Supplier of the Month: Travel Counsellors

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Travel Counsellors is an award-winning independent travel company that’s seeing increasing growth in its corporate travel division due to clients recognising the benefits of having their own personal travel manager available to them 24/7 when required.

Supplier of the week is Tripmate

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The Practically Perfect PA supplier of the week is Tripmate. Here is everything you need to know about this new corporate travel booking platform. If you book travel , then Tripmate is for you. The post Supplier of the week is Tripmate appeared first on Practically Perfect PA.

Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe

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The industry has been growing steadily over the past 5-10 years, with more time sensitive and luxury travellers wanting to enhance and maximise their airport experience. The post Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe appeared first on Practically Perfect PA.

Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe

Practically Perfect PA

The industry has been growing steadily over the past 5-10 years, with more time sensitive and luxury travellers wanting to enhance and maximise their airport experience. The post Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe appeared first on Practically Perfect PA.

Launching Assist Travel

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First up we have Assist Travel taking place on Friday 4th September 2015 from 10am to 4pm in London. Why should you attend Assist Travel? Choosing a supplier for your office is not easy, particuarly when it comes to business travel. Travel best practice.

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Bleisure Travel Continues to Increase

Small Business Labs

We first reported on bleisure travel , which is the the blending of business and leisure travel, back in 2015.  The Word We Love to Hate is Gaining Popularity Across the Globe : according to new SAP Concur travel and expense data gathered between January 2017 and December 2017.

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News from Assist Travel

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With Assist Travel just a few month’s away, I thought I would share everything that I have been working on behind the scenes. We really do have world-class speakers talking all thing business travel. Why should you attend Assist Travel? The Assist Travel Programme.

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Ultimate travel itinerary

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With Assist Travel coming up in September in London I wanted to share one of our most popular blogs with you – The Ultimate Travel Itinerary. A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. Assist Travel.

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So, Assist Travel happened… again!

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On Friday 9th September we held our second Assist Travel event at The Grange Tower Bridge and from the feedback we received it looks like everyone had a thoroughly good day. Stress Free Speedy Travel. Lara Morgan, Serial Entrepreneur and extensive business traveller.

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Top tips for business travel to Barcelona

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It is a brilliant city and with more and more people coming here for business trips I thought now would be a good time to share with you my top tips for organising business travel to Barcelona. Even better, we are opening up the afternoon at Assist Travel for free.

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A review of Assist Travel 2015

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We held our first Assist Travel conference and exhibition on Friday 25th September at the Hilton Bankside and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the day. As with all of our Assist Events we like to make sure that it is a little different and I loved our travel themed registration desk.

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Eight reasons why assistants should use a travel management company

Practically Perfect PA

I don’t know about you but I have spent hours arranging and then rearranging travel for my Executives. It takes up a huge amount of time and can be incredibly complex especially if they are travelling to a number of destinations with connecting flights and a host of visa requirements.

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Top 5 Tips for Safe Business Travel

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips for Safe Business Travel by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 26, 2010 The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Find out about the area you are travelling to beforehand, especially travel warnings & regional issues.

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Top tip guide to managing global ground transport

Practically Perfect PA

All you have to do is book a car to Heathrow Airport, organise transfers on arrival at the foreign destination and then make sure that all your travellers get to every meeting in their jam-packed itinerary without a hitch. Choose the best supplier for your needs. It sounds simple.

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Using networks to get stuff done

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If you have a great supplier that you can share with your network or any advice, training suggestions or something that you have implemented that works sharing this knowledge don’t hold back from sharing the information.

10 tips for organising car hire

Practically Perfect PA

If your boss is travelling to many different locations during their business trip it can be a lot more time and cost effective hiring a car for them. It will also come in handy for your other colleagues travelling on business.

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Practically Perfect PA: Featured

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I recently wrote an article for Olé Magazine entitled Travel: Do it yourself or use an agency? Blogger Practically Perfect PA aka Nicky Christmas gives us her expert tips on booking business travel. Here are my pros and cons for booking travel yourself and booking it via a travel agent.

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A day in the life: Matthew Want, PA, Marcham Publishing

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For any of us that have heard Lucy speak, we will know that Matthew is the person that keeps the wheels rolling at Executive Secretary Magazine while Lucy travels around the world promoting the industry. Including using interacting with customers, and suppliers.

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How can assistants stay on top of the scene?

Practically Perfect PA

I spent a lot of time researching great venues, restaurants, hotels and suppliers and I really enjoyed it. I really like the Afar website and email updates for overall travel news and ideas for any trips colleagues or clients may want my advise on.

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8 Easy Contract Changes to Make for More Sustainable Events

Practically Perfect PA

Wherever you are planning your event ask your venue to ensure they buy local food and drink product and wherever possible use local suppliers. Commuting accounts for a third of all car travel and events are a great opportunity to reduce that. Assist Travel Core Skills Events Featured

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Get the best corporate hotel rates

Practically Perfect PA

If your organisation uses a corporate travel agent you might be contractually obliged to use their services for overseas travel but not necessarily for hotels in or near your office. It can be quite a daunting task asking assistants to negotiate corporate rates with hotels.

