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Introducing BMA House – meetings spaces in central London

BMA House, home to the British Medical Association since 1925, is a beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911 by famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The magnificent venue boasts 23 unique and versatile spaces including 11 purpose built meeting rooms, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology.  From small meeting rooms…

Virgin Atlantic: second daily service between Heathrow and Johannesburg

Our new second daily flight to Johannesburg will be operated by Boeing 787-9 offering our latest cabin interiors and inflight entertainment, as well as Wi-Fi on every flight. Our first flight will depart on 28 October 2018. With two flights per day to South Africa’s biggest city, we expect to carry over 300,000 customers annually – helping…

Meet Victoria McLean, The CV Queen

An Interview with Victoria McLean, The CV Queen and CEO of CityCV Victoria established City CV in 2008, following a successful career that included steering recruitment at two of the world’s largest investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.  As a former Head of Recruitment, she identified a gap in the market for high-quality resume…

The Power of Learning from your Peers

One of the best ways of learning is peer-to-peer, joining a group of like-minded colleagues and sharing experiences, knowledge, problems and solutions.  The PA Club Discussion Forums are informal talks around topics of interest to the modern PA/EA, topics suggested by our PA members and led by them.  They are free to attend, very relaxed…

Delta Named Airline of the Year

Delta has been named Airline of the Year at the annual TTG Awards in the U.K. The awards are one of the highlights of the travel industry calendar and honour the best in aviation, travel agencies and tour operators. The prestigious awards are voted for by a panel of industry experts. In addition to its…

Borthwick Castle – Scotland’s Most Charismatic Private Venue

The changing landscape during Autumn is wondrous to see around the Castle and we look forward to welcoming clients at this beautiful time of year, relaxing in the Stateroom with fire ablaze, the Garrison for activities or the Great Hall for exquisite dining. Anticipation is already growing for the festive Season.  Each Principle room will…

Anja Graf – Woman of Vision

Anja Graf is the founder, owner, and Group CEO of VISIONAPARTMENTS. Born in Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1977, she began building her company at the age of 21. With her extensive expertise in real-estate management, she is currently in the process of expanding throughout Europe and making VISIONAPARTMENTS the leading brand in furnished living. But what…

Grandmothers – the Inspiration Behind Our Italian Cooking

Creating traditional and regional Italian cuisine is an essential core value of Ristorante Granaio Caffe e Cucina. To accomplish this, we sought advice from the most globally valued cooking expert…grandmothers! Because when it comes to food and choices at the dinner table, we all appreciate the classic recipes of tradition steeped in history and taste:…

Free Webinar – how to create an attention-grabbing LinkedIn profile

The PA Club and City CV are partnering to present a FREE 30-minute webinar on 4th September 2018 at 13.00 to help you to create an attention-grabbing, key-word optimised and 100% complete LinkedIn profile which will get you noticed for the right reasons. With over 500 million members worldwide LinkedIn is the premier professional networking…

A Jungle Restaurant in the Heart of the West End

Located in the heart of the West End, the Rainforest Cafe is your invitation to our exotic jungle recreating the sights and sounds of the Amazon Rainforest.  The Rainforest Cafe has been around since 1997 and is still very much a popular destination for children and adults alike.  From the minute you set foot into the…

Luxury Summer Breaks by the Sea

Are you or your boss looking for a last minute escape to the coast this summer? Cornish Gems offer over 180 luxury holiday homes for up to 20 people, located in the most sought after destinations in Cornwall. The luxury specialists have also welcomed several stunning new Gems and larger Cribs to its collection just in…

Old Course Hotel, Golf & Spa

Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike and overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including…

Women Are Terrible!

The moment I decided to change my life was back in 2015.  I realized I wasn’t the only one who felt like an ‘imposter’ with confidence crippling insecurities as I sat in the massive auditorium of the Emmanuel Centre in Victoria, London. I was at a lecture in London hosted by The School of Life with…

The Same Trains ,The Same Great Team – LNER

LNER is here… A new operator but pretty much everything else stay the same. London North Eastern Railway, or LNER, is the new operator for the East Coast line from Sunday 24 June. A new operator but pretty much everything else stays the same. The same great team of people are running your services, on…

A Gorgeous Evening in Zurich

A gorgeous summer evening in Zurich and some 25 of our local PA/EA members gathered at the Zurich Marriott for a party on the terrace. The hotel staff pulled out all the stops, with a generous barbecue, drinks and showrounds of the hotel.  A city landmark, with chic modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, the Zurich…

A Luxury Townhouse Hotel

The Roseate Reading is the result of a compelling vision, combining the intimacy of a small country house with the needs of a vibrant metropolitan town centre (just 5 minutes walk from the station). The result, a luxury townhouse hotel featuring 55 bedrooms and suites, stunning meeting and events rooms, a cinema and Cerise, an all-day…

Sano – healthy food made from scratch

The PA Club is delighted to welcome Sano​ We are delighted to become a new elite partner to The PA Club and share what we do in food, nutrition and wellness to benefit you in your day-to-day role. Sano aims to become the leader in healthy food and wellness services to corporate and retail customers.…

