More of Get Ahead VA’s favourite apps

Here at Get Ahead VA, we’re happy to let you in on some of our business secrets – the things that help our virtual assistants to be as organised and efficient as they can be. Previously we’ve told you about Get Ahead VA’s favourite apps, and today we’re back with another helping.

So without further ado, here are 5 more brilliant apps that can help you to manage your business and keep yourself informed!

Bitly

Bitly is a URL-shortening app that you can install on your phone or add as an extension to your web browser. If you need to share a link with your social media followers or members of your team, just pop it into Bitly and get a shorter, more shareable version to use in its place. With this app you can also customise URLs to fit with your branding, and track the analytics for each link.

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10 unusual ideas for a wedding businesses

There’s been no escaping the royal wedding recently, but whether you love the royals or not, there’s no question that weddings are big business. Research by wedding website hitched.co.uk has revealed that weddings are worth more than £10 billion per year to the UK economy, with the average wedding costing around £36,000.

But the wedding industry, though huge, can be notoriously difficult to break into – especially the more popular fields such as events planning, catering and floristry. So how can you make a mark in a world overwhelmed by weddings?

If you’re interested in starting a wedding business or expanding your current offering, here are 10 unusual ideas for breaking into the wedding market.

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What is a business incubator?

If you are looking to start or grow your business, then you might be thinking about using a business incubator. But what are they and what do they actually do? Are they the same as business accelerators or different? Here we try and clarify some of this growing area of business development.

Businesses incubators are usually physical spaces, available on relatively flexible terms, which provide services to support start-up businesses

Both business incubators and accelerators help new and start-up companies through the early stages of growth. The difference between the two appears to be that whilst accelerators are geared more around funding, incubators are more focussed on providing a physical space where entrepreneurs can come together to work and learn. The rent that incubators charge helps fund the services they provide.

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5 steps to LinkedIn success in 2017

Is Linkedin a core part of your 2017 marketing strategy?  If not, perhaps it should be.  Linkedin is the leading social media platform for business to business (B2B) professionals.  It is the world’s largest professional network with over 400 million+ members.  It could be a highly effective marketing tool for your business.

If you are keen to maximise the opportunity of Linkedin this year, here are our 5 steps to success:

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Get Ahead VA targets Bristol Business Community In Expansion Drive

Here at Get Ahead VA we are delighted to announce our expansion into Bristol and the South West with the appointment of new virtual assistant Kimba Cooper.

Bristol is one of the most successful cities in the UK, with a higher employment rate than most ‘core’ cities in the UK.  Its mix of high tech, creative, digital and green industries has seen strong growth in recent years.  According to statistics compiled by Inform Direct, Bristol saw 4,942 new businesses formed last year, a 4.1% increase on 2014.

Kimba Cooper joins the Get Ahead VA team, bringing with her nearly a decade of experience in a variety of marketing, email marketing and administrative roles.  She is highly experienced in social media management as well as corporate communications, website administration and CRM campaigns.

Our Founder and Director Rebecca Newenham said: “Bristol is a major business hub and a gateway to the South West.  We felt that as our business grew there was a real opportunity to extend our presence on the ground there by appointing Kimba.  Her enthusiasm and tenacity is already proving to be a real asset to our team.  Her face to face networking will work in tandem with our online marketing to raise awareness of the excellent range of virtual assistant services that we can offer to small and medium sized businesses in Bristol and the South West.” 


At Get Ahead VA we provide a nationwide virtual assistant service with the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses need in the 21st century, digital economy.  We love to take on the tasks our clients don’t have time to do, don’t have the skills to do, or simply don’t want to do.  To find out more about how we can help please get in touch on 0117 214 1808 or visit www.getaheadva.com.  We pride ourselves on being the staff our clients don’t see, but the difference they do. 

Get Ahead VA targets Croydon, Reigate and Redhill

Here at Get Ahead VA we are delighted to announce our expansion in Surrey and Greater London with the appointment of two new virtual assistants Audrey Lenihan and Jo Haley

Audrey joins the Get Ahead VA team to represent the business in Croydon.  Croydon is a major economic centre in London.  It is also a major contributor of labour and skills to the London economy and is recognised as an important strategic location for business activity.  Audrey brings with her over twenty years of experience in business to consumer and business to business marketing, both client and agency side.  Specialising in digital marketing and particularly social media marketing, she is passionate about helping businesses grow and achieve their potential.  

