Yesterday was MYnetworks quarterly annual evening meet up at the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival at St.George’s Square. The meet up was held in the demo marquee of the event and each member received a free token on arrival which entitled them to a free drink from ‘The Star Inn’ and free food from the ‘Hinchliffe’s BBQ’. Even though the weather was a little miserable and rainy the event had a great turnout with around 150 members turning up to enjoy great food and drink along with some great conversation and live music from Richard Daniels. We also held a business card raffle prize draw & Barrington from Discovery Bay did a speech about how Huddersfield has a great buzz around it at the moment due to its vast array of restaurants and bars helping to encourage business and support the local business community. Discovery Bay just received an award for ‘Restaurant of the Year 2011’ which is a great accomplishment for the restaurant which has only been open for 5 years.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|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.|
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!