Meet Diana Anderson

Meet Diana Anderson, CEO & Founder of Anderson Hoare Anderson Hoare Recruitment Consultants was founded in 1992 and specialises in the introduction of high quality temporary and permanent support staff at all levels, with clients from some of the world’s best known companies to small businesses, entrepreneurs, high profile individuals and private households.   To…

Summer Away Day

DESIGNED WITH OUR MEMBERS IN MIND The Away Day is designed specifically with our PA/EA members in mind.  It provides you with a unique opportunity to meet the suppliers you want to see in an afternoon of scheduled one-to-one meetings, allowing you to discuss your corporate needs and saving you (and the company!) time and…

Northbank Restaurant: A Hidden Gem

A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Everything:  Araminta Power reviews Northbank It’s not my first visit to Northbank, I have to confess.  They must have just opened when I was invited to a PA Club event there about 10 years ago.  And finding it was just around the corner and served excellent, particularly fishy,…

The Meetings Show Returns for 2018

The UK’s biggest dedicated event for meeting planners across all sectors, The Meetings Show, is returning to Olympia London on 27 & 28 June 2018. The two-day show provides planners with an opportunity to meet more than 700 individual exhibitors, including venues, hotels, destinations and technology suppliers, while enjoying a packed programme of educational sessions…

Income Protection Plus – three new products – free!

PG Mutual, the not-for-profit, friendly society that we are partnered with to offer our members Income Protection Plus at a special rate, have just released three new (and currently free!) enhancements!  These new enhancements encompass our member’s important health and wellbeing aims, but also take into consideration what we all aim to do for our…

Special offer: £100 off Pitman Training

Pitman Training Special Offer -  £100 off any training course! The Pitman team are looking forward to meeting you all at The Ask Abbie Show.  Please visit us at our stand but before then have a look at the terrific workshops on offer. We are hosting three topics with three fun trainers, so you can have a great time…

Cost-Saving Travel Services

If I may introduce, Wayte Travel Management.  We have been providing Business Travel services since 1980 (established in 1903) and have offices in London, Manchester, Stoke and Jersey. Wayte Travel specialise in 'reducing airfares' by combined the expertise of our consultants and using our £1.5bn buying power.  Additionally, we regularly review our client’s requirements to ensure…

There’s So Much To Do at The Ask Abbie Show!

Join us at The Ask Abbie Show; we have a great day lined up for you!  Friday 27th April - Merchant Taylors' Hall, London EC2 (close to Bank Station) – 08:00 – 15:30! Early birds pick up your Feedr breakfast with your PA Club goody bag and  personalised business cards, courtesy of Carfax Cards.  If you're visiting in…

The Perfect Venue for your Corporate Event

Stoke Park, the luxury 5 AA Red Star Country Club, Spa and Hotel in Buckinghamshire, offers the perfect venue for your corporate event. Whether a Board Meeting, Conference, Team Away Day or Company Golf/Spa day, Stoke Park provides a one-stop solution. We will help you plan the day to the finest detail, whilst adding that…

Four Stunning London Restaurants

Aqua Restaurant Group has 23 restaurants across Hong Kong, Beijing and London, where their first UK site on Regent Street opened in 2009. The group in London comprises four stunning venues; aqua shard, serving contemporary British cuisine and Hutong, serving Northern Chinese cuisine both located in The Shard and aqua kyoto, offering contemporary Japanese cuisine and…

Don’t Say You Can’t Sing

More and more of us seem to be taking the musical plunge. Helped by the influence of television choirmaster Gareth Malone and series such as Glee, there are now some 25,000 choirs across the UK. So, given it makes you feel good, and improves your health, why not join in and sing?   - BBC iWonder…

Team Work: an interview with PA Club member Laura Cook

An Interview with PA Club member, Laura Cook and Caroline Smith, Senior VP HR Operations and Senior VP of Transformation at Pearson Laura Cook has been at Pearson for 18 years, and in her current position for six months.  I started by asking Caroline to define a good PA: CS:  It’s important to work with…

Welcome to new PA Club Partner, Châteauform’

Châteauform’ has been running venues exclusively dedicated to business seminars in Europe since 1996. Today, we have a selection of over 50 homes of all sizes in six European countries; France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. What makes us different: -       Our venues are completely designed and dedicated for corporate meetings (no social parties or…

A Hotel “Fit for a Queen”

Amy Franklyn FEPAA, Corporate Team Manager at international law firm, Bird and Bird, was lucky enough to win an over-night stay for two at Luton Hoo, at The Ask Abbie Show last October.  She made her visit earlier this year with her partner, and kindly agreed to write about their experience. My first impression as I…

How to Nail that Job Interview

It’s not easy coming across as cool and confident when you're facing a hostile interview panel.  Or possibly worse - interviewing over Skype.  But help is at hand and we're delighted that the dazzling and exuberant Esther Stanhope, aka The Impact Guru, is returning to The Ask Abbie Show, with advice and tips on how…

