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    The learning curve

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    In the first of an occasional series about continuing education for PAs, we review two training courses – one designed to improve core skills and the other focused on helping to boost your confidence in the workplace. Course: The new PA Provider: Reed Learning “My current job is my first PA position after several years […]

    Home from home

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    The serviced apartment industry is not only keeping up with the times but is highly optimistic about further growth. Nicole Holgate asks some of the key players to reveal the secret to their success.   A survey just conducted by the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) reveals that among its 56 members, 74 per […]

    PR made perfect

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    The role of a PA has always been to multi-task and this can include getting involved in handling PR activities. Follow Ann Pilkington’s practical advice and you’ll be media-savvy in no time. What is PR?Well, it isn’t all parties and lunches. It can include writing press releases, handling media enquiries and organising events and its […]

    Deborah Meaden: This woman means business

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    Highly successful entrepreneur and panel regular on hit TV show Dragon’s Den, Deborah Meaden is also on a mission to save the planet one project at a time, as Colette Doyle discovers.  Even though her talk at the Office trade show at London’s Olympia in mid-September drew the largest crowd of the two-day event, Deborah […]

    Relaxation guaranteed

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    In a world of information overload and constant connectivity, sometimes the only way to ensure workplace wellness is to escape entirely. Here are PA Life’s pick of spas to replenish and refresh Champneys Tring, Buckinghamshire This is a magnificent stately home that combines the older structure with a modern gym, swimming pool and new accommodation. […]

    Room for improvement

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    This month we learn how to give a presentation that has both substance and style. Nicole Holgate channels her inner b!tch to bring you pointers from the professionals What is it about? Own the Room B!tch is a company run by two women who have spent their lives learning how to “own” a room and, despite […]

    Hale and hearty

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    Being healthy extends far beyond making the time to go to the gym every other day. Nicole Holgate finds out how the professionals plan to keep office workers at optimum mental and physical condition.  Extensive research on eating habits  at work by organisations such as Reed Employment and BaxterStorey caterer has shown that employers lose […]

    The Kia Oval set to stage another first

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    Official hospitality provider Keith Prowse will add the spectacular new Corinthian Roof Terrace. The ?250,000 development, undertaken by Oval Events Ltd, will create a new space that will take entertaining and hospitality to new heights on top of the ground?s OCS Stand. With the capital?s cityscape as its backdrop and unrivalled views of action on […]

    A very particular pastime

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    Usually regarded as the province of stuffy males of a certain age, cigar smoking is enjoying a growing popularity among women, who are keen to learn about the art of the aficionado, as Colette Doyle discovers I have been spending quite a lot of time outdoors recently, during the depths of the British winter. Since […]

    PA Profile: Caroline Rush

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    Caroline Rush, Executive Assistant to Felix Dennis, founder and owner of Dennis Publishing.  While some corporate workplaces are bland, faceless zones, the same can hardly be said of the office of Felix Dennis, the flamboyant owner of Dennis Publishing. Taking pride of place on the wall is a print of Oz, the infamous satirical magazine […]