6 Steps To Getting Your HR Ready For GDPR

GDPR is upon us: 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 Analytica story has brought the subject home with stark clarity. No matter your business size, sector or function, the new…

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Building Rapport

Many of the skills we develop in life are unconsciously fostered business skills. However, once we enter the world of work, our new surroundings can confuse our instincts, placing otherwise normal behaviours into the context of the “professional.” This distinction can throw us off, putting unnecessary pressure on a situation as we try our best…

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The Many Benefits of Going Green

Selling the benefits of green energy is reassuringly easy. Following President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy refused his assertion that the deal could be ‘renegotiated’, pushing through the original deal in spite of American withdrawal. Undeterred, Merkel’s spokesman Steffan Seibert tweeted: “now more…

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How to avoid Clickbait

(Number 4 will shock you!) In my last post I explored some of the key faults in Uber’s business strategy and its relationship with the company’s scandalous reputation (clickbait translation: How one student single-handedly brought down Uber’s Empire). Having done that, I thought I’d turn my attention to the more frivolous but no less contentious…

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The Problem with Meritocracy

How to avoid Uber’s ‘Hobbesian’ business model. Despite modern connotations, the term meritocracy was first coined by Michael Young in his satirical essay ‘The Rise of Meritocracy’, depicting a dystopian future society in which the brightest and best have risen to the top and hardened into a new ruling class. As a supporter of the…

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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,…

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VA of the Month – Lisa

Congratulations are due to Lisa, the first in the PA Business Support team to be awarded ‘VA of the Month’ – an award given in recognition of great work, skills and achievements within our ever-growing team. Below is the first profile for ‘VA of the Month’ as we delve into Lisa’s story and why she…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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