Building on PA Resilience

To stay on top of your game a PA / EA needs to be both strategic and resilient. Resilience is an essential core skill for any Assistant. We are super-connectors and master jugglers by default as our role often results in us having to throw our to-do list up in the air and catch it…

Mental Health First Aid

Research by the Centre for Mental Health suggests that, at any one time, one worker in six will be experiencing depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress. 91 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems. And the total cost to employers is estimated at almost £35 billion per year –…

New Year’s Eve at Nobu Shoreditch

See in the New Year in style at one of London's newest and funkiest hotels, Nobu Shoreditch.  Just minutes from Liverpool St station, Nobu is tucked discreetly down a sidestreet.  At its heart is Nobu restaurant, a calm minimalist space that serves food as artwork.  For New Year's Eve they have come up with a…

Pitman London to Sponsor The Ask Abbie Show

We're delighted that Pitman London are sponsoring the professional development programme at the next Ask Abbie Show on 27th April 2018. Alongside the exhibition of suppliers, our two Seminar Rooms will be buzzing with inspirational and educational sessions on a whole range of topics.  The Pitman London room will be focusing on highly practical skills…

True Stories: Christmas Day with Ranta Claus

Christmas is a time for sharing, a time for family.  Even the boss, you might be tempted to think, will be so wrapped up in the lovely glow of his own family, that he might actually leave you in peace for the day.  Personally the last thing on my mind on Christmas Day was worrying…

The Bragging Rights of a Peacock

True Stories: continuing our occasional series of stories from our PA members No.10 – The Bragging Rights of a Peacock You know when the Boss has been having a good chin wag with his peers because he sends you an email the following weekend, asking about a perk he didn’t know he had.  For example,…

Araminta Power reviews Gillray’s

  An English Steakhouse on London’s South Bank: Araminta Power reviews Gillray’s at Marriott County Hall The old GLC must have been enormous.  County Hall, its erstwhile home, occupies a huge stretch of the south bank of the Thames and with its steeply pitched tiled roof, pilasters, porthole windows and grand entrance facing the water,…

Two Extraordinary Venues

When the luxury St Moritz resort hotel, Badrutt’s Palace, hosted lunch at Rules, London’s oldest restaurant, it was a coming together of two most extraordinary venues, representing some 400 years of 5-star service. Rules, quintessentially English with its wood-panelling, old paintings and menu focussed firmly on game, has been serving the rich and famous in London’s Covent Garden…

You’re Odd? Great. Make Your Odd Your Asset

As Oscar Wilde said; “Be Yourself….”   Yes. The more you can be yourself at work, the better.  Yes, really, warts and all.   Do you have a strong ‘personal brand’ ? If you do, people remember you and you’ll do better business!   It does require you to use your quirks and oddities though. Do you…

One Amazing Day!

A huge thank you to all those who helped make The Ask Abbie Show on 27th October such a success. What an amazing day!  With over 50 exhibitors of goods and services, some 300 PA/EA visitors and nine inspirational seminars, it was bigger, better and busier than ever before!  The Ask Abbie Show is fast becoming…

Pick Up Your Business Cards

Carfax Cards sponsors of The Ask Abbie Show Visitors to The Ask Abbie Show on 27th October received a pack of personalised business cards, courtesy of Carfax Cards, on arrival.  The Carfax Case Cards couldn’t be easier to use: just turn your top card back as you would the page of a book, and the card…

Education and Inspiration at The Ask Abbie Show

Join us on Friday 27th October for a day of education and inspiration.  We've got an amazing line-up of speakers at The Ask Abbie Show on 27th October, including the inspirational Diana Brandl on her new initiative #weareinthistogether.  Other seminars cover topics as varied as Assertiveness, Working for a Start-up, Speedwriting and the Psychology of…

My Story – Melissa Land

My name is Melissa Land. I have worked as a PA for many years and am used to working in challenging environments where demands are high and days are long. After a stressful work day, returning home to my husband (a senior executive with a very busy career), the challenge for me was trying to…

The benefits of recruiting a diverse workforce

The business of recruitment in general practice can be a challenging one; can a fresh approach which relies specifically on diversity and inclusion bring about meaningful change? Consultancy expert Stephen Frost outlines why [practice] managers can use diverse hiring to their advantage. Now, more than ever, organisations need diversity. When faced with increasing socio-economic pressures…

The 60% Issue by Esther Stanhope

The other day, I was laughing with my client, Phil,  because he was telling me he wanted more women to go for more senior roles in his law firm. “Why is it that (yes, this is the cliché) men take a punt, where women think they need to be 100% on point when it comes…

Welcome Back Kaspar the Cat

We are delighted that The Savoy Hotel, after some extensive refurbishment, has rejoined The PA Club.  The Savoy truly is a London landmark with a special place in British history. Opened in 1889, it was the first British hotel to make use of electric lights and electric lifts. The Savoy has since played host to…

