Meet Julie Eltham

Julie Eltham is a highly successful businesswoman and entrepreneur with over 25 year’s experience across a range of service-related industries. Her passion is using her own skills and experiences to encourage and motivate others to achieve their potential.

Julie began her career in recruitment from where she moved into the cosmetics industry promoting leading brands to prestigious clients that included Harrods and Selfridges. She quickly progressed up the managerial ladder and was soon running a team of over 100 consultants. It was during this period that her natural flair for motivation really blossomed.

Following the birth of her two children and with the requirement to balance the needs of child care and household costs, Julie decided to run her own business. Present Surprise was an extremely successful executive gift company based in Oxshott, Surrey, which gave Julie the opportunity to develop her entrepreneurial flair and business management skills.

After selling Present Surprise, Julie identified an opportunity in the domestic cleaning market and set up Bizzy Bees, which was soon employing 50 cleaners to service over 200 contracts.

A chance invitation to an Athena women-only networking meeting in Twickenham was a major turning point in Julie’s Life. She was overwhelmed by the warmth and enthusiasm she found at the meeting and realised she had discovered her true vocation. Julie sold Bizzy Bees and bought the Athena franchise for Wimbledon. The group was an immediate success and Julie quickly added 4 more groups in the surrounding areas. Streatham and Hampton Court which open in September and October 2011 respectively, will take the total number of her Athena groups up to 7.

The secret of Julie’s success in the networking market is that her groups are friendly, supportive and non-pressured. As Julie says:
My vision is to encourage more women to network and in turn realise their full potential by helping and inspiring them and providing valuable connections’.

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What Athena Members Say …

Nicky Fitzmaurice

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

Selena Ludick

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

Rosie Mortimer

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

Tracey Richardson

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


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