Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Brother winners are…

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Brother winners are…

Last month, we teamed up with technology specialist Brother to give you the chance to win one of five state-of-the-art office labelling machines, the PT-D600VP.

The labeller, which won an iF Design Award for outstanding design quality earlier this year, is the perfect partner for any PA and can bring a touch of colour to your office.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Brother and Practically Perfect PA giveaway. I can now announce the winners… drum roll please… are:

  • Raquel Ruiz
  • Mandy Towell
  • Bridget Clifford
  • Claire Bell
  • Sara Brown

Congratulations to all five of our winners! We will contact you to get your details. Thanks again to Brother for hosting such a fantastic giveaway with us.

To find out more about the PT-D600VP, read the review from four of our assistants from across Europe who put the device to the test in their workplace.

You can find the P-touch range from all good office suppliers or online at

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Brother winners are…

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The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s guide to Boston

The Practically Perfect Business Traveller's guide to Boston

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest and most illustrious cities in the U.S. It’s where the pilgrims landed and the Red Sox play and with its many educational institutions, stands as a modern-day Athens. Culturally and historically rich, this enchanting metropolis is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and stands as a crossroads, where colonial history meets contemporary innovation.

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Squaremeal Venues + Events Live

For most assistants working in the UK the Squaremeal website and guide is a well-loved and trusted resource. For many years I have consulted the guide for restaurant and venue ideas, it has always been my first port of call when managers have asked me to book restaurants for them.

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The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to San Francisco

The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to San Francisco

San Francisco is a magical cosmopolitan city; known popularly as the city by the bay, it has evoked songs, poems and popular sayings. Rich in cultural attractions, it is both liberal bastion and commercial hub with tech-hot Silicon Valley reaching north and embracing the city with global headquarter giants like Twitter, Pinterest, and SalesForce. Think Napa Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, North Beach, Alcatraz and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. You need to plan ahead!

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Feeling undervalued….

We are chuffed to bits to be guest blogging today for the Practically Perfect PA Blog. After sponsoring the first ever Big Questions event in Edinburgh, we wanted to introduce ourselves to some of you that weren’t able to make it along.

One of the main topics discussed at the Big Questions was “How do we get our organisation to value the work that we do?” and it was really interesting to hear a lot of your opinions on this. In many companies, employees feel undervalued in their role and also unmotivated to go the extra mile. At Highland Fayre, we help employers show their staff the gratitude they deserve. Since 1985, Highland Fayre has been Scotland’s No.1 Luxury Gift Company providing bespoke hampers and personalised gifts.

Receiving a hamper, personalised gift or branded product is a gesture that speaks louder than words. We work closely with companies such as BP, Amazon, Sky, Vision Express and ExxonMobil, to create gifts that really help to increase their employee and customer loyalty.

Feeling undervalued….

There are many occasions throughout the year that we can help employers show that they care – Long Service Awards, Promotions, Christmas, Maternity and Retirements.

Every employer is aware of the importance of letting employees know they are appreciated. One of the biggest challenges companies face is finding the time to search for a suitable gift. Personalised gifts have taken off in recent years and no wonder! Last year we invested in several engraving machines and we really want to show them off! We have had a great start to our new range, creating personalised gifts for the likes of Savills and Revolution Bars to thank their employees and customers. Our engraving machines help make a gift extra special and really leave a lasting impression.

Feeling undervalued….

We understand that cost is a significant feature in rewarding clients and staff for their loyalty, however we have options that will suit any budget!

Feeling undervalued….

As a BPMA accredited distributor of promotional merchandise we also hold a range of over 70,000 products that we can brand with your logo/message.

For your chance to win a £100 Luxury Hamper from Highland Fayre, enter your details on to our Request a Brochure page and use the code PRACTICALLYPERFECTPA in the comments section, Good Luck!

Feeling undervalued….

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Win a hotel break in Berlin with Roomex

This month we have a fantastic competition for you guys! The wonderful folks at Roomex are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a city break in Berlin. Here are Roomex to tell you a little more about the competition and what they do…

Win a hotel break in Berlin with Roomex

Win a hotel break in Berlin with Roomex

You have enough on your plate. The ink never dries on your to-do list. You don’t need the extra hassle of searching for hotels, comparing and negotiating rates, keeping within budget and policies, chasing receipts and invoices at the end of the month… We understand.

That’s why we do it all for you.

In the words of one EA user of “We have saved precious minutes and sometimes even hours by not having to shop around to find the best prices”. Just to prove how easy we make hotel bookings for you, we’ve gone ahead and booked a 2 night city break in the stunning H10 Berlin Ku’damm Hotel.

