Case Study - Olympus Power

About Olympus Power

Olympus Power is a renewable energy developer specialising in projects across the UK. They develop and invest in energy generation projects that reduce emissions and also reduce annual expenses for clients.


Olympus specialise in solar projects and have advised on systems ranging from 50 kW up to 10MW in the UK and on larger power-producing assets abroad. Their clients are domestic, commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural and governmental.


Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance (JMVA) has been working closely with Olympus Power for over 3 years, and we asked Simon Nicholls, Managing Director how JMVA has benefitted him as well as enabled the business to grow.

Why a VA?

Simon originally trained and worked as a lawyer, so he was very much used to having a PA. As his business began to grow, Simon knew he didn’t need someone full time, but still needed someone to take responsibility for the admin that comes with running a business. The time-consuming tasks needed to be outsourced, such as arranging meetings and managing his inbox and Simon felt that having a VA would also improve client perception, in terms of how professional the business appears outwardly.

“Inevitably, as a business gets busier, you need someone to do the day-to-day stuff so that you can do the fun stuff, the work that you like doing. I already know how valuable it is to have that assistance, so this was the obvious solution.”

“Having a virtual PA ‘feels’ like a luxury but you soon realise it’s a necessity. Hiring a VA is a business investment rather than a cost.”

The benefits

Simon already felt he lacked time in his business and was overly busy, being pulled in all directions. The admin was time-consuming, and he knew this shouldn’t be his area of focus.


Joanne quickly took over managing emails, booking appointments, research, arranging meetings with potential clients, and anything else that Simon needed to get off his desk. He no longer needed to worry about his inbox which was a drain on his time, knowing that Joanne would be there to quickly respond to anything that came in, delegate to the team, or make sure Simon was made aware of anything he needed to address personally.


This invariably freed up Simon’s time to focus on strategic planning, goals, proposals, and everything else that comes with being a business leader. The peace of mind, convenience, efficiency, and reliability of working with Joanne enabled Simon to hand over more and more.


Members of our team work together to provide across the board solutions for Olympus Power, enabling their team to utilise their time more effectively and maintain focus where it’s most needed.

“I asked Joanne to arrange meetings with as many real estate agents in the area as possible so that I could share a new product with them, and in no time my diary was full of appointments and I was travelling around the county having lots of great discussions.

Having a VA has really helped me make better use of my time and I would recommend Joanne and her team to anyone with their own business.”

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Why us?

As a business owner, Simon was doing too much himself and needed someone to hit the ground running, Joanne came highly recommended via his business network, so it was an easy decision to outsource to her and her team.

“Joanne and the team take great care of my diary management as well booking my travel, making appointments, social media support and anything else I need. This means I can spend more of my time growing the business and also have that important additional layer between me and my clients which looks more professional.”

Adding value

Simon now sees the team at JMVA as an extension of his own team, which is of huge value. In his own words, having someone who is ‘bang on it’ is amazing. Simon appreciates the depth of the team, knowing JMVA has the resources he needs.


“Everyone should have their own virtual PA when they’re running a business. In terms of outlay versus productivity it’s a must.”


General administrative tasks, social media research, planning, and scheduling, diary management, are all necessary to running a successful business, however they can be very time consuming. So, that’s where we support the operational needs of the business, freeing up valuable time for more meaningful, impactful, and revenue generating tasks. We help businesses grow and thrive by providing solutions, allowing you and your team to do what you do best.


The team at JMVA are passionate about supporting our clients, on every level, whether that be administrative support or otherwise. Olympus Power align perfectly with our ethics and eagerness to do our bit towards protecting the planet.

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