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Marja Toseland

Understanding the culture in the Middle East is essential for business success

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In the world of business, effective communication and cultural understanding are essential ingredients for success. The culture in the Middle East, and business etiquette too, are different from the West and it’s important to learn how best to work with the partners from this region, advises Didi Basry, an expert in Middle Eastern business culture… […]

It’s Christmas Party Time! At least for the party organisers

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The festive season is fast approaching, and venues across South East England are gearing up to welcome your guests for this most magical time of the year. Whether you are looking for a lively joiner party, wish to host your own private corporate Christmas event or treat your team to a delectable festive lunch experience, […]

Spotlight on Cheltenham: a great destination for business events

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Cheltenham is a Regency spa and festival town with world-renowned sporting and cultural events, picturesque venues and provides the gateway to the Cotswolds. Recognised as the ‘cradle of cyber innovation for the UK’ and a hot spot for both cyber and digital businesses, Cheltenham is also a destination for business events. It’s perfect for delegates wishing […]

Event horizons – finding the perfect venue

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The vision is there: a conference, a corporate team gathering, a product launch or an awards ceremony. But before the invitations go out, a crucial first step awaits – finding the perfect venue. This space sets the stage for your event, impacting everything from atmosphere to logistics, and ultimately its success. But this is where […]

Importance of team building

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We discussed the importance of team building with some of PA Life’s Recommended Suppliers and asked Sophie Bailey from WorkTripp, Gabriella Thorn from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Sian Haywood from Foxhills and Alex Hewitt, CEO of AOK Events for their expert views. These event and teambuilding experts shared their views on why team building is so […]

Clarity and Brighter enter an exciting new era following brand overhaul

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The leading TMC has undergone a major rebranding which was unveiled on 17 June 2024. Brighter, the meetings and events arm, has also been part of Clarity’s brand overhaul. Clarity, which acquired award-winning UK TMC, Agiito in October 2023, is on a continued journey to integrate the two businesses and brands into one that represents […]

Pavilions of Harrogate & Yorkshire Event Centre hosted PA Life Club

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PA Life Club members enjoyed a warm Yorkshire welcome and fantastic hospitality at Pavilions of Harrogate and Yorkshire Event Centre on our overnight FAM Trip on June 7th and 8th. The two large event venues are owned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society charity who support the local farming community and local schools too… This was […]

Ask Abi column answers burning questions by assistants

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Our Ask Abi columnist, Abigail Jones, a career EA, answers burning questions by assistants sent to us by PAs and EAs. Abi currently works at Spotify and also provides professional coaching and mentoring to individuals and corporate groups…     How to make your executive prioritise your one-to-one meetings? Thank you for writing in with […]

Center Parcs celebrates ten years of corporate events at Woburn Forest

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Congratulations are due to Center Parcs Conferences & Events who celebrate ten years of corporate events at Woburn Forest, first of its two dedicated events venues… Over 85,000 delegates have set foot in the forest destination since The Venue first opened its doors to corporate bookings in June 2014. In its first year, Woburn Forest […]

Tempest, the iconic Brighton beachfront venue relaunched after extensive revamp

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The Laine Pub Company has reopened its flagship site – Tempest – the iconic Brighton beachfront venue after a £350,000 refurbishment. The extensive overhaul sees this amazing space re-imagined in a way which will captivate both residents and visitors to Brighton’s famous seafront, alike… Welcome back to Tempest, the iconic Brighton beachfront venue Tempest has […]

What to expect at The Meetings Show 2024

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The Meetings Show 2024 kicks off at ExCeL London this Wednesday and it promises to be the must-attend event for #eventprofs this summer. See what to expect at the Meetings Show 2024 on June 19th and 20th… The Meetings Show features a jam-packed programme with a stellar line up of meeting and event suppliers from […]

Incorporating wellness into your events – the secret sauce to success

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As the warm embrace of summer approaches, the allure of outdoor events, team-building retreats, and corporate gatherings beckons. Yet, in the rush to plan the perfect summer soiree, we often overlook a crucial element – the wellbeing of our attendees. In today’s fast-paced world, integrating wellbeing into your events isn’t just a luxury. Lucy Eden, […]

Ego and self-promotion – what’s the difference?

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Is having an ego and mastering self-promotion the same thing? Emma Hulbert, Senior Principal Consultant at Lily Shippen Recruitment discusses the definitions and differences… Do you ever think about posting something you are proud of either personally or professionally on a platform such as LinkedIn, but stop yourself because you are worried that people will […]

Venues of Excellence announces an outstanding membership year

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Venues of Excellence (VOE), the UK’s leading consortium for independent venues, specialising in conference and events, has announced outstanding success in its key business objectives over the past year… The consortium, now in its third year of ownership with Mandy Jennings, CEO at the helm, has continued to expand the portfolio, introducing 14 new venues […]

How to build a better business travel programme – stress free in one day

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How to build a better business travel programme – stress free in one day. Building a business travel programme can be complex, confusing and time consuming. But it doesn’t have to be. At Business Travel Show Europe, which takes place 19-20 June at ExCeL in London, you can find a huge range of business travel […]

The Meetings Show to showcase world’s first reusable zero waste exhibition stand  

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A world first reusable zero waste exhibition stand made from event waste carpet will make its global debut at The Meetings Show next week.    Thanks to a collaboration between creator Paradigm and partners isla, The Bulb, Informa and The Meetings Show, a prototype of the innovative reusable zero waste stand will be revealed to the […]

Why AI will never oust the Executive Assistant

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There’s a new buzzword in town: ChatGPT. Personally, I’m getting a bit tired of hearing about it, says Adam Fidler, founder of Adam Fidler Academy. We’ve had scores of emails from Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs) all over the world asking how ChatGPT and, more collectively, artificial intelligence (AI), will affect their roles… […]

How happy are assistants in the workplace?

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How many hours are you working, compared to how many you’re employed to work? Do you have flexible working conditions? And are you contacted regularly outside of working hours? PA Life asked almost 170 PAs and EAs exactly how happy are assistants in the workplace and more. Here’s what you said… Working hours factor in […]