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Knickers, balloons and Glitter- Another Successful  NW VA Conference

“This event has to be the essential go-to event for all VAs”

They say you’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and if the speakers and attendees at this year’s NWVA Conference are anything to go by, I must be amazing!

Of course the success of any event like this largely depends on good planning and organisation… but to REALLY make it work, it also needs some brilliant speakers and a fabulous audience – and we had both in abundance at last month’s conference. [..read more..]


Manchester: A city to showcase yourself……still !

It’s been a tough couple of weeks in Manchester; as a city we’re heartbroken by the devastating incident at the Ariana Grande concert recently. But heartbroken doesn’t mean broken, and the city’s response as it rallied to help victims and support the emergency services has made me so proud of my home town. Nothing can […]

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VA Conference Presentation: How I fought my Mind Monkey with Clarity….and won!

Well, it’s a week on since I faced my fears and delivered my presentation to the 2017 VA Conference in London, and all I can say is “WOW”. Well, clearly that’s not all I can say, otherwise this would be a pretty short, not to mention uninspiring, blog. But honestly, as natural highs go, that […]

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Nervous? Who, me? Absolutely! Olympia, I’m on my way!

The time has come: I’m on my way to London to attend the 2017 VA Conference at the Office Show in Olympia. Nothing new there: I’ve checked in to this annual event as a delegate many times, and for the past two years I’ve been invited to speak on a panel at the show. But […]

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Is the internet rotting our brains? It’s time to stop and smell the roses!

I was flabbergasted recently to read, on a local web forum for mums, someone asking if there was an app that would tell her when to feed her baby. Thankfully, common sense prevailed in the responses she received, with people advising her that the baby, itself, would let her know – in no uncertain terms […]

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I’ll be your VA-lentine

5 Ways to Love your VA as a Partner, not just an Assistant Don’t worry, we’re not expecting wine and roses here…BUT…if you want to really get the best out of your VA, you need to work with them as a partner, not just an assistant. And, like a good marriage, this partnership will flourish […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Brilliant or Balderdash?

It’s January, and the world’s awash with advice about how to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. How’s that going for you? You know, the sudden transformation, the “New Person” that was expected to emerge, blinking into the sunlight, on January 1st? Did you wake up ready to reinvent yourself, hit the gym, and start […]

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Are YOU in Control of your Credit Control?

It’s a sobering fact that nearly 7,000 companies entered liquidation in the first half of 2016, and that most small businesses fail as a result of bad debt and cash flow issues. Throw the uncertainly of the current economic climate into the mix, and you’ll start to get an idea of just how important it […]

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Is your life & business on a constant spin cycle?

Do you have too much to do…or is that a silly question? It seems to be a curse of the modern age that we are bound to hurtle through life struggling to cram more and more in to our hectic days, and with Christmas fast approaching, the pressure to “get everything done” just intensifies. But […]

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Dear Jo……

What do you think of when you think of Victoria Beckham? Is it the Spice Girls, or her fashion brand,  her treacherously high heels, ludicrously beautiful children or her husband modelling underpants? Whatever comes to mind, I’ll bet it’s not “insecurity”. Yet in a letter the 42 year old mother of 4 recently wrote to […]

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