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Fast track to the top with essential…

Fast track to the top with essential training for PAs

Why is continuing professional development so important for PAs? When PA Life Editor Colette Doyle recently posed this question to a group of man...

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Win, save & network with the PA…

Win, save & network with the PA Life Club

The delicious-looking box of goodies pictured above comes courtesy of treat-purveyor Choccywoccydoodah and is the latest prize offered by the PA ...

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Make sure to keep staff motivated to…

Make sure to keep staff motivated to stay this January

Most UK employees have well and truly returned from the Christmas break, leaving behind the festive cheer and coming back to the office with the ...

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Pay rises imminent for UK support staff

Pay rises imminent for UK support staff

Recruitment of secretarial and office support staff has been boosted by a resurgence in permanent appointments, according to the latest salary su...

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Create brave and bold events at the…

Create brave and bold events at the QEII Centre

Over the past year the Queen Elizabeth II Centre has been reflecting, exploring and understanding more about its market, clients and strengths. T...

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The OMPA Show unveils seminar line-up

The OMPA Show unveils seminar line-up

The Office Management & PA Show (OMPA) is set to provide two days of education, experiences and enjoyment, with a variety of exhibitors showc...

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Personal shoppers help you search for your…

Personal shoppers help you search for your own style

Personal image consultant Valentina Saggese studied fashion and personal shopping at the Luxury Academy of Milan and has several years' experienc...

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Remain resolution savvy with these handy apps

Remain resolution savvy with these handy apps

It may be late January, but it's still early enough in the year to set yourself goals for the next 12 months. Keeping up with resolutions can be ...

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Internal meetings need to bolster business objectives

Internal meetings need to bolster business objectives

Planners of internal meetings are not being sufficiently encouraged by their bosses to focus on business objectives. This is the conclusion of re...

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How to stay healthy on the go

How to stay healthy on the go

A survey of UK employees conducted by hotel solutions provider HRS reveals that 60% of staff claim to enjoy having an overnight stay as part of a...

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The art of communication

The art of communication

In order to build a good working relationship with your executive, regular, face-to-face communication is key. Adam Fidler offers an educational ...

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The skills set

The skills set

Continuing professional development can be just the boost your career needs, but what are the essential trends within training that PAs need to b...

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An emerald experience

An emerald experience

With its stunning mountains and dramatic coastline, Ireland's County Donegal offers a breathtaking setting for corporate retreats. Molly Dyson is...

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Virtual reality

Virtual reality

When you're faced with a long commute to a job you've fallen out of love with, it can be tempting to set up your own business as a virtual assist...

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Hire power

Hire power

Quality furniture can have a big impact on your brand, levels of engagement and dwell time. Helen Lowe looks at how the use of the right fixtures...

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How to stress less

How to stress less

How do you feel about the work you do? The secret to achieving job satisfaction is within everyone's reach if you learn to retrain your mindset, ...

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PA profile: Christine Hampson from BSIA

PA profile: Christine Hampson from BSIA

When you meet the PA to a high-profile CEO, you don't expect to hear that she took a break early in her career to pursue an entirely different pr...

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Top 10 Meetings Show innovations

Top 10 Meetings Show innovations

Many exhibitors used this year's Meetings Show as an opportunity to present their new offerings to the corporate market. We've put together a sel...

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Tried & tasted: Avenue and Boisdale

Tried & tasted: Avenue and Boisdale

Think of American food and what usually comes to mind is hot dogs, pancakes, ribs, burgers and anything groaning under the weight of its own carb...

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A memo from Donna Coulling: what does…

A memo from Donna Coulling: what does it mean to be rich?

As I walked down a street in New York recently, I strolled past a church and read a message on the board outside, which proclaimed: “I'll be happ...

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Make sure to keep staff motiva…

Make sure to keep staff motivated to stay this January

Most UK employees have well and truly returned from the Christmas break, leaving behind the festive cheer and coming back to the office with the ...

Read more

Pay rises imminent for UK supp…

Pay rises imminent for UK support staff

Recruitment of secretarial and office support staff has been boosted by a resurgence in permanent appointments, according to the latest salary su...

Read more

Create brave and bold events a…

Create brave and bold events at the QEII Centre

Over the past year the Queen Elizabeth II Centre has been reflecting, exploring and understanding more about its market, clients and strengths. T...

Read more

The OMPA Show unveils seminar …

The OMPA Show unveils seminar line-up

The Office Management & PA Show (OMPA) is set to provide two days of education, experiences and enjoyment, with a variety of exhibitors showc...

Read more

Personal shoppers help you sea…

Personal shoppers help you search for your own style

Personal image consultant Valentina Saggese studied fashion and personal shopping at the Luxury Academy of Milan and has several years' experienc...

Read more

Remain resolution savvy with t…

Remain resolution savvy with these handy apps

It may be late January, but it's still early enough in the year to set yourself goals for the next 12 months. Keeping up with resolutions can be ...

Read more

Internal meetings need to bols…

Internal meetings need to bolster business objectives

Planners of internal meetings are not being sufficiently encouraged by their bosses to focus on business objectives. This is the conclusion of re...

Read more

How to stay healthy on the go

How to stay healthy on the go

A survey of UK employees conducted by hotel solutions provider HRS reveals that 60% of staff claim to enjoy having an overnight stay as part of a...

Read more

From the desk of Penelope Alic…

From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain's most fabulous PA: Record a Song at Abbey Road Studios

“Walking in the footsteps of giants” – if you've ever wondered what this phrase really means, then you clearly haven't been fortunate enough to v...

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Resolve to be happier at work …

Resolve to be happier at work this year

Personal resolutions may be at the top of everybody's list this time of year, but January is also a great month to make some changes at work to i...

