Grow Exeter – April 2018 Download Edition




Editor’s Letter

A Strategy for Success

It’s April, the days are getting longer and rumours of snow are still rife. Strange times indeed!

But, Spring is officially here and, more than the other seasons, it is a time of year when we think about change and growth. Whether it is how to stick to our New Year’s resolutions (well done if you even remember what yours were) or working hard to achieve our 2018 business plan, we are only able to move forward with any real purpose and success if we make a plan and stick to it.

So, this month, we look at the theme of having a ‘strategy for success’ and we’ve picked the brains of a wide variety of amazing individuals, from an array of industries, to try and glean the universal truths and common learnings around how to design, implement and execute a successful strategy.

Our cover story this month delves into the mindset of Karime Hassan, the Chief Executive and Growth Director of Exeter City Council. For over 20 years, Karime has faithfully served residents and businesses in a variety of Council roles and is personally responsible for leading some of the most significant development projects in and around Exeter. Over a recent early morning coffee, I discussed with him his journey so far, the challenges he is currently facing and his dreams for the future. His conversational openness and generosity took me aback and the level of insight that he offered was of the highest calibre.

In line with our desire to champion independent businesses in the city, we also had the pleasure of meeting with Hayley Maker, co-owner of No Guts No Glory and Kalkidan Legesse of Sancho’s, both on Fore Street, Exeter. We chose Hayley as our ‘Woman Behind the Business’ for this edition due to the impact she is making on the community of independent retailers in Exeter as well as her ability to balance creativity and business strategy. And Kalkidan’s interview exploring the issues of sustainable living, ethical trading and how to run a business that embraces both things is both inspiring and challenging in equal measure.

Furthermore, our Business Editor, Tracey Duke, met with several thought-leaders this month, each an expert in their respective industries. She had an illuminating discussion with Dean Breyley, who is the founder of Grow or Die and an implementer of the EOS® (the Entrepreneurial Operating System®) which is one of the world’s most popular and successful business development programmes.  She also spent some time with former England rugby player Tom Johnson who, since winning the Premiership with the Exeter Chiefs last year, has retired from the sport and is building a successful career as a fitness coach based here in Devon. And, finally Tracey visited the Dartmouth home of Monty Halls; the man behind the BBC’s Great Escapes series and owner of Bristol-based TV company SeaDog Productions. All three interviews draw out some fascinating and powerful nuggets of gold from three men at different stages of their strategic journey. I’m certain you will find all three pieces informative and inspiring. Enjoy!

This month also marks the exciting beginning of new relationships between Grow Exeter and two new contributors. We are delighted to announce that Rebecca Broad has joined ‘Team Grow‘ as a Freelance Writer and will be contributing a themed piece to the magazine each month. She brings a unique viewpoint to the table and we are excited about giving her a platform within the region. We are also excited to announce that Ashley Carr – the winner of an internal writing competition which we recently organised at Petroc College – will be guest-writing for us each month too. This month, both Rebecca and Ashley’s pieces centre around how students can form their own strategy for success and how businesses can appeal to (and get the best out of) the younger generations who are starting to enter the world of work.

And if you need a bit of a ‘pick-me-up’ on a grey drizzly day, why not check out our humorous monthly ‘Adventures of Alan’ page or this month’s hilarious ‘My Morning Routine’ with Nick Hook, one of the region’s finest photographers and an all-round great chap. Both will brighten up your day for sure.

So, enjoy the array of content we have packed into this edition and, for the first time as Group Editor-in-Chief, let me wish you a successful month and a positive transition into Spring – both personally and professionally.


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