Julie Sum: Managing Director/Photographer

Julie Sum: Managing Director/Photographer

Biggest professional achievement to date

I purchased a photography studio in 2015 and turned it into a business that celebrates female confidence and men too!

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

Do not give up on your goals, no matter how big they seem. Everything you need to develop yourself as a person is right in front of you. Do not listen to people that tell you that you cannot do something.

If you could make one change to the world

I would love everyone to love themselves as they are, to believe in themselves and to stop their lack of confidence holding them back in life. I would give people the strength to step away from a situation when they know it feels wrong or that it isn’t for them.

Heartfelt belief

I believe that everyone has the right to feel good about themselves and confident no matter what they have been through. I believe we can learn from the past and use this to turn us into stronger individuals, whatever you have been through; allow it to make you a stronger person, not to break you.


”You can do whatever you put your mind to”


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 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!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’ – AVAILABLE NOW!







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