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Business News for 18th September 2008 :: Watford Football Club and Women In Business Networking Group

Raj Athwal


Sat 13 Sep 2008

AFTER driving forward with a number of creative matchday corporate packages, Watford FC has struck another first by becoming the first football club in Britain to forge links with the Women in Business Network (WIBN).

As part of a project to engage with local businesses, the Golden Boys, led by Head of Corporate Raj Athwal, have created an innovative and ground-breaking partnership.

Watford have been in discussions with representatives from the local WIBN branch and today (Friday) met at Vicarage Road.

The link-up is part of the wider Operation Business 1st - serving the needs of the Hertfordshire and London Business community. Further initiatives will be announced where the Hornets will be engaging with small, medium and large businesses to develop their brand alongside Watford FC.

The WIBN bring like-minded women together in structured monthly lunchtime meetings. WIBN members are business owners or employed business women who are looking to promote their businesses and gain more contacts and clients. With over 50 groups nationwide already, WIBN is rapidly expanding.

Watford's Raj Athwal said: "We're very proud to be the first club in Britain to develop links with the Women In Business Network.

"Now we have to take this on and develop the relationship further. Our superb location in Watford is fantastic for businesses in Hertfordshire and London and we want to work alongside WIBN and other companies and help them grow and develop their businesses."

Featured in the photo (from left to right) is Harsha Moore of Oliver Moore Solicitors, Shirley Batten-Smith (chair) of Justamo Financial Planning, Raj Athwal of Watford FC, Sally Wilson of Palace Theatre and Lorraine Marshall of Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce. Not pictured but a member of the Watford In Business council is Amanda Woods of Topaz Blue Limited.

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