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Is your money mindset setting you up to succeed or to bump along just What are your brand values and how to make sure they run through everything you do.  By Isabelle Morley-Fletcher Branding How not to make a hash of #Hashtags.  By Loredana Baranga
 

Is your money mindset setting you up to succeed or to bump along just ‘getting by’?

A positive mindset is so important when it comes to money, because money is energy. If you feel confident and clear in the value you provide, the benefit you bring, and can communicate that clearly, you will be able to attract the right clients for you. If you give off a desperate vibe, by either […]

What are your brand values and how to make sure they run through everything you do. By Isabelle Morley-Fletcher

Presented by Isabelle Morley-Fletcher at Ealing Athena Network meeting on Tuesday, 21st February. First of all, i thought it would be useful to remind you of the definition of a brand so we are clear.  Your brand is a distinguishing symbol, mark, logo, name, word, sentence or a combination of these items that businesses use […]

Branding – The importance of a USP. By Sian Smith

Presented by Sian Smith at The Ealing Athena Network meeting on Tuesday, 21st February. How do you set yourself apart from your competitors? How can you encourage potential customers to pick you over a local company offering something similar? A big part of this is identifying your USP, which can be tricky when there is […]

How not to make a hash of #Hashtags. By Loredana Baranga

Presented by Lorendana Baranga at The Barnes Athena Network meeting on Tuesday, 14th February. If you are wondering how to use hashtags on the major social networks, you are in the right place. Loredana, Founder of Marketology and a Social Media Strategist, based in West Ealing, gives an overview of what is a hashtag, why […]

Is your money mindset setting you up to succeed or to bump along just ‘getting by’?

A positive mindset is so important when it comes to money, because money is energy. If you feel confident and clear in the value you provide, the benefit you bring, and can communicate that clearly, you will be able to attract the right clients for you. If you give off a desperate vibe, by either […]

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What are your brand values and how to make sure they run through everything you do. By Isabelle Morley-Fletcher

Presented by Isabelle Morley-Fletcher at Ealing Athena Network meeting on Tuesday, 21st February. First of all, i thought it would be useful to remind you of the definition of a brand so we are clear.  Your brand is a distinguishing symbol, mark, logo, name, word, sentence or a combination of these items that businesses use […]

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Branding – The importance of a USP. By Sian Smith

Presented by Sian Smith at The Ealing Athena Network meeting on Tuesday, 21st February. How do you set yourself apart from your competitors? How can you encourage potential customers to pick you over a local company offering something similar? A big part of this is identifying your USP, which can be tricky when there is […]

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How not to make a hash of #Hashtags. By Loredana Baranga

Presented by Lorendana Baranga at The Barnes Athena Network meeting on Tuesday, 14th February. If you are wondering how to use hashtags on the major social networks, you are in the right place. Loredana, Founder of Marketology and a Social Media Strategist, based in West Ealing, gives an overview of what is a hashtag, why […]

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Understanding Your Brand. By Angela Zeballos

Presented by Angela Zeballos at the Shepherds Bush Athena Network meeting on Thursday, 23rd February. “Brand is everything – the essence. The total experience.” What can you do to have a successful brand that will more attract customers? Well, the key to a having a successful brand is to consider and identify your Brand Strategy. Your Brand […]

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The 90-Day Challenge. By Jane Parslow

Most of us will have made at least one New Year’s Resolution, and most of us will have broken that resolution by 15 January! Even if you didn’t make a resolution on that arbitrary date, you will probably have been working on your annual goals for your business. How’s that going? Is it time to […]

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What is your Unique Selling Point and why does it matter when networking? By Joanne Sumner

What is your Unique Selling Point and why does it matter when networking? By Joanne Sumner

Presented by Joanne Sumner at The Shepherds Bush meeting on Thursday, 23rd February In networking so much depends on making a good first impression. We are asked what we do and maybe we answer with our profession, and then it all depends on whether the person has any particular interest or need for that profession […]

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Meet New Member Eleanor Strang – Clinical Nutritional Therapist

I am a Clinical Nutritional Therapist and I provide one to one consultations offering dietary advice to support various health conditions. I have been business for 5 years and I have a clinic in Chiswick, and another in Woking Surrey I have a BSc in Nutritional Therapy, trained within the Functional Medicine model, whereas the […]

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Meet New Member Christine Williamson From Duty of Care International

I’m Christine and I’m from Leicestershire – the East Midlands. I moved south in 2001 and now live and work in East Sheen, south west London. I love the outdoors – I play tennis and love watching rugby, especially my home team, as well all the culture London offers. I set up a consultancy called […]

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Events / Offers / Promotions From The West London Athena Network Members

Events / Offers / Promotions From The West London Athena Network Members

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS **The Next Stage: Navigating MidLife Transitions** Friday 7 April – Jane Parslow – Shepherds Bush member Are you: ·         Retiring… and concerned about how you will cope? ·         Struggling with being made redundant? ·         Considering a new career in your retirement but not […]

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Why goal setting is important: How to set goals effectively and what to do to achieve them.  By Margaret Guillen

Why goal setting is important: How to set goals effectively and what to do to achieve them. By Margaret Guillen

Presented by Margaret Guillen at the The Shepherds Bush Athena Network meeting on Thursday, 26th January. Do you set goals for yourself? What are your goals for the next 12 months? Goal setting is the single most important tool in creating success in your life.  Without goal setting and planning you are leaving your future […]

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Meet New Shepherds Bush Member Lucy Standing from ViewVo

Like many women out there, I gave up consulting when I had children. I meet many women who want to go back to work – but don’t want to return to the corporate world. They dream of jobs which will cost a lot in retraining without knowing the reality of what the job will be […]

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Why we don’t reach our goals! By Alison Banks

Why we don’t reach our goals! By Alison Banks

Presented by Alison Banks at The Barnes Athena Network meeting on Tuesday, 10th January. It’s great at the beginning of the year to consider what you would like for yourself and your business.  I have always found this really effective and good for organising my thoughts.  But why is it sometimes they don’t happen? Here […]

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Achieving Your Goals. By Barnes Member Jane Parslow

Achieving Your Goals – Understanding the Limiting Beliefs That Stop You Achieving What You Want! Presented by Jane Parslow at the Ealing Athena Network Meeting on Tuesday, 17th January 2017. Like most of us, you probably made some New Year Resolutions.  If it wasn’t on New Year’s Eve itself, I suspect you’ve certainly been thinking […]

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Athena West London Members Events, Offers & Promotions Jan – Feb 2017

Athena West London Members Events, Offers & Promotions Jan – Feb 2017

Check out the events, offers and promotions from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS How to Bring in Real Business Through the Use of LinkedIn – Friday, 24th February – Christina Jackson – Barnes Member Are you missing out on one of the most important, powerful and under-utilised marketing tools […]

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Set yourself for a powerful year of networking in 2017! January Events and News…

We are into the second week of January and you may have already started setting goals and new year resolutions for the year ahead. Our aim this month in each of our networking meetings is to help you get clear on not only setting new goals, but sticking to them, by creating a solid business […]

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Meet New Shepherds Bush Member Daniella Gluck From Black Dress Code

Black Dress Code was founded by Daniella Gluck, mother of a teenage musician. Exasperated by inappropriate high-street offerings, Daniella has teamed up with several designers and couturiers to create the first ever collection designed specifically to meet the rigorous requirements of classical and jazz musicians. Black Dress Code offers you beautifully cut shapes and silhouettes […]

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Small Business Saturday Competition – Win a 1-2-1 Business Networking Training Session

Small Business Saturday Competition – Win a 1-2-1 Business Networking Training Session

Enter our competition on Small Business Saturday to win a 1 hour business networking training session with Joanne Sumner – Regional Director from The Athena Network. All you have to do is tweet us your best networking tip on the 3rd December via Twitter @AthenaWLondon and Joanne will pick a winner at the end of […]

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Athena West London Members Events and Offers in 2016

Athena West London Members Events and Offers in 2016

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS Annual Christmas Event – Light Up The Lane – Sunday 27th November 4pm to 8pm. – Rhian Aubrey-Martin – Ealing Member Originally founded by the Pitshanger Lane traders in 1997, and now organised by Pitshanger Community Association with Pitshanger Village Traders’ […]

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Ways of adding people to your mailing list, by Ceza Ouzounian

Presented by Ealing member Ceza Ouzounian at the Ealing Athena Network meeting on Tuesday, 15th November. I was asked to give a talk about ways of adding people to your mailing list. My mailing list is not great, so I thought this would be a great research opportunity. So, who is actually on my current […]

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Promote Your Business at Small Business Saturday, By Joanne Sumner

Promote Your Business at Small Business Saturday, By Joanne Sumner

Presented by Jo Sumner at the Ealing Athena meeting on 15th November 2016. The purpose of Small Business Saturday is to encourage people to shop local and support smaller independent businesses, like ours, that are often so much more unique, quirky, fun, or adaptive to your personal needs than a big chain can be, and […]

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Making the most of Small business Saturday for your business, By Barnes Member Pippa Duncan

Making the most of Small business Saturday for your business, By Barnes Member Pippa Duncan

Presented to the Barnes Athena group on Tuesday,8th November 2016. Who has heard of Small Business Saturday, which this year is on 3 December? So, even though we’re all small businesses, some of us don’t know about it. Well, it’s a day to support and celebrate your local small businesses in your community. It originally […]

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Avoiding Procrastination, By Barnes Member Sue Hunt

Presented to Barnes Athena group on Tuesday, 8th November 2016. This summer, I managed to get totally overwhelmed by several big projects, which had fallen into my lap. With deadlines looming, I really felt like a rabbit caught in the headlights. This was incredibly embarrassing, as it’s my job to teach parents how to motivate their […]

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Will you be making the most of Small Business Saturday to promote your business? November Networking Meetings…

Will you be making the most of Small Business Saturday to promote your business? It’s an exciting build up to Small Business Saturday and we will be spending time in each of our meetings this month helping members generate ideas for how to promote their business on the 3rd December. If you would like some ideas, why […]

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How to Save Time in your Business by a creative single Mum – Jo Baldwin-Trott

How to Save Time in your Business by a creative single Mum – Jo Baldwin-Trott

Presented to the Ealing Athena Group – October 18th 2016 STOP WORRYING The most instant way to save time is to stop worrying about time! Instead believe and have faith that you will achieve. The power of thought and perception will impact on your energy and your achievement. If we worry about time we are […]

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Freefalling at Polka Children’s Theatre.

