Welcome to the February issue of Smart News – in a change from our usual format, we’ve chosen a team member to update us on what they’ve been focused on so far this year. This month, it’s Operations Director, Sarra.
Middle East – Qatar
The SmartPA team is excited at the prospect of opening new offices in Qatar. This is a fabulous, young and vibrant geography that fully understands the value of having SmartPA supporting the local business community.
Top 3 Resourceful Moments
Organising travel for football stars needing to take discreet holiday breaks to recover from injuries and recharge their batteries.
Have you ever lost anything on a flight? SmartPA managed to convince an airline manager that an expensive bottle of perfume left on one of their flights was worth pulling out all the stops to find, and was able to reunite a stressed out client with a gift he had bought especially for his wife.
Acting as programme coordinator for an industry-wide event, taking charge of everything from event programme production to guest lists to attending on the night.
What is a SmartPA?
- A SmartPA is a business thinker.
- A SmartPA is a forward planner.
- A SmartPA is solution driven.
- How does you PA measure up – have you considered training your PA? Have you ever invested in your PA? Does your PA need managed? Is your PA a technophobe?
Team Update - Sarra Bejaoui
Hi everyone, welcome to the February edition of Smart News.
I have been busy working between the Middle East and UK, developing key training material and a strategy overview to support one of our Middle East clients in managing an extremely large and significant event. On a flight back to the UK last week, I asked myself why, if a large organisation felt the need to hire SmartPA, why would an SME wish to incur exuberant cost hiring and training staff, renting and managing offices, when it could hire SmartPA to do all this and more for as little as £240 per month?
I thought, maybe our brand is too corporate, maybe we behave in a way that doesn’t reach out to the smaller business community. Do we sound too good to be true? After my long period of thought, I decided to speak to our 40 UK-wide partners to ask them the same questions. We came to the conclusion that a SmartPA seminar would allow our local SME community to sample SmartPA and our services. This will include free attendance, a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and time to relax and meet other like-minded business drivers, to best understand the value of SmartPA and how it can bring the same values to your business, as we have done for many larger companies.
My final thought is something for you the reader to think about. Our promise is to improve companies’ front and back office function whilst reducing costs. A big and ambitious promise perhaps, but please come along and meet with us, even to try out your own local SmartPA free of charge. Hopefully we can enlighten you as to the benefits of outsourcing your admin.