Your invitation to a very special event this September

Practically Perfect PA

Venues + Events Live is the award-winning exhibition from SquareMeal, and helps PAs, EAs and event organisers find venues, suppliers and inspiration for their next 12 months’ worth of events. Visitors can meet over 250 amazing venues, restaurants and event suppliers, take part in interactive workshops and masterclasses, and listen to speakers including Raymond Blanc OBE and celebrity party-planner Fran Cutler.

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Spotlight on assistant resources: Square Meal Venues and Events Live

Practically Perfect PA

For many years I have consulted the guide for restaurant and venue ideas, it has always been my first port of call when managers have asked me to book restaurants for them. With over 5,000 up to date restaurant and bar reviews on the Square Meal website there really isn’t a better place to start for any assistant looking to find a new place to impress their boss.

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Squaremeal Venues + Events Live

Practically Perfect PA

For many years I have consulted the guide for restaurant and venue ideas, it has always been my first port of call when managers have asked me to book restaurants for them. With over 5,000 up to date restaurant and bar reviews on the Squaremeal website, there really isn’t a better place to start for any assistant looking to find a new place to impress their boss.

2016 104

Top tips for business travel to Barcelona

Practically Perfect PA

Restaurant. We are offering assistants the chance to come along to the afternoon sessions, network with attendees and meet with suppliers for free! Here is a little taste of what you can expect… Meet with our fabulous suppliers: Reed and Mackay. Assist Travel Core Skills Travel admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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A visit to ExCeL London

Practically Perfect PA

There are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and pubs all within the campus so guests are very well looked after. The staff are really focused on providing a quality events management service. I thought this would be really helpful for me, as an Executive Assistant, because I have so much to manage when it comes to organising my company’s events – and obviously all my other work!

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Ultimate travel itinerary

Practically Perfect PA

A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. Additionally if you have equipped your manager with all of the information they need to deal with any emergencies, they will be able to cope without you being there to help, particularly if they are in a different time zone. A small list of good restaurants close to the hotel or office.

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How can assistants stay on top of the scene?

Practically Perfect PA

Will you be able to reel off a list of the best restaurants in that part of town? Will you do some research and get back to your manager with an answer? Along with everything else that is asked of assistants we do have to possess some sort of encyclopaedic knowledge of the world’s best restaurants and hotels. I spent a lot of time researching great venues, restaurants, hotels and suppliers and I really enjoyed it.

2013 165

Using social media to empower Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

You can follow and connect with other Assistants, clients, colleagues, suppliers, brand ambassadors and influencers. you can use a free social media management tool like Hootsuite which can tie them all together. Through my work it has enabled me to make great restaurant, hotel and venue contacts. Alongside her current role of Office Manager at Crédit Agricole CIB she is also the National PRO for EUMA UK.

Phone Answering: In-house or Outsource?

Small Business CEO

Much like the greeter at an exclusive condominium complex, or delivery driver from your new favorite restaurant. A good impression makes it much easier to maintain relationships with customers, suppliers, and partners. Management phone answeringA receptionist is usually the person who gives your customers and prospects a lasting impression of your business. A bad impression will obviously make running your business successfully much harder.

A review of Assist Travel 2015

Practically Perfect PA

Throughout the day our delegates had meetings with our exhibitors who represented a variety of suppliers within the travel industry. There are some really cool and funky new hotels, restaurants and bars that can be used to impress clients and colleagues. Assist Travel Featured admin administrators assistants Business business travel EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Spotlight on assistant resources: PA Life

Practically Perfect PA

PA Life magazine is published six times a year and includes a mixture of lifestyle features, updates on suppliers, industry news and articles on how to improve professional skills. The PA Life Club gives management assistants access to various exclusive networking events, plus discounts and deals on a variety of exciting offers from travel to high street fashion, hotels, restaurants, meeting venues and loads more.

2014 138

News from Assist Travel

Practically Perfect PA

The venue has been confirmed and we have some brilliant suppliers attending the exhibition. . Here are just a few programme highlights for 2016… How to get the most out of your travel management company. Almost two thirds of our attendees currently use or plan to use a Travel Management Company. Restaurant. With Assist Travel just a few month’s away, I thought I would share everything that I have been working on behind the scenes.

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Get the best corporate hotel rates

Practically Perfect PA

But if you need a lot of hotel rooms and your preferred supplier is fully booked it is good to know you have a few corporate rates elsewhere. The added benefit of having a kitchen can again save organisations a fair amount of money that might otherwise have been spent in restaurants. Featured Travel admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Go Green And Minimize Business Waste

Eco-Office Gals

Ask your waste disposal suppliers about recycling options as you may be able to recycle anything from paper and exhibition display materials such as banner stands to broken computer equipment and hazardous waste. Consider changing to suppliers that are dedicated to reducing their carbon foot-print, as there are many companies offering environmentally friendly products and services ensuring that your supplies do not contribute to damage caused by other businesses.