Polka has completed another successful year of Freefalling – its intensive drama-based initiative for referred 9-11 year olds living in Merton Borough, who are experiencing challenging circumstances at home or at school. Freefalling has been running since 2006 and has been presented as a model of good practice in the House of Lords. Local head […]

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20 Promotional Ideas for Small Business Saturday (3rd Dec). By Carlene Bender

Many small businesses slink along so quietly from day to day, week to week, month to month, that when Small Business Saturday comes round in the first Saturday of December (3rd Dec), it’s seen as a welcome excuse to perk up our businesses and put something out on show, to attract new customers or just […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for 2016

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for 2016

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS Arts and Craft Fairs – Jocelyn Horsfall – Barnes Member Jocelyn Horsfall will be selling her fine art prints at the following fairs coming up: 1. Art and Craft Christmas Fair at Strawberry Hill House on 12/13th […]

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How to Build Networking Rapport, By Elin Sandal

Build rapport, strengthen those bonds, and grow your network. “Rapport is the ability to enter someone else’s world, to make him feel that you understand him, that you have a strong common bond.” – Motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Have you ever known someone who is a natural for connecting with people? No matter who this person […]

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Do you make the most of your time? By Shepherds Bush Member Jane Parslow

So here we are in October, the month the clocks go back and we ‘gain’ an hour. But … the days are getting shorter, and the year seems to be rushing past. Have you been spending it as you really wanted, or simply getting through it somehow? We constantly ask, “where does all the time […]

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Would you like some ideas on how to save time in your business?  Our October News & Events….

Would you like some ideas on how to save time in your business? Our October News & Events….

As the clocks go back to preserve our daylight hours, it may be time to think about where you could make time and cost savings in your business. We have brought together speakers whose businesses offer solutions or whose personal or professional experience has made them time-masters. Do join us to make the most of […]

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Leadership Workshop and Athena Summer Party 2016

We were delighted to have so many of our members and new visitors join us at the leadership workshop and summer party a few weeks ago in Shepherds Bush.  It was an action packed day filled with great people, great content, great food and lots of fun!  Thank you to everyone who came and made it […]

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Meet New Chiswick Member Lucinda Williams from Lulu’s Collection

I sell top quality nearly new designer clothes and accessories. I have been doing it for 14 years. I collect items from the network of people I have built up. I hold sales in my house and also offer personal shopping appointments if people cannot make the sales. For sellers it is a great way […]

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How to get your business back on track after the summer holiday, By Margaret Guillen

It’s October suddenly and that means summer holiday season has come to an end for most of us. This also means getting back into “work mode” and suddenly we realise that two thirds of the year has gone. So, we need to ask ourselves whether we are close enough to the goals that we set […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for Sept – Oct 2016

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for Sept – Oct 2016

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS Facebook Marketing Kickstart program – Starts 29th September Chiswick member Loredana Baranga has created the Facebook Marketing Kickstart program to help business owners and entrepreneurs supercharge their Facebook selling machine without spending months on Facebook deprived of results […]

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Learning lessons in leadership this September: What is your legacy going to be?

Learning lessons in leadership this September: What is your legacy going to be?

This month we are excited to learn from business leaders and community leaders, here and in some of the poorest communities in the world. We’ll be examining how we can find our courage, experiment, and make better choices for our businesses – all to build a legacy of which to be proud. And all this, while building our […]

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5 Steps to Healthy Running, By Ealing Member Sian Smith

The running season is upon us with seemingly every other person we speak to training for a 10K, half marathon or for the more daring, a full marathon. With dedicated training comes a feeling of success and achievement that for many can become addictive. However, even the most dedicated and experienced of runners are not […]

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Summer Party 2016 – Rethinking What’s Possible Leadership Workshop & Networking Event

Thursday, 22nd September At The Bull, Westfields Shopping Centre, London, W12 7SL 10am – 3pm. £35 for visitors / £30 for members Join The Athena Network West London and The Hunger Project UK for the West London 2016 Summer Party! Summer is a great time to reflect on business and make course adjustments for a […]

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Meet Shepherds Bush Member Angela Zeballos From az.design

I am a professional graphic + website designer with over 15 years’ experience in the design and marketing industry. Based in Ealing, London, I offer a personal, intuitive, yet broad range of services including: logo design, website design + build, SEO, infographics, brochures, stationary, promotional flyers, newsletters, exhibition stands and banners, signage and much more. […]

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The Athena West London Network – July Meetings

The Athena West London Network – July Meetings

Developing a powerful presence when you speak… The essence to presence is your ability to be seen. The harder it is for you to be seen, the harder it is to command people’s attention. You can give a perfectly competent talk without touching people, but you can’t touch people without your openness and your real-ness […]

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Creating a supportive community and what you get from supporting female entrepreneurs, By Riya Jadhav

Creating a supportive community and what you get from supporting female entrepreneurs, By Riya Jadhav

In the recent ‘The Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking’ report researched the top 20 cities of the world where startups were founded by Women and London ranked 11th in the list at 18% far behind Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. Research also proves that the success rate of businesses with more than 5 women in executive […]

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#Pitshanger – London’s Great British High Street, By Rhian Aubrey-Martin

As many of you will know, Pitshanger Lane was the London winner of the Great British High Street Awards. What you may not know is that the campaign HQ was at John Martin Estates in Pitshanger Lane and that Rhian Aubrey-Martin is a member of the Ealing Athena Group. Rhian and her husband, John Martin, […]

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Meet Chiswick Member Melanie Neale from Hubbard Pegman and Whitney LLC

It is not as bad as seeing the Dentist! (no disrespect to the Dental profession) My strap line when I introduce myself and try and talk about personal Injury. Compensation! Ambulance chasers I hear you say. None of that I promise. It seems a long time since I started in the profession here in London […]

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Developing a powerful presence when you speak, By Joanne Sumner

Developing a powerful presence when you speak, By Joanne Sumner

The essence to presence is your ability to be seen. The harder it is for you to be seen, the harder it is to command people’s attention. You can give a perfectly competent talk without touching people, but you can’t touch people without your openness and your real-ness connecting them to theirs. How do you […]

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Celebrating 10 Years in The Athena Network, By Joanne Sumner

Celebrating 10 Years in The Athena Network, By Joanne Sumner

Reaching any significant milestone is always a good time to take stock of how much you have achieved. The Athena Network has reached one of those moments – it has been supporting and inspiring women to achieve their dreams for ten years. Under the leadership of founder Jacqueline Rogers, the Athena Network has grown from […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for Summer 2016

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for Summer 2016

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS Wembley Annual Property Conference – Wed, 29 June Less than one week after the historic EU referendum, Jackie Patel from Harold Benjamin Solicitors is delighted to invite you to their Annual Property Conference at Wembley Stadium when, after […]

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Giving Back Is Good For Your Health: June Athena Networking Meetings

Giving Back Is Good For Your Health: June Athena Networking Meetings

How many productive hours are there in a day? and why giving back matters… At West London Athena HQ, we’ve been researching the optimum working hours for productivity and looking at the personal and business benefits of giving back. Why? 2015 marked my first year as an employer, rather than an outsourcer, which I have […]

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Time to stop work and give back: getting a healthy balance in your business, by Joanne Sumner

Time to stop work and give back: getting a healthy balance in your business, by Joanne Sumner

At West London Athena HQ, we’ve been researching the optimum working hours for productivity and looking at the personal and business benefits of giving back. Why? 2015 marked my first year as an employer, rather than an outsourcer, which I have done for many years. I’ve been lucky enough to find an assistant who is […]

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Athena – Turning Complaints into Opportunity by Rachel Agnel

By Rachel Agnel, Villa holiday specialist, Rachel’s Villa Holidays Tuscan hornet nests appearing at holiday villas in the heat of the summer, power cuts, broken washing machines, green pools and noisy cicadas in the garden were just some of the complaints I used to deal with while working for a luxury villa holiday company. Despite […]

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The Queen’s Award for Innovation – Royal Recognition for Chiswick Member Home Instead

We’re delighted to share the news with you that our Chiswick Athena Network member Maddy Alemayehu from Home Instead Senior Care celebrated royal praise on the very special occasion of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. The UK’s No 1 homecare provider and No 1 homecare franchisor has received the Queen’s Award for innovation – the UK’s […]

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The Athena Presence – Acton Business Expo in May

Message on behalf of Carlene Bender following the Acton Business Expo on Thursday, 19th May: “I’ve just been looking through the list of attendees for the Acton Business Meetup last Thursday – what a turnout of Athena West London members! Lisa, Claudia, Riya, Anita, Ashley, Maddy, Isabelle, Nichola, Loredana, Rhian, Candice, Ceza, Sophie, and even […]

