Get Ahead VA wins Highly Commended Enlightened Employer

Get Ahead VA is jumping for joy, because at last week’s Women in Business Awards we were Highly Commended in the Enlightened Employer category!

The Women in Business Awards are a celebration of businesswomen in the Thames Valley, Solent and South Coast regions of the UK. The awards are given to women who have made an important contribution to their organisations, at all levels, and Get Ahead VA was thrilled to be nominated for two awards this year.

The ‘Enlightened Employer – supporting women in the workplace’ award is given to companies “that have shown exceptional commitment to gender equality in the workplace.” This includes all areas of business, from recruitment to employee development, “or any other ways of creating a positive and inclusive workplace culture which enables women to excel.”

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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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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.

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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.

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30 days to GDPR: All you need to know

You’ve probably heard the term ‘GDPR’ used a lot recently, but what exactly is it and what does it mean for your business?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and it refers to a new EU directive that is being brought in to “harmonize data privacy laws across Europe [and] to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy.” GDPR will come into force on Friday 25th May 2018, after which date organisations could face heavy fines for non-compliance. That means you now have 30 days to prepare for the changes.

If you’re not sure where to begin, read on to find out what will be changing and how you can get prepared.

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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.

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Work Life Week: 2nd-6th October 2017

This week is National #WorkLifeWeek. Organised by charity Working Families, the aim of the week is to focus on well-being at work and showcase flexible working policies and practices.

Mental health in the workplace
Employee well-being is certainly a hot topic. With the ever-increasing pressures of busy lives, low wage inflation and economic challenges such as Brexit, employers are having to work hard to engage and motivate their staff. Flexible working can be an important tool for employers to adapt to the realities of today’s society and engage employees in a way that works for them – which ultimately works for the organisation too.

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Google’s new feed: Why the future is personal

Google recently announced that it’s unveiling a new feed for users – a feed that will reportedly provide people with Facebook-style updates.

The latest move comes on the back of the tech giant adding a news feed to its mobile search app at the end of last year. We explore what the new feed involves and, more importantly, what it means for users.

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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.

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Happy 7th birthday to us!

Here at Get Ahead VA we are celebrating our seventh birthday this month and we are excited to see what lucky number seven year ahead has in store.

After a career in corporate buying for retail giants Superdrug and Sainsburys, Rebecca Newenham founded Get Ahead VA back in September 2010. She recognised a gap in the market for virtual assistance services that offered the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses and start-ups need in the 21st century, digital economy. Rebecca says: “Since I started the business in 2010 outsourcing has seen a huge rise in popularity. Companies are increasingly recognising that using external resources can enable them to remain agile and control costs in a challenging economic environment.”

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