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Testimonials From Members of The Athena Network

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 woman 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.”

Selena Ludick
Colemans Solicitors LLP
http://www.colemans.co.uk/


“I initially joined Athena with the intention to spread the word about my brand with likeminded and pro-active business women. Athena has certainly delivered but it has also given both my business and me as an individual so much more.

The different contacts I have made from the wide variety of sectors has been incredible and it is this variation has enabled me to view my business in a different light as Athena provides so many opportunities and avenues that I would have otherwise never have considered.

The can-do and supportive attitude of all the members is really inspiring and quite contagious. It is this attitude and ethos of supporting and sharing with one another that has made my Athena membership an invaluable resource.”

Jodie Vigor
Floral Designer and Stylist
Boutique Blooms
http://www.boutiqueblooms.co.uk/


“Transformed. Inspired. Motivated. Supported. Encouraged.

Just a few of many words to describe what being part of The Athena Network has done for me. One of the exciting things about being part of this wonderful network is the women! The Athena Network has placed in my life some of the most amazing and unique women who have not only helped me grow my business but they have shifted me as an individual.

I will be forever grateful to Jacqueline Rogers and the women of The Athena network for the inspiration, support, training, connections and valuable friendships. Working on my own is no longer a lonely place. My business has blossomed into the success it is today because of The Athena Network and will continue to grow internationally as I continue to commit myself and my business to the ethics and principles that make The Athena Network, in my opinion, the best of it’s kind.”

 

Vanessa Stottor
Hay House Author – Transformational Mentor and Speaker
www.vanessastottor.com


“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.”   

Tracey Richardson
Director
Ampersand UK Ltd
www.ampersand-ltd.co.uk


What Athena has meant for me – “Coming from the Corporate world to start your own business it can be a daunting transition as you don’t have the different back office departments and resources to help you out.

What I found in Athena Central London was a reliable group of professionals and services that helped me to launch my business and who I trust every time I need a new-something, but also and excellent  network that gave the support and the confidence to take this business to the growing and expanding stage we are at the moment”

Beatrice Garcia-Martinez
SecurelyBe
www.securelybe.com


” The Athena Newbury South and Hungerford groups are superbly organised. I am always meeting new people every month as well as further developing existing relationships.

I have made holiday bookings from networking at these lunches. However, Athena has not only helped me to promote my own business but I have successfully used the services of so many members of our group. I have also made some great friends.”

Susie Freeman Travel
Tour Operator specialising in bespoke holidays to Mauritius, Southern Africa and The Seychelles.
www.susiefreemantravel.com


“When a friend first suggested I accompany her to an Athena meeting, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  Having only just started up my business, and having never attended a networking event before, I was fairly apprehensive.  However, I needn’t have worried – I was made to feel so welcome in that first meeting and I was so impressed by the meeting format and the obvious camaraderie in the room that I signed up soon after.

I have now been an Athena member for around 4 years and in that time my business has grown from a sole trader venture to a limited company employing 12 members of staff.  I have made many great connections over the years and the support and inspiration I have gained from Athena, both on a personal and professional level, has certainly played a part in the success of my business. 

I have tried other networking groups but there is something truly special about Athena. The monthly meetings have a real buzz about them and I always leave feeling enthused and motivated.  I have also attended a number of larger events, such as the regional conferences, Christmas parties and the very aptly named ‘Inspire’ – all of which have been immensely motivating, informative and highly enjoyable!”

Sian Goodspeed
Founder of Flying Start Tuition
www.flyingstarttuition.co.uk


“Having recently launched my own business, I joined Athena six months ago and have benefited on so many levels.  It has been great to receive bookings and client leads from members , but the overriding benefit for me has been the business development opportunities provided by the friendly, non-threatening support network and ongoing training.

Not only have the well-structured meetings given a huge boost to my confidence in speaking about my business, but I have been able to forge exciting collaborations with other members which add value to our respective brands, our clients, and ourselves as individuals.”

 

Jenny Rutterford
Jenny Rutterford Photography
http://www.jennyrutterford.com/

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"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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