Many congratulations to the winners of this year’s Virtual Assistant Awards at the Virtual Assistant Awards and Conference in London on Thursday 1 March.
Every year I judge the Outstanding Virtual Assistant Awards as part of the VA Conference, it’s always a pleasure to give back to the industry. It’s also important to continue to raise standards amongst new virtual assistants, as they see an example of those who are excelling in their field.
Sadly due to the weather, my flight was grounded but I’m thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Virtual Assistant Awards:
Virtual Assistant Awards – Winners:
- UK VA of the Year: Gwen Backhouse of Curlew Secretarial Solutions
- Newcomer of the Year: Toks Adebanjo of TAVA Services
What do the VA Awards judges look for?
Essentially we’re trying to find a VA who we’d love to work with. We check all sorts of things:- their back up, their insurance, their social media, how their website looks, what training they’ve undertaken in the last year, what plans they have for next year.
The entries are first assessed by region – Society Of Virtual Assistants sponsored the Scottish regional final this year. Then the final is held at our annual conference at Olympia in London in March. The kudos of winning the award often brings in new business for the finalists and winners, as the organisers make sure their publicity machine swings into operation as the winners are announced.
The judges come from a variety of backgrounds – business owners, previous VA winners, industry bodies. The judging panel all submit their votes, and only then are they all counted – this means no one judge will have a final say, and it also means that the VAs can get feedback from several different judges for things to work on in their business for next year.
Why should virtual assistants enter the awards?
It’s great to say “I’m the best VA in the UK”.
VAs tend to be shy about blowing their own trumpet. But if you won’t promote your own business, who else will?
In years gone by, the Awards have trialed a nomination system and a voting system. But at its heart the organisers wanted this to be a competition about the VA business, rather than a popularity contest. So it’s still down to you to enter: www.vaconference.co.uk