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New Food Challenge “A Day in Her Food” to support The Hunger Project UK

Could you live one day experiencing what a woman living in chronic hunger has for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner? Chiswick-based charity, The Hunger Project UK, is asking local supporters to take on a new food challenge to highlight world hunger. “A Day in Her Food challenges you to live one day (or more) experiencing what […]

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Meet New Ealing Member – Jo Baldwin-Trott from Colour First

I had recently become a mother of twins when I had a colour analysis, almost by accident.  To watch my pale, tired English rose complexion lift and glow due to the colours I was shown, was incredible and invigorating!  I returned home, threw away my fake tan (no longer needed), most of my wardrobe and […]

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Acton Business Expo – Athena Network Prize Draw

Acton Business Expo – Athena Network Prize Draw

We’re very excited to be exhibiting at the Acton Business Expo tomorrow at Acton Town Hall. We will be offering a fabulous prize draw competition for anyone who submits their business card on the stand. There a five fantastic prizes all donated by our wonderful Athena Network members, so please do come along and visit […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for May – June 2016

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for May – June 2016

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS Acton Business Expo – Thursday, 19th May Ealing member Carlene Bender, Editor / Publisher of Contactus magazines, is organising the Acton Business Expo on behalf of Ealing Council, after successfully staging the Ealing in Business expo last November. […]

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Spring Clean Your Networking in May: Sow Seeds, Remove Weeds…

Spring Clean Your Networking in May: Sow Seeds, Remove Weeds…

It’s spring time at last! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and now is the perfect time to spring clean your networking. We’ve probably all had the experience of walking into a networking event and being sold to the moment we enter the room. I find, as an organiser of networking events, that attendees […]

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Do people feel ‘had’ rather than ‘heard’ when they network with you? By Joanne Sumner

Do people feel ‘had’ rather than ‘heard’ when they network with you? By Joanne Sumner

We’ve probably all had the experience of walking into a networking event and being sold to the moment we enter the room. I find, as an organiser of networking events, that attendees regularly make that mistake, and then don’t realise that their first impression is in fact a bad one. No one likes to be […]

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Meet New Barnes Member Jane Cox – Photographer

I’ve been a portrait photographer for over 10 years now in SW London. I offer beautifully relaxed images of children and their families, either in studio or on location. Families can then choose from albums, contemporary art work for their walls or a collection of gift prints. I also offer a bespoke service to businesses, […]

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How to create a business model you love and have FUN with, By Jo Baldwin-Trott.

There have been a number of pivotal moments during my time as an entrepreneur, but three moments when I have had more than just that fizzy feeling, more like something really magical is happening. The first was when a very successful entrepreneur, and also someone who happened to be my partner at the time, responded […]

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Meet New Shepherds Bush Member Sophie Noonan from The Hunger Project UK

I am the director of the Hunger Project in the UK, registered charity and our small team of staff and volunteers is based in Chiswick. The Hunger Project does not give handouts. Our programmes in 24,000 communities throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and […]

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Getting your business moving by getting your body moving, By Ceza Ouzounian

There are many reasons to keep the body fit and healthy. In this post, I’m going to focus on how keeping fit will help you in your business. A study carried out in 2013 found our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical activity. What can you expect from including physical activity into your […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for April – May 2016

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for April – May 2016

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS Spring Retreat with Joanne Sumner – Special Discount for Athena Members 29 April – 2 May 2016 – The Guildhouse, Stanton, nr Broadway, Vale of Evesham £395 shared accommodation, all incl. 7pm 29thApril – 11am 2nd May […]

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The Athena West London Network – April Meetings 2016

April Fools: Having Fun In Your Business… As promised, I’ve been looking into the research and talking to business owners and women in work about why it is common for female-owned businesses to be under-funded. Government figures show that if as many women started businesses as men currently do it could generate an extra £42billion […]

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Why sleep is good for you, your body and your business. By Becki Morris

Sleep is an essential part of life, but do you really know how important sleep is for our bodies, health and business? Here a few signs of being sleep deprived.  How many of these do you have throughout all your week? Need an alarm clock in order to wake up on time Hitting the snooze […]

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Meet New Chiswick Member Ashley Bombal from Provantage Property Solutions

Provantage Property Solutions specialises in HMO and house shares in West London. (Chiswick, Ealing, Acton, Hanwell and surrounding areas). We offer a unique lettings service to landlords, tenants and agents. My interest in Property began about 10 years ago, after having to give up Primary School Teaching due to illness. My illness gave me the […]

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Meet New Chiswick Member Riya Jadhav from iDigitalise Ltd

Feels like yesterday but over 15 years ago I first got myself into a role as an web administrator and I didn’t know anything about “The Web’ however that didn’t scare me at all. Instead I worked during the days and did self-learning in the evenings on everything from coding a website, graphic design, html […]

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Reasons For Joining The Athena Network

The Athena Network is for every woman keen to learn, share ideas and collaborate with others for mutual success – whether entrepreneur, professional, experienced executive or someone who has a great business idea. Ladies are joining Athena nationwide at an incredible rate. Here are some of the reasons they give: Networking is widely recognised as […]

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The Athena West London Network – March Meetings 2016

A voice for women and small business  It’s been a fascinating month meeting with journalists, change-makers and entrepreneurs from all walks of life and hearing again what an appetite there still is for giving women a voice in the business marketplace. What will the effect be if we stay or leave the EU? what issues […]

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Meet New Shepherds Bush Member Anita Wong From Go View London

I have been working as Marketing Manager for Go View London for over 12 months and in this time I have grown our social media presence on all platforms considerably. We have implemented a new website and have incorporate Digital marketing into our marketing plans for sales, lettings and our new home/development departments. My role […]

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RADIO GORGEOUS Interviews With The West London Athena Network Members

Meet the Women who LOVE The Athena Network! We are delighted to share with the second Gorgeous Entrepreneurs episode of interviews by Radio Gorgeous with our West London Athena Network members.             Independent business owners Lizzie Nichol, Narmeen and Joanne Bonnett talk to Josephine about how the Athena Network has […]

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8 Key Advantages of Having a Network Marketing Business, By Jose Rihan

8 Key Advantages of Having a Network Marketing Business, By Jose Rihan

Network Marketing is a business model that creates residual income (see my previous article) but requires relatively little cash investment to start up. It has very low overheads and can be operated on a flexible, part-time basis. Often people start building a second income by just doing a few things in the nooks and crannies […]

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RADIO GORGEOUS INTERVIEW with CEO Jacqueline Rogers and Joanne Sumner

This year we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary at Athena and we are delighted to share with you the recent Radio Gorgeous interview with The Athena Network CEO Jacqueline Rogers and myself Joanne Sumner. Hear how and why Jacqueline set up Athena and how The Athena Network differs from other business networks by clicking on the image below…     […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for February – March 2016

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for February – March 2016

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS OFFERS Special offers from Pilates Instructor and Ealing member Ceza Ouzounian £5 for first Pilates class PLUS 20% off Burlexercise – A brand new exercise class. E Athena members only. For more information or class times, please visit […]

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The Athena West London – February 2016 Meetings

Why authenticity is key to success in networking We’ve had such a positive start to the year in Athena, with our 10 year anniversary celebrations, radio interviews, press interviews and expertise sharing at our four meetings. How has your year started? Here are the forthcoming meetings in 2016: Barnes  Date: Tuesday 9th February Time: 12 noon – […]

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What is Network Marketing, By Chiswick Member Jose Rihan

In the first of a series of three articles on Network Marketing, Jose Rihan of Utility Warehouse answers the question: What is Network Marketing? The basic principle for all Network Marketing Companies is that instead of spending loads of money on advertising and professional marketing agencies to promote products or services, why not just pay […]

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Making 2017 the year of self care and service: Tips from 11 years in business

Making 2017 the year of self care and service: Tips from 11 years in business

In business in some way our job is to provide a solution to someone’s problem. So we are all offering a service of some sort [are you clear enough on what yours is?]. What differentiates you from everyone else providing the same or similar service has a lot to do with who you are, as […]

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Meet New Ealing Member And Psychotherapist Candice Johnson

I am a fully qualified UKCP registered Psychotherapist with an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute in London. I have run a private practice in Acton, W3 since qualifying in June 2008. My clients tend to be a balance of men and women, aged from their early 20’s through to their 60’s. I […]

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Meet New Shepherds Bush Member Jacqui O’Connell from Souldresser

Meet New Shepherds Bush Member Jacqui O’Connell from Souldresser

As a teenager I began at Monsoon, working closely with Peter Simon and the creative team. On my journey I have expanded my knowledge by working with people in the same field, experiencing pattern cutting, sandal making, accessorizing, styling and clothes enhancing. I am always attending workshops to increase my knowledge. I have been doing […]

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New Members of The Athena West London Region

Over the last few months we are delighted to welcome 10 new members to the Athena Network in West London. Our members are drawn from a wide range of industries and these new members are no exception. We have members from the leisure, health and wellbeing, legal, property, business services, lifestyle and finance industries. We’re […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions for January – February 2016

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS Making It Happen event from Women Inspired For Life – 80% off – just £19.20 from Shepherds Bush Member Julie Berrill On Feb 6th, come for a day of “you” time and spend a day with Women […]

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Networking Strategy Masterclasses Available in 2016

We are pleased to announce that The Athena Network will be hosting monthly Networking Strategy Masterclasses to members throughout 2016. The aim is so that members can learn the secrets to achieving business success, attracting more clients and increasing profits by connecting to people they know. Networking is a long term business strategy, a process, […]

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The Athena West London – January 2016 Meetings

So what’s new for 2016? We’re launching monthly networking masterclasses… It’s a new year already! And for us, it is a very exciting one because we begin celebrating our 10 year anniversary as a lead ing networking organisation for women in business. Expect to hear from us as we share success stories, launch new events – such as the monthly […]

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Why is everyone talking about Acton? Feature in Contactus Acton

We are so pleased to be featured in the Christmas edition of Contactus Acton, asking local business’s in Acton to visit our Chiswick or Ealing groups in 2016. Contactus Acton also features articles about our fellow members. For the full magazine click here!

