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Working from Home and How to Prioritise Self Care – Part 4

Working from Home and How to Prioritise Self Care – Part 4

Part 4 in our series 'Taking the leap from PA to VA' is all about self care. One of my biggest learning curves when becoming a virtual personal assistant, was how to properly look after myself. Gone were the days of going to the gym on the way to the office, a long...

The Easiest Way to Avoid Work Stress and Focus on Work that Matters

The Easiest Way to Avoid Work Stress and Focus on Work that Matters

According to Personnel Today Six in 10 employees experience workplace stress.  And it’s no different for an Entrepreneur.   Being an Entrepreneur is not the easy, flexible, anxiety free career that many believe it to be; in fact, it's quite the opposite.  If you are a...

How do I get clients and market my business? - Part 2

How do I get clients and market my business? - Part 2

The second in our series 'Making the leap from PA to VA' talks about how to get clients and market your business. So how do I market my business?    You’ve done the research and planning and now it's time to start your VA business.  This is the most exciting part but...

Making Tax Digital – All you need to know!

Making Tax Digital – All you need to know!

HMRC are introducing Making Tax Digital.    Part of the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right.   From 1st April 2019 this will apply to VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold. ...

How to set up as a Virtual PA – Part 1

How to set up as a Virtual PA – Part 1

When I decided to become a Virtual Assistant 2 years ago there wasn’t a lot of information out there on what to do or how to start. The idea of leaving a comfortable and secure job role was daunting and to leave that for the new and predominately unknown world of...

International Women’s Day March 8 – #BalanceforBetter

International Women’s Day March 8 – #BalanceforBetter

Meet Jane Braithwaite, Managing Director, Designated Group What does #BalanceforBetter mean to you personally? Personally, #BalanceforBetter means balancing my work and personal lives to achieve a better life overall. My three teenage daughters are my highest priority...

Taking the Leap from PA to VA –  Part 1

Taking the Leap from PA to VA – Part 1

Designated were delighted to be invited to present at this years Birmingham PA Forum Learning and Development conference in February.  Myself and Jane Braithwaite MD, discussed the topic of making the transition from Personal Assistant (PA) to Virtual Assistant (VA)...

What Do PAs Actually Do? 4 Common Myths, Busted!

What Do PAs Actually Do? 4 Common Myths, Busted!

Most people think they have a good idea of what a PA (or EA or VA) does, but how accurate are they? To appreciate the ways in which a good PA can change someone’s life, we must ensure they have an accurate understanding of what PAs actually do (and don’t do). This...

Client Spotlight – Victoria Tryon

Client Spotlight – Victoria Tryon

Here at the Designated Group we are on our clients' journeys with them, so we get excited when they get excited! Victoria Tryon is excited... and very busy, creating extraordinary bespoke jewellery for a discerning clientele. We caught up with Victoria to talk about...

Designated PA are GDPR ready!

Designated PA are GDPR ready!

Our commitment to GDPR Introduction The European Union has taken a monumental step in protecting the fundamental right to privacy for every EU resident with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will be effective from May 25, 2018. Simply put, EU...

GDPR – is your business ready for 25 May 2018? 

GDPR – is your business ready for 25 May 2018? 

May 25th sees the implementation of a new piece of EU regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).   Any business should currently be working in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, where any personal data is used or collected. There are...

There’s No Place Like Home(working)

There’s No Place Like Home(working)

Dare to dream, says Hilary Stoddart, Designated PA's client development manager and former office-based senior PA...   If you're considering taking the leap from office-based employment to the world of flexible, home based, virtual work and feel (understandably)...

Must Read! Key Tax Dates for SMBs and Sole Traders

Must Read! Key Tax Dates for SMBs and Sole Traders

The Designated Group has a small but mighty team of experienced finance and tax professionals, who support a range of clients with various invoicing, tax, credit control, payroll, management accounts, cash flow, VAT returns and bookkeeping tasks - these guys really...

Client Spotlight – Nikki De Marchi

Client Spotlight – Nikki De Marchi

Here at the Designated we consider ourselves privileged to work with some fantastic clients. Nikki De Marchi is one such client - a talented businesswoman who, with the help of her Designated PA, Alannah is making waves in the luxury swimwear market. We caught up with...

Honouring Our Heroes #IWD2018

Honouring Our Heroes #IWD2018

In celebration of International Women’s Day today, we wanted to pay tribute to the phenomenal women who inspire us here at The Designated Group. Read on for some fantastic, and moving, personal stories! Jane Braithwaite - Managing Director “This year International...

PAs – The Unsung Heroes of Business

PAs – The Unsung Heroes of Business

A few nights ago I went to see the film The Darkest Hour, where Gary Oldman portrays Winston Churchill in the weeks leading up to the Second World War. His performance was truly awe-inspiring. As I left the cinema I found myself thinking more about the unsung heroes...

My first month as a Designated social media manager

My first month as a Designated social media manager

I have to admit, the winter months are not the ideal time to start homeworking.  Two days into my new role as a social media manager with Designated PA, the heating in our home office broke.  I could have retreated into the house (from the garden) and turned up the...

The Christmas Juggle

The Christmas Juggle

When I first became a Virtual PA, my work life balance instantly took a turn for the better. Working from home in a #flexibleworking role meant that I could easily juggle the kids around my workload without any need for childcare. I sailed through June half term on...

How to Organise a Remote Meeting

How to Organise a Remote Meeting

The internet and cloud-based applications mean more business are moving towards a flexible way of working. From remote workers to flexible hours, it is not uncommon to have part ( or all ) of the team working offsite from the business. This has many benefits, but how...

The Dossier December 2017

The Dossier December 2017

The Dossier December 2017 is out now… This month read about how Designated PA supports Rebecca Morley of Rebecca Morley Coaching. Learn how we helped her with flexible business support options.   This month DPA Recommends Paragon's Monaco Grand Prix 2018 Super Yacht...

Client Spotlight – Rebecca Morley

Client Spotlight – Rebecca Morley

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your company? I’m Rebecca Morley, Founder at Rebecca Morley Coaching. I started my company 2 years ago at the same time as I had my little boy Alfred. I decided to use my many years of experience improving businesses...

DPA Recommends – Paragon

DPA Recommends – Paragon

Designated PA recommends Paragon - they have a very exciting and exclusive opportunity for the Monaco Grand Prix 2018 - which you can watch with a glass of champagne in hand in your very own cabin on board a Super Yacht!! Paragon's Monaco Grand Prix Super Yacht...

Business Support A-Team

Business Support A-Team

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Running a successful small business doesn’t quite take that many people. But with a team of dedicated experts on board, your business can grow faster and more efficiently. Through delegating tasks to experts and freeing up...

Creating a Successful Small Business

Creating a Successful Small Business

Small business is now a big business. There were 5.4 million SMEs in the UK in 2016, which was over 99% of all businesses. At Designated PA, we are business support experts and love to see small businesses thrive. Here are our top five tips for creating a successful...

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