A development conference for PAs and key office staff from across the South West has been declared a huge success, with a 40 per cent growth in attendance on last year.

The event was staged in Bristol by the Exeter PA Network and offered training, development and networking for executive assistants, personal assistants, secretaries and administrators.

And building on the success of this event, organisers have already begun to plan next year’s conference.

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Exeter Daily logo Kim Glover

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?

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Kim Glover

You don’t fully appreciate what you have until you no longer have it.

This is so true for me at the moment, as after nearly 30 years of working for some pretty big businesses I have decided to become self-employed.

I love being self-employed it has so many positives but none of the employee benefits I have been used to having.

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employee-benefits Viv Leonard

ONE of Exeter’s most successful networking, training and support groups will be demonstrating its value to company bosses at a special event next month.

Following requests from its members and local businesses, Exeter PA Network is holding a free ‘showcase’ event.

Employers will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of their administrative staff belonging to the network and find out more about how it can boost their business.

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Exeter Daily logo Kim Glover

SUPPORT and training organisation, Exeter PA Network, which has seen its membership increase by 25 per cent in the last year, has launched its programme of activities for the coming 12 months.

The network, which is run by Kim Glover, continues to go from strength to strength, and now boasts more than 500 members.

It offers support, networking and development opportunities for personal and executive assistants, admin workers, secretaries and office staff across the city, and the first events in its busy calendar have already sold out.

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Exeter Daily logo Kim Glover

Delegate places at a unique conference offering training, development and networking for key office staff from across the south west are being snapped up quickly.

The inaugural Joint PA Networks’ conference has been developed through a collaboration between the PA Networks of Exeter, Bristol and Cardiff.

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Exeter Daily logo Kim Glover

Cult coffee and wine bar, Artigiano, recently hosted Exeter’s highly successful PA Network for an evening of crafting cocktails, munching pizza platters and some essential networking with their peers.

Established in 2012, the Exeter PA Network is a professional networking group dedicated to supporting Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants, Secretaries and Administrators. With a mission to raise the profile of these vital roles within the business world, while delivering fresh and forward-thinking training and recognising the changes made to the PA role in recent years, the PA Network consistently hosts fun and exciting events for its members.

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Exeter Daily logo Kim Glover