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    And now…. something for the boss: staying focused

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    At PA Life we’re devoted to bringing you the very latest news, advice and recommendations on a whole smorgasbord of topics that we hope are of interest to you in your professional lives. Since our most popular stories seem to be those that provide suggestions on how to engender a better working relationship with your manager, […]

    Stay on the safe side

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    With business travel on the increase, it’s more important than ever to exercise duty of care over executives jetting off overseas. Business travel expert John Burke opens your eyes to the potential risks It’s a fairly standard scenario: you’ve spent the afternoon arranging a trip for your boss to the far east, involving three airlines […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA: the Bingham’s 30th anniversary

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    What’s in a name? Well, when it’s the Bingham hotel and restaurant, you get a rich history of nobility and culture, as the Richmond property was once the home of Lady Ann Bingham and later the poets Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper. I was invited to the venue’s 30th anniversary party and I’m glad I […]

    Institutes of excellence

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    Sourcing a venue for corporate events isn’t always an easy task, but academic institutions offer a low-cost alternative to hotels and conference centres. PA Life takes a look at the huge selection available across the UK. University of Bristol (pictured): bristol.ac.uk/conferences-hospitality/conferences/; Number of meeting spaces: The campus provides numerous spaces across a wide variety of […]

    Find inspiration at the venues of Queen Mary University

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    Events & Hospitality QM is the in-house brand of Queen Mary University of London, which has more than 100 venues for hire from just £39 per delegate. The academic institution has three convenient locations in the City, Mile End and Whitechapel. The university’s iconic venues include the Octagon, (pictured) which can accommodate up to 500 […]

    Iscoyd Park targets the corporate market

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    Country house Iscoyd Park is expanding into private events and targeting the corporate hospitality market. Home to the Godsal family since the 19th century, Iscoyd Park has received awards for its accommodation and is now emerging as a premium choice for bespoke corporate events. The Georgian property overlooks the borders of North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA: networking at Stanbrook Abbey

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    As most of you well know, finding a venue in a city that’s nowhere near your office can be a challenging task, to say the least. That’s why I felt it was vital to attend the PA Life networking event at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire. Well, that and the fact that the pictures of the […]

    PA profile: Alison Ward

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    When most people picture a personal assistant they imagine a woman running errands for a high-flying, big-city exec. Rarely would you conjure up images of someone working around tractors and six dogs, one of which is her own four-legged companion. As a self-proclaimed country PA, Alison Ward has a thing or two to say about […]

    Top 10 business travel innovations for 2014

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    Business travel technology is changing at a rapid pace. Many of the exhibitors at this year’s Business Travel Show revealed new time and cost-saving offerings for the corporate market. Here are some of PA Life’s favourites. American Express Global Business Travel (pictured): AX Connect already provides bookers with a way to pinpoint and communicate with […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA: The Jones Family Project

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    Every now and then you come across a restaurant that has a truly unique idea behind it. The Jones Family Project is my latest discovery; I was so blown away by the food at the tasting event I attended the other night that all I could say was “wow”. The restaurant is convenient for City […]