Record Breaking 24 Oxford & Cambridge Offers for Exeter College Students

Exeter College today announced that a record breaking 24 students are holding offers to study at Oxford of Cambridge starting in 2018. A total of 17 student have been offered places at Oxford and seven at Cambridge in a diverse range of subjects from Medicine to Law. An outstanding five students were offered places to study Medicine at either Oxford or Cambridge, two of the most sought after medical programmes in the country. The successful students are from all corners of Devon and beyond, from a variety of schools. A remarkable 71% of students from Exeter College who were invited […]

HR Consultancy Provides Dedicated Help-line to Advise Carillion Suppliers

Grow Exeter Carillion

People Management and Development Consultancy, Human Capital Department have set up a telephone hotline to support companies affected by the Carillion collapse. The construction and services giant have 43,000 direct employees, with around half of these in the UK, and an estimated 30,000 small firms in the supply chain who are now owed money. Inevitably these firms must retrench; having to reduce working hours or make layoffs to ensure survival of their businesses. Peter Lawrence from Human Capital Department commented: “Our HR hotline advises businesses on all employment matters, including employment law from contractual implications of reduced hours to guiding […]

Interview with….. Jackie Jenks OBE

Grow Exeter Jackie Jenks

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 […]

India Meets….. The Deep South FreeRunning Team

Grow Exeter Deep South Free Running

Written By India Nye, Photography by Tom Taylor We all want to turn our deeply loved hobbies into a business opportunity, to feel as if we aren’t working at all. That’s exactly what the team Captain of Deep South, Exeter’s own free-running group, is trying to do. I met up with Tom Taylor and his teammate Ed Scott, in Artigiano, to talk all things free-running; a sport I had very limited knowledge of.  One of the things I was curious about, was the point at which Tom realised that his hobby could be so much more. “I think it’s mainly due […]

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 […]

Head of Devon’s reinvigorated library service reveals the secrets to their success

Head of Devon’s reinvigorated library service to reveal what it takes to pioneer a social enterprise in unchartered territory, at a time of austerity In 2014, the future of Devon’s 50 public libraries was called into question when Devon County Council, the then service provider, had to save £1.5m from its library service budget over three years. By 2016, after extensive public consultation, independent charity and social enterprise Libraries Unlimited, took over the running of the library service following a spin-out from the county council. In its short life span, the charity has reinvigorated the service, is on track to […]

Sandra Sampson…… It all starts with you!

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Inspirational & emphatic, Sandra Sampson exudes a positivity & razor-like focus, unlike any other. There is simply no barrier, no obstacle that she believes cannot be overcome; a mere 20 minutes in her company will have you reaching for the stars and eating them for breakfast. I caught up with one of the city’s most influential and respected coaches, at the Hotel Du Vin, and kicked troublesome worries into touch along the way.    Sandra, if I were to write a list of the most influential women in Exeter today, your name would very […]

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.  […]

The Bear Trail….. Dare to Bear!

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen In a world focused on image, the latest technology and meeting deadlines, there’s something incredibly liberating about the idea of getting outdoors, letting loose, getting really muddy and having a whole load of fun in the process….. The Bear Trail, a muddy adventure trail, located just 20 mins outside of the city, is not only the best new party destination for kids in the know, it’s also attracting many of the region’s corporate high flyers who are closing laptops, diverting calls and heading out for some good old-fashioned, down and dirty, team building.  […]

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, […]