Bernadette Sarginson

Regional Director

Nottingham born Serial Entrepreneur and Business Professional, Bernadette Sarginson, is the founder of Empower Coaching and Training™ and The DeClutter Doctor™ as well as being a qualified Lawyer and Tax Technician. Her previous enterprises include an Interior Design Consultancy and successful Weight Management Franchises in both West Bridgford and Melton Mowbray. She was Head Hunted by Leicestershire County Council in 2015/16 to Project Manage the highly successful Idea to Enterprise Programme, supporting women in business in Leicestershire, alongside the roll out of Superfast Broadband.

Bernadette is a qualified NLP Practitioner, Coach, Trainer and Mentor who understands the potency of mind-power and has worked with large, medium and small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to help them achieve growth and success.

She said: “Both Nottingham and Leicester are vibrant Cities with a long history of entrepreneurial energy, spirit and creative excellence. I launched The Athena Network in the East Midlands because I am passionate about nurturing, supporting and inspiring local businesswomen to succeed, and also to play an active role in the future success of both Cities.”

The Athena Network Nottingham & Leicester is a non-competitive and fun networking, sharing, learning and business doing environment. Members gain a cooperative platform to promote their business and access The Athena Network International and other resources. Only one member business from each business sector is allowed per group, so it really is first come, first served after you have experienced a Launch Event or visited a group.

Bernadette is on a mission to use her many years of business and personal development knowledge and experience to help local business women to grow and develop themselves and their businesses holistically. Her reason for bringing The Athena Network to Nottingham and Leicester is to welcome you, and help you achieve the success you deserve, by creating a supportive, energised and collaborative environment for women to thrive.

With the launch of The DeClutter Doctor™, and on joining the professional association for the organising industry in the UK, APDO, Bernadette was quickly enlisted onto the executive team into the role of APDO Policy Advisor, and Chair of the Management Committee, and she held both influential roles for 3 years, helping to shape and develop the Association.

A keen outdoor and gardening enthusiast, past Chair of the local PTA (a post she held for 3 years), Bernadette is also a purple belt at kick-boxing although she promises not to break into any moves at any of the meetings!.

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