Reassurance from the people we work with

“Trudy has been a big help to our business, she enabled us to get some high quality help without having to invest the large cost of employing someone. As well as picking up the tasks we agreed, Trudy went further by suggesting ways to improve our processes and save us time and effort going forward and then made these improvements for us. I would recommend Trudy and The Cottage Office to anyone looking for some business support and particularly help and assistance improving and streamlining processes”

Michael Barrett
Nexus (GB) Ltd


“Trudy made me a really lovely and professional home page cover for my website. She even threw in a nice facebook page cover for me at no extra cost to my surprise and delight! I recommend Trudy and The Cottage Office for any WordPress design or work you may need doing.”

Aloted Omoba
Super Working Mum


“I have worked with Trudy for over two years now and each time I think I have something nailed down she casts a scrupulous eye over it and within a few moments she has come up with several suggestions that make my content read more easily, display more clearly and interact with my clients more simply. She sees things others just don’t and has a way of understanding what both I and my clients want.”

Richard Ham Williams
Epsom Personal Trainer


“I would highly recommend Trudy and the team for provision of PA and office management support services.  My requests have always been handled with the utmost professionalism and turned around in a very timely manner.”

Charles de V Shaw
Leadership Dynamics Ltd


“The most important thing I look for, in people with whom I work, is integrity, the personal value that means people make every effort to do what they say they will. Trudy has this in spades so makes a great business partner.”

Jay Hale
Midlands Leadership Ltd


“We are a small Society of working sculptors which has traditionally managed its affairs from within its membership. Our work is to promote excellence in the field of figurative sculpture which involves a major annual open exhibition in London and several training courses throughout the year. Over the last few years we have grown in recognition substantially due in part to the raising of standards but also because of our need to present ourselves professionally.

It reached a tipping point in 2010 when we realised we could no longer conduct our affairs as amateur administrators, PR consultants and secretaries. We needed professional help.

And so it was decided to buy in to the secretarial services of [The Cottage Office] – and in particular Trudy Spikesman – primarily to manage a large mailing operation but also to develop an online application system and the introduction of a Paypal account.

It has turned out to be a complete blessing to the Society. We are all working sculptors who need to be freed up as much as possible to do the work we are trained to do. Trudy impressed us from the very start. Her ability to grasp the problems immediately and to provide simple and effective solutions has relieved the pressure on our management team to an extraordinary degree. It allows us valuable time to plan and develop for the future. We are extremely grateful for Trudy’s professionalism and her quiet efficiency.”

Robert Hunt
Honorary Secretary
The Society of Portrait Sculptors


“[The Cottage Office] has supported my business in a number of ways including provision of bookkeeping services and PA support.  I am really pleased with the service I have received, which has enabled me to continue expanding my business.  Trudy always responds to requests promptly and she is a pleasure to work with.  I would have no hesitation in recommending [The Cottage Office].”

Justine Curtis


“I asked Trudy to look at a project for me, it was a tricky task that needed a keen eye and sound judgment. She asked intelligent questions, hit my requirements bang on the nose and turned the work around in a flash. I think you’ll be hard pushed to find a virtual assistant who displays this much skill and professionalism, all with a positive and friendly attitude”

Nicola Cooper-Abbs
Boss lady, copywriter and editor
All Words Ltd
E-mail: nicola@allwords.co.uk



“Trudy, Thanks very much to you and your team at [The Cottage Office]. The professional approach and attention to detail in editing and formatting our presentation documents has produced excellent results.

We are delighted with the service provided.”

Steve Johnson
Property Risk Management Ltd


“Trudy has supported me now for a couple of  years and has always completed my tasks promptly and in a professional manner.  I would not hesitate in recommending her services to anyone who needs them.  Keep up the good work!”

John Lezana