KLC client inspires women to help save the economy

A woman’s work is never done…

And the next job on the list of Essex women, is to help save the economy.

With only 15 per cent of its sole trader members being female, the Federation of Small Business (FSB) believes getting more women into business roles could contribute £23bn to the UK economy.

A spokesman said: “We need to look at things like developing female mentors to help women start businesses and women-only networks.”

KLC client the Athena Network is pulling out the stops to inspire women in the county to do their bit and have the connections and the support to start their own businesses.

Suki Fusi, a mother-of-five who runs two businesses including Athena in Maldon and Chelmsford, said: “Our meetings give women the opportunity to stand up in front of a friendly audience and practise giving presentations about their business. You will make close friendships, but always with a business focus.

“The groups are a support network of professionals who can give you advice or simply be there to listen when you’ve had a bad day – or great success – you want to share. We see it as having a board room at your finger tips.

“We know people are watching every penny they spend at the moment. But, we see joining a group such as ours as an investment rather than an expense. We are connecting you, not only with the women in the room, but also the extended network of people they know outside of the group.”

All women running their own business or looking for help in starting up are invited to go along to a visitor day on Thursday February 10 at Five Lakes, in Maldon, between 12pm and 2pm.

Motivational speaker Sheila Steptoe, who turned her life around to become a successful business woman, will be on hand to inspire and give ideas and insight into achieving success.

Contact Suki Fusi to book your place on suki.fusi@theathenanetwork.com

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