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Presenting Your Monthly Minute, By Joanne Sumner

Presenting Your Monthly Minute, By Joanne Sumner

Delivering an impactful 1 minute pitch is the key to getting the referrals you are looking for. You only have ‘1 minute to win it’ so make it count! You can use these components to break down your minute and help plan what you want to say: Opening – (10 Seconds) Your Name and Business […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions in Jan 2016

MEMBERS EVENTS New Drop In Parenting Group with Alison Banks. Starting at the end of January.  Just a couple of places left. Alison will be looking at the issues in the families of the people on the course – so relevant and effective change.  2 hours and £20.00 per session.  Trial session free. Dates and […]

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Living with Pain Doesn’t Have to be Normal! By Sports Therapist Josephine Mitchell

Josephine Mitchell is a Sports Therapist at London Sports Therapy – A sports injury and sports massage clinic. We are often asked, “what is a sports therapist”. Let me make it clear: Sports Therapists are healthcare professionals that have the knowledge, skills and ability to; – optimise performance and the preparation of injury prevention programs […]

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Are you at risk of a clutter overflow this Christmas? By Helen Hudson

Are you at risk of a clutter overflow this Christmas? By Helen Hudson

You know your home is about to suffer the onslaught of visitors, dinners, hectic schedules and yes … more stuff! What better time of year to get motivated to de-clutter than in the run up to Christmas? Now I for one am not opposed to the materialistic mind-set that has developed in the Western World […]

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The Athena Network West London – November Meetings

Networking Trick or Treat?  Networking can be a bit of an acquired taste. We’re told we need to do it, but we’re not necessarily taught how. There are so many networking events of different types – times of day, level of structure, audience, size of business – that sometimes you might not know whether you’re […]

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Encouraging Independence in our Children, By Alison Banks

Encouraging Independence in our Children, By Alison Banks

I loved doing everything for my first son. He suffered some serious asthma attacks when he was little the terror I felt made me extra-protective. Later, it became clear that he is severely dyslexic. I felt he needed my help. Whilst I felt that I was doing the right thing at the time, the help […]

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Meet Shepherds Bush Member Lizzy Nichol from How We Eat Now!

It sounds crazy but when I embarked on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach training programme two years ago, I didn’t expect to actually become a coach. I thought I was doing it ‘for my own learning’. That old chestnut. Six months later I’d built my own website and had my first paying client. […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions in Oct – Dec 2015

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions in Oct – Dec 2015

MEMBERS EVENTS Autumn Retreat – November 6th 2015 – November 8th 2015 The Guildhouse, Stanton, nr Broadway, Vale of Evesham £345 shared accommodation, all incl. Do you feel that time is whizzing by? That you feel you are always busy? That it’s hard to get to the priorities and sometimes life is one long list of […]

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The Athena Network West London – October Meetings

How can you make sure you have a successful business harvest?  This month we celebrate success and share expertise on how to ensure that you have a successful harvest from your business – we continue to learn from expert members on ways to reduce cost and increase profit margins; to make the most of your […]

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Preparing Your 1 Minute Pitch, By Joanne Sumner

Preparing Your 1 Minute Pitch, By Joanne Sumner

During each Athena meeting, you have the opportunity to pitch your business to the group within 1 minute, so it’s really important to get your message across properly. Your 1 minute pitch is your sales opportunity to showcase who you are and what you do. It’s your advert or commercial. The most important thing you […]

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How Much Stress is Too Much? By Alison Banks

We hold a good education in high esteem in our society. Most parents hope their children are going to get good results – and have a happy time at school. However, happiness and hope can go out of the window when we are faced with the perceived “need” to get our children into the schools […]

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Meet Chiswick Member Catherine Orr Deas from Chiswick Child Photography

Catherine is a specialist maternity, newborn and baby/child photographer who works from a West London Chiswick studio. The studio benefits from natural as well as artificial light. The studio is fully equipped with maternity/pregnancy photography wraps, silks and dresses to flatter baby bumps. Partners and older siblings are welcome at these photoshoots. The studio also […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions during Sept – Nov 2015

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions during Sept – Nov 2015

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS LK Bennett House of Colour event – With Joan D’Olier from House of Colour  Date: Wednesday, 16 September Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm Venue: LK Bennett, 3 Hill Street, Richmond, TW9 1SX Why come: 20% off full priced […]

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Meet New Chiswick Member Claudia Whitehouse from Citizen Arc

Citizen arc is your friendly West London technical support company. Founded by Alastair Whitehouse it has been helping clients solve their computer problems since 2009. We specialise in Apple Mac and Windows. Alastair’s curiosity about how things work led him to complete a product design degree, focusing on incorporating technology into the newly emerging digital […]

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The Athena Network West London – September Meetings

Autumn Networking at The Athena Network in West London! We do hope that you’ll be able to join us during the Autumn as we build strong for the final quarter of 2015. The best thing about being part of the network is that we get to do it together – sharing our knowledge and expertise, supporting […]

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The 8 Golden Rules to Networking by Joanne Sumner

The 8 Golden Rules to Networking by Joanne Sumner

Number 1 – Be a leader: Do not go where the path may lead; Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Number 2 – Have a positive attitude There is very little difference in people but that difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude […]

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3 Ways to Get Above Asking Price Offers on Your Property, By Helen Hudson

Expert advice from Helen Hudson of Chiswick Home Staging  Today’s housing market is a competitive arena and if your property doesn’t stand out from the crowd it could easily get overlooked and cost you both time and money. By not presenting your property at its absolute best, you could be missing out on thousands of […]

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Meet New Chiswick Member Helen Hudson From Chiswick Home Staging

Chiswick Home Staging – “Services to transform your property for selling or letting” Home Staging is a relatively young concept in the UK. Essentially it’s the provision of advice, furnishings and accessories, to dress your property so it has maximum appeal for buyers or tenants, so you can make more money on your sale or let. […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions 2015

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions 2015

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members over the coming months: MEMBERS EVENTS Autumn Retreat – November 6th 2015 – November 8th 2015 The Guildhouse, Stanton, nr Broadway, Vale of Evesham £345 shared accommodation, all incl. This Autumn a small group will spend a weekend in the beauty of the Cotswolds […]

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THE JULY JUBILEE: Special Offer on Membership and unrestricted networking across West London this summer!

We are celebrating this summer! We have been hearing stories of such great support and collaboration through Athena over the last months, we’ve decided to launch a special offer throughout July so that as many business women as possible can benefit from the positivity and can-do attitude of Athena. Not only will businesses be able […]

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What to expect at an Athena Meeting

What to expect at an Athena Meeting

Over the years we have honed our format, and every meeting uses the same mix of informal and structured networking so you will feel totally relaxed and ready to promote your business. The business networking lunch meetings start at  12 noon with a chance to meet other professional business women and get to know them […]

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Meet Shepherds Bush Member Josephine Mitchell – Sports Therapist

I have over 15 years experience where I have worked with professional athletes and football players before developing my own practice in London. I set up London Sports Therapy where I work alongside surgeons, chiropractors, physios, personal trainers  and podatrists in order to help rehabilitate patients. We are a Sports injury and Massage Clinic where […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions during June – July 2015

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions during June – July 2015

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members during June – July 2015. MEMBERS EVENTS Reiki 1: Shoden A one day course, 10-4.00pm, running on Friday, 26th June 2015, at The Joanne Sumner Studio, 74 Elthorne Avenue, London W7 2JW.  Connect permanently to this unlimited source of healing energy by receiving […]

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The Athena Network West London – June Meetings

June Focus: Sales, marketing and advertising strategies Pooling our experience of what works in practice is at the heart of our approach at Athena, so that each business owner is expanding their knowledge at the same time as making connections that lead to collaborations, referrals and new services and products. Over the coming meetings Athena members will be sharing […]

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Effective and Natural Networking By Shepherds Bush Member Sally Nealon

Here are some tips based on years of natural networking and belonging to some very proactive networking groups. My first experience of networking was as at my parents’ parties.  I was a shy kid so found the easiest way to connect with people was to offer them some crisps!  True and effective.  It meant I […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions May-June 2015

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions May-June 2015

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members during May – June 2015. MEMBERS EVENTS Reiki 1: Shoden A one day course, 10-4.00pm, running on Friday, 22nd May and Friday, 26th June 2015, at The Joanne Sumner Studio, 74 Elthorne Avenue, London W7 2JW. Connect permanently to this unlimited source of healing energy by receiving traditional Japanese […]

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The Four Pillars of Successful Business Growth. By Ealing member Ruth McCarthy of Think It Through.

The Four Pillars of Successful Business Growth. By Ealing member Ruth McCarthy of Think It Through.

