I have used the services of “Busy Lives!” this week to have all of my personal “life admin” sorted and filed. Over the last 5 years, I had pretty much been dumping all of my life admin in to cardboard boxes. It was a total mess, with no order or idea to what was in there, and if I still even needed some of it. I contact Busy Lives to see if it was the sort of thing they would be able to do for me. Karen was super helpful from start to finish, she gave me a quote for the work – suggested what filing systems I would need and arranged for when I was to drop off my “headache!” One day later, she contacted me to tell me it was ready to collect! She has completely transformed all the documents into a very clear and efficient filing system for me. Advising me on what I can throw away or shred. Her level of work and attention to detail is second to none – and also I had complete trust with her handling my private information. She has even invoiced me less than what I was expecting to pay. Totally fantastic, safe and efficient service – that I would highly recommend and use again.

Beth Henson

Client Engagement Director at Adhook & My CV Writer

I commissioned Busy Lives! to compile a database, which had been on my to-do list for several months. I had a preconception that it would cost too much to outsource. I was wrong. I looked at Karen’s pricing and the cost per contact. I soon realised the potential return on investment was a no-brainer. I asked myself, ‘am I likely to have this data complete within the next few months?’ The answer was no and so, Karen started work on it. I was astounded to receive a completed database, colour coded by sector, in my inbox in just a couple of days. I would highly recommend Busy Lives.

Yvonne Gnorman

Essential Print Services

Karen has provided business support to Creationz Marketing for over 6 months now and I really value her passion and commitment to get the tasks completed. She is a valued member of the team and helps me by supporting my business so that I can get on with what matters: Invoicing, database work, processes and procedures – Karen has a very keen eye for detail and has helped set up and implement a number of procedures into the business all saving time and money. Highly recommended!

Claire Taylor

Creationz Marketing

I asked Karen to completely run a recruitment project for my business as I was too busy. I am so impressed with her organisational skills, efficiency and total professionalism throughout. She has done everything, kept me informed all the way and has saved me time and money plus I got the ideal candidate. Highly recommend her services.

Justina Nurse

Stuart Mobility

Karen has been working at Loates HR Consultancy providing project management expertise for our office warming and 8th birthday celebration event. Karen is supremely organised, unflappable and a pleasure to work with. She has bags of initiative and has made some really useful suggestions and contributions. She is professional and friendly and has been a valued member of the team supporting us through a busier than usual period. I would highly recommend Karen and her services to any business owners or businesses. She is a real asset. Thank you Karen!

Sarah Loates

Loates HR Consultancy / Loates HR Training

I asked Karen at Busy Lives to complete a project for me that involved doing the research for and contacting prospective new clients. Karen is diligent, professional and reliable. She is eager to get the best outcome and worked exactly to the brief we agreed. I’ve been really pleased with the results of Karen’s work. Highly recommended.

Claudine Jackson

Trent Wills & Estates

It’s been great having Karen working with us at the 3 Shires Coaching Group. We have been using her to carry out Interviews with the Coaches in our group, for the ‘Coach-in-the-Spotlight’ feature that we offer our full members. These articles have featured in our newsletters, on the website and all coaches can use them for their own marketing, etc. I’d highly recommend Karen for many reasons, including her professionalism, lovely approachable nature, communication skills, and her excellent organisation! She’s really easy to talk to and listens really well, asking pertinent questions to help get the job done to our specifications. I will definitely use Karen’s excellent services again 🙂 

Debbie Inglish

Square 2 Development / Debbie Inglis Assoicates / AQR International

I have known Karen Hannon professionally and personally for over twenty years. In this time Karen established an excellent professional reputation in the world of Primary education, not least for her ability to thrive in the most challenging circumstances. Karen’s time management and organisational skills are outstanding and her attention to detail is exceptional. Integrity, honesty and professionalism are key values that Karen will bring to any organisation as well as being very loyal and hardworking. For all the reasons mentioned above I employed Karen to Project Manage a high profile building transformation at this time, confident in the knowledge that this Project will arrive on time, on budget and completed to a high standard. I can recommend Karen Hannon to your organisation unreservedly.

Dom Magner

Headteacher The Milford Academy

I have worked with Karen weekly for three months from January until April 2019. After a period of considerable change both professionally and personally, Karen supported me and my business in a number of different ways. Her work has been invaluable: she has saved me a considerable amount of time and money so that I could focus on growing my business; she has reorganised my home office and my paperwork and set up systems so that it stays efficient; she has used her knowledge and expertise of the legal and commercial frameworks to enable my business to be fully compliant and she has provided me with sound advice related to a wide range of activities related to business and legal matters. Most of all, she has always been highly professional with a human touch, she is very efficient yet has a great sense of humour. I would happily work with her again and I highly recommend her to all other business owners too.

