UK VA Conference 2019 continues to break records


UK VA Conference continues to break records!


VA Day at The PA Show kicked off with the 7tth annual VA Breakfast with the sun shining brightly, in stark contract to the treacherous weather and snow of 2018.

With more than 110 attendees, the panel, chaired by Lina Bourdon of FSB Women tackled the debate around #MyVACareer, and the challenges that members of the VA profession have influenced their decision to become a Virtual Assistant.

The UK VA Conference had reached fully booked status almost 3 weeks ahead of the event, and every effort was made to squeeze the last few seats into an already enlarged theatre!

Session 1 – Joanne Munro (The VA handbook), shared her experinces as a “digital nomad” with Jane Cattermole of Bay Tree VA sharing than insight into a predominantly associate business model.Rebecca Newenham of Get Ahaed VAprojected the concept of franchising as an option to take on a VA business with reduced risk and accelerated set up time.

Session 2 – Caroline Wylie of Society of Virtual Assistants (SVA) shared a range of stories and scams that have been reported to SVA, and rounded off her session with some interactive activities!.

Session 3 - This session provided the opportunity for the VA to consider new business revenues by offering additional services to address compliance and upcoming bureaucratic processes such as Making Tax Digital. Henry Herbert of Herbert & ball addressed GDPR developments, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy of Tapoly provided information on insurance requirements, and Ami Copeland of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers provided updates on Anti-Money Laundering requirements and MTD (making Tax Digital).

Session 4 – Keynote speaker Alaxandra Galviz (#AuthenticAlex) twice awarded UK Voice of LinkedIN provided an insight into her own journey with LinkedIN, and how to best use the platform for business.

Session 5 – The 2019 UK VA Awards, accompanied the new arrival of The VAVAs – the Virtual Assistant Voice Awards. The annula Awards programme cycle became completed with the award of UK Outstanding VA (2019 winner: Joanne Manville) and UK Best Newcomer VA (2019 winner, Sarah Szekir-Papasavva)

Session 6 – Panel session lead by Joanne Hawkins of Executive VPA chaired the debate and views on te future of the VA profession and explore what the impact of AI will have on many VAs?

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