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13th January 2010
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Helping local businesses has proved a winner for Virtual Assistant service


A virtual assistant service has discovered a winning formula for a successful first year in business – by helping others achieve growth in tough economic times.

In a Pickle, run by local entrepreneur Lisa Chaffey, celebrates its first Birthday this week.  And she says business has never been better.

Lisa, an experienced businesswoman who has previously worked for multi-nationals such as BP, recognised a need from cash-strapped businesses for affordable solutions to their admin needs. But Lisa decided to take this concept one step further by helping them to grow their businesses. Her proactive approach to the Virtual Assistant concept has given many small enterprises the step-up they so desperately needed.

Now, celebrating its first year of trading, In a Pickle now has over 30 clients on her books from all over the Henley-on-Thames and Thames Valley area.

In a Pickle specialises in providing office support services to all kinds of small businesses in Henley-on-Thames and surrounding areas who need the skills and knowledge of an experienced PA – without the overhead costs and employee hassles.

“My whole philosophy since launching In a Pickle has been to help businesses in innovative ways so that they benefit. Whether it’s to improve their systems or explore the world of social media, I strive to be more than just an extra pair of hands,” explains Lisa.

In a Pickle’s proactive way of supporting small businesses in the area has meant many more are now lining up to take advantage of her services.

“Using In a Pickle enables small businesses to do just what they set out to do in the first place – achieve their individual goals and make a success of things.”  My motto is “work smarter, not harder” - people who use In a Pickle love the fact that they’re no longer bogged down in the mundane tasks & can actually concentrate on what they do best, such as finding new clients,” she adds.

Lisa’s services cover anything from bookkeeping and office management to marketing, website development and lifestyle management.

Henley-on-Thames based business advisors, Business Fit Club has been using In a Pickle since April 2009 and say they’re amazed at the difference it has made to their business, allowing them to concentrate on their core activities.

John Basinger of Business Fit Club says, “When you are running your business, it is great to be able to delegate administrative tasks to someone in whom you have total trust. We now wonder how we ever coped without Lisa .She is so much more than a virtual PA, she has become an integral part of our business operation.”

Resourceful as ever, Lisa celebrated In a Pickle’s First birthday by handing out cupcakes made by The Kooky Cake Company to all her Henley-on-Thames based clients and business associates.

Anyone who’d like to chat to Lisa about their own admin outsourcing needs can contact her on free phone:  0808 1081436 on visit  

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Gill and Phil C

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Hi, We are Phil and Gill Chappell. We own the Best of Henley-on-Thames. We live in Henley so would love to hear your views and opinions about all things Henley.

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