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Welwyn Hatfield is home to the UK’s best PA

It's official, Welwyn Hatfield is home to the UK's best PA. Welwyn Hatfield local, Laura Richardson , has won the Hays and The Times PA of the Year 2010 Award due to her ability to show a high level of initiative and a strong understanding of the way in which a business works. Laura was chosen by a panel of judges that included Karren Brady, one of the UK's leading business women and Apprentice mentor.

Laura, who works for Elexon, was announced as the winner in an official ceremony that took place on the 27 th May at the Landmark hotel in London. Laura has won a dream holiday for two at the five star Aldrovandi Palace Hotel in Rome. Laura says: "I am absolutely delighted to be named as the PA of the Year! I think the PA role is a fantastic career choice; it's a busy, varied role where you can add real value to a business at the highest level. People don't always realise the importance of PAs so it's brilliant that Hays and The Times are giving PAs the recognition that they deserve!"

Karren Brady said: "It is important that we recognise those who are doing an excellent job and make some noise about it. Many people don't quite realise how demanding a PA's job is, and it is great that Hays PA & Secretarial is throwing the limelight their way. My congratulations go out to Laura."

Geoff Sims, Managing Director at Hays PA & Secretarial, comments: "As directors continue to battle with a challenging economy, it is the hard work PAs do behind the scenes that allows them to get on with their jobs. Laura won because she is hardworking and pro-active. I wish her the best of luck in her career."

Pictured (L-R): Anuszka Elland, judge and last year's winner, Laura Richardson, PA of the Year, Karren Brady, Judge and leading business woman, Susie Barron-Stubley, judge and the Managing Director of Castalia, the coaching and training company and Mark Sheldon from Hays PA & Secretarial

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About Hays

Hays PA & Secretarial is part of Hays plc (the "Group") the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

The Group employs over 6,700 staff operating from 345 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2009:

  • the Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158.0 million;
  • the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments;
  • the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
  • Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and United Kingdom.

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Alexandra Tucker
T. 020 7259 8821


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