VA Awards - North East England 2016

Date: 31-May-2016 12:22

The Northern VA Collaboration Event on 21st May 2016 in Newcastle played host to the 2016 VA of the Year for North East of England at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel at Newcastle International Airport.

In it’s third successful year, the event is organised and co-ordinated by Angela Dawson (The Admin Doctor -

The judges specifically commented on how good all of this year’s short-listed North East candidates’ web sites have been. There was an absolutely outstanding group for the 2016 North East VA of the Year Shortlist – all of the candidates are great examples for the profession – the benchmark standards continue to rise!

The full results for VA of the Year for North East England 2016 are:

Winner: Kelly Cairns of KC Virtual Solutions
Runner Up: Fiona Macpherson of Support 4 Success

Kelly now becomes the first VA to win three of the VA Awards in the Regional programme that has been running since 2014 – Kelly has previously been Runner-Up for her Region in both 2014 and 2015.

Kelly, from Tyne and Wear, has been running her own business, KC Virtual Solutions, since 2007. In her own words, the business was started by accident when she was bored on maternity leave. Utilising her core skills, Kelly soon found herself working as a successful VA (virtual assistant) from her dining room table. Providing services to businesses globally, the demand for Kelly’s business services has been growing year on year. As an early adaptor in the VA world, Kelly started on her dining room table and has had very ambitious plans ever since. 

When I returned to work after having my first son, I found the stress of finding financially-viable childcare almost too much to bear.  This time around, I decided that I wanted to really take control of my life and find something I could do at home, utilising all the talents I’ve developed over the years.  Being a Virtual Assistant is perfect – in my time working for the NHS, various Housing Associations and a number of small businesses, I’ve honed my administrative skills to a high standard and now have the confidence to deliver high quality results to businesses of all sizes” comments Kelly.

The business has not always been easy as Kelly also has two very active boys at home, one of whom has autism. In addition, Kelly was also diagnosed with postnatal depression during the early stages of the business.  However, Kelly is not deterred by a challenge.

Kelly’s hard work and determination has been rewarded recently as the accidental business owner has now been crowned the Virtual Assistant of the Year in the North East, following her last 2 awards of runner up, she is now also off to London to fight for the position of VA of the Year for the UK in the National Finals in the autumn.

I cannot believe I have won – I am so proud of my achievements. I get to run a business that I love and help so many businesses all over the world. I couldn’t have dreamed for anything more … I am excited about what the future brings and already have lots of big plans, one of which includes being  a sponsor and judge for both Amazing Wearside Awards & Amazing Durham Awards in September ’16!!”

Even though Kelly can’t quite believe her achievement, her grateful clients certainly had complete faith in her and her abilities.

"Kelly is definitely my tech angel! I need ongoing support with my online membership club. She always resolves all of my issues and turns the work around really quickly, which you need when you're running a business. No question seems too silly, she walks you through the process step by step. I would highly recommend her to anyone, so long as my job isn't on her list first!!” comments Ruby McGuire of Cappuccino Coaching Club.

The National VA Award programme is organised by BeMyVA,com , and their Panel of Judges  are encouraged to see a significant increase in the professionalism and standards amongst all of the finalists for each year’s awards. The Judge’s feedback had noted “amongst a very strong list of candidates, Kelly’s stand out qualities centre around how she puts client outcomes at the centre of everything she does. She adds value to her client’s businesses with a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge”.

The future of Kelly’s business is definitely bright, with big plans to expand the business through VA services as well as the provision of technological support to small business owners and solopreneurs. 

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