A year or so ago I read a book by an American woman called Deb Cheslow. I was very struck by the story of a young American girl who had decided very early in her life that she wanted to become a US air force pilot. This is a huge ambition even for a young […]

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How to be a success in face to face networking. By Joanne Sumner

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou This is the single most important thing you need to remember in face to face networking.   “There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes […]

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Meet Ealing Member Christina Martin – Clinical Naturopathic Nutritionist From Future Health Management

  I just recently joined the Athena Network as a clinical naturopathic nutritionist.  I wasn’t always a naturopath, in my previous job I set up and configured email systems in banks, working very long and tiring hours. In 2002 I had personal health issues, which led me to discover a natural remedy for myself, this […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions during April – May 2015

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions during April – May 2015

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members during April – May 2015. MEMBERS EVENTS Reiki 2: Okuden A 2 days course, 10am-4pm on Friday 1st May & 10am-1pm on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at:  The Joanne Sumner Studio, 74 Elthorne Avenue, London W7 2JW. Enhance your ability to work with different Reiki energies and […]

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The Athena Network West London – April meetings

Learning new habits and deepening relationships   Is it time to shed your skin and let a new more authentic you come through? This is a question that has been coming up in my coaching work over the last weeks. I’ve been working with a number of women, who are reaching a point in life […]

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Types of Networking

There are several types of networking and you need to think through which types are most suited to you, and to your business. For example: Everyday Networking This type of networking of what you are doing already everyday: at the school gate, in the gym, out with friends, with family – we are networking all […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions in March – April 2015

Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions in March – April 2015

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members during March – April 2015. MEMBERS EVENTS Reiki 1: Shoden – A One Day Course with Joanne Sumner Friday, 27th March 2015, 10am-4.00pm at The Joanne Sumner Studio, 74 Elthorne Avenue, London W7 2JW.  Connect permanently to this unlimited source of healing energy by receiving traditional Japanese Reiju empowerments. […]

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Stress: The affects it has on the body and how to manage it by Nutritionist and Ealing member Christina Martin.

Stress…what is it? How do we deal with it and how does it affect the body? Do some of us even know we’re stressed? The number of people admitted to NHS hospitals as a result of stress is on the rise, according to the figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre. We live in an era […]

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Athena West London Region – 2015 Meeting Dates

Barnes – 2nd Tuesday of each month 13th January 10th February 10th March 14th April 12th May 9th June 14th July 8th September 13th October 10th November  Ravenscourt Park – 2nd Thursday of each month 15th January (not usual date) 12th February 12th March 9th April 14th May 11th June 9th July 10th September 8th […]

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How to Register for VAT MOSS by Ravenscourt Park Member Rubina Anjum

Accountant Rubina Anjum from Pyramid Point explains about VAT MOSS regarding digital services and how to register for VAT MOSS. Even the businesses not required to register for normal VAT have to register for VAT MOSS if providing digital services to EU countries. Digital Services: ‘Digital services’ includes: Broadcasting – the supply of television or radio […]

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Meet Rubina Anjum from Pyramid Point Limited and Athena Ravenscourt Park member

Since my childhood I love to play numbers games. During my school life I always got distinction in maths. Then I realized the fact that I can do better in my professional life if I use my analytical skills in my professional life. My 20 years practical experience spread across various industries in Finance Department […]

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Understanding Different Types of Referrals in Networking by Joanne Sumner

Following my recent article about planning your networking strategy, as you define your networking objectives, it can also help to be reminded of the types of referral that are available to you: 1st Party Referral The person/people you are talking to at the time. This can be a good place to start, it builds trust […]

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The Athena Network West London – February meetings

Moaning Minny has no place here: succeed in networking through a positive attitude and a go-giver approach Ever got stuck in a conversation with someone at a networking event who is a Moaning Minny? You know – that person who doesn’t have a good thing to say. About the event, the people, their own business… Don’t you […]

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How to Plan Your Networking Strategy by Joanne Sumner

What is networking? “Networking is building relationships before you need them! Then when you need them, you know whom to call and he or she will want to help you.” ~ Deborah Meadan, Dragons Den There are several important points here: ~ Building Relationships ~ BEFORE you need them: Harvey Mackay’s Dig Your Well Before […]

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Athena West London Members Events / Offers / Promotions in January – February 2015

Below are the events and offers from fellow Athena West London Members during January – February 2015. MEMBERS EVENTS Alison Banks – Parenting Coach has 3 interesting courses available this month: Over Christmas and New Year did you notice that you didn’t have the support or closeness you have always wanted from your relationship? Did […]

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Images, Logos and Articles: Your Obligations by Barnes member Helen Bantock

Are you aware of your copyright obligations? One of our Athena members recently told me that the images used on their website were not licensed to them or to their web designer. They had to remove them from their site as they were sent a fine from Getty Images. Although their story ended well, as […]

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The case for women-only business networks

Andrea Osborne gave up her job in IT to set up Cushion the Impact, a concierge and life-management business. She decided to visit an Athena meeting and has been a member ever since. Read the article HERE to hear her take on Athena and why women’s business networking groups are her preferred choice: “Athena was nice, […]

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The Athena Network West London – January meetings

The Athena Network – a place to share business savvy, inspiration and support Welcome to a new year of networking! One of the things I’m most struck by is how uncertain people can be about how to make networking deliver for your business, and so that is what we will focus on in our groups […]

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Meet Chiswick member Nikki Roy, a qualified Massage Therapist

I am a Massage Therapist qualified in Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue and Pregnancy massage, as well as CORE I Bodywork Myofascial Release and Injury Taping & Strapping.  I specialise in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports and back injuries. I first experienced massage as treatment for two prolapsed discs in her lower back. Wanting to […]

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Investing thought as well as time in networking to ensure quality not just quantity! By Joanne Sumner, Athena West London Regional Director

A scatter gun approach to networking won’t get you the results you want. You need to invest time and thought into how you network, where and who with. This can seem a bit off-putting, particularly if you don’t feel confident about what you’re doing, but it really is the only way to ensure that you […]

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Knowing your Difference, Marketing your Benefits by Ealing member Ruth McCarthy

What’s the difference your client is going to feel after they’ve used your product or service? How do you describe the benefits of your service or products to a prospective client? When we describe the business we run we tend naturally do that from the inside out. That’s where we are as owners – working […]

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Athena West London Region November Meetings

The Athena Network – a place to share business savvy, inspiration and support November’s meetings focus on your business harvest, presentation skills, customer incentives and employment! The Autumn Harvest: Business lessons from working with the seasons (Valerie Munro, Auntie Planty) Ideas for incentivising customers (Christina Jackson, Action Coach) Lessons from our success book club (Sarah […]

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New Members in West London

Over the last two months we are delighted to welcome 19 new members to the Athena Network in West London. Our members are drawn from a wide range of industries and these new members are no exception. We have members from the leisure, health and wellbeing, legal, property, business services, lifestyle and finance industries. We’re […]

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Meet Michelle Wildman – New Ravenscourt Park Member

Hi! I’m Michelle and I help female entrepreneurs up-level their business through inspirational and authentic photography. My business came about through a number of conversations with female friends and contacts, who complained that they were actually embarrassed by the photos they were using to represent themselves in business. Either the photographs felt outdated, they were […]

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Make it easy for people to understand your business and buy from you by Joanne Sumner

If you have a business which does what it says on the tin then fantastic, you’re one step ahead – you still need to make it easy for people by having clear messages about what you offer and what you’re looking for, but you probably have less to do in terms of educating your audience. […]

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Meet Rachel Agnel of Rachel’s Villa Holidays – Our New Ravenscourt Park Member

I am a family villa holiday specialist and my business is called, ‘Rachel’s Villa Holidays’. I help families organise villa holidays in beautiful locations around the world, by offering free, independent and informed advice. Having worked in different parts of Europe as a tour guide and teacher, I came to London where I headed up […]

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Athena West London Region October Meetings

NEW Ravenscourt Park Group We are very proud to have launched our new Ravenscourt Group in September at The Hampshire Hog. We had a interesting variety of new businesses join us at the launch and become founding members of this new Athena group from the legal, lifestyle, health, and business services industries. Our next meeting is […]

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Winner of the Stylist and Nivea BRING IT ON 30 challenge: Ealing Athena’s Holly Bantleman

We are so proud to announce that Holly Bantleman from the charity Raise The Roof Kenya has won the Stylist Magazine and Nivea Competition for the most inspirational female who encapsulates the “Bring It On” generation. Holly will be featured on the Stylist Work/Life page, telling readers about a typical day in her weekly routine, […]

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Meet New Ravencourt Park Member Alison Judah, Registered Osteopath

I am a Registered Osteopath and a Paediatric Osteopath providing osteopathic treatment in Central Hammersmith. My practice is very varied and the variety of my work is what keeps it interesting and challenging. While a large amount of my patients are people between 30 and 70 the youngest to date is 2 days old and […]

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Moving Forward and Planning Your Networking For The Year Ahead by Joanne Sumner

Do you plan your weekly / monthly networking to maximise its effect? Do you know what effect you want your networking to have? Do you think about who you need to network with, where and how often? Most people in my experience allow networking to be a hit and miss affair, and that’s not doing […]

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Green up your roofs for an eco-boost to your lifestyle by Barnes member Crystabel Stirling

In their desire to make their homes less wasteful and more sustainable many people have turned to covering their roofs and walls with greenery. They discovered that it was less effort than they expected and often provided more environmental benefits than solar panels. The big reward was a better looking environment for their home. Many […]

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Athena Member Launches ShopChiswick

ShopChiswick, a new initiative which aims to help local businesses use social media and friendly banter to engage with the local community will launch officially during Social Media Week, London on September 25th.  ShopChiswick’s key ambition is to create a community conversation and let businesses show their personalities and tell their stories.  It is the […]

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Welcome to our September Networking Headlines!

