+44 (0) 7880 503 123 shirley@virtualofficebox.com

Hi !

Everything I do at Virtual Office Box, is driven by my desire to help Business owners who have a passion for making their business succeed.  But let us talk about a certain something that can be considered ‘Marmite’ in the office.  I’m talking Administration.  To some, one whiff of Administration and it becomes pushed to the back of the drawer.  Something you previously referred to as a ‘to-do’ list, has become a huge unattended pile of paperwork.  You may have put it away, out of sight – but you know it’s there, and it’s becoming out-of-date.

Having to contend with a huge pile of administration in any Business isn’t unusual, and it can be frustrating when you know the cost of having your own employee is far beyond your immediate reach.  With this in mind, I carefully considered how I could put my knowledge and experience to good use, and provide Businesses with a solution in the form of Virtual Office support, that can be offered remotely.

Business owners are experiencing great levels of success by hiring freelance Virtual Assistants for support.  Success will inevitably be measured differently depending on which of my Clients are asked, but they tell me they are now hitting deadlines, having more time to prospect for new business, catch up with existing Clients and even enjoy more time with their families.

A huge benefit in having the support of a Freelance Virtual Assistant, is being able to tailor tasks to suit your Business needs.  I invite you to browse my Services page and see what services I offer that might suit your needs.

How flexible is this service?

My payment plans are very flexible.  Clients either book my time on an ad-hoc basis (this is dependent upon my availability), or they secure my hours (e.g. per week / per month) to be assured the time is booked to work on their administration, as a priority.  Some Clients book 1-2 hours per week and find that suits them.  There is no hard and fast rule, this is a service designed to suit you!  My prices can be seen here:  Pricing

My background:

Virtual Office Box was founded in 2017 by myself, and my office address is located in Central Milton Keynes.  I have enjoyed 25 years’ experience as a Board Level Personal Assistant. I’m a born organiser, creative and reliable.  My LinkedIn shows my career background and I’m happy for us to connect.

My Niche?

I have recently been re-acquainted with an old friend, Digital Description.  This absolute gem, and arguably a forgotten office tool, has been fantastically re-vamped and it’s just become one of the most exciting services I offer at Virtual Office Box.  So much so, I decided to write my first BLOG on the subject!  You can read it here: Blog

Outside the Box:

I have a young family of 3 young children (ages 6, 6 and 9).

Not sure what help you need?

Often Clients know they need support, but don’t quite know what they need.   I offer a complimentary 30 minute consultation during which we will discuss what absorbs much of your time, and how my support can help you.

Associate work:

If I cannot help, I am well connected to a professional network of respected Associates who also offer support to Virtual Office Box.  I did this for a Client recently and he was genuinely delighted I found him some alternative support.  So much so, he wrote a testimonial for my website.

Please feel free to ping me a message below, or email me directly at shirley@virtualofficebox.com.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.  In the meantime, have a great week!


Shirley is fantastic at providing a framework that ensures complex groups of senior managers all come together - communication, planning, action delivery, etc. You always know with Shirley that if you commit to an action, then she'll ensure you deliver in full and on-time! Pleasure to work with.

Tim Standen

Global Vice President, Ocean Customer Solutions at DB Schenker
I would highly recommend Shirley, she is extremely professional and provides a reliable service.  Shirley went out of her way to help when faced with my own tight deadline, and I would definitely use her services again.

Paul O’Leary MRICS

Director, Manor Surveyors Limited
Shirley has been very supportive in the compilation of my Employee Handbook, a huge task which was becoming onerous due to a lack of time. I was trying to combine various documents into one, leading to several formatting difficulties, which she was able to correct. She provides PDF conversion as one of her services which was incredibly useful. I also needed support to ensure the new Handbook reflected the older documents, whilst being brought up to date, so there was a lot of cross-checking required. Because of Shirley’s support, I have been able to get the task finished with far less hassle than I would have done alone and have saved myself valuable time along the way! Shirley is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her.

Julia Ramsden

Ramsbothams Florists, Bletchley
"I started needing Shirley's support in August 2016 to assist me with various secretarial services, and have not looked back since! I keep coming back to her as she is always able to contribute with an effective and personal approach that gets me the right results. Not to mention the speed in turning around the work, which I find priceless".

Israel Weltscher

Managing Director, Carlton Park Property Management
"A fantastic organiser (particularly of seemingly impossible fundraising events!) and a great person to have on board. I couldn't recommend Shirley high enough".

Steve Alibone

Head of Finance, Arcadia Contract at DHL
"Shirley Cottam is an extremely capable and efficient person who is well suited to working at Board level"

Peter Rigby

Former Executive Director, Angel Trains
Shirley is an outstanding organiser / coordinator / deliverer of diverse tasks. What sets her apart is her energy, determination, pro-activity and good natured approach. She is an awesome "deliverer of stuff ". Shirley is always on time, produces work of great quality and usually way above expectations"

Richard Morgan (FCILT)

Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain Director Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd | former Supply Chain Director, Argos
"Shirley is very task focused with the necessary initiative and assertiveness required when working with Board members and dealing with senior clients"

Tim Dugher

Chairman at Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS)
"Shirley is a very well organised and effective person with great inter-personal skills. Shirley would be an asset to any organisation"

Robert Baxter MBA, CDir, FIoD, MImechE

Managing Director at The Baxter Partnership

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