Meet Anita Gray

Anita-Gray-ImageAfter thirty eight years in their London based family tyre business, using the people skills learnt from dealing with both staff and customers, Anita decided she wanted to continue her fascination with people and their appearance.

Deciding to put some colour into her life, after the dark colours of the tyre world, Anita in 1995 trained to be a colour and image consultant opening her own business from her colour studio in Harlow.

Following the success of Anita’s new business she was invited to be the stylist for a new charity called Fabulous and Beautiful offering style advice and beauty sessions for ladies suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy and breast cancer, a service that is offered at St Marys Hospital in Epping and which is very close to Anita’s heart.

Through an advertisement Anita was invited to attend a networking meeting, which opened a new and exciting period of her life. Networking is about connecting people and this is why Anita decided to expand her business world and bought an Athena Network franchise.

Anita prides herself on her ability to connect business ladies who want to grow their businesses in an informal but structured way and takes great pride in standing back watching the connections made. Networking the Athena way to Anita is friendship, fun and business opportunities all rolled into one and is of the utmost importance.

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What Athena Members Say …

Nicky Fitzmaurice

"Athena Networking has been the making of me! I have made more friends and learnt more about business tools and networking strategy in the last year than I ever thought possible. Athena’s focus on training members to be the best that they can be, whilst in a supportive and nurturing environment, gave me the confidence to learn and grow which in turn allowed my business to do the same. It is this, that is the heart of Athena. No hard sell amongst the members, we encourage one another to help where we can. I always come away from a meeting inspired and bubbling with ideas on how to grow my business. It’s a fabulous way to live, learn and grow. Nicky Fitzmaurice

Selena Ludick

“The Athena network can be distinguished from any other networking group I attend. Its structure and form mean that members who attend are committed and dedicated to proactive networking which on turn achieves tangible results.  This benefits me and my firm,  in just a two  hour monthly meeting I have the opportunity to talk to other business women about me, my business and what I need and how I can be helped.  The environment for delivering this is focused and professional. As a result referrals are made and recommendations given which, for me achieves increased clients and in turn builds greater contacts.  As a busy business women Athena also provides a forum to connect with other business women on a social / friendship basis so “all work and no play does not make this Jill a dull girl” Athena motivates me, strengthens my vision, equips and endorses me but most of all provides the fuel every business women needs to keep raising her game and stepping up to the mark.”

Rosie Mortimer

Working mostly on my own, I really appreciate the positive camaraderie of the Athena women. Whatever need or concern one has, there is always someone able, and enthusiastically willing, to help with good advice. I find the interaction tremendously stimulating and enjoyable - and highly instructive. A wonderful group to see regularly, with excellent opportunities to meet other interesting and skilled women at training days. Thank you Athena!

Tracey Richardson

"I've been an Athena member since Rachel Maunder launched her first group in Hampshire. And I'm still a member because it has transformed my very individual business by providing me with the professional and personal support system I used to enjoy in corporate life at Marks & Spencer, before I was inspired to put my commercial skills at the disposal of the Third Sector. Whether it be IT products and services, social media training, business strategy advice, personal image consultation, financial advice and planning and last but by no means least great, supportive friends it's all at Athena NEHants."   


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