Help is just a bike ride away

November 29 2013

A BISHOPSTON resident is gearing up to offer a service with a difference to support small businesses in the area.

A BISHOPSTON resident is gearing up to offer a service with a difference to support small businesses in the area.
Laura Dobb has collaborated with her Dawes Kingpin to form The Pushbike PA - an eco-friendly, bespoke personal assistant, business support service which involves travelling to her clients by bike.
She aims to help small businesses, not-for-profits, and artists grow and prosper.
Laura said: "They're often so overwhelmed with work, they don't even have time to pick up the phone.
"Organisation comes second when they're focusing on the end result."
From running a synagogue, to helping a teacher arrange his sock drawer, The Pushbike PA has a wealth of experience up her sleeve.
Other jobs Laura has done for her clients include Feng Shui, helping them research building society investment opportunities and re-organising their office space. She says horizontal filing systems are her "bug-bear".
"It's nice to have a lot of experience to draw upon," she said.
Originally from Canada, Laura moved to England in the 1980s and again in 2009, after working and living in San Francisco.
One of Laura's clients, Frances Federer, is a gilder and illustrator in London. Laura says that Ms Federer was the inspiration behind Pushbike PA.
Laura and her family moved to Bishopston in October.
"I love that it's such a cultural, creative and innovative city," she explained. "It's very entrepreneurial like San Francisco, and I find the people are really friendly and encouraging."
People can either request Laura's services for a day, or on a continuing basis. She says she is flexible and "ready to muck in" straight away.
"What's wonderful about my job is meeting different people and feeling so inspired by what they do. I often find that the people who hire me are very passionate about what they do."
She added: "When I'm not working with clients, I'm thinking about what I can do to help them."
For more information about Pushbike PA, visit: www.pushbikepa.com

Laura Dobb with her Dawes Kingpin