GDPR

6 Steps To Getting Your HR Ready For GDPR

GDPR is upon us. And if the consequences of not using data transparently weren’t already blindingly clear thanks to the flood of emails you’ve probably been getting about it, the recent media frenzy around the Facebook/Cambridge Analytics story has brought the subject home with stark clarity. No matter your business size, sector or function, the…

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#metoo and the biggest cultural shift for decades

In the US it has led to #timesup – a movement supported by the National Women’s Law Center which now claims to have over 200 volunteer lawyers and a $20-million subsidiary to support lower-income women seeking justice for sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. #metoo has even inspired movements started by men, aimed at…

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Why You Deserve a Personalised Recruitment Service

Recruitment consultants and agencies don’t always have the best reputation. Have you ever been contacted by a recruiter for a job that doesn’t suit your skillset? Or bombarded with inappropriate CVs for a position you are seeking to fill? Unfortunately, if you haven’t had a negative experience yourself, you probably know someone who has. Finding…

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Protecting Your Business from Cyber Crime

Many small and medium business owners are underestimating their risk of being targeted by cyber criminals, believing they are less of an attractive target than bigger organisations. Worryingly, the opposite is true, as hackers are increasingly focusing their efforts on small businesses. This is because SMEs tend to have lower defences than larger businesses, usually…

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The Power of Presenting

Very few people are born with the natural charisma and confidence that it is assumed great presenters possess. It would be unreasonable to expect a child to learn to ride a bike immediately, or for anyone new to a sport to excel at it from day one. Presenting is a skill like any other and…

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How has the Brexit Vote affected SMEs?

On the 21st June 2016, we wrote a post that detailed how we felt the referendum vote would affect SME’s. We sourced information from both sides of the argument and highlighted what some of those at the forefront of each movement were anticipating. Well, now we know the result and it is that Britain will…

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Top Time Management Software Apps

Effectively managing your time as an SME is incredibly important. In the early days, you may have to focus on running the business, performing the service and driving the sales all by yourself. Even when you progress and grow, you may still find that you are performing the same tasks but have added employee duties…

How the EU Referendum Might Affect SMEs

On Thursday 23rd June, the UK has been given the opportunity to vote on whether we remain in, or step outside of the European Union. Many would say that the EU referendum debate has been wholly negative to date, with campaigners from both sides predicting disaster and disarray should their opponent win. There is no…

Best Foot Forward

Putting your best foot forward

Is ‘dressing to impress’ still relevant for today’s working woman? What to wear is all part of the daily grind for most of us – unless your role requires uniform, you are responsible for looking the part in your working life. But what does that actually mean? What expectation is there on today’s woman to…

SME Apps

5 of the latest tools to take your SME to the next level

With more and more employees expecting remote working, hot desking and an actual work/life balance, SMEs find themselves needing tools powerful enough for workers to get business done before they clock off. There are plenty of well-known tools out there that you’re probably already using, but which ones could complement or even replace your existing…

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Making the best out of networking

Networking is one of those Marmite kind of words – you either love it or hate it. Business is easy if you can bowl into a room of strangers and not only make ‘friends’ but actually address a underlying business agenda at the same time. For those who don’t flow into it so easily, much…

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Why the blue bird is good for business

For some of you, it’s the place you run to and splurge all your innermost thoughts daily. For some of you, it’s an annoying bolt on to your ever-increasing workload. For some of you, it might simply just be that annoying little blue bird symbol you see splattered across pretty much all aspects of modern…

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Featured in Hertfordshire Advertiser

Thank you to the Hertfordshire Advertiser for featuring us in their Let’s talk business’ section following our award nomination. Our Great British Entrepreneur Awards nomination in the category of ‘Micro Business’ has given us fantastic opportunities to talk about why we are proud of our business and to share our journey over the last 10…

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We made the finals!

What a fantastic week! PA Business Support has been selected as a finalist for the Federation of Small Business (FSB) Hertfordshire Business Awards in the Young Business Person of the Year category. It’s good practice to regularly review your business but how often do we have time to really look at just how far we…

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Meet our VA: Helen

What were you doing before you became a VA for PABS? I was PA to the Sales Director at the UK’s largest travel company for many years, and then for the Business Development Director and co-founder of a publishing company. More recently I was a PA to the Executive Director of a wonderful charity which…

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Working with people you like

‘Remember Sophie, only work with people you like!’. I was given this piece of advice when I first set up PA Business Support. In the beginning I was keen to work with anyone and everyone, but I soon realised that the key to any business success is working with good quality suppliers, clients and of…

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Meet our VA: Georgie

What were you doing before you became a social media and digital communications specialist for PABS? Contracting as a digital communications advisor in Australia and New Zealand. Including running a year-long interactive anniversary celebration for an Australian University and more recently managing online communication for the New Zealand government’s Earthquake Commission, part of the Christchurch…

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Meet our VA: Mireille

What were you doing before you became a VA for PABS? I was a PA in precision fabrics for the screen-printing and the filtration industry, pharmaceutical, Private Equity firms and not-for-profit organisations. What have been your greatest achievements to date? Organising 3 day-meetings for 200 people in various European cities, sorting out expenses spanning the…

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Virtual Celebration: Happy 3rd Birthday!

It’s our third birthday this month and what a 3 years it’s been! We are delighted to say we’ve made it, we’re still here and we’re stronger than ever. The team is continually building and we’re always looking for new team members with specialist skills. If you are looking to become a VA and to join an…

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Guest Blog: Virtual Marketing

Alison Page of ACP Marketing offers marketing support and creative management services to SME’s in Herts, Beds and Bucks who are either unable or unwilling to commit to a full-time marketing resource. Alison kindly offered to write a blog for us on virtual marketing and whether it’s really possible: Wikipedia defines marketing as ‘the process of communicating…

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PA Lifestyle Support

Would you believe we opened just under 18 months ago? How time has flown and business has progressed.  We are delighted to be where we are now.  We have a fantastic team and some wonderful clients. Most recently we’ve been working on the launch of our new lifestyle concierge service… PA Lifestyle Support. It focuses on supporting…

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What is a Virtual Assistant?

A Virtual Assistant (VA) supports you and your business on a remote basis by taking responsibility for your administration and working with you to achieve your goals. You still receive the same level of service as you would from an on-site Personal Assistant (PA) but without the need to provide office space and employing them. What…

ExecSec Summit 2012

Sophie is delighted to have been asked to be a speaker at the PA Life Magazine ExecSec Summit 2012 Conference on the 16th and 17th April in the beautiful Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire. It is a fantastic event that supports PAs, Office Managers, Administrators and Virtual Assistants with the challenges faced in today’s business environment. Sophie will be…