Friday, 14 December 2012

The Athena Network Christmas lunch marks the end of a successful 2012 for West Berkshire businesswomen.

West Berkshire businesswomen held a “Come Dine with Me” style lunch to celebrate the end of a successful year for The Athena Network.

The Christmas social took place at Woodspeen Manor and saw members from all four of The Athena Network’s local groups in Hungerford, Thatcham and Newbury North and South, come together for networking and informal festive fun.

Motivational speaker and personal development coach Lis Allen gave an entertaining talk on ‘How to survive your family at Christmas’ while fellow member Linda Benson from Mint Tulip florals showed guests how to arrange their festive tablecentres.

Debbie Miles, regional director of The Athena Network for West Berkshire said: “We have four separate networking groups running in West Berkshire, so the Christmas social provides an opportunity for members to meet other businesswomen they might not normally encounter.

“We all had great fun and though it was informal, it was productive for everyone who came. It’s topped off a very good year for The Athena Network with thousands of pounds of business created.

“I’d like to wish all of our members a Happy Christmas and would invite any local businesswomen who want to give their networking a boost in 2013 to come and meet us in January.”

The next meetings are: Wednesday, 9th January at Donnington Valley Hotel for Newbury north with a talk on how to build relationships with the press; Friday, 11th January at the Bear Hotel for Hungerford on “personal branding” with Vikki Champion of Vie Photography; Tuesday, 15th January at the Regency Park Hotel for Thatcham with a talk on “business protection” from Caroline Matthews of CSM Financial Solutions and Wednesday, 16th January at the Hilton, Pinchington Lane for Newbury South with a talk on tax efficiency from Ginette Higgs of Lynchpin Accounting. All take place from 12pm to 2pm. For more information, contact Debbie Miles on 07891 503225 or

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