For your chance to win two nights in the hotel, just leave your details (and cross your fingers.) For those on email please use this link.

To get you in the mood, have a read of our business travellers city guide to Berlin.

Win a hotel break in Berlin with Roomex

This competition is sponsored by Roomex. Follow the link for more information about Practically Perfect PA’s sponsored posts and the competition terms and conditions

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Brother winners are…

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Green Hat People winner…

Thank you to everyone who entered the Green Hat People and Practically Perfect PA giveaway! I can now announce the winner… drum roll please… is:

Victoria Meir

Congratulations Victoria! We will contact you to get your details!

Thanks again to The Green Hat People for hosting such a fantastic giveaway.

The Green Hat People

Green Hat People design Active Meetings, Workshops and Business Games capturing and engaging audiences on an entirely new level.

Looking for something fun and engaging to bring a difference to your boring meetings or looking for a team build ideas?

We create teams that are involved, active and collaborative. Our content ensures higher engagement levels, communication and retention of information. Whether this is from a fun activity after dinner as an ice breaker or a serious sequence of workshops at a conference to convey messages in the most effective way possible.

Our platform enables us to build mobile apps, used on smartphones, laptops and tablets, that will turn meeting participants into active contributors at events.

Examples of our Team Build Games and Workshops and Business Games.

Our meetings are immersive to the core.  Hard work feels like play. Teams band together. Energy runs high.

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Green Hat People winner…

The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to Berlin

The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to Berlin

Since opening its doors to the world since the fall of the wall, Berlin has become a bustling, cosmopolitan and hugely popular destination for business and leisure travellers alike. It’s no coincidence that a city with such historical and cultural significance should become a key exhibition hub for industries to showcase their innovations. Few cities in the world have the unique mix of the old and the new with such a vast amount of iconic landmarks and things to do and see if your schedule allows you the time.

CityCube Berlin, Messedamm, 26, 14055 Berlin

CityCube is a very popular business venue hosting among other things festivals like App World every year.

How to get there…

From Berlin Schönefeld Airport, it will take you about an hour to get to the venue. Hop on the RB14 Towards Nauen Bahnhof, change at Berlin-Lichtenberg for the S5 to Messe Süd.

If you’re flying into Berlin Tegel Airport jump on the 109 towards S+U Zoologischer Garten, in 10 minutes you’ll be at Berlin Charlottenburg. From here, get the S5 towards Spandau Banhof, and alight at Messe Süd.

Getting around Berlin

Berlin is a relatively small city, with great public transport that runs like clockwork. There’s the U-Bahn (underground/subway) and the S- Bahn (above ground train) – at times you might switch between the two to get where you’re going. Oh and it runs 24 hours, so no excuses for not exploring the city!

And remember: STAMP YOUR TICKETS. At each station, there’s a box that you should time-stamp your ticket at before boarding any public transport. Plain clothes ticket officers may pop up – and they will fine you.

The nearest station to CityCube Conference Centre is Messe Süd, on the S9 (which the Flughafen Berlin Schönefeld is on too, albeit on the other end) and S75. These are great lines to be on, and can whizz you from West to East in no time. Here’s a handy tube map.

You can, of course, use Uber whilst in Berlin. Or download the handily named Taxi App, which works in the same way but also allows you to pay in cash (especially good if you’ve got some extra Euros to use).

The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to Berlin

Local Eateries and Bar Hotspots

House of Small Wonder (Johannisstraße 20, 10117 Berlin, Germany)

Climb the twisting staircase through jungle plants and odd paraphernalia. It’s not the biggest café, so make sure to arrive with plenty of time. Foodwise, their Okinawan Taco Rice is delicious and they serve their coffee with a smile.

 The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to Berlin

Dr. Pong (Eberswalder Str. 21, 10437 Berlin, Germany)

No trip to Berlin would be complete without a trip to the local’s local Dr. Pong. It’s gained a bit of a reputation in recent years with travelers, but the core essence remains the same: beer, and a whole lot of group pong action.

Any bar near Sonnenalle…

It’s totally worth taking a little trip to Neukölln of an evening. Take a little walk and peek behind any number of doors and you’ll probably find a dimly lit bar serving beer and €2 Prosecco. If locals are to be believed, Neukölln is the new Kreuzberg, and it’s packed to the brim with bars and restaurants.


