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    Getting there

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    With PAs expected to multi-task more than ever, one of the key duties that falls under their remit is booking business travel. PA Life teamed up with PrivateFly to analyse their buying habits – Colette Doyle evaluates the results.   Think of travel and what comes to mind: a sun-drenched beach with an exotic cocktail […]

    Bridging the maternity gap

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    If you are an expectant mother who doesn’t want to give up her career, the professional tide has turned in your favour. A number of companies are working hard to ensure that they don’t lose valuable, experienced PAs by providing cover incentives and flexible working schemes. For instance, one new recruitment firm provides a financial reward. The […]

    Culloden Estate invests in the future

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    The historic Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast has undergone a £1 million refurbishment that includes upgrades to the kitchen, banqueting suites and the spa. All rooms and suites have also been kitted out with new, luxurious Cloud beds and significant landscaping has taken place to create the hotel’s own herb garden. The hotel, which […]

    Looking ahead

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    At the recently held Office Management & PA Show, PA Life Editor Colette Doyle led a debate between four PAs from vastly different sectors. They discussed openly what they felt about the profession and shared their thoughts on the future development of the role. To open the debate, Doyle asked the panel how they felt […]

    City of culture

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    Amazing historical sights, warm and welcoming people, passionate dance moves and a thriving social scene – prepare to be seduced by Seville, says PA Life editor Colette Doyle. The scent of oranges pervades Seville – in fact, there are more than 14,000 bitter orange trees in this most delightful Andalucian city, and each springtime the glorious […]

    UK hotel group launches express check-in service

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    At last, a system that means when your boss checks in to a hotel you don’t have to monitor the process to make sure everything goes to plan. An intelligent smartphone express check-in service has been launched for business and leisure travellers staying at any of the 36 Guoman and Thistle hotels across the UK. […]

    Get a fresh start to your day at the Mint Leaf

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    Everyone knows that breakfast is an unmissable meal and an essential start to the working day. Now City-based PAs can try breakfast with a difference at the Mint Leaf Lounge and Restaurant, located conveniently close to Bank tube station. Serving breakfast from 8-11am, the Mint Leaf is offering guests freshly ground coffee and delicious pastries […]

    Catering to all tastes

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    When it comes to event organising, if the food is good everyone has a great time but if it isn’t, your guests will be quick to complain. Anne Aitken explains how to choose, brief and manage your caterer to ensure you enjoy a successful event. Identify a shortlist If you are using a venue that […]

    PA Profile: Deborah Shaw

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    Deborah Shaw never seems to turn down an opportunity; one of the most significant was when a friend invited her on holiday to Los Angeles. “It was April, the weather in California was gorgeous and I didn’t want to leave,” she laughs. Then a new acquaintance said that if Deborah were to come back, they would employ […]

    A memo from… Susie Barron-Stubley

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    I’ve had a tricky few weeks with some of the relationships in my private life, and it’s given me cause to pause and reflect about how hard we find it to have important conversations – both personally and professionally.  Most of us instinctively shy away from confrontation, conflict and disagreements, and from saying something to someone […]