Sarah James: Director of The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey & Made by Hand Events Ltd. Both Non-Profit.

Sarah James: Director of The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey & Made by Hand Events Ltd. Both Non-Profit.

Biggest professional achievement to date

Winning overall Winner of Winners for The Contemporary Craft Festival at the South West Tourism Awards 2018 against 123 businesses from across the South West & staying in business for 15 years!


Most profound/life-changing, business moment

Joining the Board of the Craft Festival in 2004. We’re a non-profit making company so we don’t have shares but it gave me security.


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

Follow your instincts. Take chances. Say yes as much as possible and don’t take no for an answer. And if you’re not having fun, stop!


Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

The autobiography of Frida Kahlo. A true warrior and artist that lived life to the full whilst enduring much personal and physical pain.


What does 2018 hold for you?

Very, very busy year, launching new event, Made by Hand, Cheltenham on March 10-11 at the Town Hall. We’re moving into new offices and looking forward to The Craft Festival, Nourish Festival and our event in Cardiff, Made by Hand.


Heartfelt belief

Family first & be kind.


“Follow your passion. The rest will follow.”



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 fell in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists have each been featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March and April so keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the #100WomenExeter, you are all amazing!



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