Sky High Networking

We’ve had some extraordinary events in the past, but never one where PA Club Members and Partners were able to "slide" home. The Arcelor Mittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the UK’s tallest public artwork and The Slide is the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide, measuring 178m.  To the accompaniment of ear-splitting screams, our…

Welcome new Partner, London Towncars NY

We are delighted to welcome new PA Club Partner, London Towncars, based in New York.  A family owned and operated business, they have been providing Luxury Chauffeured Services Worldwide since 1959.  READ MORE    

Fam Trip to Stoke By Nayland

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, is located just outside Colchester, and offers something for everyone: two 18-hole golf courses, a superb restaurant, nine up-to-the-minute function rooms, country lodges, a luxurious spa and a high-tech gym – all set within 300 acres of rolling countryside. So what a treat for a group of our Prestige…

A Brush with Romance: Araminta Power Reviews The Gilbert Scott

Strictly there should be steam trains, puffing and sighing in the background, the slam of doors on departure, a mournful whistle.  But these days it’s the sleek Eurostar, less romantic but full of the promise of all things French, which slides in and out. What hasn’t changed though – and against all the odds –…

Welcome to Partner, United Airlines

The PA Club and United Airlines are delighted to be working together again. United offers comprehensive access to the U.S. with nonstop flights from five U.K. airports, and onward connections to over 300 destinations across the Americas. To discuss your travellers’ flight needs, contact UKBusinessSupport@united.com

How Well Do You Know Your Boss? – by Andy Edwards

  If I were to ask you “What is your most important business relationship?”, I imagine your answer would be “With my Boss”.   Yes – the person for whom you provide your Executive PA or secretarial support is undoubtedly your primary workplace connection.  So it stands to reason that you should do all you…

Exploring AKA New York

Over 50 PA Club NY members, from 30 different companies, attended our Club networking event, with drinks canapes and live music, at one of AKA’s splendid New York properties. After welcome drinks in the courtyard and reception area, our members were invited on showrounds of these fully-serviced apartments which are a great alternative to booking…

Top tips for delivering successful onboarding and orientation sessions

Engaging your employees from the moment they start with your organisation is crucial and something that the team at Wildgose are a dab hand at. They have written this informative (and entertaining!) blog post, with some very useful tips on how to avoid ‘borientation’. Read more…

Welcome to Alden Luxury Suites, Zurich

The name ‘ALDEN’ derives from the old English word ‘Aldwyn – old friend’. It is in this spirit that we welcome you to our luxury suite hotel as well as to our restaurant and bar. Relax in the exclusive 5-star ALDEN Hotel Splügenschloss, Zurich. The hotel is situated in the city center, just a few…

Diversity is a reality. Inclusion is a Choice.

We are absolutely thrilled to have secured Stephen Frost, CEO of Frost Included and former Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and subsequently at KPMG, to speak at The Ask Abbie Show.  Stephen will set out guidelines for understanding, leading on and delivering a truly inclusive environment in your…

Heads in the Clouds at citizenM, Times Square

Members of The PA Club NY enjoyed drinks and canapes in the panoramic rooftop Cloud Bar of citizenM Times Square, overlooking the world’s most iconic skyline. Thank you for an amazing evening in this cool new property.  It’s a whole new concept in hotel living: no old-fashioned reception desks, room keys, or bellboys - instead…

Don’t manage your time, manage your energy!

Still trying to juggle that “work-life balance”? We’re delighted to announce a new seminar for The Ask Abbie Show on 19th May. Lindsay Taylor, Director of Your Excellency will be presenting: Don’t manage your time, manage your energy! Time is a limited resource. Personal energy is renewable. Therefore, you can replenish your own energy and…

The PA Club New York is delighted to welcome new Partner

The PA Club New York is delighted to welcome new Partner, citizenM hotel Times Square. The citizenM hotel room provides everything you need for a great night’s sleep, and an even better night’s entertainment.  Here’s what to expect from your stay at our Times Square hotel in New York City: XL king-sized beds and fluffy…

Boats & Planes: Araminta Power Reviews Wright Brothers, Soho

The Wright Brothers were aviators, credited, in the frenzy of experimentation at the turn of the last century, with inventing the world's first successful airplane.  But Wright Brothers, the restaurants, are definitely all about fish.  From Sea to Plate is their catch phrase and the restaurant has a gentle under-stated marine theme: the odd bit…

Champagne and Champions at China Tang

Thank you Champions Speakers for hosting our Prestige dinner at China Tang in the Dorchester. It was a fabulous evening beginning with a champagne reception and followed by a 5-course specialist Chinese meal and wine. But the high lights of the evening were supplied by three celebrity guests at the event, singer Sam Bailey, winner…

Ole Blue Eyes: Araminta Power Reviews Marcus at The Berkeley

Settling onto the sofa for my Sunday afternoon browse through the papers, I found a familiar face looking up at me from the cover of the colour supplement.  A rather striking photo actually, taken in black and white but with startling bright blue eyes.  This is of course, the Age of the Chef and the…

