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.

2017 169

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. For most assistants working in the UK the Square Meal website and guide is a well-loved and trusted resource.

2014 184

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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. For most assistants working in the UK the Squaremeal website and guide is a well-loved and trusted resource.

2016 137

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? 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.

2013 218

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.

Travel 151

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. This must be hired but ExCeL can help with this and they do have a great preferred supplier called Blitz.

2014 231

The Launch of PA Insiders – for PA to PA Recommendations

Practically Perfect PA – a website where PAs from anywhere can search the database to find a supplier suggested by another PA, with their reason for recommending and relevant contact info etc. Hi, I’m Merryl Futerman and I am one of the founders of PA Insiders.

2016 203

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.

Ultimate travel itinerary

Practically Perfect PA

A small list of good restaurants close to the hotel or office. Choosing a supplier for your office is not easy, particuarly when it comes to business travel.

Travel 179

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.

2011 211

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

Practically Perfect PA

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 198

Getting buy in from the boss

Practically Perfect PA

On the day I reverted to ‘show and tell’ and picked up the annual catalogue of restaurants for both of my bosses which greatly impressed them. If I was ever impressed by a particular restaurant or hotel I would send them the link or bring them in the hard copy brochure to examine.

2017 213

Using social media to empower Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

You can follow and connect with other Assistants, clients, colleagues, suppliers, brand ambassadors and influencers. Through my work it has enabled me to make great restaurant, hotel and venue contacts.

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. Invitations to special ‘limited attendance’ lunches at top restaurants with the Editor of PA Life.

2014 181

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.

2015 187

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.

2013 221

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.

2014 207

News from Assist Travel

Practically Perfect PA

The venue has been confirmed and we have some brilliant suppliers attending the exhibition. . 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.

Travel 179

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. 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 157

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

Dumb Little Man

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. Startups are known to have specific needs that bigger companies won’t understand. Those needs inevitably become challenges to business owners.

2017 158

Serviced Apartments – pros and cons

Practically Perfect PA

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. Generally the apartments do not provide additional facilities such as a gym, restaurant or spa.

2011 122

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.

Inside the Edinburgh PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Meeting other assistants who work near by, who share the same suppliers, hotels, restaurants etc. One of the reasons I started Practically Perfect PA back in 2011 was because I wanted to create an online community for assistants.

10 Questions To Find The Perfect Venue

Office Dynamics

Often there are required suppliers and service providers such as audio/visual vendors, or caterers who you must use when working with a specific venue. Make sure if you are planning a dinner in a restaurant, you may need to wait until they are through with their lunch service.

2016 138

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

The Small Business Blog

So now I had my supplier with whom by this stage I had built up a good base for a trustworthy supplier by way of emails. I put together a 10 question survey that I had planned to accost passers by with outside the few foreign wine boutiques as well as restaurant owners.

2007 199

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

The Small Business Blog

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.

2010 194

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

The Small Business Blog

A YouTube channel reviewing local restaurants. E-Mail me or follow me. Build your own network! Community for small business outsourcing and cost control. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral. Starting a Small Business?

2009 164

Reduce The Risk Of Employee Fraud

Small Business CEO

Turning in restaurant receipts even though someone else paid the bill is a popular scam. Set up orders for day-to-day business supplies directly with a supplier and avoid purchases made by employees except in emergencies.

2011 80

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

The Small Business Blog

The Latest Entrepreneurial Fantasy Is Selling Cupcakes : Move over restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts. E-Mail me or follow me. Build your own network! Community for small business outsourcing and cost control.

2009 176

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

The Small Business Blog

I’ve got 26 restaurants within a mile of me, and many are on the same three streets! (in E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer! Ask me your small business questions, I will answer them ASAP.

2010 141

Entrepreneurship live and kicking! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

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 158

The Success Factor: Meat Loaf and Donald Trump

On The Job

Rick Malir, founder of City Barbeque, a chain of 10 barbeque restaurants in Ohio, has this notion about failure and what people can learn from it. We don’t allow our people to berate the suppliers.

2009 130