2011 162

Inside the Edinburgh PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Meeting other assistants who work near by, who share the same suppliers, hotels, restaurants etc. Sherien Ahmed @sherienSA , PA to Senior Management Team, Venture Trust. Sally Lloyd @salidatious Assstant to Managing Director, CodeBase. Sally : Since graduating, I’ve pretty much always been a PA – straight out of University I worked as the PA to the Regional Manager of the Youth Justice Board which is where my love of diary managing began!

Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank

Practically Perfect PA

Apart from that, I am also responsible for business continuity management and data protection in our department – there is always a task to do! Since my boss travels a lot, I take care of his travel expenses and supplier invoices. Around the corner from our office in Frankfurt we have a wonderful burger restaurant. Sometimes I enjoy an evening at the Zarges restaurant in Frankfurt – another place I can highly recommend.

2017 152

Assistants! Get the most out of attending an event

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve said in the past training, networking and meeting suppliers should be an integral part of our career. We need to know about the latest advances in technology, we need to know where the best restaurants are and we need to constantly refresh our soft skills. Make sure you have looked at the list of exhibitors if you are attending a trade show, for example pick out 5 suppliers you want to meet and that can genuinely help you with your job.

2013 167

Serviced Apartments – pros and cons

Practically Perfect PA

I also met with all of the Sales Managers at the hotels local to my office and discussed their corporate rates. In addition I met with a number of serviced apartment suppliers and from the outset it was clear that the apartments were considerably cheaper than the best corporate rate I was offered at a hotel. I spent a long time managing the relationship with the serviced apartment supplier and also dealt with all of the positive and negative feedback from the consultants.

2011 121

5 Biggest Problems Faced By Small Businesses And How To Overcome Them

Dumb Little Man

Well, it starts with managing your finances. Another good way to extend your cash flow is to negotiate with suppliers or vendors. For example, if you own a small restaurant that caters to tourists in a ski resort, you might want to consider offering catering services during the off-season. For team communication, there are tools that allow chats with task management and collaborative office productivity components.

2017 158

How to Prepare for An Office Move: Top Tips You Should Know

Dumb Little Man

Having restaurants nearby is great for client relationships and your staff. Do you have an office or facilities manager? As your office manager, they’re going to need to have a deep and thorough understanding of the new premises. Decide on and manage a budget for the move. You can also use this time to think about your suppliers in terms of equipment and your utilities. From your staff to clients to suppliers, let everyone that needs to know what your plans are.

2019 121

Planning the Perfect Holiday Party: Guest Blog

Laughing all the Way to Work

If you're throwing your office party at a restaurant, bar, or other facility that provides alcohol, you can normally work out a set open-bar price. Utilize suppliers that your company has used before, or has been recommended to you by a trusted coworker or management. The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of year in the office.

Competitive Intelligence: Not Just For Big Business | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Steve Said on January 26th, 2010 at 3:38 pm I often find that CI is overlooked by small businesses especially regarding restaurants for example. Say you have a competing restaurant a few blocks away. E-Mail me or follow me. Outsourcing Options For Small Business Focus on your business, timeshare professionals.

2010 149

New Small Business Startup Idea: Virtual Import/Export Assistant.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! One of the obstacles I came up against was that I had to order wine in serious ‘bulk’ I naively thought I could order a couple of cases from a few hand picked wine farms and start my ’small business’ by selling these cases to restaurants, gaining trust and loyalty and slowly building up a customer base. Get your suppliers to advertise in it! E-Mail me or follow me.

2007 153

Ten Small Business Startup Ideas – 2009/09/20 | THE SMALL BUSINESS.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! A YouTube channel reviewing local restaurants. do cost cutting do credit control do customer service export find funding grow your business handle problems keep data safe lower overheads manage your time market and sell motivate your staff not to do it! E-Mail me or follow me. Build your own network! Community for small business outsourcing and cost control.

2009 126

Small Business World News Round-up – 2009/12/01

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! The Latest Entrepreneurial Fantasy Is Selling Cupcakes : Move over restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts. do cost cutting do credit control do customer service export find funding grow your business handle problems keep data safe lower overheads manage your time market and sell motivate your staff not to do it! E-Mail me or follow me. Build your own network!

2009 136

Collaborating With The Enemy: Competitive Advantage? | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! I’ve got 26 restaurants within a mile of me, and many are on the same three streets! (in do cost cutting do credit control do customer service export find funding grow your business handle problems keep data safe lower overheads manage your time market and sell motivate your staff not to do it! E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer!

2010 109

Entrepreneurship live and kicking! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! During the course of the day I listened to 16 business plans, I was supposed to be a bank manager (!) Raphael Dobbin is not going to help me loose any weight soon with his idea of a West African restaurant, but he was going to offer me free fruit as a dessert option for healthier living. E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral.

2008 122

The Success Factor: Meat Loaf and Donald Trump

45 Things

People are under a lot of stress because they fear they may lose their jobs, and it can be difficult for managers to keep them engaged and productive. Also there’s this: Tom Kelley of IDEO points out that mandates from the top or from managers are not nearly as effect as “invitations.” You cannot force creativity; much of management is getting out of the way and giving people permission, literal or figurative, to do something that’s a little bit weird, a little bit off the norm.

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