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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Interview with….. Jackie Jenks OBE

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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 […]

A Man With A Vision… Owen Richards

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Owen Richards is a man with a vision. Dynamic and driven, his game-changing, can do attitude has, in the last three months alone, secured his Exeter based company; Air Marketing, contracts worth over a million pounds in additional revenue for 2018.  I caught up with the man behind one of the city’s fastest growing marketing companies to talk mentoring and finding ways to make it happen.  Owen, it’s great to meet with you this morning. As usual, we’ll jump straight in. I know that the whole idea and ethos of coaching and mentoring […]

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 8th Habit – Pete Beaumont

Written by Tracey Duke With a focus on designing cutting edge learning programmes, for the world’s leading blue chip corporations; BT, Citigroup, Accenture, & Thomson Reuters being just a few, Pete Beaumont knows a thing or two about nurturing talent within high performing teams. A passionate mentoring professional, he has supported leaders, and professionals in over 30 countries across the globe. I caught up with the former SVP and Global Learning Director of Citigroup, to get to the core of what it means to mentor and the vital importance of taking the time to invest in yourself.  Pete good morning! Thanks […]

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 […]