This week you’ll have noticed Emma has been in charge, as Caroline was off to the VA Conference at The PA Show at London’s ExCel arena… Nothing unusual in this, she goes every year because she’s a judge on the Outstanding VA of the Year Award – and has been practically since the inception of UK VA Awards in 2007. As such, she’s never been eligible to take part in the VA awards themselves.
What is the VA Conference?
The VA Conference is an annual event and this year had a variety of sessions helping VAs to update their professional development on subjects such as:
- Social media
- Sales and Marketing
- Microsoft Office
Caroline Wins UK VA Award – VA Star
Each year the industry recognises its most influential VAs with a once in a lifetime honour, alongside their annual recognition for VAs at the top of their game. This very prestigious award is known as the VAVAs VA Star.
And look what Caroline brought home:
Huge congratulations, and well deserved recognition of the work Caroline has done to improve standards across the industry with her work with societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk.
Other winners were:
- Outstanding VA of the Year: Joanne Manville of Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance
- Newcomer VA of the Year: Jane Boa of The Online PA
- VA Trainer of the Year: Amanda Johnston of VACT
- PA Trainer of the Year: Paul Pennant of Today’s PA
What is SVA?
Starting in 2005 as a Scottish resource, to date SVA has helped over 10,000+ VAs start and stay in business. It provides independent advice and support to UK based virtual assistants. SVA is recognised as a leading authority on the VA industry by bodies such as HMRC, FSB, and Business Gateway. In 2007 it established the first best practice guidelines for virtual assistants (also known as the UK VA Standards). In 2018, it established the first standards for UK VA training providers.