Ban Ban Kitchen (Schillerpromenade 32, 12049 Berlin, Germany) Korean Soul Food is totally a thing in Berlin. They’ve got two locations, so whether you’re looking for a quick snack or ready for a proper meal, they’ve got you covered. And simply put, they have the best darn Kimchi Fries ever (yes, they’re a thing!).


Das Gift (Donaustraße 119, 12043 Berlin, Germany)

This has to be the only Scottish bar in Berlin, and it’s owned by Mogwai keyboardist Barry Burns. It’s a dive bar, in the best possible way… and one of the only places in around that knows (and appreciates) what ‘cider’ is!

Klunkerkranich (Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12043 Berlin, Germany)  This shopping centre on Karl-Marx-Allee might look like every other mall around. But hop in the elevator and head to the top of the car- park, and you’ll be rewarded with great views of Berlin, a welcoming beer-garden and an ice-cold Fritz Kola.

The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to Berlin

Evening Entertainment

Let’s Go Gaming: IRL or VR?

Head to the achingly cool Urban Spree (Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, Germany), which is 1700sqm dedicated to art and DIY ideas – and just down the road from the East Side Gallery. And they welcome everyone from experts to n00bs.

Or go analogue at dinner and grab a bento box and a board game at Go Bento (Stubbenkammerstraße 5, 10437 Berlin, Germany). The chef’s philosophy is simple: meat, or no meat? Then he’ll whip you up a bento box filled with the freshest flavours. It’s BYOB, and green tea comes free. What more do you need?

Tech gets techno…

Golden Gate (Schicklerstraße 4, 10179 Berlin, Germany)

Looking for some classic Berlin club-scene but don’t want the Berghain queues? Golden Gate is the one – world class DJs, sticky floors and the kind of front that looks like you’re stepping into an abandoned building. It’s what house music was made for.

For the Health and Fitness Conscious

Let’s go swimming!

Behind every door in Berlin there’s a surprise, and that extends to swimming too. If you’re looking central, check out Stadtbad Mitte (Gartenstraße 5, 10115 Berlin, Germany) – a public swimming pool housed in a Bauhaus building. The outside isn’t much to look at, but push open the door and you’ll be rewarded with high windows that let the light flood in.

If you’re East, then Stadtbad Neukölln (Ganghoferstraße 3, 12043 Berlin, Germany) is another hidden gem, with palatial domes and grandiose columns to gawk at whilst you paddle by. Then there’s the infamous Badeschiff Berlin, which is equal parts beach bar and Spree swimming. It gets busy though, so be ready to queue.

Vegan? No worries!

There are lots of vegan and veggie places in Berlin, but if you’re looking for something a bit more high class then head to Kopps (Linienstraße 94 10115 Berlin). It’s determined to do fine dining and fresh food the right way – not a schnitzel in sight!

The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to Berlin

Retail Therapy

Fancy a spot of shopping? There’s only one district you need to head to, and that’s Mitte, near Alexanderplatz. It mixes alternative high-street gems like Monki and Muji with vintage kilo shops and independent boutiques.

Pick n Weight Kilo Store (Alte Schönhauser Str. 30, 10119 Berlin, Germany): Does what it says on the tin – gather as much as you can, and pay per kilo. Just remember those baggage limits on the way home!

Highstreet with a Berlin twist: Weinmeisterstrasse

Just around the corner from Pick n Weight is Weinmeisterstraße. It’s got all the best high-street stores like Urban Outfitters, Monki, ACNE and COS with some independent boutiques thrown in. If you head the other way down Neue Schönhauser Straße, you’ll find even more. Basically, wander round Mitte whilst you have the shopping bug and you can’t go wrong.

Fancy Something a Bit Different?

AREA: Prenzlauer Berg 

Bearpit Karaoke + Mauerpark Flea Market (Bernauer Str. 63-64, 13355 Berlin, Germany)

If you’re staying on for the weekend and want to do one tourist-y thing in Berlin, you HAVE to go to Bearpit Karaoke. Held at the heart of the famous Mauerpark flea market, make your way through the food stalls and junk tables towards the amphitheater. There, you’ll find the bear pit. Armed with a bicycle and portable karaoke machine, every Sunday Joe Hatchiban brings sweet (and not so sweet) singing to the city.

Right, that’s your itinerary covered. Now for all your business hotel booking needs, Roomex has you covered. No costs, no fees, no contracts, it’s a no-brainer. Request a demo.

Looking for the inside track on all of Europe’s highlights? Download our Ultimate European City Guide for Business Travellers below.

We’ve covered all the main business capitals and we’re adding a new city every week. If you know someone who travels a lot on business, download it below for free and share it with them!

 The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to Berlin

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