The importance of investing in your PA’s development

For those of you who attended the recent Exe Factor event, you may recognise some of these facts that I have shamelessly cribbed from Dan Frye’s speech, in which he delivered some really interesting statistics demonstrating Exeter’s growth.

Dan told us that Exeter is the fastest growing city outside of London, according to the Office for National Statistics – growing 2.4% year on year.
He also told us that Exeter is the fourth fastest job-generating city in the UK and that, according to Exeter City Council’s CEO, Karime Hassan, we currently have 4,000 vacancies, and only around 900 registered unemployed, meaning businesses are facing something of a recruitment crisis.
We have Lidl and IKEA about to open up for business in the city, and they have already started their recruitment campaigns.

So, why is the Exeter PA Network highlighting this?

Well, with all this competition for talent, what can businesses do to ensure they retain their current employees? One thing is to invest in them – invest in their development.

We want to encourage businesses to support their PAs, secretaries and admin professionals by enabling them to attend networking and training events; allowing them to not only take the time out of the business day to attend such events, but also contribute to, or cover, the cost of doing so.
In doing so, businesses are not only enabling their PAs to upskill, they are improving engagement and morale. To top all of that off, they enhance their employer brand. Those employers who demonstrate a keenness to support and develop their people quickly become well known, as they are represented at our events.

We want to give a massive shout out to some top employers who are supporting their PAs – including Michelmores, University of Exeter, Sampson Hall, Smith & Williamson, Ashfords, Stephens Scown, IOP Publishing, Exeter City Council, Intellectual Property Office, NPS South West, Met Office, TLT, Devon Air Ambulance, NPTC Group of Colleges, Radius, Beard Construction, Atkins Global, AWP, BDO, Solicitors Title, University West of England and Grant Thornton.

If you are a business wanting to show support for your PA colleagues, or if you are a PA who would like to know more about the Exeter PA Network, check us out at – in particular, check out our Conference on 13 October:

Kim Glover