Friday, 18 October 2013

Internationally-renowned leadership guru and best-selling author Penny Ferguson speaks at the Athena Network West Berkshire!

Internationally-renowned leadership guru and best-selling author Penny Ferguson will be one of the guest speakers this month at the Athena Network.

Penny Ferguson, who is the author of The Living Leader, will speak to West Berkshire businesswomen at the Newbury south group at La Tasca in Newbury Market Square on Wednesday, 20th November.

Penny has helped unlock the leadership potential of thousands in her development programme, and will be sharing her thoughts on personal leadership. This will include the three key elements; effective communication, taking responsibility and challenging how people think.

Former journalist Margaret McDonnell will talk at the Hungerford group at Audley Inglewood on Friday, 8th November on how to write a press release and develop a relationship with newspapers and magazines.

The Newbury north group takes place at Donnington Valley Golf Club on Wednesday, 13th November where Caroline Matthews of CSM Financial Solutions will be offering advice and discussion about Business Protection.

Caroline will speak on how to protect businesses and their owners in worst case scenarios.

Karen Garley of HR Vision will speak at the Thatcham Athena Network meeting on November 19th at the Regency Park Hotel Thatcham. She will guide the audience on how to stay motivated during those times when enthusiasm is below par.

Debbie Miles, regional director of The Athena Network in West Berkshire said: “As ever, it’s a pleasure to host meetings for local businesswomen and to watch them develop professionally, create alliances and grow their businesses. If you’re a woman in business who wants to grow your network in a fun way, then please come and experience a meeting. We’re always delighted to welcome new faces.”

All events take place from 12pm to 2pm. For more information, email or visit

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Kimpton mother prepares for Fire Walk to raise money for son's life-changing trike

A mother from Kimpton, near Andover, is taking part in a fire walk to raise money to buy a specialist trike for her young son.

Sharon Kennedy is raising funds in order to purchase a Tomcat Trike which would be life-changing for her four-year-old son Cameron who suffers from sensory processing difficulties, social communication difficulties and Dyspraxia.

Cameron can only walk short distances before pain and fatigue set in, meaning the Tomcat trike would enable him to become more mobile and independent.

Sharon is hoping to raise £600 towards the cost of the £1,873 trike with the additional funding coming from a grant from Cerebra, a specialist charity that helps children with neurological problems.

Sharon said: “Cameron and I went to try out the trike and it brought a tear to my eye to see him pedalling for short distances without help with the biggest smile on his face. The trike would mean that he could do things that other children can do, such as coming with me when I walk the dog. “

The fire walk takes place on 31st October in Newbury and is being run by specialists Bigger Brighter Bolder who are holding the event on Halloween to empower local business owners.

Sharon found the fire walk event online and contacted organisers Tracey Miller and George Swift.

She joked: “I wanted to do something a little bit different to raise money and this is shorter than a traditional sponsored walk.”

Tracey Miller, BBB director added: “As specialists in developing the mindset for success, our fire walk workshop is designed to help people overcome the fear and doubt that gets in the way of their success by actually showing the mind what’s possible. We’re delighted Sharon’s chosen our event and as well as raising money to help buy the trike, which will be life-changing for Cameron, we hope Sharon gets something really special for herself too.”

For more information on the fire walk, click onto or to sponsor Sharon, click onto


Thursday, 3 October 2013

A very important announcement - warning contains fudge: Get Your Fudge Fix with New ‘Fudgey Fridays’ Delivery Box

Buttermilk Confections, expert creators of traditional Cornish fudge, have announced the launch of mouth-watering ‘Fudgey Fridays’, where fans can get their fix of decadent fudge delivered to their door every month. The fudge subscription service will see a tasty tray of treats drop onto doormats monthly for a treat that will set the taste buds tingling. With classic flavours like Belgian Chocolate and Cornish Clotted Cream, or adventurous varieties like Blueberry Cheesecake or Double Deadly, no month will ever pass by without a hearty helping of fudge again. David Goad, Managing Director of Buttermilk Confections says, “We are very excited to launch Fudgey Fridays and offer subscribers a regular helping of our award-winning fudge direct to their door. Our distinctive fudge is crafted with care by expert fudge makers using traditional old recipes that are too good to keep to yourself. Share them around the office or give them as gifts.”

Each tray will contain two different flavours so recipients can tailor-make their own Fudgey Friday. There will be themed trays, taster options and the classic flavours that everyone loves to ensure that each package is a decadent treat that will always satisfy. Whether sampling a brand new flavour, enjoying something different like Blackjack, or Apricot Brandy fudge, or savouring the classic taste of caramel fudge, each package will contain an explosion of flavour, with the smooth and creamy texture that can only come from handmade treats.

The fudge fix will drop onto doormats on the last Friday of every month, offering a payday treat that screams indulgence. There are a range of different subscriptions available ranging from three to twelve months, and membership includes an induction into the fudgey family at Buttermilk Confections. Subscribers will receive signed cards, newsletters and personalised emails offering the latest updates about fudge flavours, new themed trays and other offers from Buttermilk Confections.

For those who know a friend who is crazy for fudge, there is an introduction service which allows members to invite one friend per month. Each new member will get to experience their next Fudgey Friday for free, with benefits for the person extending the invitation too. Fudgey Fridays also make a great office snack to incentivise employees on that last Friday of the month. Leave them open near the coffee machine or hand them round and make Fudgey Fridays a celebration for the whole workplace.

For more information about Fudgey Fridays and to subscribe, visit


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

How to double your prices!

If you run your own business and you’ve ever wistfully dreamt of earning more money while working fewer hours, then Newbury mindset mentoring firm Bigger Brighter Bolder is holding a workshop that could help you do just that.

BBB is holding two interactive “Double Your Prices” workshops on Wednesday, 16th October and Wednesday, 6th November from 7pm to 9.30pm.

Run by BBB director George Swift, the workshop takes a look at the mindset behind pricing, value and self-worth. It will challenge your thinking as a company owner and offer clear and concise models to help you change the way you look at your business.

He said: “For many entrepreneurs setting their pricing can be extremely daunting and they often feel that price is the only factor that they can compete on. In fact, they are offering a unique service to their customers. This workshop will help participants understand why it’s essential to raise prices. Raising prices is good for you and contrary to what you might think, it also benefits your clients and ultimately your whole industry.”

The workshop takes place in Benham Hill and tickets cost £25. Places are limited and can be booked by emailing