Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. We’re dedicated to growing our business all over the country, so our customers can access a wide range of highly skilled professionals wherever they are. We currently have regional offices in Leeds, Harrogate & York, Berkshire & North Hampshire, Manchester, Suffolk & Essex, East Midlands and East Surrey, and we’re pleased to announce our latest addition: Oxford.

Here’s 60 seconds with our Oxford & Buckinghamshire Regional Director, Vicky McKenna.

Area of expertise: Marketing, Buying, Business Analysis, Product Development, an appreciation of strategic challenges and relationship building by managing large teams of people with different skills. Recently setting up my own Social Media freelance business has given me a deeper understanding of working for yourself, as well as the challenges of managing Social Media platforms.

When and why did you join Get Ahead?  After 25 years of working for other people, I felt ready to do something for myself. I met Rebecca Newenham, founder of Get Ahead, at Flexpo. I was looking for a new challenge and a flexible working option that would allow me to spend more time with my son. After considering my past career to date, the Get Ahead franchise felt like the right next step.

What did you do before you joined Get Ahead? I enjoyed a successful career in commercial buying, working for many well-known brands including Dixons, GAME, Ryman Ernest Jones and H Samuel. I then studied with Techpixies CPD Social Media Course during the 2020 lockdowns, it gave me something to focus on, but also to upskill my knowledge. It was clear that the Pandemic had changed the way people shop and Social Media would now be a key part of all businesses future. I ran my own Social Media Management business, managing the Pinterest Account for Techpixies for 3 months.

Career highlight to date: I really enjoyed my commercial buying career and worked on some fantastic projects for inspiring mentors like Theo Paphitis. He was great at spotting opportunities and whilst working for him, I learnt a lot about consolidating businesses and bringing teams together.

Plans for the future: I am really looking forward to meeting lots of new businesses at networking events in my local area of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. I have always been a bit of a troubleshooter in my career. I love to solve problems and to support. I know there are many small businesses and entrepreneurs who are brilliant at what they do but don’t have time to concentrate on running their business, manage day-to-day tasks and make time for family and friends outside of work. The Get Ahead team can help support them to achieve their goals and spend more time on what they want to do, not what they feel they have to do.

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