Gergana Panteva – Economic Development Officer at Devon County Council (DCC); Economy, Enterprise and Skills service.

Gergana Panteva – Economic Development Officer at Devon County Council (DCC); Economy, Enterprise and Skills service.

Biggest professional achievement to date?

Setting up and developing the Devon Delivers Ambassadors’ programme to promote the county, attract new business and encourage economic growth.

Most profound/life-changing, business moment?

That moment when you have made a difference to a person’s life: whether it is helping a business find an essential stream of funding, or navigating a young person towards a rewarding career path.

Best life advice ever received?

Seek advice and consult with others, but make your decisions on your own. Then you will have the confidence to stand by your decision.  

Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?

Be bold in your aspirations and focus on what really matters to you. Reach out & connect with individuals and businesses that inspire you. Focus on your strengths, develop further what you have a gift for, and have the courage to follow your passion.

Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

The Tale of Cipollino by Gianni Rodari. From an early age it fuelled my sense of justice and having the courage to fight for what I believe is right.

Heartfelt belief?

When you are true to your heart, have integrity, work hard and believe in what you do, you will eventually reap the benefits of your success.


“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right”

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100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’ – AVAILABLE NOW!





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