Welcome to Ask Avril
Personal Assistant (PA)
Would you like your very own Personal Assistant (PA) to support you and your business?
Hand over your admin and find time for your business, your home life and for you too!
Your time is valuable, isn’t it better spent on doing the important things to grow your business?
Such as managing your customers’ billable work and finding new customers.
Ask Avril will support to organise your To Do list and discuss with you what you can delegate now to free up your time.
Would that be valuable to you and your business?
Would you like to have your own PA to get things done for you?
What would you do with more time once you have handed over your admin?
Want to have a free consultation. Contact Ask Avril now for further details.
Ask Avril can take care of the following tasks:
- E-Mail Management
- Diary and Appointment Management
- Travel Arrangements and Itineraries
- TO DO List Managment
- Event Co-ordination and Management
- Web Site Updating and Maintenance
- Presentation Preparation
- Word Processing
- Spread Sheet Design and Management
- Data Entry
- Updating contacts in your CRM system
- Purchase and Sales Ledger Management.
Your time is valuable. What tasks can you delegate to give yourself time to grow your business?
We work with our clients and their needs to ensure that the right administrative procedures are in place to provide that support now and in the future as your business grows.
Ask Avril provides bespoke administration support to micro and small business owners. If you do not see what you are looking for in the list above then please just Ask!.
It would be more cost effective for you to hand over your regular admin tasks or one off projects to a qualified professional rather than trying to do everything yourself.
Ask Avril is a Xero Certified Advisor.
Click here to view Certificate.
If you are looking for a Cloud based accounts system to ensure you are ready for Making Tax Digital (MTD) then Ask Avril is able to help you to get set up on Xero.
We can support your business with your general bookkeeping requirements such as Purchase/Sales Ledger, chasing overdue bills, ensuring all bills are paid in a timely manner, bank reconciliation and providing reports from the Xero system to support you and the information about your product or service making your end of year easier.
Avril is a qualified Personal Assistant (PA) with many years of administration and secretarial experience.
Avril was previously a volunteer with Leamington and Warwick Sea Cadet Unit and served for 16 years. Roles held were: Office of Chair for five years and Petty Officer Instructor for 11 years. She enjoyed the challenges of the Unit management and working with young people from 10 to 18 years old to help them realise their aspirations.
Avril spent eight years as an Internal Quality Auditor and Quality Representative.
Avril has worked for both large and small businesses such as IBM, Entec, LawNet, Lantra, Warwick Hospital, Docker Foods and A R Botten & Sons Ltd so has knowledge of small and large business needs.
Avril is a co-opted School Governor at Whitnash Community School.
Avril works with all types of business such as: Theatre, Recruitment Agents, Private Landlords, Education, Psychologists, Golf Pro’s, Will Writers, Accountants to name a few.
NEWS RELEASE 6 August 2019
VA Ask Avril moves into new Leamington office to accommodate growing team
Local Leamington-based business, Ask Avril, is celebrating after moving into brand new premises on Jenton Road. The virtual personal assistant (VA) service, founded by Avril James, is making the move to accommodate its growing team.
Having started out with a kitchen table enterprise, Ask Avril has had a whirlwind of a year in 2019 being named a finalist in the Independent VA of The Year awards, and the new office is the latest in a series of steps to expand the business’ operations.
Avril James commented: “2019 already feels like such an exciting year for me and getting to welcome Helen to join me in our new office is just the icing on the cake. I know she’ll be a great fit for Ask Avril and will help us to continue to provide an outstanding service to our clients in Leamington and beyond.
“The modern world moves so quickly that often small business owners find themselves stretched to breaking point trying to keep all the plates spinning at once. That’s where Ask Avril comes in! By outsourcing tasks to a virtual assistant, business owners can make sure their focus is on what really matters: developing their own company.”
Ask Avril is also a founding member of the Virtual Assistant Network, a collaborative group of 13 local VAs established to provide experienced and reliable services to businesses across the county.
Products and Services
Tailored to your business needs.
Simply Organised Package
Ask Avril will get your TO Do list organised and put simple administrative processes in place, so that you are back on track.
