Nominations are NOW OPEN for the West Midlands PA Awards 2021

Now into our 4th year, The West Midlands PA Awards has been a platform of recognition and celebration of the achievements of PAs, EAs, VAs, Office Managers and Business Support Professionals across the region. 2020 was without doubt a challenging year for us all but we were so proud to have delivered a positive Awards ceremony virtually, with over 500 guests logging in to support our 75 finalists across 10 categories, and we cannot wait to hear all about the incredible contributions and impact your peers have made over the last 12 months to your company, our industry and the profession.

You will find a variety of categories below and you are welcome to make as many nominations as you like, you can nominate someone for multiple categories and if someone has entered or been nominated before we really encourage you to nominate them again.

Once you have completed the relevant sections under each category we will then get in touch with your nominee to advise of the next stages.

Nominations will remain open until 30th April  2021.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award celebrates an individual who has sustained a career in a business support role for more than twenty years. This in itself is a huge accomplishment so tell us how you have made a contribution of outstanding significance in your field and what has been your most defining achievement throughout your career. How have you upheld your skillset and ensured you have kept relevant with technology in a fast moving environment. Have you passed on your years of wisdom to those with less experience to support them through their career journey? We want to hear about the opportunities you have taken and the positive impact you have had on your business.

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Aspiring PA Award

This award recognises business support and administrative professionals who aspire to move into a PA/EA role in the future. We want to hear about anyone who works within the organisation and does a sterling job supporting colleagues within a junior role, someone who has a long term goal to become a board level PA/EA of the future. They could be starting out as an apprentice, perhaps customer facing as a receptionist or working tirelessly as an admin support behind the scenes supporting the senior PAs/EAs within the business. This is a new category for 2021 and we cannot wait to hear how these incredible representatives of this most vital support function have excelled in their long term goal of becoming an Aspiring PA

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Newcomer of the Year Award

Have you been a PA for less than 3 years and already making a difference, if so, this category is for you. Tell us about why you chose this profession, and what makes you proud to be a PA? Let us know what has been your most amazing achievement so far, have you implemented processes within your company that have resulted in improved efficiencies? Have you developed a close working relationship with your boss and your peers, and created a network of contacts across your company? Have you brought ideas, skills and new initiatives into your business, or have you been working in another role and recently been appointed to PA? How are you planning your self-development, where do you look for inspiration and has anyone helped and influenced you? Tell us about your career journey, your achievements, your successes and challenges and your experience so far of being a PA.

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Internal PA Network of the Year Award

This category looks to recognise the best internal networks of support professionals within companies and organisations in the West Midlands. Tell us how you build strong relationships across your internal stakeholders? What has your network contributed to the business that adds value and do you share best practice and guidance? What are the challenges you face, are you located within the same building, county, country? How did you build your network and gain buy in from the company/senior management and fellow PAs/admins? What binds you together and keeps momentum and motivation to support each other? Tell us about how your network was created, how it helps those that are a part of it and why your network is so amazing.

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Independent VA of the Year Award

Managing your own business can be challenging when you are the Director or Managing Director of your own company, as well as offering strategic support to many of the business owners you help every day. Virtual Assistants build a business from scratch and we want to hear about your most defining career moments and achievements. How have you made a significant impact to support your clients and the wider VA community? What challenges have you met head on along the way and why would you say that your business differs from the rest? We want to hear all about your achievements and specifically why you or your VA are our 2021 champion. You are welcome to submit a self-nomination or your clients can nominate you and tell us more.

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Ambassador for Change Award

This award recognises administrative professionals who have a passion for CSR, D&I, Sustainability, Innovation and Technology. Do you give back to the community and environment what it gives to you? Do you look at ways of protecting the environment and staff and support sustainability within the business. Are you supportive of an inclusive culture which promotes diversity to ensure that individuals are treated with respect and dignity? We want to hear about the opportunities you have taken to promote charity events/donations, volunteering, community support, preserving the environment and Research & Development. This is your time to shine and demonstrate the initiatives you have implemented to support social and environmental values.

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Networker of the Year Award

Are you or someone you know a serial networker? Networking is challenging and doesn’t come naturally to us all, it can take many forms either face to face externally or within an organisation, via social media or by bringing people together to connect and establish great quality connections and initiating fantastic relationships. This could be within an organisation, with external stakeholders or via the PA Forum wider network. Are you or someone you know a creative connector, a source of information when someone needs something, passionate about bringing people together? Tell us all about the new, interesting and creative ways you or your nominee have done this and why they are Networker of the Year 2021

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Above & Beyond Award

Do you always do more or strive to go one (or ten!) steps further than asked or is required from your day to day role? Do you automatically go above and beyond? If so, this is the award for you so read on…
Have you carried out a project to an exemplary standard? Have you identified, implemented or improved something within your organisation which has resulted in positive change (i.e. innovation, culture)? Have you taken on duties which step outside your comfort zone or taken on additional responsibility (i.e. H&S, HR, IT)? Have you helped or supported someone (i.e. mental health, mentoring, coaching, development)? If this sounds like you (or a business support professional you know or work with) be brave and nominate yourself, or them!

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Team Leader Award

Are you a PA Team Leader, PA/Office Manager or a PA with managerial duties? Do you manage a team of EAs/PAs/administrative professionals? Do you lead by example, showing respect, integrity, consistency and empathy at all times? Are you seen as a mentor or role model to your team and/or others within your business? Do you inspire you team, build a strong team ethos and encourage an open and transparent culture? Do you help nurture and develop those individuals within your team, manage appraisals/performance and, at times, have those difficult conversations but turn them around into positive ones? Have you had to adapt your management role and/or style or been met with challenges that you have overcome in the last 12 months? We would love to hear all about it! If you are a Team Leader who feels it’s time to shine or you know one who deserves recognition for the job they do, then get nominating!

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PA of the Year Award

2020 was indeed a challenging year, we will therefore be awarding 3 winners for this category, 1 for each experience level and based on significant achievements and recognition of all your hard work and support last year.

  • PA of the Year 3-10 years,
  • PA of the Year 10-20 years
  • PA of the Year 20+ years

This category recognises C Suite PA’s to EA’s, individuals in a support role who have consistently gone above and beyond their day job.
Are you a PA/EA who demonstrates the close working partnership type relationship with your boss? Are you skilled at supporting with the strategic direction of the whole overall business and been closely involved in key projects? Do you act in an ambassadorial capacity perhaps on a global/International scale? Are you the right hand person allowing your boss to deliver and manage objectives across the business as a whole and be the key interface between the board and the rest of the business?

We want to recognise individuals who have shown excellence across their career and are a shining embodiment of the role. We want to hear about the highlights of your career and the positive impact you have made on your business. We appreciate it can be overwhelming to be in the spotlight but we cannot wait to hear from you. If you can demonstrate continued commitment to the PA/EA profession, this is the category for you

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