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Butlins Conference & Event…

Butlins Conference & Events brings something new to the table

Butlins Conference & Events has launched a brand new booking incentive for 2015. PAs who book an event for more than 100 delegates between 1 ...

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Check out these top traits of …

Check out these top traits of effective executive assistants

Good project and time management skills and the ability to communicate effectively are well known as essential qualities that all dedicated admin...

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Thomas Lyte granted a Royal Wa…

Thomas Lyte granted a Royal Warrant

Luxury corporate gift company Thomas Lyte has been granted a Royal Warrant as goldsmith and silversmith by Her Majesty the Queen. The warrant is ...

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Whittlebury Hall refreshes its…

Whittlebury Hall refreshes its look for 2015

Whittlebury Hall Conference, Training Centre and Hotel is kicking off 2015 with updated guest rooms and faster broadband throughout, as well as a...

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Clean up with this helpful des…

Clean up with this helpful desk diet

Failure to keep on top of clutter at work means that the average UK office desk is weighed down by almost a stone of workspace-related parapherna...

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Nominate your office heroes wi…

Nominate your office heroes with the Avery Rewards Awards

Avery Rewards is an in-pack promotion that rewards PAs for choosing Avery products. To celebrate its 2015 launch, the company is looking to thank...

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Personal shoppers help you sea…

Personal shoppers help you search for your own style

Personal image consultant Valentina Saggese studied fashion and personal shopping at the Luxury Academy of Milan and has several years' experienc...

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Hospitality at the London Iris…

Hospitality at the London Irish Village beats the crowds

The London Irish Village at Twickenham will make its return in 2015 at the England versus Italy match and for the remainder of England's home 6 N...

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1 in 3 assistants ready to mov…

1 in 3 assistants ready to move roles

Career confidence among management assistants is soaring, with 56% saying they plan to move jobs this year and more than a third (36%) considerin...

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PAs in the news

PAs in the news

It's time for our regular round-up of what PAs across the world have been getting up to and this time we start off on home territory, as we look ...

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Features

An emerald experience

An emerald experience

With its stunning mountains and dramatic coastline, Ireland's County Donegal offers a breathtaking setting for corporate retreats. Molly Dyson is...

Read more

Virtual reality

Virtual reality

When you're faced with a long commute to a job you've fallen out of love with, it can be tempting to set up your own business as a virtual assist...

Read more

Hire power

Hire power

Quality furniture can have a big impact on your brand, levels of engagement and dwell time. Helen Lowe looks at how the use of the right fixtures...

Read more

How to stress less

How to stress less

How do you feel about the work you do? The secret to achieving job satisfaction is within everyone's reach if you learn to retrain your mindset, ...

Read more

PA profile: Christine Hampson from BSIA

PA profile: Christine Hampson from BSIA

When you meet the PA to a high-profile CEO, you don't expect to hear that she took a break early in her career to pursue an entirely different pr...

Read more

Top 10 Meetings Show innovations

Top 10 Meetings Show innovations

Many exhibitors used this year's Meetings Show as an opportunity to present their new offerings to the corporate market. We've put together a sel...

Read more

Tried & tasted: Avenue and Boisdale

Tried & tasted: Avenue and Boisdale

Think of American food and what usually comes to mind is hot dogs, pancakes, ribs, burgers and anything groaning under the weight of its own carb...

Read more

A memo from Donna Coulling: what does…

A memo from Donna Coulling: what does it mean to be rich?

As I walked down a street in New York recently, I strolled past a church and read a message on the board outside, which proclaimed: “I'll be happ...

Read more

Checking in: Hotel Le Saint-James

Checking in: Hotel Le Saint-James

A design-led hotel nestled in the charming French countryside could make the ideal location for that off-site team-building event or management g...

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Stay on the safe side

Stay on the safe side

With business travel on the increase, it's more important than ever to exercise duty of care over executives jetting off overseas. Business trave...

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Dress to impress

Dress to impress

Whether it's to entertain clients, reward staff, or launch a new product, the choice of venue plays a critical role in your event's success. Kath...

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The path to success

The path to success

Juggling the conflicting demands of your career and home life can mean you have little time for yourself. Don’t despair, as taking back control o...

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How to create a smart office space

How to create a smart office space

The quality of our environment plays a huge role in how we feel and can have a big impact on our mood, emotions and productivity. Sylvia Garvin p...

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Future perfect?

Future perfect?

At this year's ExecSec Summit, PA Life Editor Colette Doyle led an informative debate on the future of the PA profession and the factors that cou...

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Exceptional events

Exceptional events

So your boss has asked you to book an interesting location for your company's next function? PA Life takes a look at some of the options availabl...

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A real talking point

A real talking point

Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire was the backdrop for this year's EXECSec Summit, when around 70 delegates gathered to meet with suppliers and networ...

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PA profile: Sherri Eckworth

PA profile: Sherri Eckworth

Every once in a while you can be truly inspired by the story of a person who has worked incredibly hard to achieve their goals. Sherri Eckworth, ...

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Top corporate hospitality ideas

Top corporate hospitality ideas

Entertaining business clients is a good way to maintain an agreeable working relationship with them and choosing the right way to say thank you i...

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Tried & tasted: Brasserie Chavot and Pantry…

Tried & tasted: Brasserie Chavot and Pantry at 108

Brasserie Chavot (pictured) exudes an air of Gallic sophistication from the get-go, writes Colette Doyle. The dark wooden panelling, subdued ligh...

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A memo from Peter Fleming: the concept…

A memo from Peter Fleming: the concept of happiness at work

We all know them. The team leader who arrives to work on Monday morning looking that little bit too cheerful. The fellow employees who always act...

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