Ask Avril offers administrative support either on an hourly, weekly or monthly basis and the service is bespoke to you and your business needs.
Email Management Services
Limit the amount of time you spend checking emails and switch off email alerts.
Consider how many hours you are wasting checking emails each week.
Ask Avril offers an Email Management Service where they check and filter your emails for you.
How many hours would that free up each week to work on the more important things?
Are you dealing with large amounts of Project Work?
Ask Avril can help support and manage your Task Lists for you
Ensuring that your timelines are always in mind and taking care of any administrative tasks that require attention to ensure the smooth running of your project.
Why not start with a specific project and put us to the test.
Process driven business growth
Ask Avril can support your business to enable you to have administrative processes and work instructions in place documenting how specific business tasks need to be handled by others.
This will enable you to run your business now and plan for the future when you recruit new members of staff.
Ask Avril can provide a workshop for your staff to get them started on this journey.
I have eight years of experience as an Internal Quality Auditor and Department Representative.
We’ve been using your services at Ask Avril for a good few month now and I can honestly say that you has absolutely transformed the way our business works. Your knowledge in the field of Administration is second to none and your technical expertise in and around process forming is fantastic. Your kind, sensitive, funny, and all round a great person to have in our corner. Just some of the things you have helped us with are our tenant viewing process and experience, our property portfolio management, and my horrendous email inbox! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services to anyone who needs them, and I hope that you’ll be coming onboard with us at Åben Interiors too in the very near future (if you want to!). Thank you Avril
Adam (and the team), Åben Living
Avril has worked her magic on me too. She is a very patient teacher and has helped me get to grips with the Xero accounting package that I have to use for my franchised Architect business. She gets things done and gives great advice on business and life matters.
Sandy Hickey, Architect
We have been working with Avril for a few months now and we are loving having her as part of our team. Immediately Avril brought a professionalism to our business and processes when it came to the elements we needed support on. Initially, Avril has been able to help with Xero support, spreadsheet management and specific email support. We knew we needed support in this area to clear our own workload to be more concentrated. Having Avril do this, as diligently as she does is a huge help. Despite only working on a month by month basis currently, we can see Avril’s role and tasks evolving as we do. We’re excited having her on board and are even actively looking to recommend her to other businesses in our network.
Luke Evans, Creative Director
I wanted to thank you for introducing me to Avril. As a high-tech small company our focus is on our development and applications work in providing bespoke solutions to our customers in industrial research and more heavily in academia. My colleagues and I would be the first to admit that organising our accounts and administration is not our forte. Avril has begun working with us and has quickly reorganised our account’s structure and provides helpful pragmatic advice on our records and how we can improve our processes to make our small company more efficient. In a company such as ours we do not have the ability or full time need for our own finance and admin section but Avril combines both for us in an approach and manner that suits us perfectly.
Avril performed the tasks efficiently at the agreed time on my behalf and my customer didn't realise that I was out of the country at the time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Avril to my business associates. Click here for full testimonial.
Chris Wright, Your Perfect Escape
Since working with Avril for one month I have already had 800 new business contacts added to my Mailchimp account and the new Mailchimp site up and ready to use. All of which I didn’t have the time to do myself. Quite simply, but most importantly, she does what she says she’ll do.
Avril, I just wanted to say what a great job you’re doing in the secretary role, and with helping to promote and organise events. It’s much appreciated and I’m really glad to have you on board.
Thank you for the minutes – they were very comprehensive….I agree with Becky that the list of action points at the end is really useful.
I have known Avril for a good while now and would strongly endorse the services she provides. She is the ultimate professional, the one that you would want representing your business with her VA services. Friendly, efficient and really helpful. A great listener (and singer!) who goes that extra mile to make you feel valued.
Avril has one of those can do positive attitudes and always meets you with a smile. She is a pleasure to work with. Avril input all of my customer data on to a CRM platform which saved me hours of work, which I could then spend on meeting with some prospective clients for my new marketing business instead. She is a reliable PA who gets things done quickly and to a high quality
Avril James is ICO registered.
Registration number : ZA283527
You can contact us by calling, emailing or filling in the contact form to discuss your requirements.