AN unique Aberdeen business, dedicated to making PAs working lives easier is celebrating its second anniversary after reaching over 1,000 members.
Aberdeen PA is a website which not only connects the city’s and shire’s secretaries with each other, but links them with key businesses as well.
It was launched in 2010 by local business woman, Rosemary McLennan, who saw an online opportunity to encourage companies to promote themselves and their services to PAs, while also encouraging secretaries to get help and advice from each other.
“Reaching the 1,000 PA member mark is really beyond my expectations. The response of PAs to the Aberdeen PA membership has been outstanding, and it shows that we are succeeding in giving them help with their busy day-to-day working lives,” said a delighted Rosemary, who gave up a successful career in corporate sales and marketing to launch the website.
“In my previous jobs, I was dealing with people who booked corporate events and it was always the secretary who was landed with the big task, so I wanted to do something which could give power back to them and put them in the driving seat.
“Figures show they contribute 40 per cent to their boss’s productivity and they are worth ten times their salary and that really says it all.”
She added: “Members across Aberdeen city and shire are finding the site really useful for sharing contacts, news and advice.
“Ultimately, I hope that the site helps them with their work, enabling them to have some fun as they discover great offers and make new contacts with a wide range of suppliers, covering everything from hotels and venues, catering, hospitality, corporate gifts, travel, recruitment, and also health and wellbeing.”
One of the original members of Aberdeen PA, Julie Wilken is the key office administrator for Denholm Macnamee, a company focussed on providing support services to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries around the world.
“Aberdeen PA is a fantastic organisation to be a member of as the extensive network of suppliers available to me has been very beneficial to myself and our company. I’ve managed to save time and money through membership of Aberdeen PA, and to have over 1,000 fellow PA’s across Aberdeenshire to share expertise with has been great,” she explained.
“We have organised team-building events, corporate hampers, training and cocktail nights all with the help of Aberdeen PA! Huge thanks to Rosemary and her team for such a useful website, terrific advice and fab events.
“The shared knowledge of the PAs across the city is extensive, and to be able to share that is invaluable. PAs will always be key decision-makers for their companies, and Aberdeen PA can support them in making the right supplier choices,” added Rosemary.
To celebrate the company’s second anniversary a Winter Showcase will be held on November 14th at Aberdeen’s Hilton Treetops hotel. The event has attracted international exhibitors as well as companies from across Scotland.
Note to editors
Aberdeen PA is a unique and dedicated service for all PAs and administrators working in Aberdeen city and shire. Its website is a business resource created specifically for PAs and for others in administrative roles within a company by putting PAs in touch with each other and with suppliers. Aberdeen PA is flexible, interactive and very specific to PA needs.
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