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Business Profile: Jane Mellor (Efficient PA)

Jane Mellor (Efficient PA) & Paul Robertshaw (MEC/SMileS) @ MYnetwork Meetup

Our Business Profile Page is going to take a different member from the ‘MYnetwork’ meet up every month and ask them a few questions and get them to write a bio on the type of work they do. Jane Mellor was kind enough to feature in our first Business Profile,  thank you Jane! If you would be interested in featuring in a Business Profile then just get in touch with gabby@smilessms.com

First Job? Office Junior David Brown Gear Industries
Current job position? Owner of “Efficient PA”
Best thing about your job? The variety of work and people that I meet.
The worst thing about your job? Having to work late into the night to meet tight deadlines
Your favourite restaurant in Huddersfield? The Temujin, Milnsbridge (of course)
Your best achievement? Obtaining my degree & post graduate diploma whilst working and bringing up a young family.
Interest and hobbies? Reading & photography
Favourite car/motorbike? Ducati  848 Evo(well I can dream, can’t I?)
What do you value most about being a member of a network group? The opportunity to meet people from such diverse businesses.  90% of my work comes from networking, so it’s very important to me.  For me, it’s about building relationships and building trust.
Twitter ID:  Efficientpa
LinkedIn:  Jane Mellor

Bio

As an experienced PA I decided to break free from the confines of a 9 to 5 job and started my own business as a Virtual Assistant.  My clients range from a businessman who is disabled, right through to manufacturing companies in Yorkshire and Lancashire.  My job is to relieve clients of their admin stresses so that they can concentrate on achieving their business objectives.  Clients get all the benefits of a PA without the added costs.  Being able to outsource the tasks that you either don’t have time to do, or don’t like doing makes good business sense.  You just pay for the actual work we do but without the holiday pay, sick pay etc.

We can help businesses by taking on their call answering or we can make calls on their behalf.  We do internet research, diary management, digital transcription, typing up reports, attend meetings, organise conferences and exhibitions, or even pick up the dry cleaning.  The list is endless.

Having been a secretary/PA/Marketing Manager ever since I left school, so it seemed an obvious path to take.  I work from home, so I don’t have the additional overhead costs (or the commute)!

In my spare time, I am slave to two grown up children, a hubby, two dogs and four horses!  I do enjoy supporting my daughters who compete in British Dressage Competitions and County Showing.

I’m also doing a Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, most of which is online. However, I do like to read whenever I get chance!

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SMileS attend Ladies 4 Networking event @Temujin

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Yesterday, I attended a great event which was recommended to me by Jane Mellor (Efficient PA) who I met at another networking event ‘MYnetwork’ last week. I’m very new to networking as I’ve just started a marketing placement at ‘ME Consultancy Ltd’; this event was a great introduction into networking as it’s informal and friendly. It’s strictly women only and is a great way to meet ladies from the local area who either own their own business or work in various different industries. It’s also a great event for individuals wanting to network for a specific purpose as in your 1 minute slot you can inform people of what you’re looking for, for example; looking for people with contacts in the beauty industry to stock a new range of products. To follow events and to get more information about ‘Ladies 4 Networking Huddersfield) you can find them on Linked In. Please read the rest of this post if you want to know more about the format of this networking event meet up. I would also suggest anyone going along to the event to take plenty of business cards and various promotional materials they may have to help ensure that people remember your business and can get in contact with you.

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MYnetwork draws in over 60 people at its latest meetup @The Media Centre, Cafe Ollo

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Yesterday, we had this months ‘MYnetwork’ meet up the event was a great success with over 60 people turning up, which is the best meet up so far. Since the new name was revealed for the group the event seems to have picked up even more momentum and has drawn many new faces to the event. This is a great sign showing that the ‘MYnetwork’ group is going from strength to strength and is a beneficial networking group to be a part of. One new face at the meet up was Maxine from ‘Alexandra House Spa’ in Huddersfield. Alexandra house is a great local business within Kirklees and recently came runner up in the Examiner’s ‘Business of the Year Awards 2011’. ‘MYnetwork’ is all about getting business people together in a friendly and informal environment which helps bring contacts together and encourages local businesses to work together. Read the rest of this entry