Day in the life of a Regional Director: Salvatore

Becoming a Regional Director for Get Ahead VA means having the freedom to run your own business with support from an established brand – so you’re going into business for yourself, not by yourself. But what is it actually like to be a Regional Director, day to day?

We spoke to Salvatore, head of our Bristol branch, to find out more about how he spends a typical working day.

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How to go into business with another person


Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, and we’re always on the lookout for ambitious, business-minded people who are interested in opening a new branch in their local area. But did you know that you don’t have to do it alone? We’re also happy to consider teams of two!

Karen and Allison are the joint Regional Directors of our Newcastle office, and they know just what it’s like to set up a new business as a partnership. Today they’re here to share their advice with anybody else considering starting a business with another person.

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How to find the right franchise for you

Opening a franchise is a great way to start a business without having to go it alone. Franchising is an arrangement whereby an existing, established company allows a person (the franchisee) to open a branch of the company for themselves. This benefits both parties – the franchisor company gets a new branch, while the franchisee gets to run their own business with the support of the franchisor.

Lots of companies offer franchise models. In fact, Get Ahead VA offers a franchise package for anybody wishing to open a branch in their local area. But with so many opportunities out there, how can you decide which one is right for you? Here are a few essential things you should consider when choosing a franchise.

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Meet Get Ahead VA’s Regional Directors

Get Ahead VA was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Newenham, who wanted to create a team of flexible, professional remote workers to provide useful services to businesses, as and when they need them. Since then, our team of virtual assistants has done everything from admin to accounting, website design to social media marketing, and Get Ahead VA has continued to grow.

One of the most exciting things about the Get Ahead brand is that it is now a franchising opportunity, and over the last few years we’ve opened up new branches all over the country. This is all thanks to our Regional Directors – the hard-working, business-minded people who saw an opportunity to bring flexible remote working to their local area, and made that idea a reality.

Today we’re going to introduce you to our Regional Directors, so you can learn more about what it takes to run a branch of Get Ahead VA, and why our Regional Directors love their work!

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Day in the life of a Regional Director: Karen


Becoming a Regional Director for Get Ahead VA means having the freedom to run your own business with support from an established brand – so you’re going into business for yourself, not by yourself. But what is it actually like to be a Regional Director, day to day?

We spoke to Karen – co-head of our Newcastle branch, along with Allison – to find out more about how she spends a typical working day.

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How to tackle the elevator pitch

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, and the Regional Directors that run them are brimming with good advice about being your own boss. Today Salvatore, who runs the Bristol branch, is here to share his advice about the all-important elevator pitch.

As a Get Ahead VA Regional Director, I do a lot of networking, and one vital tool for this is the elevator pitch. The elevator pitch is a quick and punchy sales pitch, designed to explain who you are, what you do, and what you can offer to potential clients. This can be delivered formally (many networking meetings give everyone a chance to pitch to the room), or informally, during one-on-one mingling sessions, which is where the real connections are made.

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Time management for business owners


Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, and the Regional Directors that run them are brimming with good advice about being your own boss. Today Fiona, who runs the Leeds branch, is here to share her top tips for managing your time as a business owner.

Time management is an important skill for any business owner, and I have to use it a lot as a Get Ahead VA Regional Director. That means I’ve learned a few things about organising my time effectively, so here’s some of my best advice if you’re thinking of starting up a business too.

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Would you like to run a branch of Get Ahead VA?

If you’ve always wanted to run your own business, but have been too daunted by the idea of going it alone, then becoming a Get Ahead VA regional director could be the next big move for your career.

Get Ahead VA is headquartered in Surrey, but we are proud to have branches all over the country, from Bristol to Reading, Newcastle to Leeds. These branches are run by regional directors, and we’re always looking for driven, entrepreneurial people to become regional directors and take Get Ahead VA somewhere new. That’s where you come in!

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Meet Regional Director: Salvatore Catania

Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. We’re dedicated to growing our business all over the country, so our customers can access a wide range of highly skilled professionals wherever they are. We currently have regional offices in Leeds and Reading, and we’re pleased to announce our latest addition: Bristol.

Here’s 60 seconds with our new Bristol Regional Director, Salvatore, whose background in business consultancy makes him the perfect candidate to bring Get Ahead VA to a new region.

Name:  Salvatore Catania

Area(s) of expertise:  Experienced in selling and delivering market-leading products and services across the science and technology sectors. Skilled in: consultative sales, proposal writing and presentation, bid management, forecasting, and business strategy development and implementation.  I am an experienced team builder, coach, and manager with a keen eye for talent.

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Meet the Franchisee: Fiona Ibbetson

Here at Get Ahead VA, we are very proud of our franchise network. Our franchisees help to expand the award-winning Get Ahead brand across the country, whilst also being business owners in their own right.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our new franchisees, Fiona, who has just become the manager of Get Ahead VA Leeds. She has 20 years’ experience in delivering organisation and exceptional customer service to retailers, manufacturers and businesses.

Name: Fiona Ibbetson

Area of expertise: Organising and listening to deliver exceptional customer service

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