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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.

Watch this space!

Mixed Networking for Eden

Mixed Networking Group

Curlew Secretarial Solutions will be teaming up with Weddings by Annabel to bring a brand new mixed networking group to the Eden Valley.  Enterprise Eden will launch with a special event on 5th September 2016 at 7pm and will meet on the first Monday of every month.  Watch this space for details of the launch evening.  We have a fantastic speaker lined up for our launch event too – don’t miss out!

More information to follow.

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

UK Best Newcomer VA 2015 Award.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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@BookkeeperKat Thank you. Hope you have a great weekend too.

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Thank you @CurlewSS great to meet you in person!

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Our latest blog is about CRM systems - let us know what you think. #CRM #VirtualAssistant #CumbrianVA

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@VirtualHand It was lovely to meet you too. I did enjoy the VA Bingo!

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