The ultimate flexible working franchise from Get Ahead VA

Get Ahead VA is a virtual agency that provides a wide spectrum of outsourced business and marketing services, mainly to SMEs. It was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Newenham who, coming from a corporate background, was looking for a business that was compatible with her family life. After reviewing the way the economic landscape was changing, Rebecca saw a clear need and opportunity in supplying affordable, flexible and seamless support services to organisations of all types in various different sectors.

Eight years on, the company is now a nationwide agency, with a team of more than 30 Virtual Assistants (VAs). It provides a much-needed service to over 100 clients across the UK and is considered the go-to, one stop shop for business owners. But it’s not just Get Ahead VA’s clients and their teams that benefit from flexible working – it’s their virtual assistants too. They provide their expertise within the hours that work best for them and their clients pick and choose the services that meet their business needs. The company has won awards for flexible working and been selected as one of the #SBS Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday winners.

In 2017 the business launched its franchise model to allow other people the chance to develop their own flexible business. Rebecca Newenham, founder and director of Get Ahead VA says: “Our franchise model provides people with the opportunity to go into business for themselves, but not by themselves. Starting a business from scratch can be daunting, extremely lonely and costly, but our franchisees are part of something bigger, yet still a business owner in their own right. From day one they are given the support and security of being part of an established award-winning and profitable brand, with the tools to hit the ground running and the opportunity to build a business that works for them.”

Current franchisee Carrie Jones of Get Ahead VA Reading comments: “I decided to become a Get Ahead VA franchisee as I wanted to expand my own business. The franchise gives me the support, knowledge and insight of a successful business owner, who has been there and done that, allowing me to focus on tried and tested methods for growing my business. I like the fact that although I am managing my own business and am responsible for the day-to-day running of it, I have a team of people around me to support me.”

To find out more about the Get Ahead VA franchising model please visit or contact for a copy of the free franchise prospectus. You can also meet Rebecca during Office* on Thursday 1st March, where she will be speaking on an Expert Panel for VA Conference Day.


  1. Get Ahead VA offers a management franchise model where franchisees recruit and manage a team of virtual assistants to support their clients. 
  2. Franchisees and their teams provide key business support services to their client base including virtual PA & Admin, Telephone Answering, Event Management, Social Media, PR, Book Keeping, Marketing Strategy and Business Development. 
  3. To find out more about franchising opportunities with Get Ahead VA please call 01483 332220 or email

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WORKSMARTPA – NEW IDEAS, NEW FRONTIERS The year 2021 sees our business celebrate 21 years of - a community supporting office professionals since our very first newsletter way back in May 2000. As we look forward to greet a new world of change beyond the pandemic, we are extremely excited to announce a new brand; a new look; and some new directions for our much loved, long-standing web site and communities to explore. It is time for change. To better reflect now what we do best for you, we have a new brand, web site and activities – a new name and web site that will be full of new ideas for a new business age and new working trends as we all seek to grow, expand and explore new frontiers.

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