Jemma Mitchell: Owner/Manager, Rendezvous Wine Bar

Jemma Mitchell: Owner/Manager, Rendezvous Wine Bar

Biggest professional achievement to date?

Started the wine bar and restaurant aged 25; it was a very steep learning curve! I was young and naïve, but ready to throw everything I had into it, blood, sweat and tears!

Most profound/life-changing, business moment?

Splitting up with my business partner after 6 months in business. We started the place together; I ran front of house, he managed the kitchen at the time. I had to save the business and I didn’t have a clue how to run the kitchen, but I love food and I love cooking so I worked out how to manage the kitchen, and pieced together a fantastic new kitchen team to support me and build the place up.

Best life advice ever received?

Always accelerate out of trouble!

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

Don’t let anyone else hold you back. Follow your own path, take advice, but make your own decisions.

If you could make one change to the world?

Bring back chivalry and common courtesy.

Heartfelt belief?

You don’t know what you’re capable of until you’re forced to do it!

“Life’s too short to drink cheap wine”

Video From The Celebration




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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