Monthly Archives: May 2017

Get Ahead VAArchives

Client Focus: Taylor Clarke

Here at Get Ahead VA we are privileged to work with a wide variety of clients ranging from surgeons to software companies, photographers to physiotherapists and financial consultants to fashion designers.  All of our clients are motivated and driven, with clear plans for future growth.  They recognise the value of outsourcing, passing onto others tasks that either they lack skills in, or tasks that drain their valuable time.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our clients Taylor Clarke, an organisation effectiveness and development consultancy who were looking to develop new clients, reposition their service portfolio and open up new markets for their services.

What situation was your business in when you came to Get Ahead VA?

The oil and gas sector had been a major source of business for us, but times were changing.  Development budgets were being squeezed as the price of oil dropped.  We needed to put more emphasis on developing other channels for our business to balance our risk and provide a strong basis for future growth.


Expert Showcase: How to write a winning awards entry

Here at Get Ahead VA our team includes experts in a wide variety of fields.  From Accounting to Admin, Hootsuite to Holiday cover, Email Marketing to Excel, our VAs can add value to many aspects of your business.  In this Expert Showcase series our team deliver some of this expertise to you, with ‘How to’ guides to help you get the best bang for your buck in your business.

In this guide one of our PR & Marketing specialists Caroline talks about how you can write a persuasive and compelling awards entry to help you grow your business through PR:

“Awards can be a fantastic way of boosting the profile of your business – both locally and online.  Simply being nominated for an award is an accolade in itself, and being selected as a finalist or even winning an award provides fantastic fuel for your PR and social media.  Every step of the awards process is an opportunity to talk positively about your business and about the third-party recognition you have gained.


Meet the VA: Ian

Meet the VA : Ian


Back in the 90’s when Ian left school he initially trained as an electrician but soon found a passion for design & development – so went out and taught himself how to code in HTML. Being a new trend not many businesses had a website so Ian decided to offer his skills to his employer and they soon added them to their list of services. Ian was then approached by News International to work on their email marketing campaign designs and from there he learnt his trade as an email marketing specialist.

Nearly 20 years on Ian still enjoys coding and designing websites as well as planning and executing email marketing campaigns and has worked with some big brands over the years.

In his spare time Ian manages a local football team as well as coaching his son’s side. He loves being able to help others wherever he can.

If your business could benefit from the expertise of Ian or any of our other virtual assistants in the UK please get in touch on 01483 332220 or [email protected]. We love to take on the tasks you don’t have the time to do, don’t have the skills to do, or simply don’t want to do. We pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do.

Welcome to our new franchisee – Carrie of Get Ahead VA Reading

We are delighted to welcome our first franchisee – Carrie Jones of Get Ahead VA Reading – to the Get Ahead VA team.

Virtual Assistant to Virtual Business Owner

Carrie joined our team as a virtual assistant in 2016, but when the opportunity came up to take on her own franchise Carrie jumped at the chance.  Carrie says “I decided to become a Get Ahead franchisee as I wanted to expand my own business.  The franchise gives me the support, knowledge and insight of a successful business owner who has been there done that, allowing me to focus on tried and tested methods for growing my business.  I like the fact that although I am managing my own business and I am responsible for the day to day running of it, I still have a team of people around me.  They are not just there for business support but also for a quick catch up with a friendly, familiar face.” 

Reading, Basingstoke, Newbury and beyond


Meet the VA: Alan

Alan | Telephone Answering & Customer Service

Here at Get Ahead VA our people are everything.  Our ever growing team has a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and even different personalities to ensure that we can find exactly the right VA to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our VAs Alan who heads up our telephone answering team:

Name: Alan Mclaverty

Area of expertise: Telephone Answering and Customer Service

When & why did you join Get Ahead VA:  My team and I joined Get Ahead VA early in 2015 to provide call answering support.  It was a bit daunting on the first day – however with help from my excellent team we’ve had a smooth transition and been able to continue to deliver the high levels of customer service that Get Ahead VA customers are used to.   (more…)

Boost your productivity by working smarter this week – #workwise week

This week is #workwise week and here at Get Ahead VA we are very much taking part.

Work Wise Week runs from Sunday 14th May to Saturday 20th May and its highlight is National Work from Home Day on Friday 19th May.  Organised by Work Wise UK, the aim of these events is to promote modern “smarter” working practices such as agile, flexible, remote and mobile working, as well as working from home.  Work Wise UK is a not-for-profit campaign and development organisation whose mission is to make the UK one of the most progressive economies in the world by introducing Smarter Working practices.  According to their website, implementing a Smarter Working Policy can lead to significant gains in productivity as well as improved work/life balance which is a win/win for both employers and employees.

Flexible, remote working


Meet Get Ahead VA Business Manager: Tarn

Get Ahead VA Business Manager: Tarn

Here at Get Ahead VA our people are everything.  Our ever-growing team has a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and even different personalities to ensure that we can find exactly the right VA to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with our Business Manager Tarn who joined the team last year, bringing with her exceptional organisational skills and a love of numbers:

Name: Tarn

Area of expertise: Organising – admin, finances, travel…or all of them together!


5 steps to franchising success

Franchising can be a great way to grow your business.  It can enable you to expand your geographical reach as well as your penetration of key markets.  It is a well-known model used all over the world by smaller companies as well as larger scale multinationals such as McDonald’s, Clarks shoes, Interlink Express and Toni & Guy. 

Franchising is also a fast-growing industry, with the latest bfa/Natwest Franchise survey revealing an industry worth £15.1bn in the UK, three times the size that it was 20 years ago.  44,200 franchise outlets employ 621,000 people, an increase of 70% over the last 10 years.

What is franchising?

Business format franchising is the granting of a license by one person (the franchisor) to another (the franchisee), which entitles the franchisee to own and operate their own business under the brand, systems and proven business model of the franchisor.” British Franchise Association

A variety of different industries lend themselves to a franchising model, but it isn’t for everyone.  Managing a group of franchisees is completely different to running your business – and one can certainly distract from the other if not handled properly.  If you think franchising might be right for your business, then here are our five top tips to ensure your franchising journey is a success: