The PA Show / UK Best Newcomer 2019 Runner-up

 Last week I was fortunate to attend The PA Show at London’s Olympia where I was a finalist In the UK Best Newcomer 2019 Award category of The UK VA Awards, hosted by BeMyVA. 

It wasn’t my year to win the top prize (that honour went to the fabulous Sarah Szekir-Papasavva of Apt VA), but I was still thrilled to receive a runner-up award alongside the other fantastic finalists – Helen Martin & Susan Williams of Aggrandise VA and Meg Small of Auxilia Business Support.

The other awards presented included:
UK Outstanding VA of the Year – Joanne Manville of Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance
VA Star – Jo Howlett (awarded posthumously)

VA Voice Awards:
Most Popular Tool – Canva
Most Popular Social Media Platform – LinkedIn
Most Popular Accounting Software – Xero
Most Popular Book – How to be a VA by Catherine Gladwyn
Best Trainer – Amanda Johnson of VACT
In addition to The PA Show, International Confex and the Event Production Show were also taking place at Olympia so it was great to visit such a wide array of interesting stands and meet lots of new business contacts, particularly the lovely Susan Holme from Face for Business who I’ve been chatting with for a while via social media.

Aside from the awards, the session I enjoyed the most was the final panel discussion of the day, with industry experts Joanne Munro ofThe VA Handbook, Amanda Johnson of VACT, Caroline Wylie of The Society of Virtual Assistants and Gwen Backhouse of Curlew Secretarial Solutions. They gave some fantastic advice and I came away with lots of food for thought about future plans for my business.

Drinks with The VA Handbookers

To top off a great day, I joined a group of fabulous VAs at a drinks event hosted by Joanne Munro of The VA Handbook at a pub around the corner from the venue. Networking with other VAs is something I always thoroughly enjoy, and this was no exception. With a group of 20 or so attendees, ranging from those still considering whether the VA path is the one for them and those who have been in business for years, we had some really interesting discussions and I connected with some lovely ladies whose journeys I look forward to following.

Drinks with VIP VA

Not one to turn down an invitation to drinks and networking with awesome VAs, I had also joined the lovely Charlotte Wibberley and some of my fellow VIP VA members the previous evening. Again, the chance to meet other VAs and talk face-to-face was invaluable and I really do encourage anyone who gets the chance to attend one of these events to do so.  As my grandmother used to tell me frequently, remember, it’s not what you know but whom!

So, after a fun 24 hours in London (and more than a few glasses of prosecco…) I’m already looking forward to next year’s event which will take place at ExCel early in 2020.

If you have any questions about working with a Virtual PA, or about my award at The VA Conference, please do get in touch.

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