Introducing BMA House – meetings spaces in central London

BMA House, home to the British Medical Association since 1925, is a beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911 by famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The magnificent venue boasts 23 unique and versatile spaces including 11 purpose built meeting rooms, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology.  From small meeting rooms…

Virgin Atlantic: second daily service between Heathrow and Johannesburg

Our new second daily flight to Johannesburg will be operated by Boeing 787-9 offering our latest cabin interiors and inflight entertainment, as well as Wi-Fi on every flight. Our first flight will depart on 28 October 2018. With two flights per day to South Africa’s biggest city, we expect to carry over 300,000 customers annually – helping…

Meet Victoria McLean, The CV Queen

An Interview with Victoria McLean, The CV Queen and CEO of CityCV Victoria established City CV in 2008, following a successful career that included steering recruitment at two of the world’s largest investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.  As a former Head of Recruitment, she identified a gap in the market for high-quality resume…

The Power of Learning from your Peers

One of the best ways of learning is peer-to-peer, joining a group of like-minded colleagues and sharing experiences, knowledge, problems and solutions.  The PA Club Discussion Forums are informal talks around topics of interest to the modern PA/EA, topics suggested by our PA members and led by them.  They are free to attend, very relaxed…

Delta Named Airline of the Year

Delta has been named Airline of the Year at the annual TTG Awards in the U.K. The awards are one of the highlights of the travel industry calendar and honour the best in aviation, travel agencies and tour operators. The prestigious awards are voted for by a panel of industry experts. In addition to its…

Borthwick Castle – Scotland’s Most Charismatic Private Venue

The changing landscape during Autumn is wondrous to see around the Castle and we look forward to welcoming clients at this beautiful time of year, relaxing in the Stateroom with fire ablaze, the Garrison for activities or the Great Hall for exquisite dining. Anticipation is already growing for the festive Season.  Each Principle room will…

Anja Graf – Woman of Vision

Anja Graf is the founder, owner, and Group CEO of VISIONAPARTMENTS. Born in Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1977, she began building her company at the age of 21. With her extensive expertise in real-estate management, she is currently in the process of expanding throughout Europe and making VISIONAPARTMENTS the leading brand in furnished living. But what…

Grandmothers – the Inspiration Behind Our Italian Cooking

Creating traditional and regional Italian cuisine is an essential core value of Ristorante Granaio Caffe e Cucina. To accomplish this, we sought advice from the most globally valued cooking expert…grandmothers! Because when it comes to food and choices at the dinner table, we all appreciate the classic recipes of tradition steeped in history and taste:…

Free Webinar – how to create an attention-grabbing LinkedIn profile

The PA Club and City CV are partnering to present a FREE 30-minute webinar on 4th September 2018 at 13.00 to help you to create an attention-grabbing, key-word optimised and 100% complete LinkedIn profile which will get you noticed for the right reasons. With over 500 million members worldwide LinkedIn is the premier professional networking…

A Jungle Restaurant in the Heart of the West End

Located in the heart of the West End, the Rainforest Cafe is your invitation to our exotic jungle recreating the sights and sounds of the Amazon Rainforest.  The Rainforest Cafe has been around since 1997 and is still very much a popular destination for children and adults alike.  From the minute you set foot into the…

Luxury Summer Breaks by the Sea

Are you or your boss looking for a last minute escape to the coast this summer? Cornish Gems offer over 180 luxury holiday homes for up to 20 people, located in the most sought after destinations in Cornwall. The luxury specialists have also welcomed several stunning new Gems and larger Cribs to its collection just in…

Old Course Hotel, Golf & Spa

Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike and overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including…

Women Are Terrible!

The moment I decided to change my life was back in 2015.  I realized I wasn’t the only one who felt like an ‘imposter’ with confidence crippling insecurities as I sat in the massive auditorium of the Emmanuel Centre in Victoria, London. I was at a lecture in London hosted by The School of Life with…

The Same Trains ,The Same Great Team – LNER

LNER is here… A new operator but pretty much everything else stay the same. London North Eastern Railway, or LNER, is the new operator for the East Coast line from Sunday 24 June. A new operator but pretty much everything else stays the same. The same great team of people are running your services, on…

A Gorgeous Evening in Zurich

A gorgeous summer evening in Zurich and some 25 of our local PA/EA members gathered at the Zurich Marriott for a party on the terrace. The hotel staff pulled out all the stops, with a generous barbecue, drinks and showrounds of the hotel.  A city landmark, with chic modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, the Zurich…

A Luxury Townhouse Hotel

The Roseate Reading is the result of a compelling vision, combining the intimacy of a small country house with the needs of a vibrant metropolitan town centre (just 5 minutes walk from the station). The result, a luxury townhouse hotel featuring 55 bedrooms and suites, stunning meeting and events rooms, a cinema and Cerise, an all-day…

Sano – healthy food made from scratch

The PA Club is delighted to welcome Sano​ We are delighted to become a new elite partner to The PA Club and share what we do in food, nutrition and wellness to benefit you in your day-to-day role. Sano aims to become the leader in healthy food and wellness services to corporate and retail customers.…

