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 […]

Key appointment for Exeter’s CITY Community Trust

LEADING Exeter health and wellbeing charity, CITY Community Trust, is raising its profile in the business community with the appointment of new development manager Craig Townsend. The organisation, which is Exeter City Football Club’s partner charity and was formerly known as Football in the Community, has recently undergone a name change to more accurately reflect the work it is delivering across the greater Exeter area. The charity provides a range of activities to people of all ages, focussed on health, education, wellbeing and physical activity. With the appointment of Craig, it is now aiming to build on its community engagement […]

Bat box designs awarded top prize in architecture competition

Talented designers and students have been awarded top prizes in a design competition run by specialist conservation architecture firm, Jonathan Rhind Architects. Liz Greenwood was awarded the first-place prize of £250 in the over 16 category for her inspired design, which was judged to be both practical and adaptable, especially in Ecostyrocrete, with which the box is made using an aggregate that matches the wall to which it is mounted. Liz’s winning design will be made into a prototype and used on one of Jonathan Rhind Architects’ projects. The under 16 category was won by William Allen, a student at […]

The Importance of the Individual – IT Champion

Written By Matt Phillips, Managing Director – IT Champion When I think about the theme for the November Grow Exeter magazine, wellness in the workplace, I think about what we try to do to help our team handle the pressures of working in a business which effectively handles other people’s IT problems. Furthermore how we, as an IT Partner for many local businesses, can directly influence how IT challenges impact the people we support. Perhaps the hardest thing for me when we started IT Champion was getting used to people ringing us with problems –  not because of something we’ve […]

7 hidden forces that determine business success, from the man at Exeter’s helm; Karime Hassan.

Karime Hassan is the CEO of Exeter City Council.  His values driven, people focused, leadership style has elevated Exeter to its position as one of the most respected, growth focused, cities in the UK.  We sent our editor along to meet him and to delve deep into the mindset of one of Exeter’s true visionaries.   1. On having a clear vision When it comes to the public/private sector relationship, we need to be working with businesses and asking the fundamental question; “How can we help you”? “What are the barriers to your success and how can we help you […]

One Year On: The Royal Clarence

Hotel Owner’s Media statement: The Royal Clarence, Exeter  (25 October 2017) Reflecting on a year since the fire which tragically destroyed The Royal Clarence Hotel, John Badley, Regional General Manager and in charge of the hotel on the night, has been reflecting on his memories of the events of 28 October 2016. John comments, “It’s hard to believe the fire was a year ago.  In some ways, the memories for both myself, and the city, seem so recent, so it’s hard to believe it’s been a year already.  Work until now has been mostly to make the site safe and […]

Tiverton Cider Company – Aston Manor Cider Named Best In The World

Aston Manor Cider, the UK’s largest independent cider maker, which has a production site in Tiverton, has been lauded at a prestigious international award with its premium cider, Knights Malvern Gold, being named one of the best ciders in the world. Knights Malvern Gold, the cider maker’s premium Herefordshire cider, was hailed as the World’s Best Non-Sparkling Cider by the expert judges of the World Cider Awards. The World Cider Awards is an international competition that selects the very best in all the recognised styles of cider. Knights Malvern Gold had already been named the Best British (non-sparkling) cider in the […]

Isca Recruitment Celebrate Bumper First 6 Months!

October marks the first six months of Isca Recruitment trading with two new Directors. Lisa Thomas, the original Director, joined forces with Jo Blythe and Katie Lovemore back in April of this year and the business has gone from strength to strength. Lisa Thomas said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the level of support from our clients both old and new during the first six months of trading. We have had the usual challenges that face any small business, this was particularly prevalent during the Brexit vote but we are astounded just how well our first 6 months have gone.” […]

Dazed and Infused: Meet Powderkeg’s Newest Beer!

Devon’s freshest and most exciting brewery is releasing a particularly special this Autumn. “6ixes & 7evens” is a West Coast Amber Ale, or at least that’s the closest recognisable description they can offer for this uniquely different beer. The name refers to the precise muddle of six malts and seven hops that go into building the complex layers of flavour in what is a big and bold beer. It also reflects Powderkeg’s typically playful plan to brew something that is in no way sensible, only loosely categorisable and designed to leave the drinker somewhat discombobulated. The six malts used, including […]

Michael Wignall & Gidleigh Park awarded two Michelin stars

(Monday 2 October 2017)  Andrew Brownsword Hotels is celebrating following the announcement that Michael Wignall and Gidleigh Park have retained their two Michelin stars, following the release of the Michelin Guide 2018. Awarded to Michael in person at a star studded ceremony at The Brewery in London today, Monday 2 October, Gidleigh Park is one of just 20 restaurants across the UK to hold two Michelin stars in the new guide and the only one in Devon. Michael Wignall commented, “Retaining these stars is a huge honour and a well deserved reward for the team who work so hard every […]