5 Halloween marketing ideas for your business

‘Tis the season of ghosts, ghouls and all things ghastly. That’s right, Halloween is just around the corner (31st October) and many of us are already getting ready for the spooky celebrations.

No wonder, then, that Halloween is big business in the UK. In 2016, consumers spent around £310 million on Halloween goodies: mainly sweets and fancy dress. But Halloween isn’t just a good business opportunity for confectionary and clothing shops; anybody can take part in the celebrations.

If you want to get involved in Halloween this year, here are 5 marketing ideas you can use, whatever your business.


Happy 8th Birthday to Get Ahead VA!

Get Ahead VA is 8 years old!

In September 2010, our founder, Rebecca Newenham, started Get Ahead VA after spotting a gap in the market for flexible, professional virtual assistants for SMEs and start-ups. Now here we are, eight years later, with a thriving business and a bigger team, and we’re ready to celebrate our successes.

Get Ahead VA now has three regional offices, two of which have opened in the last 12 months. As well as the head office in Surrey and our first regional branch in Reading, we’ve expanded into Leeds and Bristol this year and are always on the lookout for new regional managers. If you’re interested in this opportunity, you can contact our head office to find out more.

We’re also very proud of our growing team of virtual assistants, those hard-working professionals who are at the heart of the business. In the last year we have welcomed new team members, and said goodbye to those who have moved on to new jobs. We support all our departing VAs, and are happy to have been part of their transition.


Get Ahead VA nominated for two Women in Business Awards

We are delighted to announce that Get Ahead VA has been shortlisted for not one, but two awards in the upcoming Women in Business Awards 2018!

The Women in Business Awards “celebrate, encourage and inspire successful and aspiring business women in the South.” This will be the event’s fifth year, and awards will be given to business women from the Thames Valley, Solent and South Coast regions across eight different categories. These awards will honour women who have made a significant difference inside or outside their organisations, at all levels of business, from start-ups to senior executives.


7 networking events for International Women’s Day

On Thursday 8th March 2018, the world will come together to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe. International Women’s Day is an annual celebration that recognises the contributions of women to culture, society, politics and, of course, business.

In honour of this special day, events are being held up and down the country to champion women in business, and these are invaluable opportunities for you to network with other small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs. So whether you’re a woman in business or you’re just on the lookout for some new contacts, here are 7 networking events you can attend to boost your business on International Women’s Day.


Just two weeks to go until the Mums Enterprise Roadshow arrives in Birmingham

Last month we had a great day exhibiting at the Mums Enterprise Roadshow in London. We are now looking forward to the next event when the show hits Birmingham on Tuesday 31st October. In its fourth year, this flexible work and business show is aimed at mums on a mission. It is designed to help those looking to retrain, find flexible work, start or grow a business. The Birmingham event takes place at Cranmore Park in Solihull and is free to attend.

We are excited to be exhibiting at the show to promote our new franchising offering, which could be a fantastic solution for those ambitious mums looking for a new, flexible career. Our first franchisee Carrie will be there to share her personal experience. Rebecca and Sanina will also be there to talk about Get Ahead VA and what working in a virtual agency really feels like.