NEW Ravenscourt Park – Launching 11th September We are very excited to announce our newest group in Ravenscourt Park and Hammersmith, opening this week (Thursday, 11th September) at The Hampshire Hog, London W6 9JT. We have a special offer for those joining on the day and we look forward to seeing you there. Click here […]

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Announcing the Launch of our Newest Group – Ravenscourt Park – Thursday, 11th September

Announcing the Launch of our Newest Group – Ravenscourt Park – Thursday, 11th September

The Athena Network West London is proud to support female entrepreneurs and executives throughout Barnes, Chiswick, Ealing and Shepherds  Bush to develop thriving businesses and professional relationships. It is with real excitement therefore that we LAUNCH the new Ravenscourt Park group at The Hampshire Hog on Thursday 11th September 2014. We are looking for dynamic women […]

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Money raised for Raise The Roof Kenya

Raise the Roof Kenya is a grass roots charity set up by local West Londoner Holly Bantleman, following her experiences in Nakuru as a volunteer. The extent of the poverty, sickness and the lack of choices available to children and adults in the community led Holly to undertake her first fundraising commitment – to raise […]

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Turning competitors into collaborators by Athena Barnes member Sarah Hatfield

On the sports field it’s all very simple: Murray got knocked out of Wimbledon because Dimitrov played better tennis, England exited the World Cup because they didn’t score enough goals and Usain Bolt won his Olympic goal medal because he ran the fastest 200 metres …. In short, to win, you have to beat your […]

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Thoughts Are Not Your Master, They Are Your Servant: Meet Ealing Chair Caroline Dove, Personal Development Coach

Our minds are wonderful, fascinating and transformational forces of our true nature. I love Ruby Wax’s take on the topic “Thoughts are not your master, they are your servant”. Her book Sane New World (2013) is an amusing yet thought-provoking introduction to Mindfulness, neuroscience and how to cultivate emotional intelligence as she has personally applied […]

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Athena INSPIRE™ Conference – Friday, 17th October 2014

Athena INSPIRE™ Conference – Friday, 17th October 2014

Yourself and Your Business INSPIRE™ Is The LARGEST NETWORKING EVENT In 2014 FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS! Jump start your success and get ahead for 2015. INSPIRE™ is being hosted in the glorious and glamorous Central London and will deliver education, training, inspiration, and exciting networking opportunities. Anticipate a gathering of Business Goddesses all with a primary […]

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Meet the New Members in Style – Thursday, 21st August 10am – 12pm

The Olympic Cinema Members’ Club in Barnes is sumptuous and I hope you will find this event a superb networking opportunity for those who are available and wish to meet up over the summer. We have new members across a wide range of industries, including the talented Jocelyn Horsfall, who kindly provided the beautiful image […]

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Athena West London July Meetings

The Athena Network is the international premier networking organisation for female entrepreneurs and executives, combining approachable structured networking with a culture of sharing business savvy so that we all benefit. With meetings each month in Barnes, Chiswick, Ealing, and Shepherds Bush we look to support you to grow your business and continually expand your skills. […]

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Meet Nicola Bish, Business and Personal Coach, Athena Shepherds Bush member

About me: “At the end I felt a greater sense of control and a belief that I could lead the school rather than events directing my actions. Interestingly I have done less and gained more.” I am a Business and Personal Coach and provide a bespoke service to nurture, motivate and develop the talents of […]

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Contracting in coaching – how to manage expectations by Nicola Bish, Business and Personal Coach

Good contracting is the secret of good coaching. Starting off on the right foot with new coaching clients makes life easier and helps sustain the relationship. If at the outset both parties understand exactly what they are buying into, are committed to the relationship’s success this provides a solid foundation from which to progress. The […]

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Do you ever feel stressed? By Alison Banks, Parenting Tutor

Do you ever feel stressed? Do you struggle some times to keep all the balls in the air? I certainly have, particularly when my children were little and I was working running my own medium sized company. There are many studies to show how mothers who work, experience stress from there literally not being enough […]

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To Employ or Not to Employ, that is the Question by Penny Morrison, Solicitor at Excello Law

You’ve been slogging away, working all hours to meet your deadlines and need some extra help so you decide to take on some extra staff. This can be a daunting experience for a sole trader or small business so how do you go about it? Firstly, you need to decide what type of “worker” you […]

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Understanding Advertising Standards by Chiswick member, Bik Wong

Bik Wong, Solicitor and Mediator from Hubbard Pegman & Whitney LLP recently shared her expertise on “Understanding Advertising Standards” at the Chiswick Athena Meeting this month. For those who missed it, here is a summary of Bik’s talk….. This short piece covers key points of the United Kingdom Code of non-broadcast advertising, sales promotion and […]

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Meet Cristina Benson, Athena Chiswick’s newest member

I founded Cristina Benson Communications in 2012 to offer small and medium-sized companies a cost-effective alternative to working with big PR agencies. Now I use my 15+ years of marketing experience to help lovely clients build their businesses. I learned early on that communication is the most important part of any relationship, including business relationships. […]

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June Meetings of the Athena Network in West London

The Athena Network is the international premier networking organisation for female entrepreneurs and executives, combining approachable structured networking with a culture of sharing business savvy so that we all benefit. With meetings each month in Barnes, Chiswick, Ealing, and Shepherds Bush we look to support you to grow your business and continually expand your skills. […]

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www – Is It Working For You? by Helen Bantock of Helen Bantock Web Design

www – Is It Working For You? by Helen Bantock of Helen Bantock Web Design

Your website is a marketing tool and opportunity to gain new business. It should engage your visitor, invite them to click further or buy from your site. It can call your visitor to start a dialogue with you. What is your website for? Is it to inform, to get an online sale or to get […]

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Your invitation to network with The Athena Network in West London this May

The Athena Network is the international premier networking organisation for female entrepreneurs and executives, combining approachable structured networking with a culture of sharing business savvy so that we all benefit. With meetings each month in Barnes, Chiswick, Ealing, and Shepherds Bush we look to support you to grow your business and continually expand your skills. […]

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The Top 10 Benefits of Being an Athena Member

The Athena Network is the international premier networking organisation for female entrepreneurs and executives, a community that is busy 24 hours a day. By constantly delivering new initiatives with the assistance of the Athena members we have created a networking winning formula that is relevant to today’s continually changing environment. Some of our visitors have […]

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Have you ever wondered how to put your price up? or what creates a winning pitch?

The Athena Network is the international premier networking organisation for female entrepreneurs and executives, and we like to combine approachable organised networking with a culture of sharing business savvy so that we all benefit. With meetings each month in Barnes, Chiswick, Ealing and Shepherds Bush, we look to support you to grow your business and […]

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9 Ways to Increase Your Energy through Your Diet by Shepherds Bush member Jo Scott-Dalgleish

9 Ways to Increase Your Energy through Your Diet by Shepherds Bush member Jo Scott-Dalgleish

Our Shepherds Bush member and Nutritional Therapist Jo Scott-Dalgleish shares her tips on how to increase your energy through your diet: 1. Always eat breakfast: Including protein, carbohydrate and fat for a steady release of energy throughout the morning. 2. Never go for more than four hours without eating a meal or snack. This is […]

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Networking focus for March: business communications that get the job done!

The Athena Network is the international premier networking organisation for female entrepreneurs and executives, a community that is busy 24 hours a day. By constantly delivering new initiatives with the assistance of the Athena members we have created a networking winning formula that is relevant to today’s continually changing environment. We have four groups, in […]

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Introducing Lorraine Wragg, Athena Ealing’s newest member

Are you surrounded by clutter? Do you wish you had more time? Are you too busy to find a solution? Stream Organising provides practical solutions for space, storage and clutter management problems, both at home and in the workplace. We can: Organise your home/office Eliminate stress-mess-clutter Maximise your use of space Offer a free consultation […]

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Inspiring Confidence on International Women’s Day – 8th March

  International Women’s Day is on March 8th. The occasion gives us all an opportunity to reach out and support women we work and do business with. Confidence is key to supporting women in business. Confidence can come from within, but more often than not it comes from the support of a friend, work college, […]

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Get up to £10,000 to grow your business with Smarta Start Up Loans in 2014!

Smarta Startup Loans has launched a £112m government backed programme led by Lord Young (Enterprise Advisor to David Cameron) and James Caan (Chairman of Startup Loans Company) aimed at new start-up companies or those in their first 12 months of trading. A start up loan is a loan to help you start your business. The […]

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Meet Krisztina Ambrus – Shepherds Bush’s newest member

“Fashions come and go, but style is forever.’ Yves Saint Laurent Krisztina Ambrus is the founder of Imago Styling, a personal styling and image consultancy service. Having spent 11 years in the luxury real estate industry, where she worked with people from all over the world, Krisztina decided that it was time for a career […]

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February is about mastering the basics at The Athena Network

NOT ALWAYS EASY TO DO, BUT SO WORTHWHILE! This month we will be looking at: • whether you’re using your whole network to expand or promote your business • creative, and above all simple, ways to get your name in front of people • ways to create accountability with fellow business owners so that you […]

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Meet Athena Ealing member Estelle Davies, Homeopath and Reiki Practitioner

I am a Homeopath and Reiki practitioner based in Ealing, West London. I have a first class BSc Honours degree in Homeopathy from Middlesex University and the Centre For Homeopathic Education along with a Licentiate in Homeopathy. I am registered with the Society of Homeopaths and adhere to their code of ethics and CPD requirements. […]

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Meet Penny Morrison, our third newest member at Athena Barnes

