Why People Work With Us
- I’m exceptionally organised and easy to get on with. I can multi-task like nobody’s business, really good at thinking around a problem and great at getting results within short time frames.
- I’m quick, focused and have experience of many different industries and with different types of people – my clients’ time is valuable and my know-how and efficiency save them time and money.
- I love being creative and talking through ideas with clients
- My specialism is organising and especially organising events, I have previously worked as a Wedding organiser, Duty Manager at a hotel, Conference organiser and organise my own Vintage Fairs! I currently manage Buckminster Barn’s events including business meetings, team building, conferences, weddings and family celebrations.
“You really won’t meet a nicer, more attentive or better organised person than Debbie. She breezes in and takes over all the headaches you don’t have time for. She is well connected and will usually know a man or woman who can. If working for yourself has become an administrative nightmare, get back to what you are good at and put the rest into highly competent hands.”
Noreen Reed, Business Lincolnshire
“Working with Debbie as my PA is a delight. She has so many talents; she is very organised, capable, flexible and proactive. She performs a number of duties for me: full PA support, market research, designing marketing materials, social media and assisting with projects. She also helps me set and keep to milestones which move my businesses forward. I have every confidence in allowing her to be client- facing too. She has made a huge impact in making my business run more smoothly and she is such a pleasure to do business with.”
Judith Hogarth, Health and Well-being practitioner, Dendra
“Debbie is a creative and delightful events planner. She is really canny, works at light-speed and has an endless flow of ideas. If you want an event organising for your business or your life, you should contact Debbie.”
Alyson Evans, Business Development at JMR Solicitors
“Debbie is fabulous to work with. She recently helped me to organise and promote some workshops that I was running for my coaching business Emma Kate Dawson Coaching. She was professional, very organised and planned everything to perfection. The workshops were fully booked and any small issues were dealt with quickly and efficiently. I cannot recommend her highly enough and I look forward to working with Debbie again in 2019.”
Emma Dawson, Emma Dawson Coaching
“If you’re looking for a highly motivated, proactive, efficient and effective PA you’re in the right place. Debbie has excellent organisational, time management and planning skills. Beyond PA skills Debbie has supported my tourism business Hanwell Wine Estate by creating and delivering our first ever Craft Fair, she ran a marketing campaign for our group Vineyard Tours and also helped me recruit for a pivotal role in my organisation. I wish she lived nearer and could work with me every day – we’d get so much done! Please feel free to contact me if you want to know any more.”
Helenka Brown, Hanwell Wine Estate
“In our business we often have unpredictable peaks in workload, for example foreign delegations seeking to visit us with little notice. Thankfully, we are able to use to Debbie to plan, arrange and oversee their programmes and we are 100% confident things will be done correctly, efficiently and professionally.”
Matthew Anderson | Managing Director, TVET UK
“I have had the pleasure of trading at a few of the vintage fairs Debbie has organised. Not only is she a very warm, kind, lovely lady, she is very organised, helpful and puts 110% effort in making sure every angle is covered when organising the vintage fairs. She always handled any problems that may of occurred swiftly, without fuss or knowledge to any of the other stall holders. The publicity she arranged for the fairs was brilliant…I would love to work with Debbie in the future as it has always been a pleasure.”
Karen Mountford, KwirkyKow
“Debbie was PA to the Communications Director when I was Director of Supporter Marketing at the Woodland Trust. She worked closely with my own PA but also on supporting broader organisational projects. Debbie is extremely personable and very easy to work with. She was well liked and respected by colleagues in her own department and by the broader PA team who worked collaboratively across the Directorates. She’s conscientious and structured but can still remain flexible. I’d have no hesitation in recommending her.”
Helen Nott, Director, NottSmith Ltd
“Debbie has so much energy and enthusiasm and is a delight to work with.”
Lesley Pashley, Nettl & Redlime
“So, less than 12 weeks left until our big day! To be honest, at first, I didn’t see the need for or the additional expense of a wedding planner. After a free initial consultation with Debbie, I realised that her expertise and wide range of contacts could be of real benefit to us when planning our wedding. It has been, for us, financially a cost that we have recovered in time and savings. Debbie has sourced a fantastic caterer, a local musician to accompany one of my friends who is going to sing for us and knowing that we were on a budget, encouraged me to go into charity shops to look for dresses and accessories. Very quickly, I found a near-perfect dress which is now being “up-cycled” to become my dream dress for a starting price of only £75!! I highly recommend Debbie to assist you with your wedding planning. She is great to work with, has a wealth of knowledge and is professional without ever losing sight that it is your big day.
“Marie (Wedding Client)
“Wanted to say a big thank you for all your hard work that went into such a great day yesterday, the music and dancers were brilliant and certainly kept customers in the room for longer! The feedback from customers is that they really enjoyed themselves and were asking when’s the next one! You did a great job and just wanted to say a big thank you !!”
Vintage Trader from Bea’s Vintage Extravaganza Fair
“The Alternative PA allows me more time to concentrate on my top priority – supporting my clients with what they need. Debbie currently undertakes an adminstration role for me, assisting with accounts, general enquiries, marketing and advertising and generally looking after clients. We are in the midst of planning a musical event in 2017, which she will take lead role in organising on my behalf freeing up my time to concentrate on my customers. Debbie organised the launch of our recording studio; inviting customers, managing replies, organising entertainment and catering. Nothing was too much trouble! By utilising her event management services enabled me to continue with my day job. I have always found her extremely personable, good with customers, resolving problems and just generally getting on with the job in hand! She is a fantastic organiser and thinks of all the little things which often get forgotten about. A big thank you!”
Tom Simmonds @ Simmonds Music, Grantham
“I can highly recommend this lady , she is very well organised and has an eye for detail. She is an experienced PA and Event Organiser. If you are a sole trader, SME or a larger company , Deborah has the experience in marketing on Social Media, managing your website or in traditional marketing role and for event organising she can organise a wedding, conference, relaunch of your business or the opening of your business. Deborah has organised several vintage fairs and if you go to www, Facebook.com/beasboutiquegrantham you can see the events and reviews. No business to small or large, give Deborah your brief she will cost the job on a hourly rate.”
Carol @ Quirky Quirky
“Debbie Firmstone was my colleague at the Woodland Trust for three years, when she worked as PA to the Head of Communications and Engagement. During this time, she organised events as diverse as a bushcraft team building away day for the department, a major marketing stand at the Country Living Fair in London and the charity’s Staff Conference for over 300 employees. Debbie has phenomenal organisational skills, delivering events on time and on budget across a broad spectrum, but they are underpinned by a genuine empathy for people and an ability to manage with kindness and respect. This makes her a real pleasure to do business with.”
Fiona Moss, Copywriter
“Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic event yesterday. It was my first networking event for some time locally and I really enjoyed myself and met some fantastic people. I hope that you run some other similar events in the future, and look forward to attending these.”
Claire Hulme, Duncan & Topliss
We searched all over the East Midlands area for the perfect venue for our recent outdoor wedding and when we came across Buckminster Park and Lakeside, we looked no further. It’s the most romantic and private setting and one that our guests were talking about for weeks after. We couldn’t of asked for a more perfect venue and the support we received from our Event Coordinator, Debbie made our planning stress free and perfect in every way! Thank you so much 😊
Veronica and Laura Kettle
“If you ever need extra support in your office or small business then I can’t recommend The Alternative PA enough. Debbie knows how to sort almost everything and if she can’t she always knows someone who can. Let Debbie do the graft while you get on running your business. A real asset just on the end of a phone.
Andy Cleverdon, The Meeting Venue