Interview with….. Jackie Jenks OBE

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen A pioneer in the field of mentoring, Jackie has led and advised on numerous enterprise support and mentoring programmes for high profile names, charities, and organisations across the UK. Pearsons, The Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyds Foundations, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, the UK and Belgium Governments and the charity, School of Hard Knocks, are just a few she works with. We made the drive to Jackie’s home, near Watergate Bay, in Cornwall, to meet with one of the UK’s most sought-after mentors.  Jackie thank you so much for meeting with me here […]

Catching up with… William Laitinen

Written by Joff Alexander-Frye It isn’t every day that you meet someone for a coffee and end up having your mindset expanded. This is exactly what happened though,  when I recently had the pleasure of meeting William Laitinen, the Managing Director of global recruitment firm Exige International, at Hotel du Vin in Exeter. After we had made our initial introductions (and ordered a round of, what I have found to be, some of the finest coffee in Exeter) William went on to talk me through his fascinating personal history. He explained how he had moved to Devon as a young […]

Ollie Phillips – Living an Extraordinary Life

Written by Tracey Duke, Ollie Phillips is one of life’s true adventurers; constantly challenging himself to grow and develop his skill set.  During the course of his 14 year professional rugby career, Ollie captained his country in three Seven’s World Cup tournaments and was voted the ‘Best Sevens Player in the World’ in 2009. He also happens to be one of life’s true gems, knowing a thing or two about turning challenges into opportunities and on setting his heights high. I caught up with the man I’m proud to call a friend, in London’s Embankment. Ollie, as always, let’s jump straight […]

An Interview with… Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of Flybe.

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen With a background in aeronautical engineering and the travel industry, French born Christine Ourmières- Widener; CEO of the UK’s largest regional airline Flybe, currently heads up a workforce of 2,400 employees.  She holds one of the highest profile roles in the industry and is respected, across the globe, by both industry peers and staff alike.  Christine is, without a doubt, one of the most inspirational women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting; calm, focused and genuinely invested in the well-being of her staff, she truly is a role model for us all.  […]

Team Spirit….. with Salcombe Gin’s Howard Davies

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Olly Woodburn  Deep in the heart of the small harbour town of Salcombe, on the south coast of Devon, lies a business that, in just a few short years, has secured itself a status as one of the UK’s leading gin distilleries.  A brand steeped in history and tradition, Salcombe Gin, oozing with sophistication and style, is so much more than a drink; it’s an immersive experience attracting customers from across the globe to its beautiful home on the edge of the stunning Salcombe Estuary.  We caught up with co-founder Howard Davies, earlier this month, […]

Paul Tisdale…. Play to your Strengths

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Olly Woodburn As part of a new series of interviews for 2018, we’re continuing our quest to bring you the wisest of words from our most successful leaders. We’ve sourced a set of eleven powerful questions that are designed to delve deep, get to the core and evoke the rawest of responses.  We kick 2018 off with an interview with Exeter City Football Manager; Paul Tisdale. One of the most experienced and respected managers in the game, Paul talks openly and honestly about making relationships a priority, about his approach to failure and about playing […]

Flybe Launches ‘One Million Seat Sale’ – Don’t miss out!

  Up to 20% off selected flights Includes many operated by Flybe’s franchise partners Blue Islands and Stobart Air Limited for booking 4th January – 10th January 2018 Effective for ravel 30th January – 11th July 2018 Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today launched its January Sale with up to 20% off of one million seats on selected routes across the UK and Europe including routes operated by Flybe’s Franchise partners Blue Islands and Stobart Air. Bookings can be made from today (Thursday 4th January) through to midnight on Wednesday 10th January, 2018 at www.flybe.com effective for travel between 30th […]

100 Most Influential Women in Exeter 2018 – Nominate Here

In preparation for our March ‘Women in Business’ edition of Grow Exeter Magazine, we are looking for the 100 most influential women in Exeter and the region. As part of this we are opening up the opportunity to the public to nominate women for this list. These amazing women, if successful, will then be featured in our March edition, including a photo shoot, profile piece and a framed personalised certificate. Deadline for nominations is Jan 20th, 2018. All nominations will be researched and considered. Please take time to nominate someone!     If you want to pre-order your copy of this edition […]

An Interview with… World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography Pip Andersen Brett Gosper is the epitome of charm and elegance; respectful, distinguished and with the air of a man who knows his standing in life. With a marketing career spanning over 30 years, he also knows a thing or two about product placement and branding; on a global scale. Pip & I caught up with the man at the helm of World Rugby, in Wimbledon’s Cannizaro House Hotel, to talk cutting edge innovation, sliding doors, and good old-fashioned values.  Brett, thank you so much for taking time out for me today. Our paths missed crossing on […]

ASTON MANOR CIDER TRIPLE TOP TO ROUND OF A RECORD BREAKING YEAR

Aston Manor Cider is toasting success as 2017 draws to a close with another raft of award wins. Several of Aston Manor’s premium and mainstream ciders were recognised at the International Bottle and Packer Awards with a Gold medal for Kingstone Press Wild Berry, Silver for Kingstone Press Classic Apple and Friels First Pressed Vintage and a Diploma for Knights Malvern Oak. The business also received a Gold medal and Diploma for the innovative packaging for their Friels First Press Vintage 330ml can and mini-keg. Having surpassed in August the previous benchmark for accolades in a single year, the UK’s […]