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Curlew Secretarial Solutions is a virtual assistant service based in the North Pennines of Cumbria. From our own fully equipped office, we provide a professional and cost effective alternative to hiring your own secretary or administrative assistant.  By taking care of the day to day administration and secretarial tasks, we enable you to concentrate on the important aspects of your business and find more time to relax. As virtual assistants, much of our work is taken care of remotely via the internet, telephone, email, post or courier, but we can also meet local clients in person if you prefer.

We work with a wide range of clients from sole traders to large companies; no job is too big or too small, and we take care of anything from a one-off proofread to a regular contract.

Enterprise Eden!

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Curlew Secretarial Solutions is teaming up with Weddings by Annabel to bring a brand new mixed networking group to the Eden Valley.  Enterprise Eden Networking will launch with a special event on 5th September 2016 at 7pm in Penrith and will meet on the first Monday of every month.  For details of our first event and more see our Facebook page here

Benefits of using a ‘Virtual Assistant’.

What can we do for you?

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Do you ever find yourself sitting in front of a computer late at night or sacrificing your precious time off to catch up with the tedious day to day admin?  Imagine reclaiming those evenings and days off and taking the time to relax instead.   Using a Virtual Assistant can shave hours from your work week! Getting your time back is only one of the many benefits of using a virtual assistant, there are so many more advantages to outsourcing your administrative work ….. Find out  More

Why are we different?

Getting to know you and your business

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We like to get to know you and your business so we can understand the way you work; then we will carry your work out exactly the way you like it. We offer an overnight transcription service so you can send us your audio file before you go to bed and when you wake in the morning it is ready and waiting for you. We specialise in Environmental Science and provide a virtual assistant service to university lecturers, renewable energy companies, students and other businesses in that field. We are fully conversant with the jargon that goes hand-in-hand with the subject area. We offer a 15% discount for students (see Student Services for further information)

What is a Virtual Assistant?

Definition of a Virtual Assistant.


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An independent contractor who provides administrative services to clients while operating outside of the client’s office. A Virtual Assistant usually works from their own fully equipped office, but they are able to access the necessary planning documents, such audio recordings, scanned notes and event specifications remotely. Virtual Assistants are usually freelance workers who  focus on the tasks that would normally be taken care of by a Secretary, PA or Administrator. With many ways to pay, this service can be used by anyone in need of a little extra help.

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Find your #VirtualAssistant - UK award winning #VA, Gwen Backhouse @CurlewSS is a featured #VA with @BeMyVA: here

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Please say a big 'Hi' to the newest member of the Curlew Team Kerryn Price! #VirtualAssistant

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@CurlewSS Bee sure not to get too distracted from their chocolately goodness ;)

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An exciting network for Cumbrian Virtual Assistants supporting them in the growth and development of their business.

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@highest_branch Thank you so much for your brilliant talk yesterday evening at #EnterpriseEden #CumbriaBusiness

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