Jason Cooke

The Merry Men National Commercial Window Company

Karen offered an excellent service working alone in my household on some project management tasks. She was professional, courteous and respectful at all times and I can recommend her absolutely without any reservations. Her service is second to none.

Carol Magner


Karen provides ongoing administrative support to my business and is an integral part of the team. The efficiency that Karen has with tasks is incredible and her organisational skills are second to none. She also did an extremely comprehensive and professional website review recently, which is now a key document which my business uses to drive continuous improvement. I would recommend that any business or individual needing any kind of efficient support should contact Karen – on top of all her excellent work she is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Pete Colby, Director

Pragmatism (UK) Ltd

When I first met Karen, she had just begun her transition from head teacher, towards offering business support services. I could tell immediately that she would succeed. Karen’s personality, kindness and flexibility are ideal attributes to support business owners in whatever role she is required. Her attention to detail and clarity of thought adds helpful dimensions for those who have busy lives and need a wise hand to guide them behind the scenes. Highly recommended. 

Elaine Godley

Guiding business leaders to understand how behaviours drive performance, effectiveness and health

I just want to thank you Karen for creating calm and a fabulously ordered filing system in the Me&Dee office. I would recommend you to anyone looking for someone quiet, calm and organised, emphatic to needs, even for someone whose head is a shed, in understanding and delivering exactly what was needed. A job put off for many years. Each year when we have had to move office, it’s been on the ‘to do list’. Thank you. I look forward to working again with you very soon.

Maria Hanson MBE

Me&Dee Charity

I just want to thank you so much for helping me get my business back on track and for getting to the bottom of what I needed to help my business move forward. 

You had the amazing ability to help and advise me in the most positive, warm and supportive manner. You opened my mind to new ways of working remotely and gave me the best online support ever! I can’t wait to use your services again : ) 

Rebecca Hart

(Dance Equation)

I have know Karen for over ten years as she is one of my longest and nicest customers. When I found out she’d started her own business I asked her to help me source information for apprenticing options for my son. She was quick, thorough and affordable, and as a result my Son has begun laying his foundations for his post sixteen education. I’m very pleased Karen was able to assist with our Family’s busy lives!

Ian Elliott

Mrs Hannon was a great help sorting and organising my bedrooms which included three large wardrobes. I now have all my clothes arranged neat and tidy by colour and type. I couldn’t believe something as simple as having the same coat hangers throughout would make a big difference too! This has made it so much easier to find what I want to wear now. Mrs Hannon was so helpful, I would certainly recommend her to take on any home organisation for you.

June Smith

I have known Karen professionally over the last 16 years. During this time I have witnessed first-hand her growth as a leader in successfully addressing a raft of challenges in order to run such a large city primary school following expansion. The growth of the school was a huge undertaking and Karen demonstrated a very considered and strategic approach in her thinking and planning.

As Chair of the P6P, a group of 6 schools committed to working in partnership, I have always valued Karen’s contribution. Her exemplary professionalism ensured that she was extremely well read and prepared for all meetings, displaying a real meticulousness for detail. Combined with many other positive attributes such as being insightful, analytical, and creative Karen supported the group to become extremely effective in delivering its ambitious intended outcomes to the benefit of so many within our school communities.

Efficiency and effectiveness are key aspects of Karen’s professional role and she is committed to supporting others in order to manage their lives.

Gary Fullwood

Executive Head Teacher and Chair of the P6P

Karen has a wide range of skills that will be central to the success of ‘Busy Lives!’. She is logical, methodical and organised and has an excellent eye for detail. Whether it is a question of planning and implementing new storage or filing systems for the home or workplace or suggesting ways of improving life-work balance through better time-management, her advice will be clear and based on personal experience. Karen looks for creative and practical solutions to problems and works efficiently to put them in place. Any task she undertakes will be carried out to the highest standards. Having known and worked with Karen for many years I can recommend her as someone who is utterly trustworthy and a pleasure to work with.

Rosemary Chapman, Nottingham

Karen excels at bringing a high degree of skill, efficiency and organisation to everything she does.  She is very good at analysing challenging problems and situations accurately and finding solutions and bringing order to them  systematically. Her attention to detail is exceptional and all her work is carried out to a very high professional standard.

It’s always a pleasure to work with Karen and I have no hesitation in recommending her services.

Edith Pagliacci

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