The Extra Mile – Mark Godfrey – Top Tips for Turning a Business Around

  Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Deep in the heart of Devonshire countryside, just 20 mins from Exeter, lies the hidden gem that is The Deer Park Country House. If you haven’t visited recently, then you’ve missed a treat of a transformation. The original house, dating back to 1755, was built to entertain and impress and boy does it do that now! With over a million pounds recently invested, this stunning building now plays host to some of the most impressive, beautiful weddings and events; over delivering in every possible way. But it wasn’t always this way. Just a few short […]

Flybe pilots take flight in new uniform!

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has given its 650-strong pilot workforce a brand new look that complements the striking purple uniforms of its cabin crew. The new navy uniform for its pilots features a stylishly fitted jacket with distinctive platinum epaulettes and stripes that clearly designate the rank of Captain (four stripes), Senior First Officer (three) and First Officer (two). Designed with full crew participation, the brief was for it to be a quality, comfortable, user-friendly outfit to better reflect the airline’s forward looking image than the previous somewhat dated look. Flybe worked closely with PVM, another Exeter-based business which […]

TEDxExeter Announces Line-up For Sold Out Event

TEDxExeter has announced its line-up of national and internationally recognised speakers for its seventh annual ideas festival to be held this spring. The sold out event, which will take place on Friday 20th April, will address worldwide issues from the economy, environment and business to human rights, mental health and communication, under the overarching theme ‘Connect’. In the line-up will be Brendan Cox, co-founder of More in Common and husband of the late Jo Cox MP, who was murdered by a far-right extremist in 2016. Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter, said: “In this challenging climate where many communities […]

Business Owner Pays Tribute to IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad

One of the UK’s leading tax experts today led the condolences for IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, after the death of the Swedish furniture magnate yesterday aged 91. David Redfern, a tax preparation specialist and founder of DSR Tax Claims, paid tribute to the famed entrepreneur and spoke of how Mr Kamprad had motivated him in his own business ventures. Redfern expressed his sadness at the passing of Mr Kamprad and of how he had been inspired in business by the inventiveness and creativity of the IKEA founder:  “The business world has lost one of its greatest innovators in Ingvar Kamprad. […]

Building a Lean, Mean Business Machine

In these testing economic times, business efficiency is crucial, but how to achieve it isn’t always obvious. Some of the coveted strategies of how to achieve sustainable business growth will be presented by the Director of South West Growth Service and management consultant, Chris Lorimer as part of The STEMM Cell series of presentations aimed at the business community, at Exeter Science Park this spring. His presentation, ‘Lean mean business machine’ will focus on how businesses can be as productive and profitable as possible. The talk will be on Wednesday, February 7th, 5pm–6.30pm. Chris explained: “I will be talking about […]

Releasing Your Inner Entrepreneur

DEVELOPING an ‘entrepreneurial mind-set’ will be the theme of a networking and training event being organised for administrative staff in Exeter next month. The event is being run by the Exeter PA Network, the networking and development organisation for all personal, executive and administrative assistants in Exeter and surrounding areas. Key note speaker, Rachael Howourth of Momentum South West, will be encouraging delegates to develop their entrepreneurial mind-set in order to heighten their chances for success and ability to spot opportunities for themselves and their organisations. The event will take place on Thursday, February 22 at the Hotel du Vin […]

Five of the Best Airport Hotels in the World

Airport hotels are best known for their convenience and practicality, which can mean the prospect of staying in one is less than thrilling. We’ve identified some of the best airport hotels in the world, that feature incredible amenities, world-class service and state of the art technology.   1. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Boasting a gym, spa, several restaurants and a swimming pool surrounded by rainforest-style gardens, you would never guess the Crowne Plaza is located in Terminal 3 of Singapore’s Changi Airport. It offers ultramodern rooms outfitted with the latest technology, and provides easy access to the Singapore Expo, business […]

Finance in the South West: Flagship Event Returns for 2018

Grow Exeter Finance

PKF Francis Clark is set to be hosting their annual flagship ‘Finance in the South West’ event for the sixth time, this year. Delegates at last year’s event described ‘Finance in the South West’ as “an excellent summary of the competitive funding landscape” and “really good, a successful regional event with an impressive line-up of keynote speakers”. More than a dozen sources of funding, covering grant, debt and equity, as well as business support agencies will be presenting this year. ‘Short and sharp’ presentations will allow delegates to initially assess which funding stream or funder best matches their requirements. PKF […]

Happiness. The New Productivity?

Grow Exeter Wire Creative

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 […]

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 […]