Meet Diana Anderson

Meet Diana Anderson, CEO & Founder of Anderson Hoare Anderson Hoare Recruitment Consultants was founded in 1992 and specialises in the introduction of high quality temporary and permanent support staff at all levels, with clients from some of the world’s best known companies to small businesses, entrepreneurs, high profile individuals and private households.   To…

Summer Away Day

DESIGNED WITH OUR MEMBERS IN MIND The Away Day is designed specifically with our PA/EA members in mind.  It provides you with a unique opportunity to meet the suppliers you want to see in an afternoon of scheduled one-to-one meetings, allowing you to discuss your corporate needs and saving you (and the company!) time and…

Northbank Restaurant: A Hidden Gem

A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Everything:  Araminta Power reviews Northbank It’s not my first visit to Northbank, I have to confess.  They must have just opened when I was invited to a PA Club event there about 10 years ago.  And finding it was just around the corner and served excellent, particularly fishy,…

The Meetings Show Returns for 2018

The UK’s biggest dedicated event for meeting planners across all sectors, The Meetings Show, is returning to Olympia London on 27 & 28 June 2018. The two-day show provides planners with an opportunity to meet more than 700 individual exhibitors, including venues, hotels, destinations and technology suppliers, while enjoying a packed programme of educational sessions…

Income Protection Plus – three new products – free!

PG Mutual, the not-for-profit, friendly society that we are partnered with to offer our members Income Protection Plus at a special rate, have just released three new (and currently free!) enhancements!  These new enhancements encompass our member’s important health and wellbeing aims, but also take into consideration what we all aim to do for our…

Special offer: £100 off Pitman Training

Pitman Training Special Offer -  £100 off any training course! The Pitman team are looking forward to meeting you all at The Ask Abbie Show.  Please visit us at our stand but before then have a look at the terrific workshops on offer. We are hosting three topics with three fun trainers, so you can have a great time…

Cost-Saving Travel Services

If I may introduce, Wayte Travel Management.  We have been providing Business Travel services since 1980 (established in 1903) and have offices in London, Manchester, Stoke and Jersey. Wayte Travel specialise in 'reducing airfares' by combined the expertise of our consultants and using our £1.5bn buying power.  Additionally, we regularly review our client’s requirements to ensure…

There’s So Much To Do at The Ask Abbie Show!

Join us at The Ask Abbie Show; we have a great day lined up for you!  Friday 27th April - Merchant Taylors' Hall, London EC2 (close to Bank Station) – 08:00 – 15:30! Early birds pick up your Feedr breakfast with your PA Club goody bag and  personalised business cards, courtesy of Carfax Cards.  If you're visiting in…

The Perfect Venue for your Corporate Event

Stoke Park, the luxury 5 AA Red Star Country Club, Spa and Hotel in Buckinghamshire, offers the perfect venue for your corporate event. Whether a Board Meeting, Conference, Team Away Day or Company Golf/Spa day, Stoke Park provides a one-stop solution. We will help you plan the day to the finest detail, whilst adding that…

Four Stunning London Restaurants

Aqua Restaurant Group has 23 restaurants across Hong Kong, Beijing and London, where their first UK site on Regent Street opened in 2009. The group in London comprises four stunning venues; aqua shard, serving contemporary British cuisine and Hutong, serving Northern Chinese cuisine both located in The Shard and aqua kyoto, offering contemporary Japanese cuisine and…

Don’t Say You Can’t Sing

More and more of us seem to be taking the musical plunge. Helped by the influence of television choirmaster Gareth Malone and series such as Glee, there are now some 25,000 choirs across the UK. So, given it makes you feel good, and improves your health, why not join in and sing?   - BBC iWonder…

Team Work: an interview with PA Club member Laura Cook

An Interview with PA Club member, Laura Cook and Caroline Smith, Senior VP HR Operations and Senior VP of Transformation at Pearson Laura Cook has been at Pearson for 18 years, and in her current position for six months.  I started by asking Caroline to define a good PA: CS:  It’s important to work with…

Welcome to new PA Club Partner, Châteauform’

Châteauform’ has been running venues exclusively dedicated to business seminars in Europe since 1996. Today, we have a selection of over 50 homes of all sizes in six European countries; France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. What makes us different: -       Our venues are completely designed and dedicated for corporate meetings (no social parties or…

A Hotel “Fit for a Queen”

Amy Franklyn FEPAA, Corporate Team Manager at international law firm, Bird and Bird, was lucky enough to win an over-night stay for two at Luton Hoo, at The Ask Abbie Show last October.  She made her visit earlier this year with her partner, and kindly agreed to write about their experience. My first impression as I…

How to Nail that Job Interview

It’s not easy coming across as cool and confident when you're facing a hostile interview panel.  Or possibly worse - interviewing over Skype.  But help is at hand and we're delighted that the dazzling and exuberant Esther Stanhope, aka The Impact Guru, is returning to The Ask Abbie Show, with advice and tips on how…

