A new business group will be launched for women who want to network during their lunch breaks.

The Athena Network is due to have its first meeting in the area between noon and 2pm on February 27 at the Olive Tree restaurant in Loughton High Road.

Regional director Stella Fehmi said: “Our group will give business women in Loughton a chance to find new customers without cold-calling or high-pressure selling.”

To book a place, call Ms Fehmi on 07889 923719 or for more information, visit http://theathenanetwork.co.uk.