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Athena Business Networking for Ladies

The leading international networking, training & development business club for female freelancers, executives and entrepreneurs.

Although daunting for some at first, business networking is hugely rewarding and great fun! Building a network of people around you who you trust, know and respect is a great way to build your business. The group you join is your premier sales team as the members become your raving fans, and also your trusted advisors, as dozens of different professions are represented.

Athena Network’s membership ethos, encourages regular attendance and therefore strong relationships form over time. Visitors come along each month too, which ensures new professions joining the group regularly.

There is no high pressure selling, the meetings are about support and collaboration, encouraging those lacking confidence and applauding each other’s success. Being women-only makes us very different from other networking organisations.

But it’s not all about business development. At Athena we believe that it is as important to develop our business skills. Being self-employed can make it difficult to find the time or money to invest in training. So each meeting we have two short training sessions, one business related and the other networking strategy. Both are designed to give advice in areas that will help your business.  We also offer affordable bite-size workshops in essential business skills eg. Marketing, Communications, Business Planning, Press Relations, Sales Confidence and Writing Skills.

You won’t be surprised though, that for many women, the camaraderie, inspiration and support is the reason why they renew their membership year after year. Athena Network celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, six in West Berkshire. So do come along one lunchtime and visit one of our four groups in Hungerford, Newbury or Thatcham to see why Athena Networking works.


Athena is a place where I can receive encouragement and advice from other women in business whether freelancers or entrepreneurs.  With a focus on supporting, not selling, every meeting is a positive opportunity to make new connections and learn skills that directly benefit the success of my business.
Toni Kent ( Blogger and Copywriter)

Joining the Athena network is without a doubt the best thing I’ve done in the years I’ve been in business.  Debbie Miles is clearly passionate about creating a vibrant and friendly environment within her four groups, and the impact it’s had has been not just increased referrals, but support, inspiration and friendships.
Margaret McDonnell (PR)

The Athena Network  has seamlessly helped me on my journey from a Corporate world to running my own business. It’s introduced me to fabulous members, many of which have become clients of mine. My very first event I met a new accountancy firm. We established a great relationship and have worked together ever since. I have used Athena members to help me…interior designer, photography, printing and in turn introduced my clients to Solicitors and Accountants that I’ve met via Athena. I use to dread networking – I look forward to the Athena meetings.
Caroline Mathews (Independent Financial Advisor)

I’m aware that time needs to be made to network, train, build, grow and to celebrate success and moan about the odd disaster, and for this I am so grateful to Athena. Were it not for this network and the monthly get togethers, one to ones and training options I am sure I would spend 100% of my time chained to the aga knee deep in venison casserole and pavlovas!
Joanna Teague (Caterer)

Contact The Athena Network

To find out more about The Athena Network in West Berkshire contact:

Debbie Miles
07891 503225

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