A Platform For Growth… BalconyTV Exeter

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Take an early morning stroll along Exeter’s quayside and, if you’re lucky, you may just stumble upon one of Exeter’s most successful digital ventures. Samuel Jones, is one of 70 locations around the globe, and one of just two in the UK, to host the Sony music owned BalconyTV sessions. The New York based company, lists Exeter in their top three global locations. We caught up with the husband and wife team of Matt & Kate Calder, who, with support from Visit Exeter, are helping to keep the city’s music scene, well and […]

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 […]

Horizon Academy Offer Half Price Jiu-Jitsu Classes This January

Exeter’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experts Horizon Academy are offering half-price classes to you and a friend if you both sign up for a month of classes in January 2018! At least one of you must be completely brand new to the academy, and all levels are welcome. As New Year’s Resolutions are made, why not introduce a new skill into your life and take on the creative martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. More than just a means of exercise, Horizon Academy owners Zak Reed and Aki Alexander started the academy in June 2017 as they both feel passionate about […]

Kirsty Barker – My Morning Routine

Kirsty Barker is an Exeter based Landscape Architect.  She also happens to be part of a three woman team in training for the biggest challenge of their lives later this year; a 3000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean!  It’s a 90 day challenge that would bring the strongest of us to our knees! We caught up with Kirsty earlier this month to find out how she gets her day in gear…. How does your morning get going? Before I begin, I should probably mention that I am rowing the Atlantic next December, so now as well as working 9-5 […]

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, […]

The Adventures of Alan ‘Troubleshooting’ – Part.2

Written by Alan Hancock Troubleshooting: How to solve most computer problems yourself. 1. Click. Click repeatedly and in varied patterns. If that doesn’t work, stop and try clicking harder a few times, click as hard as you can on the mouse button, leaning into the screen as if simply willing it to happen will make it so. If attempting to be Matilda fails, try a couple more clicks before turning around and gesturing at the screen like a child appealing to their mother for sibling justice. Try saying “I’m clicking the thing there but it’s just not working” with incredulous […]

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 […]

Hunter and the Bear – Exclusive Interview

Written by Tracey Duke I’ll be honest catching up with Hunter and the Bear, was more than a little self-indulgent. Not only do they rock out some of the best tunes I’ve heard but they also happen to be, despite their rock star image, four of the most humble, fun and down to earth guys I know.  A favourite of music critics, across the globe, I caught up with Jimmy, Will, Chris and Gareth in Kensington High Street’s Hand & Flower to talk music tech, breaking free and social media.  So guys, first of all, thank you so much for taking […]

My Morning Routine with Cath Hill

Cath Hill is, undeniably, a driving force for the good in Exeter.  Beautiful, charismatic and passionate about her home city, Cath was the woman at the heart of Exeter’s RWC2015 award winning Host City Legacy. Two years on from the city’s most successful sporting event, she now stands as Marketing, Tourism & Sports Manager for Exeter City Council, as an Ambassador for RWC2015 legacy BEEP. We caught up with the woman at the heart of the campaign; Visit Exeter, to talk morning routines….  What is your morning routine?  I tend to wake up at 6 am. My routine always involves […]

Olly Woodburn – My Morning Routine

Olly Woodburn is a firm favourite with fans, both on and off the pitch, having been crowned last year as the Exeter Chiefs Player of the Year. Arguably one of the finest wingers in the premiership today, we can certainly vouch for Olly being as awesome off the pitch, as he is on.  A truly humble, grounded guy, he also happens to be pretty handy with the camera, taking the spot as this month’s guest photographer for Grow. Huge thanks go to Canonteign Falls for their hospitality and a truly fantastic afternoon for our shoot with polar explorer Ann Daniels. […]