4 ways to build lasting business relationships

According to the age-old saying, business is all about who you know, and it’s true that building good relationships with other professionals is a fantastic way to grow your business and ensure its longevity. That’s why, in the spirit of the UN’s International Day of Friendship on 30th July, we’re looking at how to build lasting business relationships.

There are all sorts of business relationships – colleagues, employer–employee, business to business, business to client – but whichever ones you’re interested in nurturing, these tips should work for them all. Here are 4 ways you can build strong and productive business relationships.


Networking tips for business events

Networking – love it or hate it, it’s an inescapable part of business. It’s how you make connections, discover opportunities and form lasting relationships that can help your business soar.

With hundreds of business events held each year in the UK, there’s no shortage of ways to get networking. Events like Liverpool’s International Business Festival draw thousands of professionals from all around the world, but whatever size event you attend, it’s important to get your networking right.

Here are our 4 top tips for networking effectively at any business event.


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.


5 ways volunteering can help your small business

5th December is International Volunteer Day, a day created by the United Nations to celebrate volunteer organisations and raise awareness about the importance of volunteering. Each year volunteers from all over the world offer up their services for everything from litter picking to blood drives to fundraising events.

For small business owners, International Volunteer Day is a great opportunity to give back to the community. Plus, volunteering can bring all sorts of added bonuses that can help to build your business.


Calling all mums! Meet us at the Mums Enterprise Roadshow in London on 25th September

Here at Get Ahead VA we are busy planning for the Mums Enterprise Roadshow which takes place at the Business Design Centre, London on Monday 25th September. Now in its fourth year, this free to attend, 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. 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest show yet with over 1,500 mums expected to attend and plenty to see and do throughout the day.

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 with budding franchisees. Rebecca and Tarn will also be there to talk about Get Ahead VA and what working in a virtual agency really feels like.


Celebrating successful women on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.   This year’s theme is all about change, calling on everyone to #BeBoldForChange and help forge a better working world which is more inclusive and gender equal.

Here at Get Ahead VA we are passionate about the achievements of women in the workplace.  Our business was founded by a woman and the vast majority of our team of highly experienced virtual assistants are women.  We are also lucky to count a number of highly successful women amongst our clients.

Stories of Success:

To mark #IWD2017 we share 3 stories of successful woman who have been bold and changed their lives for good:


Business Boosted With Our Free Breakfast Seminar

This morning we held our second free Business Boost Breakfast at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and were delighted again by the high attendance to our motivational workshop event.

Our first interactive management breakfast last month was presented by management training consultant Beverlie Wilkinson and the theme was goals.  Amanda, a delegate from the event said: ” .. your first Get Ahead VA networking meeting was excellent. The “Goals” theme that Bev (Nuggets of Learning) worked on with us was covered in such a clear and inspiring way that I left with renewed oomph and clarity, which was a great boost. The meeting was extremely well organised – of course! – friendly and welcoming and you certainly achieved YOUR goal of sending us away with something useful.”