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    Fun and games

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    There is evidence that game-based learning improves employee retention and introduces creativity. Mick McLaughlin clarifies the thinking behind bringing play into the workplace.  We’ve all sat through a company training course or seminar dreaming about our next holiday, thinking about what to have for dinner or musing on what to watch on TV that night. What’s […]

    Full steam ahead

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    With remote working becoming increasingly popular, office staff are often expected to work effectively while travelling to and from business meetings. David Watkins offers his advice for making the most of your rail journey.    Plan in advance to get a ‘fare’ priceBuying a ticket at the last minute often comes with a price tag, […]

    Team Sean gets going in Clipper race

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    Michelle Porter is PA to three directors at Young & Rubicam group; this summer she is taking part in the challenging Clipper round-the-world yacht race. “Another crazy month goes by, now this race is more a reality and not so much the distant dream that I once signed up for. 11 May was a monumental […]

    A gift of real value

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    House of Fraser for Business has relaunched an eGift card that can be sent to any device capable of receiving email.  The cards can be loaded with any value from £1-£1,000 and are a secure and immediate way to provide a sales incentive or employee reward.  Sent as an email, the eGift card can be […]

    Building a sustainable future

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    Venues have been making great strides with ecological approaches and some in particular are leading the field, reports Nicole Holgate.  Tracey Beck, General Manager of Winford Manor, is always keen to talk about the green techniques the hotel uses and why they make a difference. Originally, she says, the decision to go green was made because […]

    10 of the best: Academic venues

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    These fine institutions of higher learning offer a range of first-rate facilities, meaning you’ll graduate with honours in venue selection. Colette Doyle has all the details. Aberdeen University of Aberdeen (pictured); abdn.ac.uk Number of meetings spaces: 12 Maximum capacity: 400 Number of bedrooms: The university doesn’t offer accommodation to delegates during term time, (September to […]

    PA Profile: Michelle Dersookiasian

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    Michelle Dersookiasian is PA to Toni Mascolo, co-founder and CEO of Toni & Guy. Clearly, beauty is in Michelle Dersookiasian’s blood, writes Colette Doyle. This 32-year-old personal assistant of Armenian descent started off as a Saturday girl at the local hairdresser’s at the tender age of 14. Fast forward to 2013 and she now works […]

    Confessions of a personal assistant

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    PAs in the UK know only too well the demands made of them by hard-to-please bosses, but news reaches PA Life from across the pond that managers in New York expect help that goes well beyond the call of duty. One executive assistant reports that he was constantly called upon to invent excuses for his […]

    ‘Up at the O2’ open for corporate team building

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    If your boss has tasked you with testing your colleagues’ mettle on the company’s next team-building excursion, you may want to consider the activities on offer at the O2 centre.The iconic London landmark has launched a number of team-building packages for one of its newest activities, entitled ‘Up at the O2’. Opened to the public […]

    The countdown begins in earnest

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    Michelle Porter is PA to three directors at Young & Rubicam group; this summer she is taking part in the challenging Clipper round-the-world yacht race. “If anyone had said to me when I signed up for the Clipper round-the-world yacht race that I would be living and breathing it so many months before we set off, […]