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Exciting Times For Female Entrepreneurs

2015 is proving to be a great year for women in business, for the first time, more women than men have set up businesses in the UK. That is a 30% increase since 2008 compared to a 7% increase for men.

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, said:
“Women now run 20 per cent of our SMEs – a total of 1 million businesses“ ~ Nicky Morgan Click To Tweet

And if that wasn’t already fabulous enough, in figures released by the government equalities office in the last few weeks we have seen that the UK is the number one place in Europe to be a female entrepreneur!

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With so many new businesses starting up we recognise the importance of the training and development that is required to become successful and over the last 10 years since Jacqueline Rogers founded The Athena Network, a community has been created that are passionate about growing, developing and supporting each other.

The Athena Network provides an opportunity to attend a fun, yet focused, networking lunch, to be trained in networking and business skills and to be coached, mentored and trained in their business and personal development.

We aim to put like-minded women together who are passionate about growing and developing their business. Many of our members also benefit on a personal level from the support and inspiration they get from other members as well as from the organisation.

Athena aims are;

• Providing opportunities to make strategic connections with professionals in a wide range of industry sectors.
• Developing members’ business skills through a choice of interactive workshops and training courses.
• Encourage women in business to inspire and support others for greater success.

If you are interested in finding out how you can visit or become a member of The Athena Network please see a list of UK groups here

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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 www.satinpaperbacks.com

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!

 

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