Penny Morrison, of Excello Law Limited, has been a solicitor for 12 years and specialises in all aspects of employment law –  for example: – Drafting employment contracts, handbooks and settlement agreements; – HR support (advice on disciplinary and grievance procedures, bullying and harassment, maternity and other parental rights). – Discrimination; – Unfair dismissal; – […]

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Networking Skills 4 of 4: Helping others feel comfortable while networking

In my last post I made some suggestions on how to get your own state of mind under control, so that you can network effectively. The final element in this series is some tips on how to set others at their ease so that they can do the same.  My favourite quote is: “I’ve learned […]

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Meet Elizabeth Santos, our second newest member at Athena Barnes

Elizabeth Santos is the founder of Liz&Zie – a company that organises private events, big and small, mostly private but always personal. She launched Liz&Zie quite by accident in 2008 when an influential previous boss asked her if she could recommend anyone to organise her high-end wedding. Someone that was neither a typical wedding planner […]

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Networking Skills 3 of 4: Top tips for managing your state of mind before a networking meeting

Following from last week’s post about the importance of managing your state of mind before a networking (or any) meeting, here are my top tips on how to do it! 1) Before you enter the room: take a moment to remind yourself why you’re there. In a networking situation your aim is purely to interest […]

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Meet Athena Barnes’ newest member, Helen Bantock of Helen Bantock Web Design

Helen Bantock founded Helen Bantock Web Design seven years ago. Helen Bantock Web Design provides small businesses with a web design-and-build service that is both affordable and bespoke. Helen decided to return to the workplace and to change direction after time spent with the family. Studying web design was a natural fit and complimented a […]

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Networking Skills 2 of 4: The importance of managing your state before a networking meeting.

This is the part of networking that I think people sometimes miss out on. A state is the present condition of a system or entity; or, put another way, it means what’s going on right now in you! What are you thinking and feeling? This is where we can work wonders, because what you think […]

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Grants, funding and tendering opportunities by Barnes Member Christina Jackson

Grants, funding and tendering opportunities by Barnes Member Christina Jackson

There is whole host of grants, funding and tendering opportunities out there that small and medium size business’ are eligible for and much easier to obtain than we realise. Our Barnes member Christina Jackson of Action Coach and Director of the Hounslow Chamber explains a range of grants and subsidies available: Growth Accelerator The Growth […]

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Networking Skills 1 of 4: Building Relationships and Exploring Your Entire Network of Contacts

My first question is – what do you think networking is? A definition I like comes from Deborah Meaden “Networking is building relationships before you need them! Then when you need them, you know whom to call and he or she will want to help you.” There are several important points here: ~ building relationships […]

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The Athena Network in West London is off and running for 2014!

Debt recovery, Focus for productivity, Marketing strategies, and Technology are our January themes At Athena we aim to help our members to build business relationships that continue to generate new ideas, collaborations, sales and feedback over years. We have a formula that works and provide a supportive, friendly environment for business women to make strategic […]

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The Athena West London Region Christmas Event – Thursday, 28th November

The Athena West London Region Christmas Event will take place on Thursday, 28th November, 12.00noon to 3.30pm, hosted by our Shepherds Bush group (who, through the talented Alison Joshi of Joshi Was Janes, have provided the gorgeous welcome image above… contact her to get your own bespoke image for your cards and e-cards!) The Christmas […]

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Athena West London Region Member’s Events & Promotions for November and December

Please find details below forthcoming events / promotions as advertised by the Athena West London Region members.   Coffee and talk about Sibling Rivalry Thursday, 14th November, 9.30am – 11.00am Where: Ranelagh Sailing Club, Putney Cost: £10.00 For further information contact Alison Banks,  on 07710 626 263 / alisonbanks@tiscali.co.uk Khushkam Limited (Accountants) and Albert Grace […]

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The West London Athena Network adopts Raise The Roof Kenya as its Charity Partner

This Autumn, The West London Athena Network is proud to adopt Raise the Roof Kenya as our charity partner. Raise the Roof Kenya is a grass roots charity set up by local West Londoner Holly Bantleman, a camera operator, following her experiences in Nakuru as a volunteer. She met and fell in love with a community […]

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Networking, Marketing, Funding and Tax Saving: just some of our topics at The Athena Network in November

The aim for our monthly Athena meetings is not only to provide strategic connections for our members and visitors; it is also to provide every business owner or representative present with at least one simple idea to action over the next month to improve their business. With that in mind our speakers this month focus on […]

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Applying The Slight Edge philosophy to your business, personal and professional development – by Shepherds Bush member Jo Scott-Dalgleish

Applying The Slight Edge philosophy to your business, personal and professional development – by Shepherds Bush member Jo Scott-Dalgleish

Introduction The book chosen to discuss at the first meeting of the Athena West London book club was The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. As I started to read, the book immediately struck a chord with me. I recognised how when I was successful, I was using the principles of the Slight Edge to work […]

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Meet Shepherds Bush member Kate Cutler Vick of One Day A Month

Kate co-founded One Day a Month, a task focused PR agency staffed by experienced consultants. Companies want PR that delivers results and ROI, and One Day a Month does just that by focusing on agreed projects to an agreed timetable. Kate is an award-winning senior communications consultant with over 20 years’ experience in communications and […]

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Building a strong business in West London: networking and training in October

This October we are looking at different aspects of building a strong business in West London: through powerful presentations and pitches, excellent customer service, applying The Slight Edge philosophy to your personal, professional and business development, and learning from each others’ experience. We will also be focusing on how to make networking work best for […]

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My Athena Membership…by Pippa Duncan of Living In Magazines

I have just renewed my membership to Barnes Athena for the third year – and before that I was a member of Richmond Athena for four years – so I know it really works for my business. I publish two local magazines – Living In Barnes & East Sheen and Living In Richmond & Kew – […]

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Successful Tips for Networking by Ealing member Shereen Presky

Networking is an extremely important element of building a business, especially if you are working on your own. Not only does it provide opportunities to socialise and build relationships with like minded people but it also helps to promote your business. Networking is something that we do almost every day, without actually realising it. We […]

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The 8 Golden Rules to Networking by Joanne Sumner

Number 1 – Be a leader: Do not go where the path may lead; Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Number 2 – Have a positive attitude There is very little difference in people but that difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude […]

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The Power of Focus in Business by Barnes member Sue Hunt

I was recently asked to speak to the Athena Ealing Group, on the Power of Focus in Business, from my point of view as a music teacher. I teach parents all over the world, how to help their children practice and to learn how to harness their powers of focus, so here goes. Would you agree […]

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Meet Shepherds Bush’s new member Alison Joshi

Joshi was Janes is a graphic design agency, specialising in small to medium sized businesses. I have over 13 years of experience in the design and advertising industry and have worked for one of the top 100 marketing agencies in Central London. I started Joshi was Janes in 2011 as I wanted to be involved […]

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Networking with The Athena Network in September: your invitation!

September is all about momentum – building that momentum for a strong final quarter. Word of mouth marketing, i.e. marketing your business through recommendation from one person to another, is a proven means to grow your customer base and we provide monthly opportunities to make and receive recommendations for your services and products. However, Athena […]

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Meet new Chiswick member No 2 – Emily Wright of Gymboree

I discovered Gymboree 7 years ago through a teaching position at another franchise before buying the Chiswick site in October 2007. I was (and continue to be!) a struggling actress looking for a more rewarding career path than endless temping jobs. I have a drama degree from the University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma […]

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8th August – Joint Athena Network West London and Ealing Mums in Business Summer Party

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Brentford Girls’ School Business Studies by Ealing member Sosi Ross

Sosi Ross, an Ealing born and bred Armenian Triplet, ex-Financial Adviser, joined Colin Bibra Estate Agents after 17 years as a client and immediately joined Ealing Athena. Having met some of the Brentford Girls’ School Business Studies students at a Chamber of Commerce event held at the school, it occurred to Sosi that they probably […]

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Is Sitting at Your Desk Killing you? by Michelle Finnigan of Zest Osteopathy

It’s time to turn off your computer and run for the door. No, this is not a fire drill but an important exercise that could dramatically improve your health in the long run. A study has found that those who work for more than a decade at a computer terminal are twice as likely to […]

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Get Ready for Summer: Find those powerful connections to set you up for the September Sizzle!

The summer is the perfect opportunity to stop and think – What’s working? What’s not working? How can I improve so that this business is delivering the lifestyle I want and deserve? Let your subconscious pipe up – it may surprise you! Then take action to put your new or revised plans into place. At […]

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Top Ten PR Tips by Chiswick member Alie Griffiths of One Day a Month, affordable PR one day at a time

Would you like to get interviewed about your business or see your company’s hard work and achievements featured in the press?  Whether you’ve got a bricks and mortar company or are doing business online, learning how to generate PR will win you greater visibility and take you to a whole new audience.  Here are a few top tips to […]

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Jubilant June

We are celebrating the success of local entrepreneurs and welcoming new members and opportunities this month This month, we’re excited to have a number of fantastic new businesses joining groups across our Region. We’ll be featuring them soon on our West London website, which is the best way to keep up to date with all […]

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Controlling your Business Costs

An interesting Infographic from SAGE Software on Controlling your Business Costs.  For a more comprehensive guide, please click here  

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What impression are you making?

On a business trip abroad last week I ended up in a fascinating conversation with an American business partner and a prospective client. We got onto the subject of cultural difference, and were laughing over our respective stereotypes. I joked that the British are probably perceived as too polite and was met with (polite) laughter! […]

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It’s not just about the money!