Building on PA Resilience

To stay on top of your game a PA / EA needs to be both strategic and resilient. Resilience is an essential core skill for any Assistant. We are super-connectors and master jugglers by default as our role often results in us having to throw our to-do list up in the air and catch it…

Mental Health First Aid

Research by the Centre for Mental Health suggests that, at any one time, one worker in six will be experiencing depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress. 91 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems. And the total cost to employers is estimated at almost £35 billion per year –…

New Year’s Eve at Nobu Shoreditch

See in the New Year in style at one of London's newest and funkiest hotels, Nobu Shoreditch.  Just minutes from Liverpool St station, Nobu is tucked discreetly down a sidestreet.  At its heart is Nobu restaurant, a calm minimalist space that serves food as artwork.  For New Year's Eve they have come up with a…

Pitman London to Sponsor The Ask Abbie Show

We're delighted that Pitman London are sponsoring the professional development programme at the next Ask Abbie Show on 27th April 2018. Alongside the exhibition of suppliers, our two Seminar Rooms will be buzzing with inspirational and educational sessions on a whole range of topics.  The Pitman London room will be focusing on highly practical skills…

True Stories: Christmas Day with Ranta Claus

Christmas is a time for sharing, a time for family.  Even the boss, you might be tempted to think, will be so wrapped up in the lovely glow of his own family, that he might actually leave you in peace for the day.  Personally the last thing on my mind on Christmas Day was worrying…

The Bragging Rights of a Peacock

True Stories: continuing our occasional series of stories from our PA members No.10 – The Bragging Rights of a Peacock You know when the Boss has been having a good chin wag with his peers because he sends you an email the following weekend, asking about a perk he didn’t know he had.  For example,…

Araminta Power reviews Gillray’s

  An English Steakhouse on London’s South Bank: Araminta Power reviews Gillray’s at Marriott County Hall The old GLC must have been enormous.  County Hall, its erstwhile home, occupies a huge stretch of the south bank of the Thames and with its steeply pitched tiled roof, pilasters, porthole windows and grand entrance facing the water,…

Two Extraordinary Venues

When the luxury St Moritz resort hotel, Badrutt’s Palace, hosted lunch at Rules, London’s oldest restaurant, it was a coming together of two most extraordinary venues, representing some 400 years of 5-star service. Rules, quintessentially English with its wood-panelling, old paintings and menu focussed firmly on game, has been serving the rich and famous in London’s Covent Garden…

You’re Odd? Great. Make Your Odd Your Asset

As Oscar Wilde said; “Be Yourself….”   Yes. The more you can be yourself at work, the better.  Yes, really, warts and all.   Do you have a strong ‘personal brand’ ? If you do, people remember you and you’ll do better business!   It does require you to use your quirks and oddities though. Do you…

One Amazing Day!

A huge thank you to all those who helped make The Ask Abbie Show on 27th October such a success. What an amazing day!  With over 50 exhibitors of goods and services, some 300 PA/EA visitors and nine inspirational seminars, it was bigger, better and busier than ever before!  The Ask Abbie Show is fast becoming…

Pick Up Your Business Cards

Carfax Cards sponsors of The Ask Abbie Show Visitors to The Ask Abbie Show on 27th October received a pack of personalised business cards, courtesy of Carfax Cards, on arrival.  The Carfax Case Cards couldn’t be easier to use: just turn your top card back as you would the page of a book, and the card…

Education and Inspiration at The Ask Abbie Show

Join us on Friday 27th October for a day of education and inspiration.  We've got an amazing line-up of speakers at The Ask Abbie Show on 27th October, including the inspirational Diana Brandl on her new initiative #weareinthistogether.  Other seminars cover topics as varied as Assertiveness, Working for a Start-up, Speedwriting and the Psychology of…

My Story – Melissa Land

My name is Melissa Land. I have worked as a PA for many years and am used to working in challenging environments where demands are high and days are long. After a stressful work day, returning home to my husband (a senior executive with a very busy career), the challenge for me was trying to…

The benefits of recruiting a diverse workforce

The business of recruitment in general practice can be a challenging one; can a fresh approach which relies specifically on diversity and inclusion bring about meaningful change? Consultancy expert Stephen Frost outlines why [practice] managers can use diverse hiring to their advantage. Now, more than ever, organisations need diversity. When faced with increasing socio-economic pressures…

The 60% Issue by Esther Stanhope

The other day, I was laughing with my client, Phil,  because he was telling me he wanted more women to go for more senior roles in his law firm. “Why is it that (yes, this is the cliché) men take a punt, where women think they need to be 100% on point when it comes…

Welcome Back Kaspar the Cat

We are delighted that The Savoy Hotel, after some extensive refurbishment, has rejoined The PA Club.  The Savoy truly is a London landmark with a special place in British history. Opened in 1889, it was the first British hotel to make use of electric lights and electric lifts. The Savoy has since played host to…

