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    How to steer clear of festive party disasters

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    You might have some doubts in the back of your mind about whether your office Christmas party will be a hit with the rest of the team. To help you avert a potential festive farce, here are some handy hints on how to avoid the top Christmas party clangers. The sit-down mealWhile we all like […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA: Mamounia

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    As I get to visit a fair few restaurants in my capacity as PA extraordinare, I can vouch for the fact that, sadly, many of them seem to have been fitted out in a bland, identikit type of way – interior design 101 if you will. Imagine my delight, then, when I was invited to […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA

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    I like to get out and about, as regular readers of this blog will know, but usually I confine my travels to zones 1-6 of the TFL network. Last week, however, I was invited by the lovely people at Malaysia Airlines to jet off to Kuala Lumpur with a select group of other lucky PAs. […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA

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    I have been out and about on the town again this week. First up, was a shindig for Ascott serviced apartments – they’re a Singapore-based company that has literally oodles of properties in all sorts of far-flung and exotic-sounding places, like Doha, Bangkok and Tokyo. Personally, I liked the sound of the new Citadines Suites […]

    Meet Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA

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    Normally when your boss asks you to do something, you’ll unquestioningly fall into line and carry out their request. After all, they’re the ones paying your salary, carrying out your appraisal and the person you need to keep on the right side of – plus, they’d never do anything untoward, surely. Alas, this blind faith […]

    Gifts that keep on giving

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    A classic and often time-consuming task for a PA is finding suitable presents to reward staff and clients. PA Life takes the stress out of shopping with a selection of corporate gifts for all occasions, such as Spicers (pictured), which packs thousands of gift, corporate and personal hampers every year from its base in Hythe […]

    Presents made perfect

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    Gifts are ideal for showing appreciation or rewarding loyalty, but businesses must take care that the delivery enhances the reputation of the company that is offering the gift. Mandy Precious guides us through the essentials. Timing – make sure you give yourself time to research, plan and implement your gifting programme. Take into account the […]

    Unlimited access

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    You can’t put a price on experience, but a celebrity PA can apply her knowledge to help other PAs deal with their own bosses in all different industry sectors. Nicole Holgate finds out how. PA Access All Areas launched in 2012, delivering training to assistants at all stages of their careers. Using their combined 25 years’ […]

    How to be family-friendly in the workplace

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    Family-friendly is a buzzword that gets bandied around thousands of offices across the UK and is fast becoming a key attribute for many PAs looking for a new role. But what does it really mean? And how can PAs encourage their management to sit up, take note and introduce some practices that will help improve […]

    Get ready in the run-up to Christmas

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    Stuck for festive ideas, or looking for a change from last year’s office party disaster? PA Life presents its own 12 Days of Christmas list to help you prepare for the joyous season of gifting and celebrating. Alexander & JamesAside from a selection of the finest spirits from Tanqueray 10 to limited edition single malt […]