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Have you missed this month’s content?

Practically Perfect PA

We don’t want you to miss out on the great Practically Perfect PA content… Here is a round up of this month’s posts and newsletters. March Blog Posts.

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Have you missed this month’s content?

Practically Perfect PA

We don’t want you to miss out on the great Practically Perfect PA content… Here is a round up of this month’s posts and newsletters. March Blog Posts. March 30, 2017 Have you missed this month's content?

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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.

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Remember to visit CTI at the Office* Show next week

Practically Perfect PA

If you haven’t been before, it is a fantastic exhibition for PAs, EAs, VAs, Office Managers and Administrators, which brings together lots of great training and really relevant suppliers for office professionals. CTI are one of the 15 top travel management companies in the UK.

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Tips and Tricks for Making Your Business Greener

Eco-Office Gals

Instead of traveling to a meeting, simply hold a video conference online. This will eliminate the emissions from the fuel used to travel. It will save the company travel expenses and save employees time as well. If not, consider switching to a more eco-conscious supplier.

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Have you missed this month’s content?

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MAY 18, 2017: Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe. MAY 4, 2017: Why you should use a trusted ground transportation company for your Executive’s travel. Have you missed this month’s content?

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SURROUND yourself with a team of experts to make you and your organization SHINE!

Office Dynamics

I found them to be valuable assets not only because of their knowledge and well-established relationships with suppliers but their buying power as well. I would maybe work with suppliers in any given city once or twice, while a DMC worked with these same suppliers many times over.

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The Industry Snapshot: The influence of Personal Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

They run events, they organise meetings, they book business travel, they organise corporate hospitality and order promotional goods. Nobody needs to tell you how influential you are in the office – it kinda goes without saying over here at Practically Perfect PA.

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Which tasks should assistants manage?

Practically Perfect PA

Business travel. Executives should not organise their own business travel, no matter how easy or quick they think it is! Assistants should manage all aspects of their executives business travel including both domestic and international trips. Suppliers.

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How Cloud Technology Can Help Your Business Grow

Dumb Little Man

Services like GoToMeeting and even Skype can assist you in putting you in touch with collaborators, suppliers and customers who are further away more easily. There is no need for expensive travel and accommodation and less time is wasted on planes, trains or in the car.

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The Launch of PA Insiders – for PA to PA Recommendations

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Insiders.com – 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.

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The benefits of working abroad for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Extending your network and working with global suppliers . Within the first month of moving to Barcelona I travelled to and from London a number of times, Amsterdam for an event we organised and to Frankfurt for a networking event.

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

Practically Perfect PA

I also organise his business travel. Since my boss travels a lot, I take care of his travel expenses and supplier invoices.

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SMART objectives for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Work with other parts of the business (Marketing, Facilities, IT and HR) to create a more effective and detailed monthly monitoring system for supplier spending. If he know’s about travel later in the year this will be added to the diary so that flights and accommodation can be booked.

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The Importance of Big Data In Business And Your Success

Dumb Little Man

Because if your target audience is represented by stay-at-home moms, producing content that is related to traveling the world may not be as appealing. They have used big data to identify how customers buy groceries and how suppliers and grocers interact.

2019 130

How to ensure your admin improvement projects stick!

Practically Perfect PA

During my hotel accommodation project I used the define phase to focus solely on hotel accommodation and not travel costs or any other types of costs related to my department. To reduce the costs of our hotel expenditure I asked everyone to book accommodation through one supplier.

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Picking up skills along the EA career path

Practically Perfect PA

Arranging catering and dealing with external suppliers. Junior PA: Booking travel and hotels for colleagues . I’ve been an EA for quite some time now, in fact I started working in 2003 so it has been a decade.

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Running a More Efficient and Greener Business

Eco-Office Gals

You should also work out how much business related travelling takes place in your establishment. If you source your stock from abroad for example, you should be ready to consider sourcing closer to home or only patronising fair-trade suppliers. . Running a more efficient and greener business comes with numerous benefits.

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EIBTM and getting out of the office

Practically Perfect PA

I also attend a lot of events for my work itself particularly when I am asked to source venues and meet new suppliers. Last week I attended EIBTM in Barcelona. It is a huge exhibition and conference for the events industry.

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News from Assist 2016

Practically Perfect PA

We are very happy to announce that Flight Centre Business Travel will be partnering with us on the Assist Conference. With just over a month to go until the Assist Conference we are hard at work making sure that we put together the best conference for our amazing readers.

2016 158

A day in the life: Saba Ali, Royal Academy of Dance

Practically Perfect PA

I provide extensive diary management including global travel arrangements, compile reports, agendas and for Committee and Board meetings. What are the main aspects of your role? I support both the Artistic Director and Director of Marketing, Communications and Membership.

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Day in the life from Cressida Ford, PA at Cardiff University

Practically Perfect PA

This month we have a day in the life from Cressida Ford, PA at Cardiff University. Cressida recently spoke at the Assist Conference. She was full of useful tips and very charismatic on stage.

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