The Wessex Womens Network is run by successful business woman, Avril Owton MBE. Having realised the importance of networking in business, Avril combined her understanding and professionalism to give the Wessex Womens Network a unique vantage point.

Avril Owton MBE founder of the Wessex Womens Network

Contact Details:

t: 01590 622165

e: avril@cloudhotel.co.uk

Avril Owton MBE- Founder of the Wessex Womens Network

Avril Owton is the owner of The Cloud Hotel at Brockenhurst in The New Forest, England. A former professional dancer with The Tiller Girls, she took over the running of the hotel when her husband died suddenly at the age of 45, leaving her with an ailing family hotel, four children and no life or mortgage insurance.

Her show business background provided no experience in management,, administration, finance, or how to run a business, but that didn't stop Avril. She refurbished the hotel, began to make a significant profit and soon had increased her business turnover 800%.

In 2008 Avril was appointed an MBE for services to hospitality and charities in Hampshire.

Accolades awarded to Avril include:

  • Appointed an MBE for services to hospitality and charities in Hampshire
  • Honoree Member of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World
  • Chair of the Institute of Directors (regional)
  • Shine Woman of the Year
  • Hampshire Business Woman of the Year
  • Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality

Based on her successes, Avril wrote a book entitled "Delighting Your Customers" which is available to buy via Amazon, Waterstones and the publishers website, A&C Black. Please click the direct links below for more information or to purchase.

Amazon.com            ACBlack.com          Waterstones.com

Supporting Charity

Avril is a keen supporter of charities and their work and holds annual fund raising events for her chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, which has been recognised by being appointed an MBE.

For several years, The Cloud Hotel has played its part by participating annually in the World's Largest Coffee Morning which is an event organised by Macmillan Cancer Support which hosts local residents and guests at The Cloud Hotel.

The Macmillan dinner (organised and hosted by Avril) is traditionally held each year on the first Saturday in December, with Avril donating all proceeds from this special dinner to improve the quality of life for people living with cancer.To date Avril has raised over £25,000.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support !

Visit the website for Avril Owton's business, The Cloud Hotel, by clicking here

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