Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Could your business benefit from a £2,000 grant to invest in advice on business strategy? That’s just one of the topics at this month’s West Berkshire Athena Network meetings.

The Newbury North meeting takes place on Wednesday, 9th July at the Chequers Hotel where The Athena Network regional director Debbie Miles will present the ‘Business Fitness scorecard’ which enables business owners to measure how strong their firm is. She’ll then facilitate a discussion on quick ways to improve performance.

During the session’s “Network Strategy Training”, attendees will consider their own skill sets and consider what they’d write about if they were to publish a book.

The Hungerford group takes place at Audley Inglewood on Friday, 11th July where Jo Cooke of Tapioca Tidy and Hoarding Disorders UK will be discussing how decluttering can help your business. In the networking strategy training, members will discuss “how leaving your comfort zone can help your success in business”.

The Thatcham meeting takes place at the Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday 15th July, Debbie will present the business fitness scorecard again while Jackie Sandford of Flare Telecom will be talking about Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and how they relate to networking.

On Wednesday 16th July, the Newbury South group meets at Donnington Grove where the guest speaker will be Enterprise First, introducing the Government-funded scheme 'Growth Vouchers'. The scheme offers a grant of up to £2,000 to businesses trading more than a year for strategic business advice.

At this meeting, in the Network Strategy Training in “Talking Testimonials” attendees will learn how to give and receive effective recommendations.

All meetings take place from 12pm to 2pm for West Berkshire businesswomen. For more information, please email debbie.miles@theathenanetwork.com

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


The two Mitchells dealerships in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth have just taken their 200th Dacia order in just over a year since the “shockingly affordable” brand arrived in the UK.

Mitchells Dacia set itself the target of selling 50 Dacia models in its first year. When first launched, customers could choose from the Dacia Sandero supermini from just £5,995, or the Dacia Duster SUV from just £8,995 at launch.

Both attracted widespread positive reviews from the motoring press and motorists alike, who were impressed by their quality and affordability.

Since then, the Sandero Stepway supermini crossover and the Logan MCV (Maximum Capacity Vehicle - a five-seater estate) have been added to the range which has proved a hit with UK buyers who love its no-frills nature, high quality, styling and genuine all-terrain capability – all at an affordable price.

Matthew Huke-Jenner, managing director and owner of Mitchells, said: “We’re thrilled to mark the first anniversary of Dacia in the UK by handing over our 200th vehicle – a Stepway Laureate dCi. Local motorists really do expect value for money and we’ve been overwhelmed with demand for the Dacia line-up as it delivers on build quality, technology and safety.”

For more information, visit Mitchells on Long Road, Lowestoft ( 01502 500950 ) or Suffolk Road, Great Yarmouth ( 0844 249 5793 ) or click onto www.mitchellsdacia.co.uk


Friday, 6 June 2014

Lis Allen in Prima magazine!

We've been trying to get coverage for a great topic with a name that not all magazines are able to print so very, very excited to see Lis Allen from the Vagina Dialogues appearing in Prima magazine!

George Swift on BBC Berkshire radio

Who heard George Swift on BBC Berkshire talking to Tony Blackburn yesterday! One hour and six minutes in on why entrepreneurs are happier than employees


Thursday, 5 June 2014