Rebecca Alford: Owner No 1 Polsloe Cafe

Rebecca Alford: Owner No 1 Polsloe Cafe

Biggest professional achievement to date?

My entire business is my biggest achievement: I’m proud to say that it’s now a bustling, vibrant and welcoming space for anyone, from any walk of life to come and enjoy. I am truly living my dream: I wake up and can’t wait to get to work.


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

I failed college twice. Do I wish I had succeeded? YES. However I am a perfect example of ‘it’s not the end of the world if you don’t’. I’m not sure where I would have been if I had completed college, but it wouldn’t have been here and I’m the happiest and most content I’ve ever felt. Do what feels right and do not beat yourself up if it doesn’t work out the way you thought it would. 

If you could make one change to the world?

I would massively try to cut the amount of animal products that are consumed; it’s the number one contributor to climate change.

“Make your own reality”


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’




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