responded and, as a result, you have chosen template one for the format we’ll be using shortly, as soon as it is fully tested. We will be letting you know when the change will be.

We also promised that if you entered your name and e-mail address in submitting your vote, we would enter you for a prize draw for a bottle of Champagne.

We are delighted to tell you that the winner is Alison Burry – PA to Group Director of Corporate Affairs – BUPA, and the bottle of fizz was presented by our president, Mike Caridia.

     

In the meantime, if you are a Twitter fan.....

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You can now follow us on Twitter - for news about this site, our latest developements, advertisers, sponsors and competitions by following us @pa_assist - we have just set the account up - you can take a look by following this link: https://twitter.com/pa_assist.

If you are looking for opportunities to network with your peers - look out for the PA Networking section - and you can keep up to date on Twitter by following us @panetworking - here's the link: https://twitter.com/panetworking

Please do provide us with your feedback on any of the new features etc, we look forward to hearing from you.