Happiness. The New Productivity?

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Written by Jess Dunbar It’s a New Year – and isn’t the pursuit of happiness everyone’s ultimate resolution?   In fact, happiness seems to have been firmly on the nation’s agenda for some time.  Scandinavian ways of life have been hugely influential in Britain since last year’s obsession with “hygge” (a wellness trend based on living cosily), which was swiftly followed up with a succession of other ideologies.  And who are we to argue?  Fika; the habit of stopping for coffee with cake, or Lagom; the Swedish secret to contentment, all just sound too good to pass up. But what […]

swcomms installs new audio-visual solutions for Sandy Park

Grow Exeter Sandy Park

South West Communications Group has helped Sandy Park become one of the most technologically advanced conferencing facilities in the region following significant investment in new audio-visual equipment. The award-winning Sandy Park in Exeter has invested more than £60,000 to upgrade its facilities. swcomms installed 15 new plasma screens throughout the venue, including a 75” screen and a high definition camera for video conferencing use in its largest conference room, the Exeter Suite. Event attendees, speakers and organisers can now wirelessly connect their devices to these screens to easily display presentations and videos in high definition. swcomms has also installed video […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Innovation Hub of Exeter – Libraries Unlimited

Written by Stella Nicholls You don’t normally think of 3D printers and laser cutters when you think of a library, in fact the first thing that comes to mind would probably be books.  Whilst finding a good book, a digital magazine, audio or eBook is something that Exeter Library does provide in abundance, Libraries Unlimited offers so much more. Becoming an independent charity last year and running 50 libraries across Devon, Libraries Unlimited is at the heart of innovation, offering the latest technology to people, businesses, and schools across Devon.  As Exeter is the busiest of the libraries, staff are […]

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 […]