Sky High Networking

We’ve had some extraordinary events in the past, but never one where PA Club Members and Partners were able to "slide" home. The Arcelor Mittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the UK’s tallest public artwork and The Slide is the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide, measuring 178m.  To the accompaniment of ear-splitting screams, our…

Welcome new Partner, London Towncars NY

We are delighted to welcome new PA Club Partner, London Towncars, based in New York.  A family owned and operated business, they have been providing Luxury Chauffeured Services Worldwide since 1959.  READ MORE    

Fam Trip to Stoke By Nayland

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, is located just outside Colchester, and offers something for everyone: two 18-hole golf courses, a superb restaurant, nine up-to-the-minute function rooms, country lodges, a luxurious spa and a high-tech gym – all set within 300 acres of rolling countryside. So what a treat for a group of our Prestige…

A Brush with Romance: Araminta Power Reviews The Gilbert Scott

Strictly there should be steam trains, puffing and sighing in the background, the slam of doors on departure, a mournful whistle.  But these days it’s the sleek Eurostar, less romantic but full of the promise of all things French, which slides in and out. What hasn’t changed though – and against all the odds –…

Welcome to Partner, United Airlines

The PA Club and United Airlines are delighted to be working together again. United offers comprehensive access to the U.S. with nonstop flights from five U.K. airports, and onward connections to over 300 destinations across the Americas. To discuss your travellers’ flight needs, contact UKBusinessSupport@united.com

How Well Do You Know Your Boss? – by Andy Edwards

  If I were to ask you “What is your most important business relationship?”, I imagine your answer would be “With my Boss”.   Yes – the person for whom you provide your Executive PA or secretarial support is undoubtedly your primary workplace connection.  So it stands to reason that you should do all you…

Exploring AKA New York

Over 50 PA Club NY members, from 30 different companies, attended our Club networking event, with drinks canapes and live music, at one of AKA’s splendid New York properties. After welcome drinks in the courtyard and reception area, our members were invited on showrounds of these fully-serviced apartments which are a great alternative to booking…

Top tips for delivering successful onboarding and orientation sessions

Engaging your employees from the moment they start with your organisation is crucial and something that the team at Wildgose are a dab hand at. They have written this informative (and entertaining!) blog post, with some very useful tips on how to avoid ‘borientation’. Read more…

Welcome to Alden Luxury Suites, Zurich

The name ‘ALDEN’ derives from the old English word ‘Aldwyn – old friend’. It is in this spirit that we welcome you to our luxury suite hotel as well as to our restaurant and bar. Relax in the exclusive 5-star ALDEN Hotel Splügenschloss, Zurich. The hotel is situated in the city center, just a few…

Diversity is a reality. Inclusion is a Choice.

We are absolutely thrilled to have secured Stephen Frost, CEO of Frost Included and former Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and subsequently at KPMG, to speak at The Ask Abbie Show.  Stephen will set out guidelines for understanding, leading on and delivering a truly inclusive environment in your…

Heads in the Clouds at citizenM, Times Square

Members of The PA Club NY enjoyed drinks and canapes in the panoramic rooftop Cloud Bar of citizenM Times Square, overlooking the world’s most iconic skyline. Thank you for an amazing evening in this cool new property.  It’s a whole new concept in hotel living: no old-fashioned reception desks, room keys, or bellboys - instead…

Don’t manage your time, manage your energy!

Still trying to juggle that “work-life balance”? We’re delighted to announce a new seminar for The Ask Abbie Show on 19th May. Lindsay Taylor, Director of Your Excellency will be presenting: Don’t manage your time, manage your energy! Time is a limited resource. Personal energy is renewable. Therefore, you can replenish your own energy and…

The PA Club New York is delighted to welcome new Partner

The PA Club New York is delighted to welcome new Partner, citizenM hotel Times Square. The citizenM hotel room provides everything you need for a great night’s sleep, and an even better night’s entertainment.  Here’s what to expect from your stay at our Times Square hotel in New York City: XL king-sized beds and fluffy…

Boats & Planes: Araminta Power Reviews Wright Brothers, Soho

The Wright Brothers were aviators, credited, in the frenzy of experimentation at the turn of the last century, with inventing the world's first successful airplane.  But Wright Brothers, the restaurants, are definitely all about fish.  From Sea to Plate is their catch phrase and the restaurant has a gentle under-stated marine theme: the odd bit…

Champagne and Champions at China Tang

Thank you Champions Speakers for hosting our Prestige dinner at China Tang in the Dorchester. It was a fabulous evening beginning with a champagne reception and followed by a 5-course specialist Chinese meal and wine. But the high lights of the evening were supplied by three celebrity guests at the event, singer Sam Bailey, winner…

Ole Blue Eyes: Araminta Power Reviews Marcus at The Berkeley

Settling onto the sofa for my Sunday afternoon browse through the papers, I found a familiar face looking up at me from the cover of the colour supplement.  A rather striking photo actually, taken in black and white but with startling bright blue eyes.  This is of course, the Age of the Chef and the…