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A Day in the life of a VA

Working virtually as a business assistant can offer a flexible and rewarding career for the right candidate, but do you know what this role actually involves? We spoke to Allison, an experienced virtual assistant (VA), to break down a typical day supporting her clients. 6:30am: Although no day is the same, I usually try and

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In review: Blixen

The basics: 65A Brushfield St, London, E1 6AA 020 7101 0093 Blixen.co.uk A snapshot: Backing onto Spitalfields Market, Blixen is a Victorian bank turned into a European grand café with a twist. The perfect spot for a lunch meeting with Wi-Fi and power points available in amongst the comfy booths. A bit of background: Opened

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Podcast: Hiring temps for your private household

Have you ever considered hiring temp staff for your private household? A temp is the perfect solution to ensure you’re covered on short notice, whatever the situation. From hiring a temporary nanny for a night, to engaging in the services of our art experts, a temp may be the answer to your bespoke requirements. In

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Hierarchy of a Kitchen

If you’re looking for a job in hospitality, it’s likely that you will work in or around a kitchen at some point in your career! With multiple levels of hierarchy and specialisms among chef jobs, suppliers, support and wait staff, the kitchen can be a busy and confusing place, especially when the job titles are

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Five vegetarian restaurants in London for your veggie principal

In London, we’re blessed with thousands of fantastic restaurants with diet-specific menus, but how do you choose the right one for your principal? We’ve found five of the best vegetarian restaurants in London, perfect for a business lunch, dinner or after-work drinks. Malibu Kitchen at the Ned, Bank https://www.thened.com/restaurants This is an easy choice if

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How to plan a ski holiday for a family that has never skied

You’ve been asked to carry out the seemingly impossible: your principal wants to head to the slopes for the first time, and take their family along with them. How do you plan a ski holiday for a family that doesn’t ski? Premium ski travel and concierge company, and our PA Collective partner, ALS Ski, has

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Five ways your yacht experience can help you transition into a private household

A candidate who has spent time working on a superyacht may have initially been attracted to a life at sea and the idea of sailing around the world, but there may come a time when they’re ready to be based in one place. Luckily, the polished standards of working on a yacht can translate directly

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Four easy ways to encourage your employees to get involved in CSR

In celebration of World Humanitarian Day, we’re focusing on how our workplaces can make a positive difference to the world around us. As you’re probably aware, investing in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives brings benefits to society, the environment and business. Specifically, the business benefits include an improved employer brand, better employee retention, and a

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Five of the biggest candidate misconceptions about different industries

If you’re looking for a PA job in a new industry, there’s a chance that you have a sense about which sector will suit you. Have you ever stopped to wonder where these ideas have come from? Was it a film or TV show, or did a friend have a bad experience and you’ve been

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We try… a team-building pasta-making class

The PA Collective recently held a candidate event at the Cookery School at Little Portland Street, one of our PA Collective partners. The Cookery School is a sustainable cooking school that focuses on educating and encouraging people to get back to good old-fashioned cooking. They host cooking classes of all sizes, from private lessons to

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