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      Going online with Microsoft Office

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      Helen Bradley shows how cut-down versions of familiar programmes help you work online and remotely. One great feature of Microsoft Office 2010 doesn’t come in the box, and it’s available for anyone to use. It’s the free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that allow you to work with your office documents via […]

      Living and working: city vs countryside

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      Living and working in the city versus living and working in the countryside: Not all PAs work for high powered, huge company bosses in the city. The PA role is possibly one of the most diverse jobs out there. PA Life explores the pros and cons of the PA role in totally different walks of […]

      Tried & Tasted: Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

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      It may have taken the astounding sum of £24 million to restore Edinburgh’s Caledonian hotel to its former glory, but it is money well spent, writes Colette Doyle. The property’s gleaming spaces are redolent of the sophistication and glamour of a bygone age and the hotel can rightly claim its place within the swish Waldorf […]

      The trouble with… being the first PA

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      Justine Smith, PA to Simon Morton at Eyeful Presentations takes us through the issues with being a boss’s or company first ever PA: ’In my experience (and I have done this twice now), by the time the MD of a growing business decides that a PA would be a good idea they are usually already […]

      How to take the perfect photograph

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      Has the boss ever asked you to take an image for a company brochure or something online. Are you ever at a loss with the camera at family events? We’ve asked top professional photographer Rick Bronks to give us his tips for the perfect shot.1. Think about why you are taking the photo‘Techno-mumbo jumbo aside, […]

      The trouble with… being a male PA

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      The first of our weekly ‘The Trouble With…’ columns, this week looking at being a man in a female-dominated profession. Thoughts from Colin Brouwer-Ince, assistant to John Palmer, director of communications and public affairs at Sheffield Hallam University“I am often asked, as a male PA, about my relationship with my boss and how that has […]

      How to choose a private members’ club

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      Are private members’ clubs only for the rich? Which ones would your boss like to join, and what are the benefits?. Groucho Marx may have famously joked, ‘I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member’, but for many people the cachet of belonging to an exclusive group is […]

      Letting the train take the strain

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      It’s a neat advertising slogan, but what exactly do rail companies offer business travellers today? Jane Anderson reports. Research by redspottedhanky.com recently compared the most popular UK business-related rail journeys against air and hire car travel for a single passenger. Findings revealed that, on average, rail travel is the fastest mode of transport for over […]

      Worldwide business cities

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      Our choice of some of the top destinations in which to do business, how to get there, and where to stay. ShanghaiFlights Virgin Atlantic (virginatlantic.com) flies daily to Shanghai from Heathrow. Return economy fares start from £685; from £1,109 for Premium Economy. Hotels Housed in the legendary 1920s Shanghai Club on the historic Bund, the […]

      Interview: Michelle Mone, CEO at Ultimo

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      Michelle Mone, boss of lingerie brand Ultimo, talks about Rihanna, birthday parties and the perfect PA. What keeps you awake at night?I come alive at night and I get a lot of work done as I have so much excess energy so it’s a good time for me to organise emails from the day. I […]