Bucks, Berks and Oxon PA Network (BBO PA Network) is an active networking group for Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, Virtual Assistants, Administrators and Office Managers who work or live in or around the BBO area. It doesn’t matter where you are in your career – as long as you are in the Business Support industry you are more than welcome to attend.
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Best Western Calcot, Reading
0 PLACES OUT OF 10 AVAILABLE - AT CAPACITY
Date: Thurs, Nov 14th - 6pm to 9pm
Speaker: Kathy Soulsby, Virtual Assistant at Personally Virtual and Author of Virtually Painless
Theme: From PA to VA Q&A Session + Dinner
Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford
14 OUT OF 25 SPACES AVAILABLE
Date: Thurs, 21st Nov - 6:00pm to 9.00pm
Keynote Speaker: Andrew Jardine, General Manager at The Institute of Administration Management (IAM)
Theme: Conflict Management
BBO PA NETWORK – NOMINATED CHARITY PARTNER – SMART WORKS – READING
We are delighted to announce that our nominated charity partner is Smart Works Reading. We plan to help them by raising money at some of our networking events and by collecting clothing items and toiletries that they can use with their clients.
Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. They harness the power of clothes and confidence to allow a woman to be her best at a crucial moment in her life, giving her the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at interview and transform her life.
Women are referred to Smart Works Reading from organisations such as job centers, work programmes, prisons, care homes, homeless shelters and mental health charities. Half have been unsuccessful in over 20 applications. A third have been turned down from over 50 jobs. All are suffering from a lack of confidence in their own abilities.
The tangible impact that our service has on a woman’s confidence is something we have the privilege to witness every day. The magic begins when she enters the dressing room and is styled into her interview outfit, hers to keep, by trained volunteers. She looks in the mirror and sees a new and impressive version of herself. This is followed by one-to-one interview coaching, after which 60% of our clients go on to get the job.
Quotes From Past Networking Events
“I find the events helpful and informative and have met many amazing people that I would never have met without the network. I’ve learnt so much from the speakers we’ve had.”
“It was so interesting – absolutely loved Maggie covering personal branding and then of course the gin tasting afterwards. I found both speakers to be so passionate and they knew exactly what they were talking about too, really informative and thought provoking.”
“Thank you for this amazing follow-up email and wealth of contacts and information. This is an incredible group of professionals who are so very generous with sharing and clearly a caring bunch.”
“Working as a PA, EA or VA you have to be self-sufficient a majority of the time and it is not often you work as part of a team. Joining the BBO PA Network feels like joining my own team, a group of like-minded, driven individuals who encourage, support and push one another. The network provides development opportunities businesses cannot always provide their support staff. It also, in an inclusive environment gives you the opportunity to network with peers, companies, and speakers with whom you wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to meet!”
“I have been to several of these BBO PA Network events and they are always inspirational as well as being a fantastic way to network with other people. If you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend it to you. You will leave with lots of new ideas and contacts as well as having a really enjoyable evening in a great location – you never know, it could change your life, as it did mine!”
“Well organised, lovely attendees, good interesting speakers, fabulous locations and refreshments, friendly relaxed atmosphere.”
“The training that was delivered was outstanding and I learnt so much. The whole evening was well organised, smooth and honestly so enjoyable.”
“Just a quick email to say thank you so much for hosting last night. It was so interesting – absolutely loved Maggie covering personal branding and then of course the gin tasting afterwards. I found both speakers to be so passionate and they knew exactly what they were talking about too, really informative and thought provoking. Anyway, thank you for having me. I will certainly attend the next event.”
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