Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The Athena Network West Berkshire -February events

West Berkshire businesswomen can find out more about PR and image at lunchtime networking events hosted by The Athena Network in February.

The first event of the month is held at the Bear Hotel in Hungerford on Friday, 8th February and will include a discussion about the benefits of direct mail as part of an integrated marketing strategy by Claire Stevens from Keeps Printing.

The Newbury North Athena Network group meets at the Donnington Valley Hotel on Wednesday, 13th February and will include a talk by Clare Sheffield of S & T Design who will be discussing what makes a successful brand identity.

Thatcham businesswomen are invited to a lunchtime networking event hosted by The Athena Network at the Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday, 19th February. The event includes a talk by Victoria Lochhead of Newbury Image and Colour on “understanding colour and improving your confidence."

Finally, the Newbury South group meets on Wednesday, 20th February at the Hilton Hotel on Pinchington Lane where visitors will gain advice on what makes a good press release.

All events take place from 12pm to 2pm. For more information, contact Debbie Miles 07891 503225 or debbie.miles@theathenanetwork.com

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Friday, 11 January 2013

The Athena Network, Thatcham - February

Thatcham businesswomen are invited to a lunchtime networking event hosted by The Athena Network at the Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday, 19th February.

The event takes place from 12pm to 2pm and includes a talk by Victoria Lochhead of Newbury Image and Colour on “understanding colour and improving your confidence."

For more information, contact Debbie Miles on 07891 503225 or debbie.miles@theathenanetwork.com

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

DACIA SANDERO AND RENAULTSPORT ARE WHAT CAR? 2013 WINNERS



Renault was celebrating an incredible win at the prestigious What Car? 2013 awards last night when the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Cup scooped the title for best hot hatch over £22,000 for an unprecedented fourth year running.

Meanwhile, Renault’s “shockingly affordable” Dacia brand, which has only just reached the UK took the title of “best supermini under £12,000” for the Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe 90 Ambiance.






It takes a very special model to win a title four times and What Car? was full of on-going admiration for the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Cup praising its “coupé-like good looks with muscular haunches and a purposeful stance as well as explosive performance.”
Renault’s Mégane Renaultsport 265 Cup beat off competition in much higher price brackets once again and won plaudits for its “fantastic body control, balance and grip”, adding: “Nothing gets close to the Mégane Renaultsport Cup if you're after hardcore hot hatch thrills.”

It’s a great start to the year for Renault which has just launched the Dacia Sandero and the Dacia Duster in the UK. However, despite being a newcomer to the UK market, Dacia has already won plenty of awards for its practicality and affordability with the What Car? accolade being the latest welcome addition.


The Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Ambiance is priced from just £7,395 and was described by the What Car? Panel as ‘something genuinely new and different, in that it brings real space for bargain prices. That’s an admirable achievement.’

They added: “You'll have to look in the used car classifieds to find comparably priced rivals to the Sandero. Even then, you won't find many second-hand superminis that come with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, and even fewer that offer the sort of space the Sandero does.The turbocharged engine is fun and willing, and the Dacia is generally a practical, pleasant thing to live with. “


The What Car? Awards are covered online at www.whatcar.com and in the magazine’s Awards edition on sale now.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope 2013 is a success for you and your business! I'm sure that gaining awareness and raising your profile is one of your new year's resolutions, so tomorrow, I'll be posting up some tips on writing a press release.

I've written them for tomorrow's presentation to the Athena Network - hope the ladies of Newbury north are ready!

In other news, at the beginning of February, I'll be unveiling my new antiques stall by the front door of Hungerford Arcade! I'm preparing stock today, so thought I'd reveal the first items!



1. A picnic hamper - £12
Please, please let us have some sunny days so that someone can enjoy this!




http://pinterest.com/pin/200058408419084938/


2. Vintage children's books



The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico £1.50

Five go to Smuggler's Top by Enid Blyton £1

King Arthur and his Knights £1

Jennings and Darbyshire by Anthony Buckeridge £8

Jennings goes to school by Anthony Buckeridge £4

Just William by Richmal Crompton £1





3. A Chinese Abacus and a book on how to use it £5

The Friendship book of Francis Gay from 1958 £2.50

Sherborne Camera - historic photos of Sherborne, Dorset by Katherine Barker