The Athena Network Rugby GroupThe Draycote Hotel and Golf Course

The Rugby  Group launched on the 4th March 2016 and has an enthusiastic, collaborative and supportive group of business women from a diverse range of professions. We are actively looking for more like-minded women to pay us a visit and experience The Athena Way

Meeting times 12 – 2pm, with a lovely sit down hot buffet lunch included. Additional optional networking until 2.30pm

Meeting Venue

Draycote Hotel Ltd (Partnership with Whitefields Golf Club & Golf Course)
London Road
CV23 9LF
T: 01788 521800

Meeting Dates 2017

Our next meeting dates for 2017 are:

8th June

6th July

7th September

5th October

2nd November

Christmas event TBA

Booking essential

Call Ann on 07796 352 940 to secure your place.

Email Ann Here We are now actively looking for more like-minded business women to visit us and find out how we work together to create a great Athena experience and have the opportunity to:

  • Meet like-minded local businesswomen and start to make connections
  • Tell us about your business in your Monthly Minute
  • Experience The Athena Way
  • Find out how we help women with their business growth through training and development sessions in every meeting
  • Be energised and inspired from sharing success stories
  • Give and receive testimonials and business referrals
  • Experience the most incredible support
  • And of course, enjoy a wonderful hot lunch!

After the meeting there is optional open networking until 2:30pm when there will be opportunities to chat to members and arrange those all important one to one meetings. Ann and our ever so friendly warm members will be available and happy to talk to you to answer any questions you may have about The Athena Way and membership opportunities.

If you are interested to find out how you can attend the next meeting and become a member of this new inspiring and stimulating  Athena group please contact Ann Burton

Our Rugby Members:

Ann Burton – Training by Design LtdAthena Rugby July

Sandra Ashford – Social Media Management at Footprints Social Media

Vicky Boulton – Marketing Consultant at Fuel Marketing

Joanne Webster -Travel Counsellor at Travel Counsellor

Karen Handley – Customer Relationship Manager at Anya Court Care Home

Sarah Doyle Business Support Consultant at Cedar Business Support Services

Sue Ford Client Manager IFA

Linda McKendrick – Independent Distributor for Utility Warehouse

Annette Palmer – Consultant for Arbonne International

Manni Dillion – Bespoke Florist

Denise Peasegood – Online Retailer

Julie McGarrigle – Business Development Director at Alsters Kelley

Natalie Hughes – Graphic Designer

We have the following vacancies

  • Image Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • PR Consultant
  • HR Consultant
  • IT Support
  • Caterer
  • Web Designer
  • Photographer

Why do business women join Athena?

Ladies are joining Athena nationwide at an incredible rate. Here are some of the reasons they give:

  1. Networking is widely recognised as the most powerful, fastest way to grow your business.
  2. Athena is the UK’s premier and fastest-growing network for business women.
  3. Many great relationships begin within Athena and often lead to very successful strategic alliances and firm friendships.
  4. Members are always happy to offer support and advice and share their knowledge and experience.
  5. You’ll develop your business and personal skills through our monthly speakers and a wide range of training courses and workshops.
  6. Ladies go away from meetings feeling inspired and motivated to take themselves and their business to the next level.
  7. Many of our members are experiencing fantastic business growth through contacts made through Athena.
  8. Once you join you can visit any other Athena group where your profession is not represented by a member – so you have access to a vast network of business ladies.
  9. Athena operates aone discipline only’ policy, so by joining, you lock out’ the competition and all business for your particular field is referred to you.
  10. Groups are filling fast, so don’t delay then find yourself locked out’ and on a waiting list because your professional slot has been filled by a competitor.
  1. At Athena we are passionate about wanting to help our members get the most out of networking and their membership with us. We encourage all new members to attend a New Member Training event.

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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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