GIRL Friday Kelly Cairns is among Britain’s best at what she does – virtually.
Kelly, of Ryhope, has reached the finals of the search for the UK’s Outstanding virtual assistant (VA) of 2012.
Kelly’s business KC Virtual Solutions provides support services for people new to going it alone.
“Since the recession, many individuals have been forced out of work due to redundancy or in fear of redundancy, and have set up business by themselves,” she said.
“While they have the skills and expertise to make their business a success, they may fail in other areas such as the day-to-day administration – this is where a virtual assistant comes in.
“You don’t need to make space for me in your office or your home, you don’t need to pay me a regular salary and you don’t even need to pay me sick pay.
“All you do is send me the work you need completing and I ensure the tasks are carried out to the highest standard and sent straight back.”
Kelly is one of 11 VAs in the running for one of two awards.
“I am very excited and proud to have reached the finalist position,” she said, “and believe this will demonstrate to my clients and prospective clients my professionalism, commitment and approach to providing an outstanding service as well as my support to fellow VAs.”
It is hoped the awards scheme, in association with The International Association of Virtual Assistants (www.iava.org.uk) and The Virtual Assistant Coaching and Training Company (www.vact.co.uk), will promote a wider understanding of the rapidly-developing industry.
Judges include Bemyva.com, Reed Learning, Mums the Business, The International Association of Virtual Assistants and Executive Secretary Magazine.
Carmen MacDougall, founder of The VA Coaching and Training Company, said: “I launched the inaugural National VA Conference and Awards in April 2007, as part of my nationwide campaign to promote and boost awareness of the VA industry as well as in my quest to find the most outstanding VA.”