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    Top 12 Office show innovations

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    There was a lot to see at last year’s Office show. If you missed any of the excitement, here is PA Life’s pick of the products, venues and services on offer, such as Event Prop Hire (pictured), which can theme any event, whether it be a corporate function, product launch, exhibition stand or private party. In […]

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

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    I count myself lucky that my role as venue-finder supremo, looking for lovely new places where Mr P can take his important business contacts, allows me to do the rounds of some rather famous chefs. Recently, I had the pleasure of dining at The Ritz, overseen by the MBE-awarded John Williams and I have also […]

    A memo from Rosemary Parr

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    The term personal branding has become a hot topic in the last decade, but what does it actually mean and how does it relate to personal assistants? Do you sometimes feel other people seem to get all the best opportunities? You work hard, try your best but you always have the feeling you are not […]

    Meet in the middle

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    The Midlands has the best features of the north and south. With its central location, beautiful scenery and a plethora of venues to choose from, it makes the ideal destination for any event. Molly Dyson gives you the guided tour. Encompassing 14 counties and more than 11,000 square miles, the Midlands region of England acts as […]

    And finally… something for the boss

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    At PA Life we’re devoted to bringing you the very latest news, tips, 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 […]

    A historic occasion

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    London’s liveries are part of the rich history of the City and provide grandeur that is hard to match. They are often inaccessible to the public, but can be hired for corporate functions. PA Life takes a look at some of the spaces available, such as the Brewers’, Clothworkers’, Haberdashers’ and Stationers’ Halls.   Brewers’ […]

    An association of ideas

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    With such a wealth of planning options now available at travellers’ fingertips, the question is: how can PAs be sure they are doing the right thing for their executives on the go? Catherine McGavock provides some answers. Traditionally, business travel has been managed by obliging bookers to make arrangements through a dedicated channel – a […]

    Prepare to hit the road

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    Global travel management specialist Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) provides solutions for organisations in more than 150 countries. PA Life Editor Colette Doyle picks its brain to find out how management assistants can make travel planning that much easier. First, she asked: “CWT recently launched the Travel Stress Index, which measures the financial impact of lost […]

    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 […]