Jo joins the team to represent the business in the busy Surrey area of Redhill and Reigate.  She brings with her fourteen years of experience in marketing, events and administration, including nine years working for Toyota GB.

Our Founder and Director Rebecca Newenham said: “Croydon, Reigate and Redhill are important economic hubs in Surrey and Greater London, packed with businesses both large and small.  We felt that as our business grew there was a real opportunity to extend our presence on the ground there by appointing Audrey and Jo.  Their face to face networking will work in tandem with our online marketing to raise awareness of the excellent range of virtual assistant services that we can offer to businesses in this area.” 

At Get Ahead VA we provide a nationwide virtual assistant service with the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses need in the 21st century, digital economy.  We love to take on the tasks our clients don’t have time to do, don’t have the skills to do, or simply don’t want to do.


To find out more about how we can help please get in touch on 01483 332220 or visit www.getaheadva.com.  We pride ourselves on being the staff our clients don’t see, but the difference they do.  

Meet the VA: Jennifer

Jennifer became a bilingual VA in 2016 after working as a Personal/Executive Assistant in Paris for 15 years. She grew up in England but was always passionate about Europe and learning foreign languages. When she began her first full-time job in Disneyland Paris in 1999, it was the beginning of a new life in France for her. Now completely bilingual, she is equally comfortable in both cultures.

During her career, Jennifer has assisted high level executives in a variety of industries. Through her experiences, she has developed strong administrative skills and a good knowledge of HR procedures.

As a dynamic, reliable and trustworthy PA, Jennifer is highly motivated and looks to provide her clients with efficient and reliable administrative support. She is a good communicator, uses her initiative and is well organised.

Based near Paris, Jennifer is ready to help clients in any geographical location. Target clients are small businesses and sole traders in both the UK (who need a French speaker) and France (who need an English speaker).

When not working, she can be found connecting with other assistants as PR Officer for IMA France (International Management Assistants) or wearing a Girl Guider uniform (encouraging girls to be themselves, have fun, build lifelong friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and communities).

“I  started as a bilingual VA after realising that there is a growing need from businesses and sole traders for virtual administrative services, that are only paid for when needed, with no recruitment costs or need for a permanent contract. I am now able to assist both French and English speaking businesses with tasks including general administration (email and agenda management, travel organisation, tracking of expenses, document preparation, etc.), event organisation (meetings, lunches/dinners, fairs or exhibitions), HR projects (recruitment, training, health and safety requirements, etc.), communication (social media accounts, websites, translations and interpretation).”


If your business could benefit from Jennifer’s help, or from any of our other VAs, please get in touch on 01483 332220 or [email protected]. We pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do.

Client of the Month: Direct Protect Solutions

Here at Get Ahead VA we are privileged to work with a wide variety of clients ranging from will writers to window cleaners, financial consultants to fashion designers.  All of our clients are motivated and driven business owners, with clear plans for business 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 Helen from Direct Protect Solutions who was in need of some assistance to help manage her business whilst she was out seeing clients:

What situation was your business in when you came to Get Ahead VA?  We were creaking at the seams trying to be all things to all people.  We were out seeing and advising clients, leaving no one in the office to answer incoming calls from existing or prospective customers.

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Client of the Month: FabLittleBag®

FabLittleBag® is a discreet eco-friendly little bag to dispose of used tampons. The bag can then be sealed securely with one hand using patented finger loops. This innovative and brand new product has been designed, developed and manufactured by inventor Martha Silcott.

Martha’s vision for the FabLittleBag was born nearly 20 years ago when she stopped being a guilty flusher and hated the alternative options of wrapping in loo roll or using nappy sacks. But it took another decade or so to bring this idea to reality, resulting in her giving up her normal, sensible and well paid job in Financial Services to focus on taking FabLittleBag to market. Martha was able to negotiate a deal with Waitrose and Ocado whom exclusively sell FabLittleBag in 140 stores across the UK.

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