What is more important, price or value. You could buy a dress in the market for perhaps £10 but the likelihood is that you will merely look at the loose thread at the bottom and it will unravel before your very eyes. You could buy some night cream in Boots but it wouldn’t make your skin […]

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What people are saying about Athena West London

“This group has grown so quickly over the year and offers a very connective, valuable mix of different sectors and possibilities.” Ruth “A wonderful meeting, everyone was very welcoming and informative. Two great speakers, with great information. Thank you for letting me visit!” Alix “Lots of really useful and memorable tips and strategies for networking. […]

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Make May Marvellous….

Network with female entrepreneurs and executives in West London and make the most of May’s networking Following two successful months of networking, Athena West London has a superb range of speakers lined up for you for May. Learn how to… • Keep your body healthy and in good shape and how this can affect you […]

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My Top 5 P’s when it comes to presenting by Julia Montague-King of Vocability

I’m Julia, and I’m a voice coach working with the speaking voice. For a number of years now I have worked with people who find public speaking terrifying and struggle to deliver even their basic messages. With the right training anyone can become a confident and inspiring presenter. It’s about understanding both your weaknesses and […]

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Why join Athena? by the West London Committee members

At a recent training event for the leadership committees of our four groups, we asked what was so good about being an Athena member and why people should join. Their responses were: the opportunity for each business to grow and business women to blossom the extraordinary friendships that can be found and the sometimes unanticipated […]

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Major Networking Event in Chiswick this April – Don’t miss out!

We are bringing together our Ealing and Chiswick groups for a one-off joint visitor event on Tuesday 16th April at Carvosso’s, replacing our normal monthly meeting for these two groups. The aim is to inject a burst of Spring energy into each business present through increasing the number of possible strategic connections, delivering an excellent training […]

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Begin It Now

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one […]

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Meet Michelle Finnigan, GOsc Registered Osteopath and Ealing member

I was born and educated in Zimbabwe, and spent my early years playing a variety of sport and enjoying the benefits of a warmer climate. As a teenager I was always interested in the benefits of holistic therapy and had experienced several types of treatment in a bid to alleviate the many sporting injuries that […]

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Why a network for women? by Joanne Sumner, West London Regional Director

Government figures show that if as many women started businesses as men currently do it could generate an extra £42billion for the UK economy. Similarly if as many women in the UK started businesses as do in the USA, we would have a further 600,000 female entrepreneurs. What is stopping women from setting up and […]

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Networking – 5 ways to make it work for you by Ealing member Ruth McCarthy of Think It Through

How do you feel about networking?  I’m always struck by how many people tell me ‘I hate networking, it makes me feel uncomfortable, I know that’s silly but it does!’  So it’s a great help to know that this is far from silly. It’s part of how our brains are programmed to work, it’s evolutionary, […]

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Learn the secrets of networking ‘The Athena Way’ this month to grow your business

Spring is the perfect time to explore new networks. As the sap begins to rise again, we have more energy and enthusiasm for our businesses which we can use to be creative about our alliances, try new methods of communicating what we do, and refresh our approach to our marketing strategies. The Athena Network is […]

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Discover the different networking personality types at Athena Shepherds Bush on Thursday, 28th February

Join us this coming Thursday, 28th February at Athena Shepherds Bush when Ruth McCarthy of Think It Through will be looking at how we network successfully, as well as pinpointing some of the underlying thoughts and beliefs that hold us back and Annie Bucknill, The Colour Consultant will guide us through the different networking personality types […]

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‘For the health of the business’ by Athena Barnes member and Business Coach Christina Jackson

Did you see The Fixer, the Alex Polizzi programme on TV on March 19th? Absolutely typical of businesses run by families – whether partners or parents with their children. As a Business Coach myself, I see it all the time. Business owners will recruit the ‘easy option’, whether that be family or family of friends […]

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18 Rules to being Happy by Karl Moore and presented by Chiswick member Nichola Schwarz

As a small business owner it is likely that YOU are your most valuable asset. By being happier you will protect that asset by spending more time in your parasympathetic nervous system mode (Rest & Digest) and less in Sympathetic nervous system mode (Fight or Flight). As a results your immune system will be more […]

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Join us at Athena Chiswick on Valentine’s Day to hear more about 18 Ways to Happiness: Sustain your business by sustaining yourself

For this Valentine’s Day meeting of the Chiswick Athena Group we’re focusing on creating sustainable businesses. Our Networking Skills speaker, Narmeen of Gemstone Tech Ltd will share her experience and expertise on using technology to support your networking, and Nichola Schwarz of London Life Solutions will take us through Karl Moore’s 18 Rules to Happiness […]

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Join us at Athena Barnes on Tuesday, 12th February to find out how to Eat Well, Live Well

Join us at The Athena Network in Barnes on Tuesday, 12th February when Jane Michell of JanePlan will be sharing her tips on how to Eat Well, Live Well. About Jane Michell Jane Michell developed her love of good food working at the BBC with household names such as Delia Smith and Rick Stein. After […]

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Athena West London February Meetings – Share Success and Support

Share Success and Support at the Athena Network West London: Networking for Women in Business The Athena Network is a place for female entrepreneurs to meet with like-minds to promote and develop themselves. We offer inspiring meetings, training in a wide range of business areas, and connections with local business communities. And we do it […]

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How to choose a smartphone by Athena Shepherds Bush member Narmeen of Gemstone Tech

Many people are thinking about upgrading, or changing, their smartphones and we at Gemstone Tech are being asked lots of questions about which one to get. It can be really confusing. There are so many choices, that sometimes people simply buy what they are told is the latest, go for the name that they’ve heard […]

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Athena West London Region Christmas Event

A great time was had by all the ladies who attended the recent Athena West London Region Christmas Event on 13th December. Thank you to Shepherds Bush member Narmeen for kindly allowing us to use her home and for her hospitality.     Chiswick members Lindsay Holden and Nancy Krysiak           […]

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Chiswick Athena Member Vibeke Dahl raises £1138 for ROKPA this Christmas

  Congratulations to Chiswick Member Vibeke Dahl who has raised £1138 for ROKPA. ROKPA is an international charity who support around 150 projects and whose primary goal is to help the very poorest of the poor in the most remote regions of the world, in places where other charitable organisations have found it difficult to initiate […]

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‘Sick of being sick? Support your immune system with the food that you eat’ by Shepherds Bush member Jo Scott-Dalgleish, Nutritional Therapist

 the winter months feeling below par much of the time due to coughs and colds, while some succumb to flu and other viral infections which leave them unable to work for a week or more. One of the reasons for this may be that the life of many female business owners or managers is inherently […]

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Being an Entrepreneur by Barnes member Felicity Lee

Being a member of Athena – we are all part of an entrepreneurial network of women.  This article aims to look a little more closely about how many of us are out there doing it and what it takes to be one! Let’s start by looking at the facts and figures: – A quarter of […]

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Welcome to The Athena Network West London

We create inspiring networking events for female entrepreneurs in West London, and are looking for more chic, gutsy and fun business women to join our groups in Barnes, Chiswick, Ealing and Shepherds Bush. At Athena, we aim to inspire women to succeed in business, to support entrepreneurship through an ever increasing range of training in […]

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What Athena Members Say …

Alison Joshi, Graphic Designer, Athena Shepherds Bush Member

"After 2 years of running my own business and getting work mainly from referrals I decided that I needed to re-focus on my work and push it to the next level and apparently networking was the new buzz word for businesses. I was aware of Athena and decided to come along as a guest to Shepherd’s Bush to see what this networking was all about. I was made to feel very welcome and the group felt supportive and relaxed. I decided that I would take the opportunity and become a member as my profession hadn’t been locked out.

I joined Athena primarily to meet fellow like-minded business owners who might one day need my services or who would also recommend me to their fellow peers.

After being a member for a year I have gained so much more than referrals. I have gained a huge amount of confidence, not only running my own business but also learning how to talk about what I do. Graphic design covers a broad spectrum of work and I have had to learn how to explain what I do to business owners that may never have thought about graphic design before.

Working from home can sometimes be quite lonely and so knowing that once a month you are going to spend a few hours chatting to people who may have been having the same work or family frustrations as you is also good therapy.

Athena has introduced me to a group of talented and ambitious women who are all trying to build businesses in challenging economic times. It’s an inspiring group to be part of and I know I have made contacts that I will take with me on my business journey.

Alison Joshi, Joshi Was Janes, www.joshiwasjanes.com

Narmeen, Gemstone Tech

"Athena has been instrumental in launching our business. Not only has it helped maintain our client pipeline but has provided all the help, support and many suppliers we have needed. I was transitioning from an intense corporate profession, so my learning curve was and still is enormous. Athena has significantly reduced this timescale. Its wonderful to work with like minded women with no politics and an intelligent army who think of the services we provide when they are networking elsewhere"

Narmeen - Athena Shepherds Bush member
Gemstone Tech
http://www.gemstonetech.co.uk

Helen Bantock, Helen Bantock Web Design

"I joined Athena SW London a few months ago. Not knowing what to expect I have been so surprised at all the support the group has given me. Apart from a new client straight away I have learnt so much from the other talent in the group. Raiding other people’s knowledge banks has been invaluable and added to my professional and personal development. In time I hope I equal these contributions. Jo Sumner has given us good training and has a very creative and innovative approach to mentoring members. Apart from business support and growth I am really enjoying my Athena membership.”
Helen Bantock - Athena Barnes member

Claudia Whitehouse, Citizen Arc

"Since joining Athena in February, this year, our small computer training and support company, Citizenarc, has taken off. We have made so many valuable contacts that we are now planning to expand our company.
Support, help and encouragement, from Athena members and Joanne Sumner has given us the confidence to do so.”
Claudia Whitehouse - Athena Chiswick member