by Christine Todd, VA and Owner of 'In the Shed'

-- The Virtual Assistant Coaching & Training Co Taster Sessions on Thursday 10th April in Euston, London NW1.  These half-day sessions give you a real in-sight into running your own VA business. See for details of how to book.

-- The Office Management & PA Exhibition and Conference takes place at London’s ExCeL Centre on 15th - 16th May. It offers a huge range of office and IT skills workshops, career progression workshops and many high-profile Keynote speakers throughout the two days. For more information and register for tickets, see the website at

-- The Northern VA Collaboration Event 2014, sponsored by MinuteDock, is the inaugural annual one-day conference, held by Virtual Assistants for Virtual Assistants – both existing and aspiring on 31st May at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. 
The speakers, venue and exhibitors have been carefully selected to ensure that the day is both relaxing and relevant for attendees, so whilst this isn’t a “jolly” you will have a very pleasant time!

The event is aimed at current and future Virtual Assistants to allow an opportunity to network with other professionals, discuss important industry topics and share experiences.
Why register? Here’s what you’ll get when you register for the conference:

·         Learn how to market your business via video
·         Learn how to sell more of your services without actually selling
·         14 day free trial and 10% discount for MinuteDock
·         Membership of The OCCAT Club for 3 months (worth £30)
·         “Social Media for Business” ebook
·         1hr FREE Mentoring from The VA Doctor
·         Network with like-minded individuals and peers
·         Access to products and services for the VA industry
·         Lunch & refreshments
·         Goody bag with offers and gifts from recommended suppliers
To book a place go to and keep an eye on the website:  where you can keep up to date by subscribing to the newsletter.

Register through DeskDemon using the link above and receive a 10% discount! - just 
enter “VAForum” in the ‘enter promotional code’ link.

 -- The Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries & PAs in Scotland: ACES 2014, takes place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Friday 6th June. A packed day full of keynote presentations and including the announcement of the Scottish PA of the Year Award 2014. For more information, follow on Twitter @aces_pa or see the website at

Monthly Meet-Ups

-- For VAs in and around the M25, there is a ‘Meet-Up’ group for London-based Virtual Assistants. The group run a series of monthly meet-ups on the first Tuesday of each month.  The venue is The Sun Tavern at 66 Long Acre, London WC2E 9JD – close to Leicester Square tube. These meet-ups are a great opportunity to get together with other VAs in an informal environment to network, share ideas and discuss best practice.  See for more information.
-- The West-End VA Meet-Up takes place on the first Tuesday of every month.  Date: Contact Caroline Deayton for more info or

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