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      The rise of the virtual assistant

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      If you’re considering going from full-time company PA into a freelance role, this may be the ideal time. The number of individuals and businesses hiring online PAs, or virtual assistants, is doubling year on year, according to new statistics.   A recent survey conducted by job platform Elance shows there has been an 85% annual […]

      Traditional methods of communication remain strong

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      Communications technology in the modern age is advancing at an exponential rate and changing the way we communicate, both personally and professionally. With social networking and the ability to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world at our fingertips, the need for face-to-face communication would appear to be diminishing.   However, the value of meeting […]

      Simplify travel booking with Business First

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      In today’s corporate world, an increasing amount of a PA’s time is taken up planning travel. With the introduction of the Qi technology suite, Business First has designed simple-to-use tools to promote efficiency and, more importantly, save PAs valuable time booking business travel. The company’s iPortal is an interactive gateway with a wide range of […]

      Tried & Tasted: Hibiscus

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      Some restaurants are fun, casual affairs where you might drop in to grab a quick bite after work; Hibiscus is not one of those places, writes Colette Doyle. You would no more grab a bite here than you would hope to snap up a bargain at a Gucci emporium, for dining at Hibiscus is a […]

      Reinvent your business image

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      As we progress through life, our likes, dislikes and habits change. The way we like to dress and visually present ourselves changes too. Our beliefs and thinking continue to develop as we mature emotionally and physically, and again, this is reflected in our choice of clothes and dressing style. How we like to look at […]

      Orient-Express launches website dedicated to business bookings

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      Luxury travel operator Orient-Express has launched a new portal that can be used by PAs booking events to find information on each of the company’s 45 hotel, train, cruise and restaurant ventures. The website, orient-express.com/events, has specifically been designed for corporate clients seeking inspiration in order to create bespoke events and incentive experiences with a […]

      Exeter PA network is flying high

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      Tips on mentoring and coaching were central to the latest Exeter PA network meeting, held at the new Hampton by Hilton, the site of the training academy for Flybe, the UK’s largest domestic carrier. The event attracted more than 60 delegates and included a tour of the new hotel and a visit to Flybe’s flight […]

      PAs are pivotal says former Clinton adviser

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      PAs are an asset to their company and their bosses should definitely know it, asserts former White House Director of Events, Laura Schwarz (pictured). Given that nearly three quarters of respondents (72%) to last year’s annual National PA Survey said that they felt being a PA was undervalued as a professional career choice, Schwartz, who […]

      Female-friendly hotel database will help lone travellers

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      The modern PA is just as likely to find herself making trips to far-flung business destinations as her boss, so hotels are taking it upon themselves to provide improved safety for women travelling alone. The most popular measures put in place by hotels to ensure safety are: never read out a room number at check-in […]

      Peterborough PAs get together

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      Skills that empower PAs to delegate both upwards and downwards and that show assistants which steps to take to become strategic business partners to their bosses formed the basis of an interesting talk recently given by PA coach Lindsay Taylor of Your Excellency. This was one of the fascinating seminars at the Peterborough PA Network’s […]