productivity hacks

Productivity Hacks for Business Owners

Not enough hours in the day to complete your projects and follow through on your ideas? Here are a few productivity hacks from our resident Executive Coach, Hans Schumann. Hiring a Personal Assistant is a great way of freeing up your time to focus on core activities in your business. Yet, one of the symptoms…

Jacqueline Renz

Singapore Launch

We are excited to announce that PA Business Support is going international! In the coming year, we will be launching a whole new office of executive virtual assistants in Singapore. In the same vein as our UK office, we will be bringing our bespoke and specialized VA services – email and call taking, calendar and…

Popular Apps

9 Apps We Couldn’t Live Without

For small and medium business owners, anything that makes our lives easier, saves time, and increases productivity, is worth knowing about. We’ve put together some of the apps we couldn’t live without. Take a look at these for when you need to: Manage finances and cashflow We love using Xero to help us keep on…

business plan

Why Should You Write a Business Plan?

If you ask any business coach or mentor what they feel should be the first step when starting a business, there is a very good chance they will talk about a business plan. Worryingly, the business plan has become noticeably absent from many start-ups’ to-do lists, and appears to be seen as nothing more than…

CRM Systems

Top CRM Systems for SMEs

When you manage a small business, efficiency can often mean the difference between success and failure. You want to grow, but to grow you need more customers. To get more customers, you need to source leads. Once the leads are sourced, you need to make sure you are marketing to them in the right way,…

Divvying up the benefits

Divvying up the benefits

We’re now a month into a new financial year and the dawn of a new April invariably brings a wave of changes to the financial industry – more specifically, the taxing system. The Summer Budget of 2016 announced by George Osborne proved no different at all from its forefathers with a host of changes, specifically…

home office

Flex up and look sharp

With an estimated 70 per cent of mothers in the UK working according to the Women’s Business Council, flexible working is a business buzzword which is knocking on the door of employers across all industries up and down the country. Once a marginal part of the UK workforce, today the amount of working mothers is…

Sophie Burnett Interview

Successful Entrepreneurs’ Stories

Sophie was pleased to be interviewed by Adele McLay, for her ‘Successful Entrepreneur Stories’ blog about her transition from being self-employed through to joint Managing Director of PA Business Support Ltd with her business partner Sabina. She talks about the trials and tribulations of her business journey, how she and Sabina have worked together over…

SMEs infographics

UK Small Business Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s been said by many that SMEs represent the backbone of the UK economy. We took a look at some of the statistics from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills report and created an infographic to highlight some of the key findings. In 2013, there were around 4.9 million small businesses in the UK which employed…

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The Importance of the UK’s SME Network [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a follow up to our post on the UK’s Small Business Statistics, we found this cool infographic from Platform Black, which includes more detail on employment, geography and finance. As an aside, The Guardian recently reported that SMEs face £40bn in unpaid invoices stating “That’s an average of £38,186 per firm. If the figure reaches £50,000,…

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5 Top Tips for Small Businesses

Did you know that there are over 4.5 million SMEs in Britain? In the last three years, they’ve created 80% of the new jobs in the private sector – I think that’s amazing. SMEs make up 99.9% of all private businesses in the UK and employ 14.4 million people. With an annual turnover of £1,600…

outsourcing

The What and Why of Outsourcing

Do you remember reading about the US software developer who outsourced his entire job to China for a sixth of what he was being paid last year? He was found out when the company he worked for looked into who had been connecting to their system from China. His boss wasn’t amused and he was…

Personal assistant support

9 Reasons Why You Need a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants are a relatively new phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, it is estimated there are only up to 25,000 VA’s worldwide – it’s a rapidly growing profession as companies realise the benefits and more VA’s setup business, or join existing ones. So why exactly would you hire a VA? Here’s nine simple reasons why you…