Cumbrian business woman Gwen Backhouse, Director of Curlew Secretarial Solutions, is celebrating after being selected as Best Newcomer Virtual Assistant 2015 finalist in the National Virtual Assistant Awards.
Launched in 2010 the National Virtual Assistant Industry Awards sponsored by Be My VA, recognise the extensive range of skills and pool of talent that exists in the VA Industry around the UK and ROI.
Gwen, who lives in Garrigill, Cumbria, launched Curlew Secretarial Solutions in February 2014 and offers administrative and secretarial help to businesses both in the UK and around Europe. Gwen’s experience and determination has paid off, and she has seen the business grow rapidly in the last year with clients from Cumbria, Yorkshire, London and as far afield as The Netherlands and the USA. Offering services such as email management, transcription, data input, CRM management and event coordination, to name but a few, she is looking to expand the business in the next year.
Gwen was judged on achieving excellence in her field and on her entrepreneurialism, management skills, promotional skills and Continuous Professional Development. The winner will be announced on Friday 20th November 2015 in Windsor at the National Virtual Assistant Conference.
Commenting on her success, Gwen said, “I was over the moon to discover that I had been selected as a finalist. I am truly passionate about my work, and my clients can see that. I am one of only three or four Virtual Assistants in Cumbria whereas there are hundreds around the UK. I feel honoured to be representing Cumbria in this way.”
We are over the moon to find out that we have been shortlisted for the National VA Awards in the category of Best Newcomer VA 2015. It has been an incredible few years and Curlew Secretarial Solutions has been growing from strength to strength. A big thank you to Be My VA for this shortlisting. We are looking forward to attending the awards at Office 2015 this year. Good luck to all who have been shortlisted.
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to answer some questions for the Cumberland News so they could do a profile on a Virtual Assistant, here is the resulting article. Printed last Saturday.
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SOME businesses might be feeling the weight of excessive paperwork as they expand, but Gwen Backhouse (right), who has many years of experience working as a personal assistant, receptionist and audio typist, has come up with an innovative solution to help address this problem and save time and money.
Gwen is a “virtual assistant” who has started a company called Curlew Secretarial Solutions, based in Garrigill, on Alston Moor.
A virtual assistant is a secretary/administrator/personal assistant who works remotely from their fully equipped office and uses the Internet, post and telephone as their main sources of communication.
Gwen says that with 15 years of experience and a fully equipped office, she can offer a fully comprehensive service. One of her clients is in Amsterdam.
As well as running Curlew Secretarial Solutions, she also volunteers as an assistant scout leader for 1st Alston Scout Group and her love of administration has also helped in her role as secretary for Alston Moor Food Bank.