UK VA Conference 2017 at Office Show 2nd March 2017

UK VA Conference 2017 at Office Show 2nd March 2017

VA day at Office* Show 2017 got off to a flying start with’s fifth VA Breakfast. With BeMyVA CEO John Palmer introducing this popular ‘early bird’ session, Caroline Wylie presented some extracts from the Society of Virtual Assistant’s survey findings of recent years – identifying areas that Caroline refers to as “Myth Busters”!

Following the Survey points, Caroline was joined by Charlotte Wibberley of VIPVA and Joanne Munro of The VA Handbook as a panel to address the audience’s questions. By the end of the session, almost 120 people were in attendance at the keynote area.

The morning’s core sessions of the day took place in the VA Conference adopted home, “The Bubble Theatre” with learning and development sessions as follows:

Amanda Johnson (VACT) – First steps to your own VA business
Joanne Hawkins (Executive VPA) – The Networking Jungle & how to use your own animal instincts
Susan Moore (Moore Business) – It’s a big world out there: Working with Associates + Internationally

After lunch, the focus of the event became social media skills – with some long-awaited announcements and presentations of Awards!

Awards announcements – presented by Aimee Bateman of
10th Anniversary VA Quiz – Winner: Caroline McCabe, VA, Essex Members Voice Award 2016 – Best VA Training Provider: VACT

Caroline McCabe VACT’s Amanda receives their award from Aimee

UK VA Awards 2017

UK Best Newcomer VA 2017:
Winner – Ruth Dyer, RDVA, Northamptonshire
Runner Up – Imogen Allen Umbrella Digital, Staffordshire
Runner Up – Lucy Tipler, Your Loyal VA, Kent

Ruth and Aimee Lucy, Ruth, Aimee and Imogen

UK Outstanding VA 2017:  
Winner – Michelle Smith, ValueAdd, Scotland
Runner Up – Heather Greig, VPA-NI, Northern Ireland
Runner Up – Gwen Backhouse, Curlew Secretarial, England

Michelle and Aimee Gwen, Michelle, Aimee and Heather

The final learning sessions of the day:
Aimee Bateman (Careercake TV) – From Home Office to Global Recognition (with video marketing)
Lilach Bullock (Social Media Consultant) – Getting Lost in Social Media – Top tips + tricks for success

The conference closed at 4:30pm and the super feedback can be seen here:

Many thanks to our host office* show 2017

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