Background – How Beed started…
Beed was formed from an idea which had been floating around for a few years. I returned to work in 1989 after having my family and moving to Lincolnshire and despite having quite a high profile job before I had my children I had done nothing whilst my children were small, and worried about my capabilities, especially as the job I took was for an IT company, a specialist software house. The job was advertised as ‘Admin Assistant needed to work on an as needed basis’ perhaps back then in 1989, the idea of Beed formed as a tiny little niggle in my head!
I worked helping with admin, collating tender documents, filing (there was a lot then) and of course making coffee, whenever they needed me, they would simply call and book me for the next day. I also helped on reception, which lead to a permanent position, albeit part time. However, within 18 months of being there I had become full time, and risen from receptionist to the PA to the Sales Director. This gave me an insight into sales & marketing and business development, helping with the implementation of Property Management software sales to companies such as Grosvenor Estates, Cadbury Schweppes, Duchy of Lancaster, International Motors, to name a few.
I loved my new career and over the years progressed into Sales Co-ordination, and into Management.
After a successful and fulfilling career, and having noticed that the executive staff we recruited always seemed to be come from quite a way outside of the local area, I took the big step of leaving a well paid and secure job to setting up a Recruitment Company of my own, recruiting executive staff more locally, which proved to be successful. I specialised in executive staff as well as high end chefs and front of house staff, recruiting for companies such as David Lloyd Leisure, QV Foods and GMS Estates (London). A year later, I opened a Restaurant and Event Catering Company with my husband, himself a chef.
If starting up my own businesses taught me anything, it taught me that running disparate businesses is no easy task! Eventually the recruitment company was sold, but the Wedding & Event Catering Company remained. All my efforts were then concentrated on building up this business, all the marketing, sales, business development, wedding fairs and events was all done by me. Now, and 8 years on with a successful business behind me, I wanted to go back to what I know well and was trained to do. I wanted to use the knowledge I gained in my time working in busy departments, coupled with the lessons I learned from running my own businesses, to help other small businesses.
That little niggle in my head way back in 1989, kept coming back to me… What if companies like the one I used to support “as needed”, who started off with 12 staff and is now a market world leader, had someone like Beed Virtual Assistant Services to help them? So Beed was born. Offering a friendly, Virtual Assistant Service to busy businesses and business owners to help them to stay in control of their day to day tasks and concentrate on doing what they do best.
However, when you work with Beed it’s not only the benefit of my experience that Beed can offer you, but the benefit of a team of experienced, efficient and friendly assistants. We understand the pressures on small and busy businesses and business owners,we know just how difficult it can be to juggle everyday tasks with setting up and building a business, and we believe we can help you to stay in control of your day to day business without losing sight of what you want to achieve.
That’s how we began, that’s where the idea came from, and hopefully we can help YOU achieve your ambitions too!