News: Top Award for Local EAs

Posted on 19th November 2019

Top Award for local Executive Assistants


Emily Darnell and Esther Dawson, both Executive Assistants to the CEO’s of two successful Sussex businesses, respectively PVL UK in Burgess Hill and Ridgeview Wine Estate on Ditchling Common, picked-up a prestigious award at the Manchester PA Awards on 6th November.  They have been recognised with the Best External PA Network award for their work in setting-up and developing the Sussex PA Network.


The Sussex PA Network was founded in July 2015 and is a free-to-join professional networking and learning group for Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, Office Managers, Admin Assistants and Virtual Assistants.  Esther and Emily established the group when they were unable to find a network or support group in their area for EAs and PAs.  They are both passionate about their work and understand how dramatically these roles have changed over the last 10 to 15 years through developments in technology, work environments and working practices.


Emily and Esther were delighted with the award, with Emily explaining: “We were thrilled to pick-up the award.  It was a complete shock as while we were delighted to have been shortlisted, we didn’t expect to win!  It’s great recognition for the strength of the Sussex PA Network and we look forward to continuing its successful growth.”


The most recent Sussex PA Network event was held at the stylish Malmaison in Brighton on 15th October.  Keep an eye on for more information or follow @SussexPANetwork on Twitter to get involved.



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"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."

The Hon Nicholas Soames MP

"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.

It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"

Susan Fleet, Managing Director
(Lea Graham Associates)

"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."

Oliver Lashley , Director
(Pure Storm Digital Services )