Welcome to the first issue of 2020! And what a start to the year it’s been as we get ready for ‘show season’.
The PA Show (along with sister events International Confex, OMYAGUE and the Event Production Show) kicks things off on February 25th & 26th at ExCeL, London. A heady mix of exhibitors, workshops, conference sessions and networking, the Show will also play host to a major presence by PA Life. Our Stand (D03P) will feature healthy juice shots from Junius, while biophilia (that’s ‘a love of nature’ before you start Googling) specialist Plant Design will be decorating the stand with greenery to demonstrate how, as well as looking beautiful, plants can help our wellbeing.
And speaking of wellbeing, the PA Life Workplace Wellness & Wellbeing Summit will, of course, take place during the PA Show too. Tickets are going fast, so make sure you don’t miss out. Register at www.pashow.com and book your tickets via the portal.
We have a guide to the PA Show on pages 25 to 36 to help you plan your visit. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
We’re also heading to Olympia on February 26th & 27th for the Business Travel Show. This long-established event is a great opportunity to discover the latest business travel options and solutions. It’s particularly worth you checking out the Fundamentals Conference Programme. This is a 10-track stream designed specifically for PAs, EAs and SMEs who manage business travel bookings – but for whom it’s not their full time job. Find out more about the Show on pages 38 & 39. And we also take a look at other business travel options on pages 40 & 42.
Elsewhere in this issue we speak to our PA Profile star Terri Leary about life as a Virtual Assistant – she tells us about juggling multiple clients and their individual requirements, plus working from beaches in Bali!
Kate Warburton is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Truphone and she has penned her thoughts on whether administrative personnel are valued enough in the workplace. A very interesting and thought-provoking piece, you can read it on page 20.
We know that managing expenses claims and trawling through piles of crumpled receipts is a major bugbear for most PAs and EAs – so we’ve provided a guide to some of the best apps available to help steamline the process. Find out more on pages 22 & 23.
Earlier this year, the PA Life team travelled to the Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve to find out how this 600-acre wild animal park in Kent can host corporate events, team-building and more with a twist. Find out how the venue can help you make your upcoming events a roaring (sorry…) success on pages 46 & 47.
And of course, we have the usual How To guides, Restaurant Review and news from the PA Life Club.
Enjoy! And we look forward to meeting you all at the upcoming shows!
Lisa Carter, Associate Editor