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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"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "

Angela Gill, Managing Director
(Bio Productions Ltd)

"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "

Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)

"“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)