Listen to our recent podcast with Rebecca, the founder of award winning virtual agency Get Ahead VA.
Rebecca Newenham founded Get Ahead VA in 2010 after recognising a gap in the market for virtual assistance services that offered the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses and start-ups need in the 21st century, digital economy.
Get Ahead VA delivers nationwide virtual assistance services for small-to-medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs. With clients ranging from will writers to window cleaners, financial consultants to fashion designers, all of their clients are motivated and driven business owners, with clear plans for business growth. Located right across the UK, they all recognise the value of outsourcing, passing onto others tasks that either they lack skills in, or tasks that drain their valuable time. Get Ahead VA enables them to get back to what they do best – growing and running their businesses. One of their clients, Moritz Schmittat, says: “Get Ahead VA is a highly skilled team of super mums (and dads) offering brilliant services in marketing, social media, office management, graphic design and basically everything small businesses need to run smoothly.”
After a corporate career in buying for retail giants such as Superdrug and Sainsburys, Rebecca was looking for a flexible work solution that could fit around her lifestyle and her three daughters – now 17, 15 and 13. Having grown up with a successfully self-employed mother, Rebecca knew it was possible to be able to contribute financially to the family and to do school drop off and pick-ups too. “My mum was a great example and I grew up knowing that I wanted one day to run my own business just like she did. Having looked at various business ideas and the way the employment landscape was shaping up for the future I felt a virtual assistance business offered the best solution. I have always loved networking, which is such a big part of my role now.”
Rebecca now runs a vibrant team of almost 40 virtual assistants and five regional directors, each bringing with them particular skill sets in many areas of business including PR & Marketing, Social Media, Business Development, Account Management, Design & Administration. Many of them are mothers themselves and also benefit from the flexibility that working for Get Ahead VA delivers. One of the team members says ‘I love working for Get Ahead VA. No two days are ever the same!’
The business has won a variety of awards including Flexible Business of the Year in the Mum and Working Awards and Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday #SBS Award. It has also been shortlisted in awards for Talent Attraction and Networking and was selected as one of the best Home Businesses in the UK. Rebecca herself has been shortlisted for the Women in Business Woman Business Owner of the Year Award
Website address: www.getaheadva.com
Twitter address: @GetAheadVA